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Valleyheart

by Justin Rutledge

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2013 JUNO-winning "Valleyheart", Justin Rutledge’s fifth studio album, is “a remarkably spacious and airy affair, one that allows the songs to breathe inside of the instrumentation, with each exhale clear and sharp”, says the Calgary Herald.

“Rich musical textures, plaintive yet assured vocals and eloquent, poetic lyrics place Rutledge a cut above his peers”
– Exclaim!

The quiet songwriter returns to his roots with a stately collection of spacious songs featuring Rutledge’s trademark poetic lyrics. “I wanted to write songs the way I look at old photographs,” the singer says. “Valleyheart is, at the core, an album about translating memory.”

Valleyheart was recorded in Toronto with Rutledge’s veteran backing band, featuring his best friend Bazil Donovan (Blue Rodeo) on bass, and mixed in Los Angeles by Dan Burns (Puscifer, Chuck Prophet). Rutledge has increasingly been spending more time in California, writing and recording with his band, Early Winters. “Travel is a major theme on Valleyheart,” says Rutledge. “It is perhaps my most ‘Canadian’ album to date, even though it is heavily influenced by California.

credits

released February 13, 2013

David Baxter – Electric guitar
Burke Carroll – Pedal steel, Weissenborne, national guitar
Kendel Carson – Fiddle
Bazil Donovan – Bass, acoustic guitar on Intro
Blake Manning – Drums, percussion
Steve O’Connor – Piano, Rhodes, organ, accordion
Carina Round – Voice
Justin Rutledge – Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, harmonica
with
Bryden Baird – Horns
Andrew Collins – Mandolin
Aidan Hawken – Voice
Brian Kobayakowa – Bowed bass
Amoy Levy – Choir
Ciceal Levy – Choir
Adrienne McKenzie – Choir
Doug Paisley – Electric guitar on "Four Lean Hounds"

Produced by Justin Rutledge
Recorded by Tim Vesely at The Woodshed, Toronto
Additional recording by James Paul at The Rogue, Toronto, and by
Dan Burns at Valleyheart Recording, Sherman Oaks, California
Mixed by Dan Burns at Valleyheart Recording, Sherman Oaks, California
Mastered by Joao Carvalho
All songs ©Justin Rutledge 2013
EMI Blackwood Music (Canada) Ltd. / Junction Morning Publishing
Except Amen America and Through With You by JR and Bazil Donovan
(SOCAN) Intro by Bazil Donovan (SOCAN)

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Justin Rutledge Toronto, Ontario

The songs on East see Justin embracing new styles, from the gospel tinged ‘The Great Ascension’, to the lo-fi lament of ‘Queen Street Lost’. Not lost, however, are the country-tinged pop songs like ‘The Old Oak’ and ‘Blue Jeans’. Of course, the hushed voice and the intricate storytelling remain, making East Justin’s most accomplished album to date. ... more

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Track Name: Amen America
Little darling, I’m along for the ride
You’re the one I want to be quiet beside
Rest your head until you dream of a rhyme
So many sparrows, so little time
You were born on such a beautiful night
You were always such a beautiful child
I have seen you wrapped in curtains of light
In the grasses, saddened and wild
Can you see it?
Is it made of gold?
Amen America
Track Name: Four Lean Hounds
Look at a picture of you on a horse
With a bridle your father bought on a trip to Vermont in the fall
Autumn is staring you down, red and brown
By the mane of a dying elm
And the look on your face says it all
Look at a picture of you, lucky lad
In a jacket your father had when he fought in the war on TV
Summer is wearing you down like a crown
Like the wind on a weathervane
As you stand in the shade like a tree
Has anyone seen a king or a queen?
Did they look anything like you or me?
Look at a picture of you in a crowd
Where your memories are not allowed
Just the weight of the light on the leaves
Four lean hounds in a row
Where in the world did you go?
Track Name: Getting Away
I tripped on the steps of the Spanish stairs
Cursing your beauty and gasping for air
You’ve got a way of getting away from me
Through vineyards and fountains, mountains of miles
Through decades of traffic, turnstiles
You’ve got a way of getting away from me
Send me a postcard, drop me a line
Why are you so hard to find?
You’re right here beside me
You’re sleeping beside me
But why are you so hard to find?
From Russia with love
From Paris with pain
From New York with roses
From London with rain
You’ve got a way of getting away from me
Track Name: Out of the Woods
I think we’re out of the woods
I think we’re out of the woods for good
I think that we should be out of the woods
I think you’re out of your head
I think you’re out of your head, she said
From the edge of the bed
We should get out of the way
We should get out of the way, you say
Did you suddenly say
Get out of the way?
Is it true what has happened to you?
You were the valley below
You were the weight of the snow
You were the valley below
You were the weight of the snow
Track Name: Travel Light
Travel light
Near or far
Day or night
I’m not saying I’m leaving
I’m just saying I might
Travel light
Track Name: Kapuskasing Coffee
Sometimes I find that I get too sentimental when I think of you
Sometimes it helps to play some heavy heavy metal
But somehow heavy metal makes me think of you too
I met you on a road of corduroy and maple and I sang to you
Early one morning drinking Kapuskasing coffee and I sang to you
All the roads are washed out in the town
But the posterboys of North America are still around
All the roads are six feet underground
But god bless the posterboys of North America for sticking around
Sometimes I find that I get too sentimental when I think of you
Early one morning drinking Kapuskasing coffee
I had your arms around me as I sang to you
Sometimes it helps to play some heavy heavy metal
Sometimes it helps to drink some Kapuskasing coffee
Track Name: Through With You
I’ve got a plan to sing you back home
To strike up the band and love you alone
Silver the stars
Golden the net
Your mind is a book
Your body a page
Your fingers are pools
Your beauty a cage
I carry you home
When after the rains
The hemlocks are wet
Heavy you weight on my mind
Like a prose that is frozen with rhyme
I’ve got a plan—whatever it takes
I’ll put on the moves—I’ll put on the brakes
The curtains are drawn
The table is set
Hey
Hold on
I’m not through with you yet
Track Name: Downtown
The dog it bites and the bee it stings
But Elvis never worried about these kinds of things
Your parents don’t know that you’re in a band
But that’s ok because they’d never understand why you want to live downtown
Key Largo was playing at the Revue Cinema
But she never showed up, so you hit the bar
And you hit it hard
It’s one for the cradle
Two for the crow
Three for the rain
Four for the radio
Track Name: Heather in the Pines
Heather in the pines
Heather on the outskirts of my mind
Heather in the way I’m whistling Sally In the Garden
My tall and bonny bride
Heather in the pines
Heather in these words I underline
Heather in the hostile winter
In the way the daylight shivers
Heather in the pines
Heather in these photographs I find
Heather in the stubborn seasons
In these wild abandoned mornings
I wish I were a man that only roses understand
Underneath your window
Underneath your window
I wish I were a man killing time with crayons in my hand
Underneath your window
Underneath your window