Born in the Deep Woods

by Red Yarn

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Old Mother Goose
3.
Birdies' Ball
4.
Mr. Gamble
5.
Rabbit in a Log
6.
Little Baby Born Today
7.
03:28
8.
Leatherwing Bat
9.
Crawdad
10.
Deep Woods Revisited
11.
Born Again
12.
Old Black Dog

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'Born in the Deep Woods' is the fourth album by Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer Red Yarn. It completes his Deep Woods trilogy, an epic tale of family and self-discovery in the American wilderness, told through traditional and original animal folksongs. Recorded at Portland’s Type Foundry Studio with co-producer Adam Selzer and a band of local luminaries, the new album explores musical genres that grew out of old, weird American folk music. From bluegrass to trance blues to heartland rock’n’roll, 'Born in the Deep Woods' pushes Red Yarn’s creative folklore project into bold new territory.

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releases March 10, 2017

'Born in the Deep Woods' was recorded at Type Foundry Studio & Red Yarn’s basement in Portland, OR from June-October, 2016

Co-produced by Red Yarn & Adam Selzer

Engineered & mixed by Adam Selzer at Type Foundry

Mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering

The Red Yarn Band is...
Andy Furgeson/Red Yarn on vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, vibraphone, percussion, mandolin, melodica, xylophone & harmonica

Jessie Eller-Isaacs on vocals

Dustin Dybvig on drums & percussion

Peter Valois on electric bass & backing vocals

Cory Gray on synth, piano, organ

Dean Jones on trombone, pipes, balafon, Moog, cumbus, mellotron & backing vocals

Paul Brainard on lap steel, pedal steel, electric guitar & banjo

Perry Pfister on upright bass

Brian Garvey on backing vocals

With special guests…
Reed Wallsmith - saxophone on “Old Mother Goose”

Tony Furtado - banjo on “Rabbit in a Log” and “Old Black Dog”

Amanda Lawrence - viola on “Little Baby Born Today”

Lewis Pete Eller-Furgeson - vocals on “Mockingbird”

Meghan Coil - violin on “Crawdad” and “Old Black Dog”

Art direction & illustrations by Ryan Bruce

Photography by Aaron Hewitt with photo assistant Caleb Plowman

Booklet design by Heather Lin

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Red Yarn Portland, Oregon

Red Yarn is a Texas-born, Oregon-based family performer who weaves folksongs & puppetry into engaging shows for all ages. With his energetic performances and lush folk-rock recordings, Red Yarn reinvigorates American folklore for younger generations.

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Track Name: Born in the Deep Woods
Late one night at the garden gate
I saw a little rabbit come to pull his freight
His hair was golden and his tail was white
His big black eyes were shining bright
I said, “Slow down, man, please slow down
Keep your fast feet on the ground
There’s a world of wonder for you to see
So please slow down and watch with me”

He said, “If you’d been where I have been
If you’d seen what I have seen
You’d know the world is swift and mean
When you got nowhere to go
So you’d keep on running this rugged race
You’d keep that sly smile on your face
You tell me to slow down my pace
But this is all I know:

“I was born in the old Deep Woods
And I been hurrying ever since I could
If I was worrying it wouldn’t do no good”
And I understood

One bright morning I took a stroll
Straight down to that crawdad hole
I saw a turtle on a grassy knoll
All pulled up in his shell
I said, “Come out, turtle, the day is new
The sun is shining, the sky is blue
Hurry up, man, you gotta do
All that you do well”

He said, “Slow down, man, please slow down
Keep your body on the ground
If you’d been down where I’ve been down
Where you never been so low
You’d know that slow and steady wins the race
You’d build a shell to hide your face
You tell me to pick up my pace
But this is all I know:

“I was born in the old Deep Woods
And I been worrying ever since I could
If I was hurrying it wouldn’t do no good”
And I understood

I sing a story that you might know
Of a rabbit fast and a turtle slow
Whichever way you’re made to go
Our stories are the same

Some are old, some are young
Some are told, some are sung
Some are stolen from their native tongue
Or trapped up on a shelf
Some we’re given, some we earn
Some we wait till it’s our turn
Some we’re born with, some we learn
Some we write ourselves

But we’re all born in the old Deep Woods
And we’ve been singing ever since we could
Our voices ringing, yeah, they ring for good
Yeah, it’s understood
Track Name: Mockingbird
Mama, mama, have you heard?
Our sweet little baby is a mockingbird
Every word that I can speak
Mockingbaby can repeat
If I say, “Baby, howdy-do!”
He say, “Baby, howdy-do!”
If I say, “No, I mean how are you?”
He say, “No, I mean how are you?”
Mockingbird…

When I wake up and say, “Good day”
He say, “Good day,” and then he flies away
So I give chase and I yell, “Stop!”
And he yell, “Stop!” and so I stop
“Gosh dang you tricked me so-and-so!”
“Gosh dang you tricked me so-and-so!” Uh oh!
But when I say, “No, I mean wait right here”
Of course he pretend he cannot hear
Mockingbird…

Mama, mama, have you heard?
Sweet little baby is a mockingbird
And when that mockingbird can sing
He’s gonna sing like everything
He’ll spin songs from all around the world
Into the bright white song of the mockingbird
But he’ll have rhythm and he’ll have soul
Sweet little baby gonna rock’n’roll

When I say, “That’s alright, mama”...

Mama, mama, have you heard?
Sweet little baby is a mockingbird
And when that mockingbird grows wings
He’s gonna learn about everything
He’ll fly around the great big world
Singing the bright white song of the mockingbird
So hold him tight until you let him go
Sweet little baby gonna rock’n’roll