Southern Girl

by Joanne Rand

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A long time fixture on the West Coast singer-songwriter scene, visionary songsmith Joanne Rand’s trailblazing “psychedelic-roots-folk-rock” sound on Southern Girl explores the center and edges life’s joys and dramas. With “the south” now so much in the news, this album could not be better timed. But it’s not just Rand’s southern roots at center stage in these rich tunes, but also motherhood, activism, culture and art. As always, Rand is developing, mining and pollinating ideas, raising spirits, offering hope and inspiration.
Over the course of three decades, Rand’s music has taken her, and her listeners, on countless adventures. From the Amazon jungle to the wilds of Manhattan, Rand has performed for multitudes across ethnic, economic and multi-generational backgrounds. Rand sings to her roots but also her present culture, with shout-outs for ecology, human rights, family, gay pride and more.
Southern Girl, Rand’s 15th independently produced CD, adds layers to her musical tapestry by exploring her Georgia roots. Dashes of bluegrass and Appalachia are sprinkled throughout the album, with flourishes of jazz-rock fusion, coloring her signature sound.
Rand created the album with longtime producer-collaborator Stephen Hart (Bonnie Raitt, White Stripes, Stevie Ray Vaughn) and Piet Dalmolen. Joined by Bradley Dee (drums, percussion), Jonathan Kipp (drums) Tim Randles (electric Bass, keyboard) Piet Dalmolen (electric & slide guitars) and Rob Diggins (violin); Rand contributed acoustic guitar, vocals, keyboard, clarinet and shaker.
From the opening edgy strains of a fiddle on “Mud in Your Eye,” Rand forgoes approaching her musical heritage in any sort of traditional fashion. Instead it’s added spice to her five originals, while the traditonals and covers she’s chosen are instilled with a fresh creativity. “Cripple Creek” and “Maid of Constant Sorrow” have all the acoustic elements that make them such time honored classics, but at a heightened adrenaline pace that is paired with Rand’s dynamic hair raising vocal range. Rand covers her long time hero Norman Blake and his delightful story tune, “Ginseng Sullivan,” offering the song in a more conventional country-folk approach. Robert Burns’ poem “Red Rose” is set to an old Scottish melody. “Monkey Puzzle Tree,” written by Rand’s late brother Jordan Rand, and her tune “I Love It” are reworked from her prior releases. “L.A. Squirrel” is a whimsical squirrel’s eye view of the glitz, glamour and ambitions won and lost in Hollywood.
Rand’s personal quest to “get back to the garden,” as so aptly penned by Joni Mitchell in her iconic song “Woodstock,” led Rand to the West Coast, and led to her brilliant cover of this timeless song. On “Thicker Than Water,” Rand sings: “Blood is thicker than water, that’s a fact passed down from mother to daughter. I want to be beside you every day. But the sun and the moon and the stars spinning, lured me away.” Equal parts ode to her Southern roots, and bond between mother and daughter, Rand’s love has never waned for her Southern home and family. As she states: “I always intended to move back…. but life takes you where it will….”

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released August 26, 2015

• Joanne Rand- Acoustic guitars, vocals, keyboard, clarinet (Monkey Puzzle Tree, LA Squirrel), shaker • Bradley Dee- Drums & percussion (Cripple Creek, Thicker than Water, LA Squirrel, I Love It) • Jonathan Kipp- Drums (Mud in Your Eye, Monkey Puzzle Tree, Maid of Constant Sorrow, Ginseng Sullivan, Red Rose) • Tim Randles- Electric Bass, keyboard (Woodstock) • Piet Dalmolen- Electric & slide Guitars • Rob Diggins- Violin © &P 2015, Joanne Rand, Homefire Productions, BMI
•Produced by Joanne Rand with Stephen Hart & Piet Dalmolen. •Mixed & mastered by Stephen Hart (Two Rock Digital, Petaluma, CA) •Recorded & pre-Mixed by Piet Dalmolen (Universal Balance Studios, Arcata, CA) •All songs by Joanne Rand except: Cripple Creek & Maid of Constant Sorrow (traditional), Red Rose (lyrics by Robert Burns, melody traditional Scottish), Woodstock (Joni Mitchell, SONY ATV Tunes LLC OBO Siquomb Publishing), the Monkey-Puzzle Tree (lyrics Jordan Rand) & Ginseng Sullivan (Norman Blake, Blake & Blake Music)

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“A fixture of the Northern California folk scene, Rand’s life, activism & art are woven seamlessly together. A celebrated musician, composer & teacher. From stripped-down folk songs to lush, textured rock arrangements, she makes consistently engaging, perceptive, universal music.”-SFStation.com 2012. Touring nationally for 30 years, Rand is currently releasing 15th CD of original songs. ... more

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Track Name: Mud In Your Eye
LIFE IS AN ENDLESS LIST OF THINGS TO DO
BUT DON’T LET IT MAKE YOU
SAD AND BLUE

CAUSE NOTHING IS EVER GONNA GET BETTER UNLESS YOU TRY
SO HERE’S MUD IN YOUR EYE
GO FIND THE PRIME IN LIFE

BEEN ADDICTED TO CHANGE ALL MY LIFE
I’VE USED IT TO REARRANGE ALL MY DOUBT
TILL I FIND OUT…
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HEAR THAT CRAZY ENGINE ROAR
I’VE BEEN RUNNING HARD
I FORGET WHAT FOR

RUNNING TOWARDS A GREEN LIGHT
SPITTING OUT THE PIECES
OF MY FRIGHT

BEEN ADDICTED TO CHANGE ALL MY LIFE
I’VE USED IT TO REARRANGE ALL MY DOUBT
TILL I FIND OUT…
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TOO MANY THOUGHTS INSIDE MY HEAD
SPLINTERED IN A MILLION SHARDS I SAID:
I CAN’T GET NO SWEET RELIEF

I GOT NO AXE TO GRIND
JUST GOING SLOWLY OUT OF MY MIND
SOMEBODY PLEASE RESCUE ME

EYE OF THE NEEDLE EYE OF GOD
GOTTA REMEMBER WHAT MAKES LIFE GOOD
JUMP IN THE OCEAN, PLAY ON THE SANDY BEACH
Track Name: The Monkey Puzzle Tree
THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE, by Jordan Rand

There are sleepers
In skinner Alley
There are theatre patrons
In the rain.
The matinee crowd
Can’t be cleared out
‘Till the sleepers
Have all been swept away.
AND I’LL MEET YOU
UNDER THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE.
WE WILL KEEP DRY
AND THE WORLD WILL LET US BE.
I CAN SEE YOU
AND I KNOW THAT YOU SEE ME
AND I’LL LOVE YOU
UNDER THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE.

There’s a screamer down on the corner
There’s a lunatic howling at the moon,
While a car alarm sings disharmony
And a distant siren helps fill out the tune.
There are psychics on my TV set
Taking phone calls every hour of the day.
There are salesmen on my doorstep
And my “Not Welcome” mat won’t make them go away.
AND I’LL MEET YOU
UNDER THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE.
WE WILL KEEP DRY
AND THE WORLD WILL LET US BE.
I CAN SEE YOU
AND I KNOW THAT YOU SEE ME
AND I’LL LOVE YOU
UNDER THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE.

There are wailers down in the graveyard
All dressed in black, all lined up in a row.
There are watchers in the dayroom
Taking note of what we say and where we go.
AND I’LL MEET YOU
UNDER THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE.
WE WILL KEEP DRY
AND THE WORLD WILL LET US BE.
I CAN SEE YOU
AND I KNOW THAT YOU SEE ME
AND I’LL LOVE YOU
UNDER THE MONKEY PUZZLE TREE.
Track Name: Thicker than Water
THICKER THAN WATER –JOANNE RAND 2015
WHEN YOU’RE BORN
THE THRILL OF ADVENTURE
IS STRONG LIKE AN OX
AND IT’S HARD TO RESIST HER
SUN AND MOON AND STARS
SPINNING AROUND
ALL THOSE GLOWING CITIES
TO BE FOUND
LIFE
IS AN UNTOLD STORY
FIRST YOU’RE BORN
THEN YOU’RE DRAWN
TOWARDS GLORY
SUN AND MOON AND STARS
SPINNING AROUND
ALL THOSE OPEN CHANCES
TO BE FOUND
BLOOD
IS THICKER THAN WATER
THAT’S A FACT PASSED DOWN
MOTHER TO DAUGHTER
I WANT TO BE
BESIDE YOU EVERY DAY
BUT THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE STARS
LURED ME AWAY
BUT I’M STILL
LOVING YOU
WISH I KNEW WHAT TO DO
BLOOD
IS THICKER THAN WATER
THAT’S A FACT PASSED DOWN
MOTHER TO DAUGHTER
I WANT TO BE
BESIDE YOU EVERY DAY
BUT THE SUN AND THE MOON AND THE STARS
LURED ME AWAY
I’D TRADE IT ALL
IN A HEARTBEAT FOR YOU, MAMA
SETTLE DOWN
DO WHAT YOU WANT ME TO
‘CAUSE I’M STILL
LOVING YOU
WISH I KNEW WHAT TO DO
YES, I’M STILL
LOVING YOU
BLOOD
IS THICKER THAN WATER
BLOOD
IS THICKER THAN WATER
Track Name: L.A. Squirrel
L.A. SQUIRREL, QUEEN OF BEASTS - JOANNE RAND
I’M AN L.A. SQUIRREL – I GOT BIG WHITE TEETH
BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THIS QUEEN OF BEASTS
IN MY FURS AD FINERY - I SHOOT THE BREEZE
BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THIS QUEEN OF BEASTS
WAY DOWN IN MEXICO - THEY BUILD CATHEDRALS
BUT IN L.A. THEY BUILD MOVIE ICON SPECTACLES
FACES 24 FEET TALL - HEROES ONE AND ALL
THIS GUILDED GLOBE HAS GOT US IN ITS THRALL
I’M AN L.A. SQUIRREL - GOT A BUSHY TAIL
IF I LOSE THAT MY PROSPECTS SURELY FAIL
FATE COULD TURN ON A DIME - HAPPENS ALL THE TIME
I COULD BE NOTHING BUT A RAT WITH A CARDBOARD SIGN
DOWN ON SKID ROW - THEY GOT IT BAD
LOSING EVERY SINGLE SHRED OF HOPE THEY HAD
BLACK PLASTIC IGLOOS, MADE OF VISQUINE AND SCRAP BAMBOO
SLEEPING 15 PEOPLE THAT GOT NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE
I’M AN L.A. SQUIRREL – I GOT BIG WHITE TEETH
GOT A FLASHY TAIL AND FOUR FEROCIOUS FEET
YOU CAN BANK ON ME - LAY YOUR MONEY DOWN
I’M UP AND COMING, & I’M GONNA TAKE THIS TOWN
ELEVATOR GOING UP - FILLED WITH HOPEFUL PUPS
BIG BOTTOM GIRLS IN TIGHT SKIRTS & TALL HEELS
ELEVATOR GOING DOWN - TO THE MIDNIGHT STREETS OF DOWNTOWN
FILLED WITH SAD EYED YOUNG MEN & YOU KNOW HOW THAT FEELS
WELL SOME FOLKS SAY – THEY’RE GONNA LEAVE L.A.
GONNA GET OUT OF THIS TOWN, SOMEHOW, SOMEDAY
BUT THAT AIN’T ME – I AM MESMERIZED
I GOT THAT CALIFORNIA DREAM IN MY EYES
CAUSE THE STREETS OF L.A. - THEY GOT SOMETHING TO SAY
EVERY CHANTEUSE TRIES TO SING IT HER WAY
IT’S AN AGE OLD STORY – OF GRIME AND GLORY:
WELL YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL, BUT YOU GOTTA PAY
I’M AN L.A. SQUIRREL – I GOT BIG WHITE TEETH
BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THIS QUEEN OF BEASTS
SHE ‘S GONNA BE A STAR - PAVED IN HOLLYWOOD BLDV.
SHE ‘S GONNA GET BURIED DOWN AT THE ROCK & ROLL GRAVEYARD
SHE ‘S GONNA GET BURIED DOWN AT THE ROCK & ROLL GRAVEYARD
WHERE PEACOCKS STRUT - AND SPREAD THEIR TAILS
AND THE ROYAL PYRAMIDS LINE THE TRAILS
IT COULD HAPPEN FOR ME - I GOT LOOKS, TALENT & DESTINY
BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THIS QUEEN OF BEASTS.
BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THIS QUEEN OF BEASTS.
BETTER WATCH OUT FOR THIS QUEEN!
Track Name: I Love It
I LOVE THIS PLACE
I LOVE THIS PLACE
I LOVE THIS PEACEFUL PLACE
THIS HEALING PLACE
THIS PLACE WITH WINGS
MY HAPPY HOME
I LOVE THIS PLACE
I LOVE THIS PLACE