Way Down Deep

by Angela James

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*Recorded Live in Comfort Station

With her first full length LP Way Down Deep (out on 10/21/14), Angela James has taken her nascent career to the next level of craftsmanship by employing some of Chicago’s finest jazz improv players and incorporating them into a bold sonic tapestry that highlights both her refined ear and wide-ranging influences. Her music speaks to new horizons in progressive Americana in a way that feels both indebted and freed from the strictures of time.

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released October 21, 2014

Produced by Jordan Martins and Angela James
with Charles Rumback and Nick Broste

Angela James- vocals, electric and acoustic guitar
Jordan Martins- electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass
Charles Rumback- drums
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Nick Broste: organ (Lost and Found), trombone (Drink and Try Not to Cry, Salt Town, Lightning Strikes)
Justin Brown: pedal steel (Drink and Try Not to Cry, All I Need, Can’t Go Home, Lightning Strikes)
Dan Mohr: piano (All I Need, Dirty Moon)
Jim Becker: fiddle (All I Need, Can’t Go Home)
Jason Stein: bass clarinet (Drink and Try Not to Cry, Salt Town, All I Need, Dirty Moon, Lightning Strikes)
Jeff Greene: double bass (I Should’ve Known, All I Need, Dirty Moon)
Bill MacKay: acoustic guitar (I Should’ve Known, All I Need, Dirty Moon)
Nick Mazzarella: saxophone (Drink and Try Not to Cry, Salt Town, Lightning Strikes)
Will Miller: trumpet (Drink and Try Not to Cry, Salt Town, Lightning Strikes)
Ben Babbitt: drums (I Should’ve Known, Dirty Moon)
Anthony Burton: double bass (Lightning Strikes)
Michael Hilger: harmonica, piano, percussion (I Should’ve Known, Dirty Moon)
Gregg Medley: clarinet (I Should’ve Known)
Caroline Davis: saxophone (Dirty Moon)

Horns arranged by Charles Rumback, Nick Broste, and Nick Mazzarella

All songs © 2014 Angela James, Queen Anne Music (BMI), except “Salt Town” © Charles Rumback, In The New Year (ASCAP) and “All I Need” © Jason Wilson, Dragging Canoe Music (ASCAP)




This album is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency, and is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Angela James Chicago, Illinois

Angela James’ music brings to mind the rich, deep voices of artists like Patsy Cline and Rosanne Cash with the narrative sensibility of more modern female troubadours like Neko Case and Cat Power. Traditional and hip, artful and sometimes avant-garde, her songs come from a place far more youthful and inquisitive than most people might think. ... more

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Track Name: Halo
I once tried to assassinate my mate
I once threw up my hands and blew you away
I once cried out to the God of woe, to know
I once knew all I had to do was lose
And everyone needs a hero
And everyone needs a gun
And everyone needs a halo, a halo but me
I once read how the queen had led her dead
I once died and came back to life as a knife
And everyone is a silo
And everyone is a sun
And everyone needs a halo, a halo but me
Track Name: Drink and Try Not to Cry
It's alright, another night with a glass glued to my hand
Never knowing, never caring where I land
Never fear, I'm in the clear
Let's take a shot then have a beer
One more round for every one of us in here
So I'll drink and try not to cry tonight
Cause whiskey never did me wrong
And I'll make my bed at the bottom of a bottle
And sleep like a baby tonight
I feel fine, must be the wine
It went straight to my head
Now I don't know and I don't care what you said
I don't know where I'll go
When I wake up and I find
Another day, another devil is on my mind
So I'll drink and I'll try not to cry tonight
Cause whiskey never did me wrong
And I'll make my bed at the bottom of a bottle
And sleep like a baby tonight
Yes I'll make my bed at the bottom of a bottle
And won't think of my baby tonight
Track Name: Lost and Found
I found the key to unlock your door
You never thought about what having that key was for
I lost the wind beneath my wings
I came crashing down upon your gentle things
Everyone here seems to know my name
I've never been before, but I guess I'm glad I came
There's a ghost that lives inside my walls
I can hear her cry, and I can hear her call
Who are you?
I lost you, then I found you........
Who are you?
Track Name: I Should've Known*
I should've known that you would've flown
Out of my life like a bird
The wind brought you in once again
And you couldn't stay with me, and you wanted more for free
And now the shadows eat me alive
And I wonder how you'll survive
In this cruel world without me as your girl
And now I'm alone and the pain has only grown
Out of my life, out of my sight
I watched you fly in the night
But I know one day you'll return
When my heart no longer burns
And you'll want more than I can give in this world
Track Name: Way Down Deep*
Way down deep within
Way down deep within
I found my closest kin
Way down deep within
At first I drank the wine
To dull my woeful tune
But it's cloud of forgetfulness faded away too soon
So I gave my love away
I gave my love for free
But as I tried to fill my holes
The lower I would sink
And when I got so low
Oh yes I got so low
I took my pain's hand
And led myself home
Way down deep within
Way down deep within
I found my closest kin
Way down deep within
Track Name: All I Need
For years here below I have wasted it all
Watched it wash away in a slow flood of tears
And the wrong turns that I made
To the prisons I have stayed
Took from me oh such precious years
With heavy chains I bound my spirit to the ground
Now I know the devil's voice when she speaks
Oh and she wants my name to be buried in shame
I dug this whole but now I see
That all I need is your love
All I need is your light
All I need is your love
Your sweet mercy in my life
If I need all you can give
Oh your know I'll take all I can get
Though I'm weary and I'm dying
I know the worst hasn't happened yet
Where the light used to show brightly sin dims the glow
Like a wall all that stands in front of me
Is the evil I have done that separates me from the one
The only one that can set me free
All I need is your light
All I need is your love
Your sweet mercy in my life
If I need all you can give
Track Name: Can't Go Home
They say you can't go home
After you've left all you've known
But you'll go back to
The place where you
Kept all your hidden truth
It's not like you didn't
That it was your own row to hoe
But you'll try and try
To make someone else's lie
Your own familiar tie
They say you can't go home
They say you're all alone
Track Name: Dirty Moon*
Dirty moon, neath an asphalt sky
You promised me this, just one goodnight kiss
Beneath a dirty moon
Dirty moon, we were never to blame
We were lookin for love, never saw that above
Hung a dirty moon
You never once thought that I'd leave so soon
But that was before I saw the dirty moon
Dirty moon, now the curse is cast
And I fear nothing more than you at my door and a dirty moon
You never once thought that I'd come so soon
But that was before I saw the dirty moon
Dirty moon, neath an asphalt sky
And my lesson to learn is that you'll always get burned by a dirty moon
Track Name: Lightning Strikes
The last time I saw you you were all dressed in blue
Waving a feather, flailing around in June
We hadn't spoken about things that had broken in two
But you were right about me
Lightning strikes me too many times
You won't find me on the floor
Killed by friends I never thought I had
Bested by a tricky bed
I had a feeling that you were unseemingly true
But you were the best at never investing in full
But time heals all the sticky wounds
Lightning strikes me too many times
You won't find me on the floor
Killed by friends I never thought I had
Bested by a tricky bed