Western Centuries - Songs from the Deluge
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  • Far From Home
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:52) [10.97 MB]
  • Earthly Justice
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:04) [11.41 MB]
  • Wild Birds
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:25) [12.23 MB]
  • Wild You Run
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:33) [12.51 MB]
  • Rocks and Flame
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:44) [10.65 MB]
  • Own Private Honky Tonk
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:39) [10.47 MB]
  • Cloud of Woes
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (03:34) [10.28 MB]
  • Borrow Time
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:07) [11.55 MB]
  • How Many More Miles to Babylon
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:31) [12.45 MB]
  • Time Does the Rest
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:03) [11.39 MB]
  • Three Swallows
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:58) [13.47 MB]
  • Three Swallows
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:58) [13.47 MB]
  • Warm Guns
    Genre: Americana
    MP3 (04:56) [13.4 MB]
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Short Bio

"Western Centuries is the country supergroup we've been waiting for" —Exclaim!

“What a relief! Country music is alive and well. Great players, fine songwriting, and honest singers. These guys are doing it right.”
Willie Watson

With Songs from the Deluge, honky-tonk supergroup Western Centuries brings country music home to its eclectic and unpretentious origins. Recorded and co-produced by acclaimed Cajun musician and Grammy-winning producer Joel Savoy at his Eunice, LA studio, this fresh set of songs spans psychedelia, boogie-woogie, and quixotic tales of love. The carefully honed sound is supported by the band’s signature literary approach to lyricism. Throughout the album’s 12 songs, Western Centuries’ three songwriters (Ethan Lawton, Cahalen Morrison, Jim Miller) traverse vastly differing geographies—the city, the Southwest, the metaphysical—and weave together a tapestry of Western music without sacrificing their hard-earned country dancehall sound. Indeed, Songs from the Deluge harmonizes three distinct songwriting voices into a sound that pulls from the great expanse of American music: Delta blues, Appalachian string band music, Texas fiddle traditions, cowboy songs. This record will levitate heavy hearts, turn spilled beer into ballads, and reclaim the multifaceted roots of country.

Songs from the Deluge

1. Far From Home (3:52)
2. Earthly Justice (4:04)
3. Wild Birds (4:25)
4. Wild You Run (4:33)
5. Rocks and Flame (3:44)
6. Own Private Honky Tonk (3:39)
7. Cloud of Woes (3:34)
8. Borrow Time (4:07)
9. How Many More Miles to Babylon (4:31)
10. Time Does the Rest (4:03)
11. Three Swallows (4:58)
12. Warm Guns (4:56)

Album Credits

Produced by Joel Savoy and Western Centuries
Recorded by Joel Savoy at Studio SavoyFaire, Eunice, Louisiana
Mixed by Nathan Vanderpool at Tiny Pinecone Studio, Portland, Oregon

Lead vocal for Three Swallows recorded by Mike McDermott at Hill Street Blues, Seattle, Washington
Harmony vocals recorded by Nathan Vanderpool and Mike McDermott

Mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, Chicago, Illinois

Western Centuries Biography

When did country music start to sound the same? The first generation of country artists borrowed from everything around them: Appalachian stringband music, Texas fiddle traditions, cowboy songs, Delta blues. In an era of unprecedented access to our musical pasts, shouldn’t country music be even more diverse than it was in its infancy? Honky-tonk supergroup Western Centuries, back with a new album in 2018, surely understands this. They aren’t bound by any dictum to write songs in a modern country, or even a retro country style; instead they’re taking their own personal influences as three very different songwriters and fusing it into a sound that moves beyond the constraints of country. Part of the reason they can make music with this range of influences is because of their roots in city life. Both Cahalen Morrison and Ethan Lawton, two of the three principal songwriters, live in Seattle’s diverse South end, and the third songwriter, Jim Miller, spends most of his time in and around New York City. The urban landscape is rarely mentioned in country music, but it makes for a refreshing sound that draws as easily from modern R&B as it does George Jones. It helps too that the album was recorded and co-produced by acclaimed musician and Grammy-winning producer Joel Savoy in Eunice, Louisiana, where local Cajun and Creole artists have always been adept at marrying old country sounds with R&B and rock n roll.

With Songs from the Deluge, out April 6, 2018 on Free Dirt Records, Western Centuries brings three songwriting voices together into a more unified sound than ever before. Over the past year of heavy touring (since the release of their last album), they’ve pushed each other hard as songwriters. But with a band this well tested on the road, it’s the sonic and lyrical places where each artist’s styles depart that’s most interesting.

Ethan Lawton, known for his earlier work in Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers, loves to pen imaginative parables about people living at extremes. "Wild You Run" by Lawton tells the story of watching someone you love deteriorate with a crippling addiction. The subject chases his temptation, but loses his soul as Lawton cries out helplessly "I won't tell mama what you done, go have your fun....” Lawton's "My Own Private Honky Tonk" is a rambunctious new take on the drinkin' alone narrative which finds Lawton dancing and playing music until the downstairs neighbors call. It's a boogie-woogie flavored tune à la Fats Domino that highlights the upright bass work of Nokosee Fields, the band's newest member. With the opening track, “Far From Home,” Lawton wails "mother, dear mother, won't you spin a yarn about the way things were.” It's about the dark days that young men found abroad in Vietnam and the personal wars they had to fight when they returned back home.

Cahalen Morrison, known for his earlier duo work with Eli West, is the country boy to Lawton's urban cowboy, inspired by his love for cowboy poetry and the New Mexican desert where he grew up. He's got a knack for bending words around stories until they're as funny as they are tragic, as fantastic as they are real. His songs grow like mesquite in the desert; they twist and turn. On "Earthly Justice," Morrison sings of barflys and their troubles, remarking sardonically "if earthly justice just don't get them in the end, there's always a heavenly trial on its way" as vocal harmonies and pedal steel two step all around him. On Morrison’s album closer "Warm Guns,” he waxes quixotic about loss in love, singing in Spanish about being a victim of his own flaws.

Jim Miller, known for his earlier work with Donna the Buffalo, is the resident psychedelic poet. Like the best country songwriters, Miller's sense of communion with nature turns his songs into works of magical realism. On "Wild Birds", a song about a road-bound band, he consults the moss, befriends the tide, and survives fire all while asking for prayers to guide his band home to the end of their migration. "Borrow Time" features Louisiana accordion legend Roddie Romero, and the album's best harmonies between the three lead singers. Some of his most beautiful lines happen on "Time Does The Rest" as he sings "Your heart knows what’s best / Hold her close, the lips will confess / Let it rise let it fall, time does the rest."

Western Centuries’ music crosses vastly differing geographies–the city, the southwest, the metaphysical. And their musical influences are equally as diverse. Together, they weave a tapestry of western music, without sacrificing their hard-earned country dancehall sound. Songs from the Deluge will levitate heavy hearts, turn spilled beer into ballads, and bring country music home as literate, epic odysseys from parts unknown.
  • Members:
    Cahalen Morrison; Jim Miller; Ethan Lawton
  • Sounds Like:
    Sturgill Simpson; Tyler Childers; Willie Watson; Jim Lauderdale
  • Influences:
    The Band; Hank Williams; Jimmie Rodgers
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