Acousticals

by The Acousticals

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SLIPPERY HILL Words and music by Richie Reinholdt Slippery hill of love Sin below heaven above Keep sliding down Can't seem to stop I'll never reach the top They say true love is like a mountain Where the faithful find a home But the cheater never makes it He slides back down he's left alone I'm trying hard to make that climb But this girl keeps giving me the sign She's turned on her green light There'll be some slipping and sliding tonight Set me free turn me loose Don't hold me back oh babe what's the use I know I'm gonna slip again Trapped here in this valley of pain
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LAST TO KNOW Words and music by Richie Reinholdt The walls get closer every morning Closing in til I lay me down to sleep The stones collect the breath of angels Steel bars my soul to keep Every time we'd come to town She was always hanging around At first it was a wink and a smile Oh but that memory stayed with him for a while They told me long ago That time passes so slow And although love needs room to grow When lovers leave you're the last one to know Although we courted off and on I could never seem to hold him for long But my need for him was to dear To let another woman come near So I followed their footprints from town Leading through the snow on the ground I heard a moan in the barn Her flesh was melting in her arms A deep winter's cold had chilled the land But not as cold as the blade in my hands Steam rolled from the blood in her chest When I yanked my knife from her breast Now from my cell window I can see The short walk to my eternity A new scaffold for me to climb aboard And a hangman's noose for my reward
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I Dunno 03:44
I DUNNO Words and music by Richie Reinholdt I dunno if the blink of an eye Measures the time between hello and goodbye Opaque signs beckoning us on March in time closer to the dawn Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno And I dunno if collective fantasy Is enough to set the captives free Bound in chains shackled with remorse Fashion slaves riding the gift horse Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno All these things that I can’t see unless I close my eyes tightly If I try I can see I can see a million miles Across the sea to a land of manic smiles Where caustic hands are grabbing for their share Two-fisted minds clutching at the air Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno All these things that I can’t see unless I close my eyes tightly I dunno why salvation’s bought and sold Redemption in exchange for gold But payments of bribery alone Won’t guarantee a place closer to the throne Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno I dunno if I can count how many times I’m hypnotized by seductive rhymes Words of love whispered soft and low Torrid scenes in some Bali-wood show Where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno Oh where the sun always shines and happiness is mine I dunno credits
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PAINT THE NIGHT Words and music by Britt Arnesen Let’s paint the night with northern lights Shades of green to dance across the skies And a crescent moon to sing the lullabies My heart writes for you, the love of my life When you’re lost follow my north star When you’re lonely reach out for my arms I’m the brightest beacon in your dark Shining out to where your frontiers are And paint your night with northern lights Shades of green to dance across the skies And a crescent moon to sing the lullabies My heart writes for you, the love of my life As the sun marches toward spring’s day This night, winter’s cold remains I’m by your side an ever-burning fire To keep you warm is all that I desire Let's the paint the night with northern lights Shades of green to dance across our skies And a crescent moon to sing the lullabies My heart writes for you, the love of my life
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Happiness 03:36
HAPPINESS Words and music by Richie Reinholdt Busy lives happy hands Current styles making plans Washing clothes and wearing skin Breathing out and breathing in Happiness waits for no one Comes and goes takes its time Somewhere between joy and sorrow Satisfaction draws a line Making friends paying rent Dinner dates money spent Eagles fly spirits soar Can we just have a little more Socrates and his mom TV dinners on the lawn Rituals in paradise It’s such a chore being nice Oh, you can’t hold a memory Without reflective history The remainder of a smile Only lingers for a while
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The Kiwi 04:14
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BARNACLE ROCK ROAD Words and music by Britt Arnesen Grandma's got a cottage by the seaside Helped my grandpa build it age of 25 Wife of a fisherman, two boys and a plan Theyamed that boat Happenstance In that story Grandma told, one day on the outer coast Three men washed ashore and a boat got crushed Way down on Barnacle Rock Road she swears she saw their ghosts Walking down the tideline toward the dusk Highway 101 runs down through Bandon Logging trucks and fishing boats and cranberries There's hard work for an honest lad, keeps the soul from getting sad For the young man who lost his dad In that story Grandma told, one day on the outer coast Three men washed ashore and a boat got crushed Way down on Barnacle Rock Road she swears she saw their ghosts Walking down the tideline toward the dusk Grandma never wanted him to stay here But he couldn't shake those sea legs, he's a mariner He said this ain't no promised land, I feed it, it bites my hand So he named that boat The Worried Dad In that story Grandma told, one day on the outer coast Three men washed ashore and a boat got crushed Way out on Barnacle Rock Road she swears she saw their ghosts Walking down the tideline towards the dusk Way down on Barnacle Rock Road he can still see his father's ghost Walking down the tideline toward his dust.
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Orcas Isle 03:00
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La Palouse 03:47
LA PALOUSE words and music by Britt Arnesen Les prairies palousiennes Cultiver du blé Terre comme un damier Verte ou en jachère Croissance et sénescence On a ou on n'a pas de chance Les collines s'étendent À l'infini Aller à La Palouse, aller Entendre l'appel du vent La Palouse est morne quand tu n'es pas là Aller, aller la bàs Tu as planté beaucoup des graines Des fleurs sauvages que j'aime When I was dark and missing you Elles me consolaient Au loin, une grange Par ici, ta mémoire Parfois un avion J'attends la moisson Viens avec tes ennuis Viens avec tes grands soucis Viens et laisser les ici Oublie la maladie Croissance et sénescence Ce n'est pas les fleurs qui me manquent La tristesse d'être sans toi J'attends la moisson Britt's translation: The Palouse prairies Grow wheat Landscape like a checkerboard Green or fallow Growth and senescence You're lucky or not The hills go on To infinity Go to the Palouse, go Hear the call of the wind The Palouse mourns when you're not there Go, go there You have planted many seeds Of the wildflowers that I love When I was dark and missing you They consoled me In the distance, a barn Over here, your memory Sometimes, a plane I await the harvest chorus Come with your troubles Come with your biggest worries Come and leave them here Forget the sickness Growth and senescence It's not the flowers that I miss The sadness of being without you I await the harvest credits

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Video of this entire session is at youtu.be/mDTXjLYjMi4?list=PLjMLOO6HMnreOXFy47EvNyuDnJZBbWpEN

The Acousticals feature three of Western Montana's premier bluegrass musicians, playing all-original tunes. They were recorded live-in-studio by Rick Kuschel on March 8, 2016 in Missoula.

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released August 8, 2016

All original music.

Chad Fadely - Mandolin
Richie Reinholdt - Guitar/Vocals
Britt Arnesen - Bass/Vocals

Produced by Britt. Engineered by Rick Kuschel.

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Britt Arnesen Missoula, montana

Britt K. Arnesen is a Montana folksinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. Her latest projects are Nothing to Say by Elijah Jalil and a solo gospel-inspired album, Move in Closer. Britt is originally from Juneau, Alaska.

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