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Audio Moonshine - Let's Be
<Ripple Effect Review, May 2009>
For whatever reason, I've got a long history with this disc and a lot of apologizing to do. You see, the good folks at Audio Moonshine sent this rootsy treat to our Ripple office nigh on a year ago. After falling head over heels in love with the track, "Slow Motion," I just didn't quite know what to do with the rest. See, at the time, we were being flooded with metal and such, and the down home, countryish feeling to Audio Moonshine's brew just didn't connect with me. But still, I knew there was something there, and over the next year, wouldn't you know, the Audio Moonshine disc kept creeping into my CD player. Time after time. Finally, like lightning coming from the sky, it all clicked, and from that moment Let's Be has become one of my favorite all-time Ripple discs. And that's saying something.
What I got wrong on first listen was thinking this was country music, and convincing myself that I don't like country music. What the fine moonshiners brew up in their Idaho backyard bathtub isn't country at all, it's just exceptionally written, impeccably performed, immaculately crafted roots rock Americana with a heapin' helping of pop smarts. The closest comparison I can give you is along the lines of Sister Hazel, and if you're a fan of that band, I can nearly guarantee that Audio Moonshine should find a place in your liquor cabinet. . . er, CD collection. Starting from the first scratched acoustic chords of the title track, we're on an Americana treasure hunt here, ambling down the dusty roads of Boise, Idaho, leisurely uncovering one gem after another. Twanging guitar jumps in next, followed by Jake Ransom's deeply soulful, beautifully expressive, slightly affected vocals. The melody here is a natural, flowing out slow and easy like an Idaho river, and Jake tosses out snippets of his quirky wisdom like some modern philosopher; my favorite line being "I don't know why my ADD gets control of me/it's like natural speed." Perfect harmonizing female vocals aid in the chorus, which is as tightly crafted as the best of Tom Petty.
"I Can't Breathe," is another stunner, riding a rolling guitar intro over a mid-tempo beat. The boys let the band breathe naturally, organically, building up steam in it's tale of lost love. "Crazy," is a killer cut, kicking off with some fine finger-picking acoustic, while Ransom spins his northwestern/country wisdom, all the way to another mule kick-in-the head gem of a chorus. Hearing this I think of the best of the Gin Blossoms, if you can remember how in their day they could move effortlessly through a tune. But without a doubt, the stunner on the album is the track that tattooed this disc in my head, even before I knew I liked it, "Slow Motion." Unlike it's name, this gem moves at it's own damn happy clip, dancing across the guitar, harmonica, mouth harp opening, right into one of the best damn vocal hooks I've heard in ages. The band jumps in at the chorus, propelling this one into footstomping territory, drops it back down, then kicks it up again to it's raving, hand's clapping over your head, midsection. The rest of the disc flows out just as easily, absolutely perfect craft. Play this one at your backyard BBQ party and just wait for the folks to come up asking "who that damn band is." Don't hesitate to answer, just pour them a big mug full of this moonshine and let the high times follow.

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released May 5, 2009

The Audio Moonshiners
Jake Ransom- Vocals, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Bass
Chad Waite- Drums, Vocals, Percussion
Jamie Vink- Bass
Steve Fulton- All Hammond/Rhodes & Lead Guitar on (#3,5,6,8,9,12)
Kelly Martin- Acoustic/Electric Guitar & Vocals on (#4,5,8,10,11,12,13)
Becca Gourley- Fiddle/Violin & Vocals on (#4,5,8,11,12,13)
Key Ingredients-
David Andrews- Exceptional Guitar and Vocal work on “Crazy” & “Not Today”
Dan Costello- Smokin’ Harmonica on “Slow Motion”
Larry Kiser- Melodic Lap Steel on “Easy”
Stephen “Fritz” Mathie- Rockin’ the Cello with Attitude on “I Can’t Breathe”
Jason Roark- Piano, Vocals, Keys, and Stunning Production of “Simple Song”
Rebecca Scott- Responsible for the Beautiful/Soulful Vocals on “Not Today”
Christine Thomas- Layin Down the Angelic Vocals on “Lets be…”
-of course Kelly “Skip” Morrison for all your help and Band LOOT!

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Track Name: Let's be...
I Don’t know why my soul spins round, is it god is it love is it something profound?
I Don’t know why my A.D.D., takes control of me, it’s like natural speed
So let’s slow down, let’s get high, let’s be found, let’s be wise, let’s be proud before it all, slips away…
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME BUT YOU ONLY KNOW MY NAME, YOU THINK YOU’VE THROWN ME BUT IT’S ONLY BEEN A GAME, TO HIDE MY FACE, HIDE MY WAYS, AND HAVE ANOTHER EVIL DAY I HAVE TO SAVE, BUT I DON’T KNOW, DON’T KNOW HOW…I DON’T KNOW HOW
I Don’t know if I’ll ever be, who I thought I’d be just like in my dreams
But they say if you love yourself, it’s an inborn wealth unlike anything else
So let’s slow down, let’s get high, let’s be found, let’s be wise, let’s be proud before it all, slips away…
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME BUT YOU ONLY KNOW MY NAME, YOU THINK YOU’VE THROWN ME BUT IT’S ONLY BEEN A GAME, TO HIDE MY FACE, HIDE MY WAYS, AND KNOW ANOTHER EVIL DAY I HAVE TO SAVE, BUT I DON’T KNOW, DON’T KNOW HOW…I DON’T KNOW HOW
Sick and twisted, overzealous, thirsty for this pain
Addiction, beer, cheap cigarettes and lies
After all these years gone by I know what I should say and do
And let another moment pass me by…but I don’t know, don’t know why, and I don’t know how
So let’s slow down, let’s get high, let’s be found, let’s be wise, let’s be proud before it all, slips away…
YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME BUT YOU ONLY KNOW MY NAME, YOU THINK YOU’VE THROWN ME BUT IT’S ONLY BEEN A GAME, TO HIDE MY FACE, HIDE MY WAYS, AND HAVE ANOTHER EVIL DAY I HAVE TO SAVE…
Track Name: I Can't Breathe
I Can’t Breathe
At first I thought it was a dream, I’m stuck in the middle it seems
Man I wish I was somebody else; I wish I was somewhere else. I can’t breathe I can’t hold my fuckin’ head again, I can’t stand another one night stand, another lover, another problem who’d you want me to be? I’ll never lose the fact that she gave up on me!
So who can tell me what’s next, I know you will tell me what’s best
I don’t know what to believe, I only know what I see
I can’t breathe I can’t hold my fuckin’ head again, I can’t stand another one night stand, another lover, another problem who’d you want me to be? I seem to lose it all again…
Well I’ve seen this before, now I promise I might be there
Been there before, and you promise you might be there
Careless before, it’s a promise that can, be o.k. for me
To live just how I want to be
Lose a problem Lose a friend, Choose your heart over your head
Where you are and where you been, it’s all just changin’ again
Track Name: Crazy
Crazy
It’s a little bit crazy how we first met in a place that we could both care less__It’s a little bit crazy that you didn’t know I had plans for me and you to progress__It’s a little bit crazy that I was so shy and you had well.. to take the first step__It’s a little bit crazy six years down the road and we all came to see what’s next
This time, I want to be…And this time, I want to be
THE SUN UP IN YOUR SKY, THE PLACE THAT MAKES YOU HIGH, YOUR NAKED ALIBI, I LOVE YOU BABY
AND I’LL APOLOGIZE, FOR ALL MY STUPID LIES
CAN’T HELP THAT I’M A GUY THAT’S CRAZY FOR YOU BABY
It’s a little bit crazy how a relationships can size you up and, well put you to the test__Yeah it’s kinda like a rollercoaster ride that spins ya flips ya, and leaves you out of breath__It’s a little bit psycho how I don’t say a word and you know what I’m going to say next__It’s a little bit crazy how opposites can bend and mest and, well make a perfect fit
This time, I want to be…And this time, I want to be
THE SUN UP IN YOUR SKY, THE PLACE THAT MAKES YOU HIGH, YOUR NAKED ALIBI, I LOVE YOU BABY
AND I’LL APOLOGIZE, FOR ALL MY STUPID LIES
CAN’T HELP THAT I’M A GUY THAT’S CRAZY FOR YOU BABY
Feel I’m losing control, But it’s hard to let go, Round and round we leave the ground, Rest my head up on the clouds, From up here we can see the world
THE SUN UP IN YOUR SKY, THE PLACE THAT MAKES YOU HIGH, YOUR NAKED ALIBI, I LOVE YOU BABY
AND I’LL APOLOGIZE, FOR ALL MY STUPID LIES
CAN’T HELP THAT I’M A GUY THAT’S CRAZY FOR YOU BABY
I’ll probably keep messin’ up - till the day I die gonna mess it up yeah-
That’s all I ever do, that’s all I ever do
Track Name: Slow Motion
Slow Motion
Slow Motion, like candy, a bumper sticker on a Cadillac
Eyes closed, dreamin just a floatin, a little blurry about where I’m at but
I need a little bit of love HEY_ I need a little bit of fun
I need a little bit of somethin’_To help me be strong
Cause if you want it bad enough you have to turn and look the other way
Slow Motion, eye candy, you caught me lookin’ now I’m all off track
Cause I know that I’m gonna lose focus, a little blurry about where I’m at but
need a little bit of love HEY_ I need a little bit of fun
I need a little bit of somethin’_To help me be strong
Cause if you want it bad enough you have to turn and look the other way
Cause if they catch you lookin their sure as hell to take it all away!!!
Slow Motion baby like candy, better call me in
Cause I know a seem a little insane, better call me in
I need a little bit of lovin”_ I need a little bit of fun
I need a little bit of somethin’_I need a chance to just be strong
--Slow Motion, like candy, a bumper sticker on a Cadillac,
Eyes closed, dreamin just a floatin, a little blurry about where I’m at
I need a little bit of love HEY_ I need a little bit of fun
I need a little bit of somethin’_To help me be strong
Track Name: Not Today
Not Today
Three Chord progression, to simplify it down, I’m a bold pig-headed sing-abouter’ with not a lot of clout
I’m here to tell a story, about a dreamer true to heart, and I think he kinda looks like me but only in the dark
In the middle of this story, he needs to make a choice,
Should he get a job that’s nine to five instead of playing with the boys
SHOULD I LEARN THE DANCE OR SHOULD I LEARN TO SING? SHOULD I BUY MY GIRL OH THAT DIAMOND RING? OR SHOULD I GO TO BED INSTEAD OF DRINKIN OUT ALL NIGHT? SHOULD I QUIT ALL THIS AND GET ON WITH MY LIFE?
NOT TODAY….
I love my freedom to sing out loud, I love my band, love this town, I love my family they make me so damn proud
I love my freedom to sooth my mind with a tequila shot or the Northern Lights, or a hometown keggar that kept me out all night
SHOULD I LEARN THE DANCE OR SHOULD I LEARN TO SING? SHOULD I BUY MY GIRL OH THAT DIAMOND RING? OR SHOULD I GO TO BED INSTEAD OF DRINKIN OUT ALL NIGHT? SHOULD I QUIT ALL THIS AND GET ON WITH MY LIFE?
NOT TODAY….
Life’s too short to be a clone, to live to work is such a joke
I think it’s time to go home, everything’s so much better at home..don’t you think it’s better at home?
Track Name: Idaho
Idaho
Never been to Atlanta, or seen old New York, I’ve dreamed of Mississippi, is there a West Virginia shore? I went to Colorado maybe once when I was five, but anything up & east of that is heavy on my mind
Cause I’ve Been Stuck Here in…IDAHO
It’s Good to Lay Back With a Drink and a Pack of a Couple Hundred People you Know (2X)
Man I want to go to Nashville, man I’d love to see Detroit, yeah Boston, Jersey, Philly, end up somewhere in Illinois
But if you want to hang out, man you’ve got to head Northwest, but you can’t get drunk in Utah-so you better bring a flask
I’ve Been Stuck Here in…IDAHO
It’s Good to Lay Back With a Drink and a Pack of a Couple Hundred People you Know (2X)
Track Name: Simple Song
Simple Song
Today’s a bad day for love, I got it twisted, all around a circumstance
Today’s a bad day for love, Cause I’m double-fisted, gonna smoke another cigarette
But the booze aint’ flowing fast enough to push a memory astray, it builds and burns two holes behind my eyes
One is for the memories and all the happiness inside, the other’s for my guilty pleasured lies
I sing a simple song, I’ll sing it loud, sing it deep, sing it proud, a simple song, from me to you for all the stupid things I do
Who needs another song about love? We’ve all gone brain dead, but we’re quick to jump in again
Who needs another song about love? It’s what we’re craving, and we’ll probably get hurt again
But every time it happens you get closer to yourself, a little piece emerges from your soul
And every time it happens you get harder on yourself, cause everybody’s scared to be alone
I sing a simple song, sing it loud, sing it deep, sing it proud, a simple song, from me to you for all the stupid things I do
A memory’s like a fingerprint that’s brushed across your soul. There for you to find when you’re alone. A memory’s like a fingerprint that’s brushed across your soul, reminding you that you’ll never be alone, cause everybody’s scared to be alone, and I don’t ever want to be alone
I sing a simple song, sing it loud, sing it deep, sing it proud, a simple song, from me to you for all the stupid things I do
Track Name: Dayz
Dayz-
-Watchin’ days go by, I wonder where they went, I think about you every now and then
Was a time when we were young and we held our heads up high, thinkin’ that “Hey These are the days!” A twinkle in your eye, a lump up in my chest makes me wish that times wouldn’t change
You dreamed a little dream, your gonna dance, I’m gonna sing and we wouldn’t have it any other way
Years gone by and I still think about you, and if I saw you, What would I say?
-Watchin’ days go by, wonder where they went, I think about you every now and then
It was a high school time, well drinkin’ booze was on my mind, but I thought about you every chance
You walked right by, turned your head and we met eyes and this is where it all began
Talkin’ on that phone, every night I’d stay home just so I could hear every breath
Your perfect hair and perfect smile, and your body drove me wild, I said “I love you,” and that was the end
-Watchin’ days go by, wonder where they went, I think about you every now and then
One to two years smiles, our dreams are still alive, with life we had no time, with me you changed, yeah you changed your mind…………..Now I’m up on stage, an adrenaline high, and I wish that I could see you tonight, But you changed your mind, had a kid, became a wife, and I hope you have a beautiful life
Track Name: Lucid
Lucid
Life is Crazy when you take control of a dream
It’s like a movie where you control every scene
So I…left my mansion twenty after four, hopped into my Viper to the Liquor store, the girly at the counter was so damn fine, she let me tie her up I robbed the hole place blind!
She says “baby well I’m bored can I come with you?” Hop in the back girl and pick out your favorite booze. Twenty seconds we were at my place, she leaned a little closer to kiss my face, but I had to bend over full of stomach pains, she seemed to fill my drink with razor blades
AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS A DREAM
SO WHY CAN’T I FALL BACK ASLEEP
THE MORE I KNOW, THE MORE I STAY
I try to run but my legs are nailed to the chair
Pops a pill in my mouth and cuts off my hair
Bald and bleeding try to make a break
Like running through water trying to escape but
A bunch of Piranhas’ eating off my legs
Now would be the perfect time to awake
AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS A DREAM
SO WHY CAN’T I FALL BACK ASLEEP
THE MORE I KNOW, THE MORE I STAY
Where do you run? Who do you trust? Can I change my mind? It’s a non-stop chase and I’m scared for my life. I’ve been shotten’, been eatin’, been stabbed with a knife. One mistake and I’m barely alive
BUT NOW I KNOW IT’S A DREAM
AND I WON’T FALL BACK ASLEEP
THE MORE I KNOW, I’LL STAY AWAKE
Track Name: Easy
Easy
Remember when we were young? We could predict the weather, watchin’ trees aging
We new a boy and girl could never truly be together, when they’re constantly changing
We didn’t learn we just fell harder and harder
Looking for our own angel
Meanwhile we got these pictures of somebody’s daughter, it helps to ease the pain
-Easy to fall in love, when that’s all you’re dreaming of
-Easy to change your mind, but it’s hard to say Goodbye
Had this picture of me and you, we were cloaked and coiled, and I was kissing your cheek
Remember how much we thought that our love boiled?
It’s all that mattered to me
I’m in control of everything and nothing
Who we were washed away my soul
I think I might try to get back in the saddle
I think I found that we’re better this way
-Easy to fall in love, when that’s all you’re dreaming of
-Easy to change your mind, but it’s hard to say
Goodbye to all those dreams and memories
She’s long gone no longer in love with me, I can’t see, no I can’t see, where it all went, tell me where it all went…
Cause relationships are such a bitch, a scratch so deep that you just can’t itch
On and on with the love so strong, somethin’ went wrong and now it’s gone
Day to day you’ll feel this way, emptiness won’t go away
So now you’re back in the single phase, brand new lover, brand new game
Track Name: Come Down
COME DOWN
COME SEE ME, IT’S BEEN A DAY
WHAT IS TOMMOROW, IS YESTERDAY
COME INSIDE IT’S BEEN TO LONG FOR YOU TO JUST TO HIDE AWAY
EVERYTHING GOES IN CIRCLES
THE FUTURE SAYS GOODLUCK TOMMOROW YOU WILL WASH IT ALL AWAY WITH YOUR EMPOWERED CURTAIN
COME SEE ME, IT’S BEEN TWO DAYS
I’LL WASTE TOMMOROW, ON ALL THIS RAGE
CAUSE I’M THINKING ALL THE SHIT YOU SAID MAKES ME WANT TO FORGET YOU
BUT NOW I LOOKING DOWN ON FACES, I NEVER WANT TO SEE, DOES IT HAVE TO BE ME?
AND YOU COME DOWN ON ME
AND THIS LOVE, INSIDE MY BRAIN
AND YOU COME DOWN ON ME
Track Name: Get it Over
Get it Over
We all say too much when it’s over
And we all lay too much on our shoulders
And we complain too much, all the drama
And we can all take off to Nirvana
Same old love to be that guy, his girl,
His stardom and money,
I want it right now, I want it right now, I’m sick of the problems so I want it right now
If I can’t have it, then let’s get it over, let’s get it over so I can sleep
We all dream too much, could be better
And we don’t dream enough, so we’ll settle
And we all close our eyes, and ponder
You’re free to close your eyes, and wonder
Same old love to be that guy, his girl,
His stardom and money,
I want it right now, I want it right now, I’m sick of the problems so I want it right now
If I can’t have it, then let’s get it over, let’s get it over so I can sleep
Same old love to be that guy,have his girl, his stardom and money
Same old love to be that girl, have her face, have her smile and her body
I WANT IT RIGHT NOW, I WANT IT RIGHT NOW, I’M SICK OF THE PROBLEMS SO I WANT IT RIGHT NOW, IF I CANT HAVE THEN LET’S GET IT OVER….let’s get it over, so I can sleep