Friday, September 27, 2013

All Aboard

The Whiskeytown Roadhouse has been the scene of passionate love affairs -- and a fair share of doomed liasons. Sometimes changing partners is easily done. Other times, the only answer to romantic disaster is to leave town.

If a woman wants to leave Redding by train, and she doesn’t want to hop a freight car, her only option is to climb aboard in the wee hours of the morning.  

It IS a lonely time for leaving, but train travel offers the benefit of long hours for contemplation, and the whole adventure is ripe with promise and possibility. Even on a dark, winter morning at 2:20.

Download song #6, 2:20,
from The Whiskeytown Roadhouse
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Friday, September 20, 2013

The Best Damn Man

He sits at the end of the bar at The Whiskeytown Roadhouse, racking up a tab and drowning his sorrows. He learns from his mistakes, really, he does.  And he believes in the continual pursuit of education.

The Best Damn Man (with the help of Crown Royal) amuses the patrons at The Whiskeytown Roadhouse.

Song #5 from The Whiskeytown Roadhouse, available free on the Still Married website: The Best Damn Man

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ghosts on the Dance Floor

The Whiskeytown Roadhouse is a little bit haunted.  The spirits aren't evil; they are restless, weary and sad.

Some nights, after Dan serves you a drink  -- or two or three -- if you listen carefully, you might hear the soft strains of "The Ghost Miner's Waltz" played on a distant piano. And in the smoky mirror behind the bar, you might even glimpse a couple of ghostly dancers moving slowly out on the floor.

You probably shouldn't drive home.

Song #4 from our Whiskeytown Roadhouse album, The Ghost Miner's Waltz,  is available for free download on the
Still Married website: Click here

Friday, September 6, 2013

Overheard at The Whiskeytown Roadhouse

Maybe I should? Maybe I shouldn't?

Two people, speaking quietly and thoughtfully, while silently weighing the risks and the benefits of revealing themselves to each other.  It happens in the early days of a relationship and,  although the song is called "Fearless Conversation," it is anything but. 

And because life throws all kinds of curves and people grow and change, many couples find themselves having another version of the same discussion twenty years later: 

"You're not the woman I married." 

"Thank goodness."

"Now what?" 

And so begins another Fearless Conversation.

Song #3 from the Whiskeytown Roadhouse album is now available for free download at our Still Married website. Click here:  Still Married - Whiskeytown Roadhouse

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Siren of the Whiskeytown Roadhouse

Isabel -- a siren, a spirit -- is a fixture at the Whiskeytown Roadhouse*. This song tells the story of how Isabel came to California and why she's so bitter about it.  

The tale began in Ireland long ago and it begged for an Irish melody, so I borrowed an old folk tune for this song.  The Irish version is "Red is the Rose," in Scotland they sing "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond."  And at the Whiskeytown Roadhouse, it's  the tragic story of "Isabel." 

This song (and others) are available as free downloads on our Still Married website. 

It’s a mythical honky-tonk: One part Cheers, one part Brigadoon, shaken with an ornery, old west attitude - that’s the Whiskeytown Roadhouse.

The Whiskeytown Roadhouse lives in the past and the present. It’s inhabited by ghosts and lost souls, lovers and their sordid stories, and it’s tucked away in a canyon on the rough-and-tumble back roads of old Shasta County.