Dirt Road Confessional

by Jeffery Straker

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1.
Beauty in the Grey Another view of the country from here behind the wheel Coffee shakes and high hopes take the edge off & conceal Doubts from all directions, tonight’s another stage Moth unto the lamplight never to forsake, to forsake So I fill the tank and chart the course and say my good byes I miss my friends and family oh how I’m alone but I'm not lonely These voices in my head whispering about the hunger, waiting to be fed Chorus Some days I work for dollars, some days for dimes I’ve rolled downhill, aimed for stars, I’ve braved the steep inclines I Follow fate through the shadows, seeking beauty in the grey I got wandering in my bones and I let go, ya let my heart lead the way I got a pocket full of promises I’ve made to myself The prophets on their barstools say, only time will tell I been thinking about the faces, I never get to know Don’t let myself get too close, for to ease the letting go Chorus and as for regret it tiptoes in every now and then Looking for a place to lie and stumbles out again Chorus
2.
Bravery 03:07
Bravery Since you been gone been trying to reach you, your name I been calling out Though things have been wrong been trying to make do, these fears I can do without Chorus Bravery I sure could use you now, bravery it’s you that I seek Bravery I sure would like to feel, bravery This morning I woke, more than ever I needed a helping hand And now that you’ve spoke you’re so clever I feel I can understand Chorus Bravery it’s good to see you, bravery come take a walk with me Bravery you’re a true friend to me, bravery Now that you’re here I can be set free Things are so clear just this honesty bravery, bravery I’ll need you again there’s no question we both know a time will come Until then my friend I learned a lesson, my work here is never done Chorus Bravery sure been good to see you, bravery until the next time Bravery oh my old friend, bravery
3.
Thousand Miles Away There's a part of me that's never ever left the farm There’s a part of me that’s still out on the land I see an open sky glow and it’s a letter sent from home with a full moon postage stamp And I’ve crossed through majestic Rocky Mountains let ‘em lift me up defying gravity And I’ve spent time by the water out on the coast wondering if the tide would pull me out to sea And I’ve tried my shoes out in the city under bright lights pounding pavement and concrete All the while comparing the rush and the buzz to gravel roads and dirt beneath my feet Chorus I was looking for a place where my heart belonged where beauty would put a smile on my face And I wonder if I’d have ever seen it if I’d not been looking back from a 1000 miles away We said good-bye and I thought I’d never turn back to you, felt our love had come and it had gone But the late night telephone conversations and distance had me thinking I was wrong When you’re off chasing parts of you that are missing, oh there’s no telling what you’re gonna see And buried between hope and consequence I met a stranger who looked a lot like me Chorus Now I trace the full circle that I’ve come with you staring up at this starry night sky And I think of all the roads I had to travel to see what was before my very eyes Chorus
4.
Boom Boom 03:06
Boom Boom I thought I was empty, empty in distress Thought there was no use getting myself outta bed I thought my heart was all but dead But you’re like Ringo Starr just tapping on my chest I can’t seem to get you outta my head, play me like your drum Oh that rhythm has begun, ya ya ya Chorus You’re putting back a little boom boom you’re putting back a little boom boom in my heart, ya ya ya you’re putting back a little boom boom, you’re putting back a little boom boom in my heart With a beating of your snare you’re marching me off to The waiting fields of my waterloo, if this were war oh I’d lose just giving in to you, ya ya ya Chorus You’re my booster cables you jump started me You’re a bolt of lightning, you’re electricity Thought it was a wasteland, hopeless and cold now this Being with you this power of 2, I can’t see this getting old No no no no Was just a hollow echo achin by my lungs But you brought em back to me one by one by one Oh behold my salvation Chorus
5.
Deliver Me 03:55
Deliver Me I’ve been waiting for the truth to come, I been down on bended knees I been looking for the way to go home now, baby please deliver me Chorus Only love, love, is enough, is enough Only love, love, please deliver me I been out alone for so long, I been lost at every turn I been searching for the one to get me through now, baby please deliver me Chorus I recall when words were spoken, they’re just echoes in my head Now I’m feeling for the broken, baby please deliver me Chorus
6.
Sweet Sweet Nothings Never heard a sound so good Make me imagine things I never knew I could Never felt a rush like this, your voice oh I rejoice in that body bliss Chorus oh lay your sweet sweet nothings on me oh whisper your sweet sweet nothings ya honey set ‘em free there’s a little something something in between those little nothings lay your sweet sweet nothings on me Don’t need no whiskey oh don’t need no cigarettes But Behold your sugar oh I take all I can get Wild horses running up and down my spine Your every little word racing this heart of mine Chorus Sing for me your most beautiful song, it’s a symphony & my heartstrings are playing along It shakes my veins, churns my blood oh I’m holding on for dear life But baby please take your time Chorus
7.
Something’s Gotta Give Something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give I been losing sleep, mind churning overtime Bucket full of dreams, flaws in their design All this shadow boxing, all this black and blue Choices, chances, get the best of you Feet dangling in the fire flirting with a flame and a smile pasted on my face Chorus Won’t be remembered for the things I never did I’m on the precipice of the thick of it Take this crown as tarnished as it is Something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give oh Something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give I fear the day when dreams become explanations Naked, on trial nowhere to run With a compass & a map clutched into my hand & an hour glass run out of sand Keeping arms length from all my re grets Life teaches you lessons then it gives you the test Chorus Oh the hours are fleeting Oh for my mind to be believing in my heart Chorus
8.
Queen of Broken Souls They come for the excitement and the Vegas hype The velvet curtains drawn too tight This dim lit room like honey for bees Oh how misery loves company Whiskey and a steady chain of cigarettes They can butt em out but they can’t forget There’s nowhere else that they can go A single spotlight warms to a glow Chorus Cleopatra plays piano while the audience looks on At first she sings a show tune then she sings a slow sad song In her gold and silver sequins once the queen of rock and roll Now her court’s a lonely theatre she’s the queen of broken souls Bartender smiles and pours another round He’s helping all their sorrows drown One wrong turn off the yellow brick road How it happened nobody knows Chorus One more number from her catalogue of hits The chords all sound the same, the choruses never change Everybody knows the words, but no one moves their lips Put a coin in the machine she’ll sing you anything Chorus
9.
Fool for You 03:22
Fool For You It’s just a taste of the honey, a little sting of the bee Tiny force of nature is moving in me Now it’s a thing of beauty, beautiful scene of a crime Undercover feeling your heart stealing mine Everything I could ask for, but I don’t got no need for asking No no no no no no no more Chorus If I were so bold as to call this love, oh would you call me a fool? I be calling that true, I’m head over heels ya I’m a fool for you, for you Hook line and sinker one taste I’m yours Don’t need no more red wine, no no no no more running to the liquor store You’re hijacking my daydreams, in the corners of my mind You’re not just stealing little pieces of my heart oh no no no no no You’re robbing me blind. Everything I could ask for But I don’t got no need for asking no no no no no no, no more Chorus I’m disobeying the wise men as I’m banging down your door And my heart can’t stop thump thumping for yours Chorus
10.
Get What You Give You might pray for love, try to coax it your way Cross your fingers to the point of breaking cuz you Just need a place for your heart to go to sooth the aching With those 3 words you got tucked at the back of your mind You know what you want but it's hard to describe do you go looking for it or let it find you, pretend to kill some time? Place poetic quotes in old picture frames, and wishbones and clover and falling star games, it’s hope reaching out trying to tap on the shoulder of fate, oh Chorus Do you fear for the break, hold on to what if’s? No the truth of the heart lies in lessons you live When it comes to love it seems you get what you give The stranger you were too scared to say hello to The moment slipped by like a ghost and you were Caught between what’s meant to be and what it meant to you Those 3 words sitting there at the back of your throat you wanna move ‘em to your lips where they matter the most Be proud you said it wear that smile around like the warmest winter coat Chorus While a pawnshop is selling off old wedding rings you feel a tug at your sagging heartstrings, a widow places flowers on a grave she’s been tending You see newlywed tears under confetti spray, that couple one table over with nothing left to say, words struggle to hold the heavy of all that weight But you put it together & you come know, the greater the heart the more cracks it can hold, while a small part of you knows that at some point it might be too late, so Chorus
11.
Walkin Shoes Been working on my Spanish, brushing up on my French I’ve travelled South America, haven’t found myself yet I been crossing rivers, I been climbing hills Heard about slowing down, doubt I ever will Meanwhile back on the farm Chorus Measured out in crow’s feet, stored deep in your bones All those years of living only you’ll ever know And like the North Star in the sky inside me there’s some of you I’m grateful that you handed me down your walking shoes The leather’s warn but beautiful, and cracked in the soles All your years out in the fields & walking gravel roads Now it’s checking crops and friends on coffee row Shifted down the gears, how’s it feel to take it slow? There back on the farm Chorus Sometimes like oil and water, we didn’t always see eye to eye Oh but with time All that invisible gold, the riches of your years Your walking shoes on my feet I’m setting out from here Chorus
12.
Fades to Grey Mirror mirror if only you could see what I see Ashes blow between the ghosts the silver screen’s a fading scene And it’s pushing me away, I’m holding on, I’m not that strong Chorus And the lights go down, and you walk away and it fades to grey And I’m down on my knees and I can’t be saved and it fades to grey I’m calling your name, I’m calling your name Darkness fell and crushed the words inside my mouth Broken pieces falling out to the ground Comfort me I’m afraid, water’s rushing down my face Chorus Mirror mirror all my memories collide Bruises on my fingertips from holding on too tight Chorus

about

Jeffery Straker’s 12-song recording “Dirt Road Confessional” (2017) brings a roots-inspired flavour to his piano-driven sound. The musician grew up listening to country music on the farm where he grew up in rural Saskatchewan. At the same time he was studying and enjoying classical piano music – eventually playing full sonatas and concertos by composers like Beethoven and Grieg. While doing that he was a sucker for a good pop song with a great hook, as well as the poetry and wordsmithing of Joni Mitchell. Fast forward to this album. The singer-musician and road warrior has created a recording that sounds like his influences: little bit roots/country, a little bit piano-folk-pop, & a lot of wonderful stories. Lyrically the album speaks to the tug between life on the road pursuing a dream of music and the longing for love and cultivating a relationship. It takes the listener into the dusty corners of life's travels, through it's dynamic yet cohesive range. Some songs add a steel guitar as accompaniment to the piano, while others invite dobro and banjo to the microphone to add the right texture and flavour. The album was produced through 5 recording sessions that took place in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia; Toronto, Ontario; Los Angeles, California; & Regina, Saskatchewan.

Jeffery thanks: Creative Saskatchewan, FACTOR and the Saskatchewan Arts Board for their assistance in making this recording.

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released May 19, 2017

All songs written by Jeffery Straker (SOCAN)
Except: Deliver Me & Bravery written by Jeffery Straker (SOCAN), Royal Wood (SOCAN), Lawrence K Katz (ASCAP)/What He Said Songs (ASCAP) | Walking Shoes written by Jeffery Straker (SOCAN) & Jay Semko (SOCAN) | Queen of Broken Souls written by Jeffery Straker & Karen Kosowski (SOCAN)

Producers/Engineers: Daniel Ledwell (Something’s Gotta Give, Fool for You, Fades to Grey); Dean Drouillard (Sweet Sweet Nothings, Get What You Give); Brad Prosko & Murray Pulver (Beauty in the Grey, Boom Boom, Thousand Miles Away, Walking Shoes); Lawrence K Katz & Royal Wood (Deliver Me, Bravery); Robyn Dell’Unto (Queen of Broken Souls)

Recorded at: Something’s Gotta Give, Fool for You, Fades to Grey (Echo Lake Studio, Lake Echo Nova Scotia); Sweet Sweet Nothings, Get What You Give (Dream Date Studio and Hepbourne Lab, Toronto ON); Beauty in the Grey, Boom Boom, Thousand Miles Away, Walking Shoes (Touchwood Studios, Regina SK); Deliver Me, Bravery (Argyle Studio, Los Angeles California); Queen of Broken Souls (Beaconsfield Ave, Toronto ON). Backing vocals on Deliver Me recorded by Dean Drouillard at Hepbourne Lab.
Backing vocals (Erin Prop) on Walking Shoes recorded by Murray Pulver at Signpost Music.
Steel guitar, banjo, electric guitar on Queen of Broken Souls recorded by Aaron Goldstein at Baldwin Street Sound.

Mixed by: Daniel Ledwell (Something’s Gotta Give, Fool for You, Fades to Grey) at Echo Lake Studio; Dean Drouillard (Get What You Give) at Hepbourne Lab; Brad Prosko (Thousand Miles Away, Walking Shoes) at B-Rad Studio; Tim Abraham (Deliver Me, Bravery, Beauty in the Grey, Boom Boom, Sweet Sweet Nothings) at The Hive; Stew Crookes (Queen of Broken Souls)

Strings on Get What You Give, arranged/recorded by Drew Jurecka
Horns on Sweet Sweet Nothings, arranged/recorded by Bryden Baird
Horns on Fool for You & Fades to Grey arranged/recorded by Daniel Ledwell
Steel guitar on Thousand Miles Away recorded by Stephen Hinson (Nashville TN)

Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Carvalho Mastering (Toronto ON)
Design/layout/typography: Christine Peters
Cover Illustration: Natasha Sasic
Photography: Jeffery Straker

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Jeffery is a Canadian singer-songwriter-pianist (folk-roots) touring 100+ shows yearly. He performs in theatres, clubs, living rooms & at festivals. He's also performed his music in concert with symphony orchestras.
- Winner of a 2019 Western Canadian Music Award.
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