Prichard Harter

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Chicagoland's Prichard Harter brings you their debut full-length release. The band set out in the early spring of 2016 to capture 11 original songs. Thank you for listening to our music.

Recorded at Rax Trax Recording
Mixed and mastered by Andy Shoemaker

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released February 25, 2017

Cheyne Heaton – Mandolin, Vocals
Matt Augustine – Guitar, Vocals
Jake Carmany – Bass, Vocals
Cole Oosthuizen – Drums, Vocals
Derek Gray – Fiddle, Vocals

Big thanks to our friends and family for their endless support, Rax Trax Recording and Andy Shoemaker, Kent Werner, Ian Krass, and everybody else who helped to make the album possible.

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Prichard Harter is a progressive Bluegrass/Americana band based in Chicagoland. Prichard Harter's inimitable style stems from the song writing team of mandolin player Cheyne Heaton and guitarist Matt Augustine. The duo's diverse writing styles lend a captivating dynamic to their compositions, which are filled out by bassist Jake Carmany and percussionist Cole Oosthuizen. ... more

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Track Name: Devil Lets You Down
I’ll see you when you the Devil lets you down
I’m standing with my feet right on the ground
I tell you anything you want to hear me say
Because I love the way you make me feel
Like I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ll drink the muddy water
I’ll flip the sirens on
I’ll leave the whiskey in the window
My baby, she’s long gone

You seem to like the scandal
I’ll wear you on my sleeve
Now pass that empty bottle
We’re leaving New Year’s Eve
But the funny thing about it
I know the reason why
Either you’ll make me laugh
You’d better make me cry

I’ll see you when you the Devil lets you down
I’m standing with my feet right on the ground
I tell you anything you want to hear me say
Because I love the way you make me feel
Like I don’t mean a thing
I’ll drink that muddy water
I’ll flip the sirens on
I’ll leave the whiskey in the window
My baby, she’s long gone

My friends always ask me
Why I let her do me wrong
A wiser man once told me
He sang it in a song
You’ve got find your retribution
And the road is high
You know she don’t make laugh
She only makes me cry

I’ll see you when you the Devil lets you down
I’m standing with my feet right on the ground
I’ll tell you anything you want to hear me say
Because I love the way you make me feel
Like I’ve done nothing wrong
I’ll drink the muddy water
I’ll flip the sirens on
I’ll leave the whiskey in the window
My baby, she’s long gone

I’ll see you when you the Devil lets you down
I’m standing with my feet right on the ground
I’ll tell you anything you want to hear me say
Because I love the way you make me feel
Like I don’t mean a thing
I’ll drink that muddy water
I’ll flip the sirens on
I’ll leave the whiskey in the window
My baby, she’s long gone
Track Name: Early Morning Rain
If you keep your friends as close as lies
If the rain is clouding up your eyes
When the tree undresses for the breeze
Look to me (look to me)

How you hope your dreams could be like life
How the wind can calculate your time
If the tree top’s empty, you’re inclined
To look for me (just look for me)

That early morning rain
Tiptoes through the city
That early country rain
Is falling like the snow
That early morning rain
Tiptoes through the city
That early country rain
Is falling like the snow

That early morning rain
Tiptoes through the city
That early country rain
Is falling like the snow
That early morning rain
Tiptoes through the city
That early country rain
Is falling like the snow

So your thoughts are written like a poem
Metaphors keep slipping through the folds
Gonna catch your breath and find some time
To read to me (read to me)
When the weather screeches to a halt
When you find some time to work it out
Find the places buried in your dreams
Look so free (you look so free)

That early morning rain
Tiptoes through the city
That early country rain
Is falling like the snow
That early morning rain
Tiptoes through the city
That early country rain
Is falling like the snow
Track Name: Light You Thought You Left Behind
The light you thought you left behind still shines
I can see it when you open up your eyes
You gotta dig for what you want, or take what’s right on top
The light you thought you left behind still shines

Believe me when I say that you are brave
Although your calling calls you to your grave
You’re fighting for your pride but you’re freezing up inside
Believe me when I say that you are brave

The light you thought you left behind still shines
I can see it when you open up your eyes
You gotta dig for what you want, or take what’s right on top
The light you thought you left behind still shines

You’ve gotta walk that ragged mile
You’ve gotta turn the other key
I’ve seen the light behind your smile
You’ve seen the light go out of me

I can’t bleed the poison from your veins
You’re just like me, you know you’re not to blame
Honey, we can watch the rain on this hundred-acre plain
But I can’t bleed the poison from your veins

The light you thought you left behind still shines
I can see it when you open up your eyes
You gotta dig for what you want, or take what’s right on top
The light you thought you left behind still shines

You’ve gotta walk that ragged mile
You’ve gotta turn the other key
I’ve seen the light behind your smile
You’ve seen the light go out of me

Oh I can’t bleed the poison from your veins
You’re just like me, you know you’re not to blame
Honey, we can watch the rain on this hundred-acre plain
But I can’t bleed the poison from your veins

The light you thought you left behind still shines
I can see it when you open up your eyes
You gotta dig for what you want, or take what’s right on top
The light you thought you left behind still shines

The light you thought you left behind still shines
I can see it when you open up your eyes
You gotta dig for what you want, or take what’s right on top
The light you thought you left behind still shines
The light you thought you left behind still shines
Track Name: Colors and Changes
Stately lady, can I lay you down?
Some lonesome valley
Outside of town
You kiss so sweet
And your love’s the same
But the game you’re playing
That ol’ lover’s game

I can’t and you know why
Sun comes dripping down that orange sky
I can, I will provide
For the colors and changes sparking across my mind

Bitter lady, can I shut you off?
Ripple the water
And sharpen the rust
Eyes like venom
And your lips like wine
And your departure
Has got me feeling fine

I can’t and you know why
Sun comes dripping down that orange sky
I can, I will provide
For the colors and changes sparking across my mind
For the colors and changes sparking across my mind
Track Name: Nothing but the Sound
She thought she caught me staring, but I was only glaring
At the exit sign
She moved across the marble floor, passed his gaze and out the door
The next one’s mine she smiles
As I followed out to find him, somebody there behind him
Raised him up and brought him down
‘What’s it all about?’ I heard you ask
I said it’s nothing but the sound

Not knowing what to make of it my mind began to shake a bit
I stepped inside
Felt a hand upon my shoulder, I turned around to hold her
And I don’t know why
I’d never seen her anywhere, I didn’t have a right to care
She kept me at arm’s length
‘What’s it all about?’ I heard her ask
I said I didn’t have the strength

That fortune teller sold to me a vision that could only be
A waste of time
She told me I was broken, I told another joke and
We were out of time
But I kind of liked the lies, I didn’t mind the price
She opened up the sky
I asked her what the cards were for
She told me not to open up my eyes

There’s not a single part of me that doesn’t want to try to be
The best I can
There’s times I get so lost before I find my way I’ve crossed
Another line again
I don’t know where I went wrong, I can find it in a song
I can run my trouble down
Don’t ask me ‘bout the weather
It’s always never nothing but the sound

Don’t ask me ‘bout the weather
It’s always never nothing but the sound
Don’t ask me ‘bout the weather
It’s always never nothing but the sound
Track Name: Release
He pictured her in a sleek gold dress
In the backwoods of the country
She prayed a while to her defense
And walked off in the morning
And he wondered why it took so long
She dried her eyes but didn’t move on
He thanked his gods for release

She ran away to a bitter place
And latched on to another
The bitter laughs, the pseudo grins
Borrowed and delivered
And she tried so hard to be someone
But every time she heard that song
She drained her eyes for release

He carved a ship into a stone
With colors luminescing
She painted red on a canvas sewn
By others who have claimed him
And she shouts so loud in her dreams
He smiled so wide, you should have seen
Him whisper will for her release
Track Name: Bring Down the Lamp
Judge put me up without parole
Asked for mercy on my soul
He don’t scare me none you see
Jailers wife’s got eyes for me

I gotta say, I gotta say
I seen you walking that-a-way
Don’t come too close, oh never mind
I’m not the kind, I’m not the kind

You’ve got a man made out of lies
You said he steals; God knows he tries
He’s not the one to keep you warm
He’ll leave you out there in the storm

I gotta say, I gotta say
He’ll leave you low and run away
He’s got your gun; you’ve got mine too
He’s not alone when I’m with you

Bring down the lamp (bring down the lamp)
I’ll never leave (I’ll never leave)
I’ll cut me down to make you see
I’m not the kind to hang around
Don’t care to hear your dying sound

I gotta say, I gotta say
That ain’t the road; this ain’t the way
Now I don’t mind just where you been
You let me out, I’ll let you in

Bring down the lamp (bring down the lamp)
I’ll never die (I’ll never die)
Leave out the back; I’ll wait inside
We’ll never see his face again
We don’t belong with those kind of men

I gotta say, I gotta say
You’ve gotta run the other way
You got it right, love’s always wrong
Go out and live where you belong

I gotta say, I gotta say
You’ll see the flames a mile away
Brought down the lamp against his mind
You like me now? Lord, I don’t mind
Track Name: Riverbend
I marched up a straight line to a river bend, dropping candy in its place

Had no sense of living when I left

I took my maps and magnets,
and I threw them in the wake

Scripts and twisted loss roll down the way

My thoughts roll into one,
 and we were losin’ light

Must have been the run
'
Cause I know I can make it out

My thoughts roll into one, 
and we were losin’ light

Must have been the run
'
Cause I know I can make it out

Six long years I’ve waited, carving content into rain

I said I felt like flyin’

Fly away (I’ll fly away)

Trade my guilt and worry

For the colors in my brain

Scripted hues of hope every day

My thoughts roll into one,
 and we were losin’ light

Must have been the run
'
Cause I know I can make it out
Track Name: Northside Biped
And I bid farewell to a flailing dream
With a shaky hand and a hold on me
And I shift my loss all across the space
With a conscience free and a lifted weight

When I see you nerves clench
Like sirens in the waves
And we can take our time
Throw it all away

Now I found my frame, I can see it clear
And you found your space right outside of there
Where you gather gloom, and you gasp for great
You bit my tongue, left an awful taste

When I see you nerves clench
Like sirens in the waves
And we can take our time
Throw it all away

Now I lock my fate right outside the door
And I keep my fear in an empty drawer
Like a low-tide sway or a steady breeze
That northside biped’s got a hold on me
That northside biped’s got a hold on me

When I see you nerves clench
Like sirens in the waves
And we can take our time
Throw it all away
Track Name: Bottom of the Hill
I’ve never been the kind to say what’s on my mind
I hold my breath and keep it deep inside
And I’ll always disappear when you say you need me near
It’s nothing but the way I like to hide

I just keep living this away
Running from today
Finding myself face down in tomorrow
Something’s not the same, everything’s a shame
I’ll meet you at the bottom of the hill

It’s not that I don’t like the colors in your eyes
It’s something in your smile that makes me nervous
And I’ll try to compromise by wearing a disguise
But I can’t breathe until I’m on my own

I just keep living this away
Running from today
Finding myself face down in tomorrow
Something’s not the same, everything’s a shame
I’ll meet you at the bottom of the hill

If you had a dog, I’d only feed it flowers
If I were a horse I’d let you ride me
If you’d be my friend, I’d love you till the end
And if you’d hold me close I’d let you find me

I just keep living this away
Running from today
Finding myself face down in tomorrow
Something’s not the same, everything’s a shame
I’ll meet you at the bottom of the hill