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Me and the Devil

by Chris Cacavas & Edward Abbiati

Released 2014
Appaloosa Records / Harbour Song Records
Released 2014
Appaloosa Records / Harbour Song Records
Recorded in a barn in 5 days with Winston Watson (Bob Dylan, Giant Sand, Warren Zevon), Mike "Slo Mo" Brenner (Magnolia Electric Co., Marah) this is a Garage Folk album! Songs Written by Green on Red founding member and Lowlands frontman.
NOTES
Collaborations can cross oceans and cover land masses, from East Coast to West, but when former Green On Red keyboardist Chris Cacavas upped sticks for southern Germany, he hardly reckoned to find a writing partner so close at hand. A straight drive down through Switzerland and over the Alps to Italy brought him to the door of Edward Abbiati of the country’s premier roots band Lowlands.

Six months (and several ‘phonecalls, emails and ‘plane …
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Beyond

by Lowlands

Released 2012
Released 2012
10 tracks from garage punk rock to acoustic ballads. Like a midnight train lost in the night...
NOTES
Produced by ex-Soul Asylum keyboard player Joey Huffman (who had already contributed to 2010 release Gypsy Child) Lowlands explore and explode the boundaries of what they had previously achieved releasing what is their most eclectic record. 10 brand new tracks, from punk rock to acoustic ballads, which capture the exuberance and variety of their live shows. Rock’n’folk.
The album was recorded over 6 days in Northern Italy. Featuring Lowlands’ regular guests Mike “Slo Mo” Brenner (Marah, …
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Gypsy Child

by Lowlands

Released 2010
Gypsy Child Records
Released 2010
Gypsy Child Records
An unashamedly rock album from roots rockers LOWLANDS as they return with an album which deals with themes of leaving and staying...and ghosts!
NOTES
LOWLANDS broke onto the European roots rock scene in 2008 with their debut album “The Last Call”. Gathering strong reviews from around the world (9/10 Americana UK, 4**** Maverick Magazine) and a surprising amount of airplay for a self released record - all 12 tracks were played globally from Brisbane to San Francisco, including BBC (UK), RAI (Italy) and PBS (Australia), the record was a Top 10 seller on the Miles of Music Portal and made the International Top 50 Roots …
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EP Vol. 1

by Lowlands

Gypsy Child Records
Gypsy Child Records
Covering a broad spectrum from roots rock, to acoustic folk passing through a few electric storms, 5 tracks to try and convince you that LOWLANDS could be your next favourite band!
NOTES
“LOWLANDS” release first EP - new full length album coming in 2010

Oceanside, CA, July 31 2009:

A year after the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, roots rockers LOWLANDS are releasing the first in a planned regular series of EPs, to air live favorites, cover versions and other songs that don’t fit in with their albums for artistic reasons, yet which deserve a wider audience.

Already well into recording sessions for their second LP, the …
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The Last Call

by LOWLANDS

Released 2008
Gypsy Child Records
Released 2008
Gypsy Child Records
Driving,guitar-led alt-country, albeit with a harder edge than straight Americana. Songs about pubs, cemeteries, ghosts,highways, sunsets, dark nights, deserts, blood, hope, drinking, remembering, traveling, giving up, starting again.
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“The Last Call” from Lowlands has songs about pubs and cemeteries, ghosts, highways, sunsets, dark nights, skies, deserts, cities at night, blood, hope, pints, bleeding, screaming, laughing, crying, drinking, throwing up, hoping, remembering, travelling, giving up, starting again ... tales of lost love and redemption.

Lost somewhere in between the Classic (Dylan, Pogues, Waits), and the more roots inclined side of indie rock (from Steve Wynn and Westerberg to Whiskeytown) from Pavia, Italy, led by British …
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LOWLANDS
Edward Abbiati

Story

Written in London, on St George's day, when I was too far away from a funeral I should have been at. I looked for trouble and found it.

Lyrics

The Last Call | GHOSTS IN THIS TOWN

There are ghosts in this town
There are ghosts all around
Some are buried in my head
Others in the ground
I see them in my dreams
I see them in the streets
Hear them howl at the moon
And I wonder if I will join them soon

There Are Ghosts in this town
There are ghosts all around
I got lost looking for you
Through different shades of blue
I was standing lost and wet
Out on St George’s day
Not knowing if it would be okay
And if we’d ever make it out of the rain

Dark Night Orange Sky
Sometimes I wonder why we Even Try
Well I roamed all over town
And I ordered another round
I did all it was I could do
To get away from you
I dug myself hole
And threw away my soul
Still ended up bleeding at your door
Lord I can’t take this anymore

He carried you for your last promenade
Read from the bible as they lay you in the shade

I stand every night, out on the bridge
Watch the cars rush on by see you standing there
For you I’ll sing this song
For you I’ll carry on
Down the road
Through this dark old night
Till I see you again

Dark Night Orange Sky
Sometimes I wonder why we Even Try

Edward Abbiati: vocals
Simone Fratti: bass
Chiara Giacobbe: violin
Francesco Verrastro: acoustic & electric guitars
Mike Brenner: lap steel
Steven Berrevoets: drums

LOWLANDS
Edward Abbiati

Story

The first verse was written in Asbury Park, NJ. Mid 90s. Waiting for a bus to take me back to New York after taking a walk in what, in my imagination, was a musical Camelot. The city seeemed abandoned, a ghost town and all i could feel where ghosts of the past.

The second verse was me remembering the long bus rides home when i was a kid. Looking out into the darkness, listening to music and dreaming of better places and better lives.

The third verse was written in a car, listening to my friend and musical hero, Tim Rogers, feeling, finally, in the right spot at the right time after too many years passed feeling on the wrong side of the hill.

The song is about thinking about making a change for too long...lovely organ and piano work by Joey Huffman (Soul Asylum) and wonderful backing vocals and guitar solo by our mate Chris Cacavas (Green on Red).

Lyrics

Gypsy Child | THERE’S A WORLD

There’s a town by the sea
Still waiting for summer to come again
The stores are boarded up
And only ghosts howl at night
The bus station is empty
Only wind passes through
You’re left with only thoughts
That leave you blue

From the bus window all you see
Are distant lights lost in the night
The road stretches on silently
Into the night
And when the storm winds blow at night
You just hold on tight

(CHORUS)
‘Cause there’s a world out there
that just won’t wait
There’s a world
That is rushing by
And you’re nowhere near to the end
And you’re nowhere near to the end

(Bridge)
And the months roll by as we stand still
Dreaming of a world behind those hills
Days to months and months to years
Counting dreams and lonely fears

The sun turns to red
And the heat rises from the ground
The humming of the motor
Is a comforting sound
Driving down the hillside
On a soft summer afternoon
The radio plays a Tim Rogers tune
It feels like the perfect ride

It feels like 10 years ago
It feels like I could know
Where these steps are leading me
Where this road is taking me

(Chorus)

Edward Abbiati: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Simone Fratti: bass
Philip Ariens Mercaldo: drums
Stefano Speroni: fingerpicked guitar
Chris Cavacas: electric guitar solo, backing vocals
Mike Brenner: lap steel
Joey Huffman: piano, Hammond

LOWLANDS
Music:Edward Abbiati Words: Edward Abbiati & Tim Rogers

Story

For many years this was the song with which closed our shows...it was rough and it was raw...and I was always unhappy with the final verse. While recording this album I sent a demo of this song to our mate, the ever charming and forever reeling Tim Rogers (You Am I) who sent me back his lyrics for the final verse (and what a great apocalyptic ending he brought to the song) and then sang his heart out recording his part at Shane O'Mara's studio in Melbourne, Australia.

Tim Rogers is up there with Bruce, Bob and Tom Waits as my favourite lyricist. To write a song with him is something precious that I will keep with me till the day i die.

Special mention to Richard Hunter's incredible harmonica solo...it makes me grin every time! Lightnin' Rick strikes again!

This track was featured on Stove Pony's "What's kicking" CD and on UK Rock Magazine FIREWORKS' free CD.

Lyrics

Gypsy Child | GOTTA BE (SOMETHING OUT THERE TONIGHT)

I’ve been waiting here all day
For my doubts to clear away
Sitting in the shades
Hoping to someday get away
Now I’ve seen your look as evening comes
And I know you feel like me
This time and place means nothing to us
It’s a like tearing off the crust

(Chorus)
So pack your bags, travel light We’re going, going tonight
‘cause I know , I swear to you
There’s gotta be something out there tonight…something for me and you

The dust that covers this road
has choked my lungs,
The streets of this town
have worn me to the ground
I hear ghosts late at night
calling me away
I smell the road, feel the wind
I ain’t ever coming back

(Chorus)
You said the words long ago And now it’s time to go
‘cause I know I swear to you
There’s gotta be something out there tonight…something for me and you

(Chorus)
Please don’t cry We’re getting out
We’re going, going tonight
‘cause I know I swear to you
There’s gotta be something out there tonight…something for me and you

The wind is warm and there’s a silence in the air
My hope is my prayer
I see the lights of my own town disappear in my mirror
I swear on this night
I ain’t ever going back

Edward Abbiati: vocals, acoustic guitar
Tim Rogers: vocals
Stefano Brandinali: piano
Roberto Diana: electric guitar
Simone Fratti: bass
Chiara Giacobbe: electric violin
Philip Ariens Mercaldo: drums
Stefano Speroni: acoustic guitar
Mike Brenner: lap steel
Richard Hunter: harmonica

LOWLANDS
Edward Abbiati

Story

This one is a prayer, sent from the road. Sent back home and sometimes it feels just back in time.

It's also a promise.

The lovely Amanda Shires graced this track with her voice and Fiddle

Lyrics

Gypsy Child | BLOW BLUE WIND BLOW

Blow, Blue wind Blow
Across the hills and down below
Sweeping down across this plain
Blow this dust away and bring us rain

Go tell my mother I’m on the road
Tell her now I can’t be bought or sold
I make my way amongst the crowd
Learnt my lesson, I’ll make her proud

Go tell my father that I grew strong
Never meant to do any wrong
I was young and thought I was strong
How I missed his smile when I left home

Go tell my brother I miss him so
Watch his steps as he starts to go
Go tell my sister to be strong
She’s round the corner from reaching her home

Go tell my friends not to worry for me
I never left them they travelled with me
I carried their names, the stories they told
They kept me warm when the nights were cold

Go tell my love I forgot her none
I searched her smile in every new born sun
Heard her voice whispering in every dream
We’ll meet again when the leaves are green

Blow, Blue wind Blow
Across the hills and down below
Sweeping down across this plain
Blow away this dust and bring us rain

Edward Abbiati: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Stefano Brandinali: piano
Roberto Diana: dobro
Simone Fratti: double bass
Amanda Shires: fiddle & vocals
& very special thanks to Rod Picott for his help in the studio on this one!

LOWLANDS
Edward Abbiati

Story

This was the last song written for our debut album "The Last Call" and the first track recorded for the record: we got the whole song down in a one day session in September.

I guess it's a pagan hymn, an ode to late night calls, friendship, music, drinks, love & lust...our mate Nick Barker (The Wreckery, The Reptiles) from Melbourne was kind enough to sing on it and brought the whole song to another level.

David Henry and Rod Picott mixed this one in Nashville!

Lyrics

The Last Call | IN THE END

I wish we could all get drunk tonight
talk about music and the things of life
Me…I’d rather have another liver and you can keep my heart
I could drink twice as much and never fall apart

I’m nobody’s answer to sadness
In fact I seem to cause it half the time.
And maybe it’s sunny out there and maybe we can still make it
‘Cause I swear morning comes at the end of the darkest night

It’s All right…it’s all right in the end
It’s All right…it’s all right in the end
Thought you were coming home with me tonight
Thought you were coming home with me tonight

I once thought loving someone would make me strong
Now I know how quickly it all goes wrong
I swear there just ain’t no light down here in this hole, my dear
I need a hug, I need a Kiss, I need some advice and man I need a beer

It’s All right…it’s all right in the end
It’s All right…it’s all right in the end
Thought you were coming home with me tonight
Thought you were coming home with me tonight

Now Bartender rings in the last bell
Are you gonna give me heaven or give me hell
You can take my hand and take me home tonight
Or we can just loose each other forever on these city streets

It’s All right…it’s all right in the end
It’s All right…it’s all right in the end
Thought you were coming home with me tonight
Thought you were coming home with me tonight

Edward Abbiati: vocals & acoustic guitar
Simone Fratti: bass & handclaps
Stefano Speroni: acoustic guitar & handclaps
Simone Prunetti: electric guitar & handclaps
James Cruickshank: piano
Richard Hunter: harp
Paolo Maggi: drums
Nick Barker: vocals
Louise Abbiati & Chiara Meattelli: backing vocals

LOWLANDS
Trad. Arr

Story

This song has been featured heavily in our acoustic shows. It was the first Woody Guthrie song we recorded and will be featured on our new album "Better World Coming: Lowlands & Friends play Woody) out July 14th, 2012 to celebrate the Woody Guthrie Centennial.

LOWLANDS
Kevin Russell

Story

The first track we ever recorded was a cover of this song originally recorded by Austin based legends The Gourds. It was recorded for a yet to be released, 7 years and counting, tribute album.

We liked our recording so much we decided to stick together and name the band after this song.

This version is a re recorded version, released on our EP VOL.1. I still don't know if Kevin likes it....fingers crossed he does!

LOWLANDS
Edward Abbiati

Story

Friday Night...and all that comes with it! The hope and the desperation. A few pills and the city lights.

Richard Hunter's harmonica sounds like a full horn section. Simone's bass and Paolo's drumming elevate the song.

This track was mixed by Chric Cacavas (who also played keyboard on it!) and marks the beginning of our relationship with this wonderful human being and musical hero of ours!

We play this in a totally different arrangement on our acoustic shows....check out the free downloads (Live in Wales, brfm & The Radio & Kitchen Sessions)

Lyrics

The Last Call | FRIDAY NIGHT

There’s something in the air
The wind brushes back your hair
Step into the night
You know it’s gonna be alright
Friday Night, Just after midnight
Friday Night

Headlights tear through darkness
City lights in the distance
Loose the tiredness, Loose the weight
Forget it all Tonight
Friday Night, Just after midnight
Friday Night

Smoke in your eyes
Music fills your ears
Laughter and beers fill the hole
Don’t let go, just hold on tight
Everybody’s fine tonight
Everybody’s out tonight

Man I don’t want to argue
No I don’t want to fight
Just let me be, at least for tonight
Friday Night, Just after midnight
Friday Night

Standing in fire
Searching for the hurricane
You explode in the air
And come down in rain
Friday Night, Just after midnight
Friday Night

Edward Abbiati: vocals & acoustic guitar
Simone Fratti: bass
Richard Hunter: harp
Mike Brenner: lap & pedal steel
Chris Cavacas: keyboards
Simone Prunetti: electric guitar
Paolo Maggi: drums

LOWLANDS
Edward Abbiati

Story

You never, ever, should write a Lullaby for your new born kid...i read that so many times...of course I ignored it.

Written as a Lullaby for my little Sara. It's a broken Lullaby, she never ever fell asleep to it.

Recorded on april 25th 2009 in Milan at the Acoustic Design Studio of our friend Pietro Nobile.

Lyrics

EP Vol. 1 | LULLABY

I’ll hold you tight
I’ll hold you strong
I’ll hold you through this whole night long
Morning comes
In the end
We can rock this whole night away , away
We can rock this whole night away

I’ll hold you tight
I’ll hold you strong
I’ll tell the whole world to come along
Close your eyes
Don’t you cry
We can rock this whole night away , away
We can rock this whole night away

Bridge
Every night I’m by your side
Come on baby let’s catch the tide
Sail away to distant lands
Rest your head I’ll take your hand

I’ll hold you tight
I’ll hold you strong
I’ll give you all of this little song
Dream a dream
Pray your prayer
We can rock this whole night away , away
We can rock this whole night away