Toska

by Red Mouth

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"The list of world-class artists that have emerged from Muscle Shoals, Alabama is long-- a veritable “who’s who” of music makers that spans decades... even generations. Indeed, nearly every genre and style has a representative, but you’d be hard pressed to find an artist-- a voice-- as unique and compelling as Eric “Red Mouth” Gebhardt.

Simply put, there’s really nobody quite like him in American music... and that is not hyperbole. Sure, there are reference points. Captain Beefheart, Iggy Pop, R.L. Burnside and Leonard Cohen are all echoed throughout his songs... but really, references are cheap. Red Mouth is Red Mouth and it’s truly difficult to nail him down.

On “Toska”, his latest record, he enlisted some of the area’s finest musicians to help escort you through what he calls “dark tales of love and the bizarre”. Jimbo Hart and Chad Gamble (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit) provide the rock-solid rhythm section, while Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) anchors the keyboards and organ. Harvey Thompson (Lyle Lovett, countless others) blows the saxophone and Donnie Fritts (Kris Kristofferson, solo) contributes not only electric piano, but a song as well.

“From my booth, it felt like there was a lot of love being poured in from all who worked on it,” Gebhardt says. “Kinda like what I imagine the sessions for Screamin’ Lord Sutch and his Heavy Friends might have been like.”

Despite the big names, the real attraction here is Red Mouth. He sings, stomps, romps, bellows and howls his way through thirteen songs that truly communicate the essence of his craft-- true, unabashed artistry without a hint of compromise or pretense.

“I feel like this record bridges the language barrier between the spirit world, myself and all the Earth like nothing I’ve ever done before,” Gebhardt added.

“It’s not pop music. It’s messages from the other side.”

That attitude is the essence of Red Mouth’s music-- a sound that has taken him all over the world. It’s even put him in film festivals-- he has a role in “Mourning Hills”, a motion picture from Highland Piper Entertainment that’s due to screen this year.

But for this multi-talented artist, whether it’s the screen or the long-player-- he can’t help but make that sound. “Toska” is the penultimate distillation of that sound... and the perfect opportunity for you to get acquainted with an artist unlike any you’ve ever met before." - Reed Watson (Belle Adair, The Pollies)

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released 28 October 2014

Produced and mixed by Eric "Red Mouth" Gebhardt, assisted, engineered, and mixed by Jimmy Nutt at The Nutthouse Recording Studio. Assistance from Michael C. Ivey and Luke Hunter. Additional mixing help from Andreas Werner. Mastered by Kramer. Instigation by Brian Brinkerhoff. All songs written by Eric "Red Mouth" Gebhardt, published by Singular Recordings/Gokuhi, LLC and Sugar Duke Music/ASCAP 2014, except * - "Johanna" written by Iggy Pop and James Williamson, BMG Bumblebee/Cruisin' Music/Strait James Music - "She's Got A Crush On Me" written by Donnie Fritts and Billy Lawson, BMG Bumblebee/DF Music. Cover photos by Carl Gebhardt with assistance from Shannon Well and Chris James. Graphic design and back cover concept by Chris James (Heavy Color).

Red Mouth Records www.redmouthmusic.com

- BLACK OLD BONES
Red - Vocals, Electric Piano, Backing Vocals
Cody Gaisser - Organ, Noise, Backing Vocals
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass, Backing Vocals
Chad Gamble - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
Kate Tayler Hunt - Violin

- DAS MOOSE
Red - Vocals, Guitar
Cody Gaisser - Guitar
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Ben Tanner - Electric Piano
Harvey Thompson - Baritone Sax

- SUGAR SUGAR
Red - Vocals, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Toy Piano
Cody Gaisser - Guitar
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Ben Tanner - Organ
Harvey Thompson - Baritone Sax
Louisa Murray, Kim Tibbs, Brittany Faith - Backing Vocals

- BUTCHER KNIFE
Red - Vocals, Electric Piano
Cody Gaisser - Guitar
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Harvey Thompson - Saxophones
Kim Tibbs - Organ

- BONE CAMP ROAD
Red - Vocals, Guitar
Cody Gaisser - Guitar, Piano
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Harvey Thompson - Saxophones
Louisa Murray, Kim Tibbs, Brittany Faith - Backing Vocals

- LONG GONE TRAIN OF MINE
Red - Vocals, Guitar
Cody Gaisser - Guitar
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Kate Tayler Hunt - Violin
Ben Tanner - Piano
Louisa Murray, Jessica Rothstein - Backing Vocals

- A GENTLER HAND
Red - Vocals, Guitar
Cody - Guitar, Grand Piano
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Kate Tayler Hunt - Violin
Louisa Murray, Jessica Rothstein - Backing Vocals

- SHE'S GOT A CRUSH ON ME
Red - Vocals
Donnie Fritts - Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Jeremy Woods - Trombone
James Thigpen - Trumpet

- GOD DON'T YOU TROUBLE MY BODY NO MORE
Red - Vocals, Percussion
Chad Gamble - Drums
Jimmy Nutt - Percussion
Kate Tayler Hunt - Strings
Louisa Murray, Kim Tibbs, Brittany Faith - Backing Vocals

- JOHANNA
Red - Vocals
Cody Gaisser - Guitars
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Ben Tanner - Grand Piano
Harvey Thompson - Saxophones

- JIMMIE MACK LYNN
Red - Vocals, Electric Piano
Cody Gaisser - Guitar, Electric Piano
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums, Percussion
Harvey Thompson - Baritone Sax
Kate Tayler Hunt - Strings
Louisa Murray, Kim Tibbs, Brittany Faith - Backing Vocals

- THIS THING
Red - Vocals, Guitar
Cody Gaisser - Guitar
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Harvey Thompson - Saxophones
Jimmy Nutt - Percussion
Louisa Murray, Kim Tibbs, Brittany Faith - Backing Vocals

- THERE IS A CROW
Red - Vocals, Guitar
Cody Gaisser - Guitar
Jimbo Hart - Upright Bass
Chad Gamble - Drums
Kate Tayler Hunt - Strings

Thanks - Carl Susan and Chris Gebhardt, Nadene Mairesse, Eli Flippen, Jack Wadkins, Bryan Farris, Nate Emery, Bill Conflict, Kevin Reed, Patrick Billingsley, Dana Fasano, Robin Gillespie, Shannon Wells, Ivannoel Gonzalez-Dollar, Nathan Pitts, Clinton Harris, Jeff Pruett, Tyler Young, Brian Corrigan, Jon Ray, Benjamin Aviotti, Nathan Powell, Evan Sandy, Ben Tanner, Andreas Werner, Pegasus Records, John Cartwright, Andres Roots, Vlad Lee, always Iggy Pop, and last, several ideas on this record are fruit from trees seeded many years ago by my dear friend, Jeff East, rest well, Brother, you are always with me.

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A strange brew of Son House, Captian Beefheart, Elvis and Nick Cave, backboned by stomping, driving Muscle Shoals rhythms. All resulting in a gospel experience through a gothic Alabama that your typical singer songwriters won't be guiding you anytime soon. ... more

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Track Name: Black Old Bones
Out in Oklahoma
With the wind and the wheat
There are these black old bones
That keep on haunting me
She said she'd never leave, she'd never leave she'd never leave me alone
Those black old bones
Fiddle back fiddle back of my two tone heart
They are my coveted arc
Those black old bones...

Out in Oklahoma
Where the storms are tumblin'
And the trains and tractors are rumblin'
All over those black old bones
I stand 6'4" but the dirt is eighty eighty eight
Those black old bones
With weed and horses and hefers and stick
Sweat and stone
Those black old bones
Track Name: Das Moose
My Momma's Papa Charlie and my Daddy's Sally Sue
There's nothing in this world gonna change my attitude
I'll call Uncle Billy, he's built like an ox
There's a hen in the wolfhouse who got herself a cock
Das Moose

My sister's down on Temple gonna catch herself a bus
visit cousin Katie and exercise their lust
there's sizzle in your monkey there's a bully in your bag
if you fetch it down on Mobile then you'll fetch yourself a shag
Das Moose

Daddy Sally Sue he leaves it hanging out loose
He don't like the bulls he's just trying to find a moose
And Momma popped her Charlie with the neighbor down the street
When he slaps his leg Momma run and take her seat
Das Moose

My chariot rolls across this pin cushioned sky
While Daddy Sally Sue's out looking for his guy
Don't tell me to stay in after dark
There's a hellfire coming, shake your beastly art
Das Moose

After 10 o'clock down at Wilson Park
You'll find yourself in drag thumbing down a car
If you catch down on the receiving end
Then put it up in pigtails and a cha-cha grin
Das Moose

Follow Uncle John to Chazz Liqour store
That's a side of Bama you need to explore
Fleetwood Mac on Little Puppy's radio
Shake shake shake, shake a tail feather
Das Moose
Track Name: Sugar Sugar
Sugar sugar there's a blues inside my mind
I've earned all the wrinkles and I'll earn many more
My back it is strong like a stegosaur

Sugar sugar let's tear this old building down
Let's raise this roof like we were hired to do
For we are the proud and we are the few

Sugar sugar I take my coffee black
There's a hole in space where all my feelings go
I am an ape, I'm from the congo

Sugar sugar lay across my boney leg
It's like a heart against the palm of my hand
This whole world it knows that I'm a mighty mighty man

Sugar sugar there's a blues inside my mind
I'm I whiskey river and you're a diving duck
Dive baby dive, you'll never come up
Your heart on my shelf, I'll take away your clothing
They'll never find you here, I'll hide you in my painting
Sugar sugar
Sugar sugar
Sugar sugar
Sugar sugar
Track Name: Butcher Knife
I'll take a butcher knife and cut off my head
Send you an email says my body is dead
You want me to love you but you, you gotta love me, too

I'll put holes in my hand and a bullet into my brain
So you can say your saviour's come and gone again
You want me to love you but you, you gotta love me, too

I'll pull up my bootstraps and pack up my case
I'll light a fire, babe, and burn off my face
You want me to love you but you, you gotta love me, too

I'll find the strongest wind and fly off this rock
I'll leave behind a text message says lock, stock, and teardrop
You want me to love you but you, you gotta love me, too

I'll grow wings from my back and grow out my stinger
Peel the skin from my body, babe, and pull off my fingers
You want me to love you but you, you gotta love me, too

The moral of this tale is to do unto others
Insects can fly, babe, and monkeys eat their brothers
You want me to love you but you, you gotta love me, too
Track Name: Bone Camp Road
Down in Louisiana tracking Mississippi mud
She danced like flame around a bucket of blood
She got my soul, she got my brain
and freedom comes down Bone Camp Road

My blood's on fire pumping under my skin
The Devil's yelling, "Let this day begin!"
I got my boots, locked and load
and freedom comes down Bone Camp Road

The moon curls through her dark hair
She ain't no betty she's my black mare
She got her dolls (she got her dolls)
She got my soul (she got his soul)
and freedom comes down Bone Camp Road
Track Name: Long Gone Train Of Mine
I looked for you in Mississippi and looked down in New Orleans
But they said that you were up in Queens
You long gone train of mine

I looked for you in New York City and looked up in Buffalo
But they said that you were down in Orlando
You long gone train of mine
You long gone train of mine

I looked for you in scripture and I looke for you in song
But they said that you had never come along
You long gone train of mine

I looked for you in Heaven but they said that you were in Hell
So I thought that I would follow you there
You long gone train of mine
You long gone train of mine

I looked for you inside of me but I didn't find you there
Just an old train conductor and a broken chair
You long gone train of mine

I looked for you all over but you were not to be found
So I will ride these rails around and around
You long gone train of mine
You long gone train of mine
You long gone train of mine
Track Name: A Gentler Hand
When I was a boy once I ran away from home
I didn't get very far, around a few corners and down a couple streets
My Daddy he looked for me, he came and he found me
But he wasn't mad at me though, in fact, he was crying

He said, "Son, you're gonna find, in this world, that sometimes it takes a gentler hand"
My mother now, well she was crying, too

She seemed mad at me though, she was just crying and shaking me
She kept whining inbetween her sobs, "Boy, how could you do this to me?"
But I couldn't help but think to myself, "Do this to YOU?"

He said, "Son, you're gonna find, in this world, that sometimes it takes a gentler hand"

I found myself walking home from school one day and I saw someone sitting there, crying
She was the odd girl, the weird girl, but really not any lower than me
She looked up at me with something in her eyes and her panties down around her feet
She looked up at me like she wasn't expecting nothing

He said, "Son, you're gonna find, in this world, that sometimes it takes a gentler hand"

Now I'm an old man just wishing that I could be a young man again
Soup and a brownie they bring me for dinner after a sandwich they bring me at three
And I look back at my life all splayed out here on these white sheets
And I wasn't privileged and poor and wasn't good but I knew what it was to cry

He said, "Son, you're gonna find, in this world, that sometimes it takes a gentler hand"
Track Name: God Don't You Trouble My Body No More
In my mind I see a space, in my mind I see a space
Far as I can see in that space there's no room for me
I'm gonna wade in the water until my blood has washed away

The stars they look down on me, the stars they look down on me
Since I's a child I can feel the stars pushing down on me
I'm gonna wade in the water until my bones have all washed away

And the childs they all gathered around, and my family they all gathered around
I said farewell God's abandoned me, advert your eyes
I'm gonna wade in the water until my soul has washed away

God Don't You Trouble My Body No More

Gonna wade in the water, gonna wade in the water child
Gonna wade in the water, gonna wade in the water until my blood has all washed clean

Gonna wade in the water, gonna wade in the water child
Gonna wade in the water, gonna wade in the water until my soul has all washed clean
And God don't you trouble my body no more
Track Name: Jimmie Mack Lynn
Jimmie Mack Lynn, he come in, and tells me just to sit still
He's gonna pluck out my eyes so I can't cry and burn up all of my quills
He's a mean mother fucker and I am such a sucker to let him expose my will
He took my eyes and he took my feets
Put in a box wrapped in a sheet

He buried that box outside my cell so I could smell them rot
He's a horrid old boy who see's to take my joy and together they ring my bells
There are not birds and there are no trees because of Jimmy Mack Lynn
Do you hear me
Jimmie Mack Lynn

Do you hear me, Jimmie Mack Lynn, do you hear me

Jimmie Mack Lynn I have suspicioned that he did not sleep alone
When the rains come down I can smell that box and she ain't just flesh and bone
He's a ruthless mother fucker and I'm a goddamed sucker but what else is in that box?
Jimmie Mack Lynn
Do you hear me

Jimmie Mack Lynn, do you hear me?
Jimmie Mack Lynn, do you hear me?
What else is in that box?
What else is in that box?
Track Name: This Thing
This thing, I can't feel it in my arms
This thing, I can feel it down in my heart
It is a pleasure, it is a joy
To have come across this thing

It can rain and pour, won't bother me no more
Strip my possesions and drive me from my door
This thing, precious thing
Will prepare it's killing floor

This thing is like a baby held in my arms
Oh baby, like the axe out in your barn
Will strike me down and burn me out
Such is the nature of this thing

In the morning your floorboards they start to creak
Oh baby, your air it begins to freeze
In your chest and in your soul
You feel the coming of this thing
Track Name: There is a Crow
In this place where I call home, there is a mountain of my black soul
In this place where I now live, there is a river where I dip my quill

In the evening, where I'm free, there is a crow waiting for me
Light from a candle where I now lay, reveals the shadow in my brain

Brick and mortar where I now hide, will fall like hail from the sky
In the yard, where I now bay, unto word and picture I am a slave

In this heart that I call mine, there is a canyon from which they mine
In the building from where they learn, they study the rock and where it's from

And like the time in which we did not stand up, no one will know why it was abrupt
And in this soul that I feel, there is a crow I know is real