In The Kitchen

by Jonah Smith & Andy Stack

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In The Kitchen

The new album by Jonah Smith and Andy Stack started with a simple idea: to make an acoustic record with no outside help from engineers or producers. In October they started setting up microphones in the kitchen of Andy’s apartment in Queens, NY. A simple concept turned into two days of the musicians running wires, taping microphones to ceilings, tacking blankets over windows and generally trying to get things to sound like a record before the first note was played.

Finally, after everything was set up, the two musicians sat facing each other in the warm sounding kitchen and started making music. What was meant to be an EP grew to an eight-song record with six previously unrecorded tracks and two acoustic versions of tunes that were on the just released, Little Known Cure.

The album opener, "One Last Little Thing", is bluegrass tinged, country folk song with Andy doubling on guitar and banjo and layered harmonies that would fit in on a CSN&Y record. The track also features the acoustic bass playing of Ben Rubin who has appeared on every Smith recording – he plays on this track and "The Fix Is In".

Following that is the introspective slow burner, "Still On Fire", which is a duet with Melissa Ahern of She & The Sun. The song is reminiscent of the Swell Season with an earnestness that is not overpowering but packs an emotional punch.

Other songs include the folk blues, "Pioneer Woman" as well as the protest song "The Fix Is In" which Smith wrote while making the video for "Live One" -- the opening track of Little Known Cure which reappears here as a folk tune. The beautiful ballad, "Easy Prey" is the only song on the record that Smith plays Rhodes electric piano on – a trademark of his other records. The mellow groove of "Big Umbrella" is a simple love song written for Smith’s wife. And the album is rounded out with an acoustic version of "Blues On Sideways".

The record was made a few months before Smith relocated to Los Angeles. The session fell to the back burner for several months during this time until finally, Smith pulled up the tracks and began going through the takes. After several months away from the project he was exited about what he heard, enough to want them to sound as good as possible. He decided to bring in Adam Munoz to mix the tracks at Fantasy Studios in San Francisco. Adam and Jonah first worked together on Jonah’s 2006 self-titled record that was produced by Lee Townsend.

The end result is an album essentially “unproduced” by the artists themselves with a surprisingly good sonic quality, intimate performances and a high level of song craft that fans of Jonah Smith’s music have come to expect.

The CD will be released on July 13th with a show at Joe’s Pub in New York. There will be a limited edition pressing of 500 copies that will each be signed and numbered.

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released 13 July 2013
Jonah Smith & Andy Stack – In the Kitchen

1. One Last Little Thing
2. Still On Fire
3. Pioneer Woman
4. Easy Prey
5. Big Umbrella
6. Fix Is In
7. Live One
8. Blues On Sideways

All songs written by Jonah Smith, Voluptuary Music, ASCAP © 2013 all rights reserved
Recorded in Andy’s kitchen in Long Island City, Queens in October of 2012.
Engineered and Produced by Jonah Smith and Andy Stack
Mixed and Mastered by Adam Munoz at Fantasy Studios, SF
Artwork by Michael Reynolds

Jonah Smith – Acoustic Guitar, Rhodes, Vocals
Andy Stack – Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Banjo, Bass on #2, Vocals
Ben Rubin – Acoustic Bass on #1, #6
Melissa Ahern – Vocals on “Still On Fire”

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Track Name: One Last Little Thing
One Last Little Thing

Driving on someone else’s steam
Starving but the fuel burns clean
I got lost for a moment in a dream
Nothing lost, nothing gained

I turn the radio down and smile
We left the reception at the county line
There’s no order to a random life
Just a little bit of mystery sometimes

For that one last little thing
Brings me back around here again
And you know that it’s true
That last little thing darling is you
You’re that one last little thing

Laughing under the clear blue sky
It’s easy to lose track of time
Your know your baby’s home just for awhile
We’re lucky just to be ourselves

Before the brightest star can fade
I’ll be gone by morning but I’m here today
It’s never been an easy thing to say
So let’s talk about something else

Like that one last little thing
Brings me back around here again
And you know that it’s true
That last little thing darling is you
You’re that one last little thing

Torn by the wind
It takes my heart
And leaves my sins

Driving on someone else’s steam
Starving but the fuel burns clean
I got lost for a moment in a dream
Nothing lost, nothing gained

I turn the radio down and smile
We left the reception at the county line
There’s no order to a random life
Just a little bit of mystery sometimes

For that one last little thing
Brings me back around here again
And you know that it’s true
That last little thing darling is you
You’re that one last little thing
Track Name: Still On Fire (featuring Melissa Ahern)
Still On Fire

Could you know it?
Could you reach down inside and show it?
Could you show it?
Could you read your own mind and know it?
Cause I know that you’re the one for me

My love is true
My love is true
Take my hand and see

Still on fire
Never gonna let it die
Still on fire
Never gonna let it die

I once was all alone
But now I’ve seen what love has shown
And now I’m sure

My love is true
My love is true
Take my hand and see

Still on fire
Never gonna let it die
Still on fire
Never gonna let it die
Track Name: Pioneer Woman
Pioneer Woman

When I love myself
You know she loves me, too
When I love myself
You know she loves me, too
But there times when I can’t stand to hear
The sound of my own voice
But then she loves me
Like she never had a choice

When times are good
You know she’s right there by my side
When times are good
You know she’s right there by my side
But when the days are dark
And the nights the same
You know I never heard her complain
She’s my silver lining
When the clouds won’t let up with rain

In good times
But mostly bad
When my back’s against a wall
She’s my pioneer woman
Gonna catch me when I fall

You know it takes a good woman
To make a man walk straight
You know it takes a good woman
To make her man walk straight
Because when he pulls up lame
Off to the side
And strays from his course
She’ll mend a leg but she won’t put down that horse

Of we go with our wonder lust
Of we go with our wonder lust
On the plateaus when the sun won’t die
Off in the distance we ride
Digging in the dirt on the mountainside
Track Name: Easy Prey
Easy Prey

I’m easy prey
I’ll do anything you say
Just love me tonight
Set it right in the morning
Clear the cobwebs away
Another lazy day
With paper thin walls
That fall without warning
We live our lives
Dodging throwing knives
On the circus high dive
And on the street until morning

Go where life’s being lived
Only one life to give
So just love me tonight I’ll say
I’m easy prey

We were fine how we were
Cheap wine, fake fur
Strike a nerve, make me purr
Cause a stir but ain’t we living
Now you don't seem sure
And I need the cure
So just love me tonight I’ll say
I’m easy prey

On the wire now
Feeling fine now
Eyes ahead
Look down, you’re dead
All heart, no head
All heart, no head

I’m easy prey
Just let me stay
We may sing too loud
But at least we’re not boring
Find a string we can play
You can lead the way
So just love me tonight
I’ll say
I’m easy prey
Track Name: Big Umbrella
Big Umbrella

I want to sing it to my second floor ceiling
Bounce it off of some very tall buildings
To the roof to the big antenna
Over the airwaves and up to the heavens

My baby loves me like a big umbrella
She’s got me covered in any kind of weather
Always quick with a silver lining
She reminds me that the sun is shining somewhere

Everyday that we spend together
Like a ruby from a sunken treasure
I wander aimless when she’s not around me
I thank the heavens that my baby found me

I wanna tell her that I’m always gonna love her
Spend the weekend underneath the covers
Always quick with the perfect timing
She reminds me that the sun is shining somewhere

When you love someone you never let go
When you love someone you never let go
When you love someone you never let go….
Track Name: Fix Is In
The Fix Is In

Don’t try to exercise your rights
Because the fix is in
There's nothing fair about this fight
Because the fix is in
Don't try to demonstrate your mind
Because the fix is in
Most of us get left behind
Because the fix is in

Don't try to improve yourself
Because the fix is in
You can forget about your health
Because the fix is in
Don't try to educate your kids
Because the fix is in
Just leave the keys and hit the skids
Because the fix is in

If we let them build a bridge to nowhere
We could tell them all to take a hike and go there
You can say it ain’t so
Just don’t tase me bro
It’s one vote for each
Because money ain’t free speech
Judge Roberts don’t you know?

A corporation is a person, too
Because the fix is in
And they write the laws and ram them through
Because the fix is in
The banks are nothing but loan sharks
Because the fix is in
That's why we occupy these parks
Because the fix is in
Track Name: Live One
You’re A Live One

Another boomtown ghost
Slinking out of town
Can’t stand here and be idle
Can’t wait for the ship to go down

The factory line was packed up
And moved like a traveling show
Now our home is underwater
I wonder where did all the money go?

They chopped it up like cocaine
Then they cut it dangerous stuff
And they pedaled it to gamblers
Betting on a banker’s bluff

Now everybody’s money
Just buys us less and less
And the shovel’s getting smaller
As we dig out of this mess

You’re a live one
Stuck on the hook but surviving

Politicians in the pockets
And there’s gold stashed in the vaults
And there’s money still in rockets
We’re human too a fault

And we’ve got bankers with no anchors
And the money’s being spent
Don’t come at us with logic
Just shut up and pay rent

You’re a live one
Stuck on the hook but surviving

Talking heads, wagging dogs
Are busy spinning yarns
While in Tennessee the farmers
Are bailing out their barns

No one wants to own a mess
So just kick it on down the road
And no one wants to do with less
When they’re already in the cold

You’re a live one
Stuck on the hook but surviving
Track Name: Blues On Sideways
Blues On Sideways

A billion bored and lonely souls
Searching for something to fill the holes
Between daydreams as they shovel coal
File reports and pay their tolls
They act the part and play the role
But they’re happy just to lose control
For three minutes until their next parole
From manipulations by the thought patrol
Now give back the moments that you stole
Give me something to make me whole
Because there’s something I’ve been trying to tell you

I put my blues on sideways
I listen for the sounds
Of hound dogs on open highways
Is this the dark before the dawn

The edges smoothed, the seams are sewn
To an ideal cliché, a perfect clone
Forged from a woman that we’ve all known
The whore, the mother, or the Arc of Joan
God bless the child that’s got her own
Even if it’s out on loan
You stole from your sister
But you’re not alone
There’s nothing here for Ma Rainey now
No extra flesh, no crooked smile
No pain in the voice on the radio

Chorus

And we listen but we don’t really hear
Behind the veil, the shifting gears
The unison thump of a thousand steer
They love the sound but don’t have ears
The meaningless is still revered
With success comes a thousand tears
Because no one ever made it out of here
That wasn’t blinding you with magic
So now you know
So let’s start the show
Because there’s something that they’re trying to sell you

Chorus