Sour Mashed Whiskey

by Violet & Mayhem

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“…If A Moment (You Never Dreamed) and Scared of The Dark (from Rie’s solo EP,“Glow”) had never flitted into your consciousness, they could even be top of my Sinclair pile. I love the humour and the whole laid-back feel and the violins. My two musical loves are Cole Porter lyrics and acoustic earthiness – and guess what! [She's] occupied my personal musical zone. Listening to the tunes on my headphones whilst gazing at the website, I actually thought, ‘I think I’ve discovered Rie’s niche’.” – UK Editor, C. Hankers

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This Bakersfield / Americana folk project was inspired by Anita Carter, Dale Evans, Hank Williams, Sr., Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash. Violet & Mayhem’s new CD, SOUR MASHED WHISKEY has Nine little 2-3 minute original melodic gems; nostalgic & witty, plus the Hank Williams cover “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love)”.

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released February 11, 2014

All songs written, produced and performed by: Rie Sinclair
Except "I Can't Help It", written by Hank Williams, Sr.
Mixed & Mastered by: Bryan Carlstrom
Bryan Head [percussion/drums]
Ian Walker [upright bass]
Dave Carpenter [upright bass]
Kevin Haaland [guitars - acoustic/electric, slide, banjo]
Jamison Hollister [pedal steel]
Tim Lorsch [fiddle/mandolin]
Phil Parlapiano [accordion]
Doug Miller [fiddle]

Photography: Kelly Cappelli
Additional Layout & Design: Terami Hirsch

www.imissyourecords.com

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This Bakersfield / Americana folk project was inspired by Anita Carter, Dale Evans, Hank Williams, Sr., Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash. Violet & Mayhem’s new CD, SOUR MASHED WHISKEY has 9 original witty & nostalgic gems plus the Hank Williams cover “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love)”. ... more

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Track Name: Mama Don't Dream (About You)
Mama Don’t Dream (About You)
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

Mama don’t dream no more about you
Take your cowboy hat & get
Or I’ll find me a fryen’ pan real quick

Now, you dry those alligator tears
Cause I’ve got me a ticket
On the Southern Pacific
Clickity –clack, clickity –clack, clickity –clack…

Bye, bye, bye, you take care!
I’ll send you a telegram with how real good I been
Bye, bye, bye, fair adieu
Mama don’t dream no more about you!

Mama don’t dream no more about you
The old fashioned remedy
A suitcase & a count two three!

Now you keep your lonesome heart my dear
For the next girl to fix it
Cause I’ve got me a ticket
On the Southern Pacific
Clickity –clack, clickity –clack, clickity –clack…

Bye, bye, bye, you take care!
I’ll send you a telegram with how real good I been
Bye, bye, bye, fair adieu
Mama don’t dream no more about you!

Yeah I’ve got me a ticket
On the Southern Pacific
Leaving any minute
Yeah I’ve got me a ticket
On the Southern Pacific
Clickity –clack, clickity –clack, clickity –clack…

Bye, bye, bye, you take care!
I’ll send you a telegram with how real good I been
Bye, bye, bye, fair adieu
Mama don’t dream no more
Mama don’t dream no more
Mama don’t dream no more about you!
Track Name: I Fall For You Again
I Fall For You Again (County Fair)
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

The serenade at the penny arcade
Playing our tune and my how I swoon
As you take my hand
Every year at the county fair I fall for you again

Table darts win candy hearts
Blindfolded you’d shoot a balloon
Wow, what a man!
Every year at the county fair
I fall for you again

Well, you can’t wait to see the World Of Tomorrow
& Tell me how we’ll build our memories
Every year, a souvenir & flowers
I love that I’m the girl in your dreams

Firework displays and I sway
You twirl me around the room to the band
Ain’t it grand?
Every year at the county fair
I fall for you again
Track Name: Mayfair Hotel
Mayfair Hotel
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

He broke my heart under the moonlight
In the garden of the Mayfair Hotel
He left me crying like a violin
Playing a funeral waltz

He fixed to lying, but it were too hard
In the garden of the Mayfair Hotel
He said, “I’m sorry”, out on the balcony
“but you should find somebody else”.

In his defense, I’m no angel
I blame the stars & lonesome nights
We said our fair-wells at the Mayfair
Then he went back to his wife

He broke my heart under the moonlight
In the garden of the Mayfair Hotel
He left me crying like a violin
Playing a funeral waltz

In his defense, I’m no angel
I blame the stars & lonesome nights
We said our fair-wells at the Mayfair
Then he went back to his wife

He broke my heart under the moonlight
In the garden of the Mayfair Hotel
He left me crying like a violin
Playing a funeral waltz
Track Name: Sourwood Honey
Sourwood Honey
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

The Sourwood up in Tennessee
Whose hollow trunk is home to honey bees
Now that east coast saved my tea & toast
A pot of golden sourwood for me

Sourwood Honey, yeah it’s – mighty sunny!
As every sweet tooth will say
Thank those dandy bees in the smoky peaks
Sourwood Honey on its way

When they blossom in the spring
You’ll hear a song of summer coming from the trees
So throw a cob in the bucket with a little dirt & luck
You’ll have your own pot of golden honey

Sourwood Honey, yeah it’s – mighty sunny!
As every sweet tooth will say
Thank those dandy bees in the smoky peaks
Sourwood Honey on its way

At the morning milk delivery
Set the kettle boiling, warm the huck-berry
A wasp ain’t my friend, the yellow jacket can’t
Make a pot of gold like a honeybee

Sourwood Honey, yeah it’s – mighty sunny!
As every sweet tooth will say
Thank those dandy bees in the smoky peaks
Sourwood Honey on its way
Track Name: I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love)
I Can't Help It
© & (P) Hank Williams Sr. (Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI)


Today I passed you on the street
And my heart fell at your feet

I can't help it if I'm still in love with you


Somebody else stood by your side
And she looked so satisfied

I can't help it if I'm still in love with you


A picture from the past came slowly stealing
As I brushed your heart and walked so close to you

Then suddenly I got that old time feeling

I can't help it if I'm still in love with you


It's hard to know another's lips will kiss you

And hold you just the way I used to do

Oh heaven only knows how much I miss you

I can't help it if I'm still in love with you

Today I passed you on the street
And my heart fell at your feet

I can't help it if I'm still in love with you

Track Name: A Heart Has Reasons
A Heart Has Reasons
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

A “heart has reasons, reason [cannot tell]”
And no reason can undo the spell
I’ve fallen under many times before
Why should your spell break it all the more?

Please don’t reason our loves’ a faded bloom
For true love wouldn’t be so cruel
As to unfurl a blossom made to pass
Why should our love not be made to last?


I’ve fallen under many times before
Why should your heart break mine all the more?
While I’ve no reason love bound me to endure
Track Name: Slow Burning Flame
Slow Burning Flame
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

Was it his pretty blue eyes
Or two-timing grin that made it tough to forget?
He broke my heart & smoked my last cigarette

My confidence down, crumpled to the ground
Like an empty Camel pack
He broke my heart & smoked my last cigarette

They say a slow burning flame is better for the extra flavour
But it sure fizzled & faded, left me alone & jaded
They say a slow burning flame will help you relax
How bout that?
Well, I sure could use a carton
Cause He broke my heart & smoked my last cigarette

I caught him like a burr with that Chesterfield girl
In the chicken coop out back
He broke my heart & smoked my last cigarette

Made sure to snuff that flame with my boots while he whined
“Baby please don’t pack”
Ha! You broke my heart & smoked my last cigarette!

They say a slow burning flame is better for the extra flavour
But it sure fizzled & faded, left me alone & jaded
They say a slow burning flame will help you relax
How bout that?
Well, I sure could use a carton
Cause he broke my heart & smoked my last cigarette

Said, “The pleasure’s mine, I’ll light you up”
Just like that I was hooked
He was a match & I was the book

They say a slow burning flame is better for the extra flavour
But it sure fizzled & faded, left me alone & jaded
They say a slow burning flame will help you relax
How bout that?
Well, I sure could use a carton
Cause he broke my heart & smoked my last cigarette
Track Name: You'll Never Find A Rainbow
You’ll Never Find a Rainbow
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

“You'll never find a rainbow
If you're looking down”
Your boat will up & sail off
With your head's stuck in the ground
One smile makes life worthwhile
So put away that frown
“You'll never find a rainbow
If you're looking down”

You'll never see the sun rise
If you're up all night
Crying out those dandy eyes
That you ain’t been done right
Bring your pole to the watering hole
There'll be more in that pond
“You'll never find a rainbow
If you're looking down”

Bop-bah-da-da-dah…

One smile
Will make everything worthwhile
All will be well!

That cloud won’t shine a silver line
If you’re stuck on blue
Times like this, one can find bliss
In gold & rosy hues
Your heart will mend, find love again
This time it’ll be true
That cloud won’t shine a silver line
If you’re stuck on blue

“You'll never find a rainbow
If you're looking down”
Your boat will up & sail off
With your head's stuck in the ground
One smile makes life worthwhile
So put away that frown
“You'll never find a rainbow
If you're looking down”
Track Name: Yankee Blue Eyes
Yankee Blue Eyes
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

At every morning sunrise
No single day will go by
When I don’t remember a love so tender
That man had Yankee Blue Eyes

Don’t be sad for me
The slow gin is my company
My heart took a bullet though he was the hero
I’m proud to have cared for who died for the land of the free

So keep the band playen’ and coyote wailing
I’m drinking my sorrows away
While that sun done rise
My darlin’s blue eyes will never see it again

It were one fine sunny day
The army took him away
Baby don’t cry, he said, be strong for Daddy
I’ll be home in May

But round a half past four
Near when his son would be born
The sergeant came knocking, without too much talking
Taps would be blowing & I’d get his flag at the morgue

So keep the band playen’ and coyote wailing
I’m drinking my sorrows away
While that sun done rise
My darlin’s blue eyes will never see it again
Track Name: Scarlet Love
Scarlet Love
© & (P), I Miss You Records, 2012. Music & Lyrics by Rie Sinclair, BMI

What kind of life would I live & die
If my salvation weren’t won?
Tossed in the sea of misery
Would I have been with out Your Scarlet Love

What better stain than that
Which reclaimed my life from hell?
You took my place, what saving grace
My Jesus bore his Scarlet Love

Roll, roll away the stone from that grave!
My sins were like crimson, but white I’ll be made!
Every night burns into the morning sun
And I rejoice in Your Scarlet Love

Calvary sings, death where is your sting?
My hope was lost but found
Though ashes & dust, I’m covered by the blood
And washed in your Scarlet Love

Roll, roll away the stone from that grave!
My sins were like crimson, but white I’ll be made!
Every night burns into the morning sun
And I rejoice in Your Scarlet Love

While my soul was torn, a new covenant born,
Mercy abound
You took my place, what saving grace
My Jesus bore his Scarlet Love

Roll, roll away the stone from that grave!
My sins were like crimson, but white I’ll be made!
Every night burns into the morning sun
And I rejoice in Your Scarlet Love