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Elliott Humphries The Coal Men are, simply, one of the finest bands we've had the pleasure of working with! If you haven't listened...then you NEED to! Favorite track: Last Goodbye.
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Last Goodbye 02:44
You can say what you wanna say That’s alright Do what you wanna do I don’t mind Well honey won’t you be my last goodbye Honey won’t you be my last goodbye You got a sharp little tongue But your always wrong Yeah ain't that right yeah baby You got a sweet little side but it never lasts long Well ain't that right now baby Let me make this clear to you my dear If it’s over and done it doesn’t mean that you won Well I’m shooting from the hip Cause I’m sick of this bit It’s not even funny If love was a record You’d make it skip Ain’t that right yeah honey
Stuck 04:05
Been here so long Hanging on like a dead tree Ain’t nothing wrong In my mind if I feel free I’m stuck for a reason It’s enough I ain't believing I ain't stuck Had a chance to leave But a good excuse to stay There’s a lot to see But they’s a whole lot to throw away Deep in the valley This is where we live and die See the thing that keeps me Is keeping a family tie
The Fall 04:33
Can’t Control the Weather – Even When I try Summer lasts forever – Daylight saves the time Finding notes and letters – Writtin in the sky Clouds look so much better – With sun light in your eyes We had it all – Now all I have is the fall Hiding in the memory - Underneath all the snow Winter Feels so much colder – With nowhere to go Days are getting longer – Rains are closing in With spring around the corner – Ready to begin again We had it all – Now all that’s left is the fall
Better Than 05:35
She’s Crying, working herself to the floor The floor, where he woke again last night She’s hiding, It’s been three months or more No more, her parent’s just waved them goodbye And it’s time to put it all together We try - hard as we can To be better than The way we’ve been In May - they show the girls face to the world The world that they have to make so safe Today we sleep in the beds that we build And it’s time we put it all together We all - start the same But we throw around the blame to much We try - hard as we can To be better than The way we’ve been
Role Model 03:44
Well how can you say you can’t remember her name You’ve met her thirty times or more Is she so easy to ignore Or are you just angry And how can you judge her that way that you do You call her names that burn your own lips Anxiously drum your fingertips You’re jealous and hungry She’s a role model Baby give it all that she can Those old battles Baby’s had all she can stand Well how can you throw all the money away Pretend that it’s never gonna end And insist that luck is still you’re good friend And time is wasting She’s a role model Baby had all she can stand Those old battles Baby I’m your biggest, you’re biggest fan
Tennessee 04:35
Felt the ground start shaking Can’t keep the fires at bay With the waters still rising And no reason to stay Gonna take that East bound train Under the desert sky Climb to the top of the mountain Wind down the other side Oh Tennessee, Oh won’t you take care of me Where you going? I believe Tennessee Wheels are built to spin Years are meant to fly I’m gonna love that women She’s gonna make me cry Oh Tennessee, Oh won’t you take care of me Where you going? I believe Tennessee Put my Wings to the wind Leave the reast to the sky Keep on painting on my pictures Until the day I die Oh in Tennessee, Oh Won’t you take care of me Where you going? I believe in Tennessee
Milwaukee River runs throught this Midwest town Tracks are torn up rusted, never get run down Dealership sign just fades with time 'Been twenty years since a sale’s been made It’s a broken heart land She’s a broken heartland This broken heart land is my home In the twenties boom we had a boarding house room Sold’em beer two kegs of the best well before noon And the dice got rolled, stories got told All the boys bragged about the pretty women all the way back home Well it breaks my heart to have to close the door Last call lock’em up these taps’ll run no more When the plant shut down Money left this town To many mouths to feed and no more giving hands
Sanity 03:45
First of the month pay the rent Write the check honey money's spent Oh my my, being broke it’s braking me I try to smile for a little bit of sanity Driving the car that a bank really owns To a job where work for hours on a phone No sir I’m not a very good salesman you see But, I try to smile for a little bit of sanity Another seven days ‘til I get paid Then some other chump gonna come and take it all away Lawd above where does it go Did I ever have it honey I don’t know Oh my my, being broke it’s braking me I try to smile for a little bit of sanity Middle of the month electric is due Nothin’ much left for me and you Oh sweet baby wonder why u don’t pack yo' things & leave I try to smile for a little bit of sanity Papa use to tell me living ain’t cheap I guess I had to grow up and eventually see that Barely getting by is killing me I try to smile for a little bit of sanity
I’d like to know the reason She likes to paint herself Portraits of young young girl Stacked high upon a shelf High on a shelf I’d wanna take her home Give a little piece of my mind I wanna know everything One thing at a time I’d like to tell her who I am Most times I don’t even know Shades of a young young man Trapped in a dog and pony show Dog and pony show I wanna take her home Give a little piece of my mind Push her to open up to me Trust myself this time One thing at a time
Midnight You 04:30
It’s midnight - midnight you Sneak out with the stars Footsteps in the dark It’s midnight - midnight you Sunday morning church with a grin Your hand trembles when you brush by me I can’t imagine we could be a sin Though I think your sister she might disagree I can’t wait to see the moon tonight Knowing you won’t be far behind We always find a way to stay out of sight Parents know but Parents they don’t mind I’ll count the hours until I see you This young man who needs to be with you Walk on by the river near the pines Moonlight shines the only road back home Hands say what words can’t seem to find The games we have to play to be alone
Old Friends 05:09
One call away, they don’t think, They don’t worry, about a good night sleep Won’t say a word, They’re just glad, to get you home Fair weather friends aren’t your real friends They’ll let you down – They’ve let me down But old friends they’re your old friends They’ll put up with you they’ll shut up for you They’re your old friends They’re in the pictures, that you own In all your memories, when you’re alone, Part of them, Piece by piece, They’re a part of you They’ll surprise you, they’ll guide you, They’ll take hold of your heart And all the good ones, make up for all the bad ones, So far… One call away, they don’t think, They already know, you’ve had to much to drink, Won’t say a word, they’re just glad, to get you home
See you through the window You're sittin' there just starring at the sun Whichever way the wind blows Honey that's the way you're gonna run If you're wanting peace Yeah you can count on me Searching through the stations You're looking for a song that's true If you'll remain patient A melody will come back to you Reading through the gosples Scriptures you were taught by heart Words of the apostles Watch them slowly fall apart You're in the dark Me I'm just a man I'm not a thief I won't steel a thing from you And if you need a hand There ain't a thing I wouldn't do


The Coal Men – Escalator
Release Date – August 27, 2013
Presented by Todd Snider’s Aimless Records
The Coal Men will start touring in August and join Todd Snider on tour in October

“I’m wearing out this new Coal Men record. I think it’s masterful start-to-finish. Dave Coleman is one of Americana music’s great songwriters, and I hope this record gets the attention it deserves.” – Todd Snider

“It was a treat to play on this record. I'm a longtime fan of Dave's writing, singing, guitar playing and producing. He has the ability to always combine thoughtful craft and gut instinct in any of these roles. – Audley Freed (Sheryl Crow/The Black Crowes)

“Their songs are sharp enough to wound, and warm enough to heal. Their songs welcome us to a new and unexpected Nashville.” Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

“Get this record and keep a copy in your car in case you get a wild hair and drive across the country. It is the perfect soundtrack for an American adventure.” Paul Deakin of the Mavericks.

Escalator is a fully-realized showcase for Dave Coleman’s creativity in the studio and his mastery as a guitarist and bandleader. Produced with the help of Joe Garcia, Escalator features guest performances by Will Kimbrough (Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris), Jen Gunderman (The Jayhawks, Sheryl Crow) and Audley Freed (The Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow) – but at its core this is a stripped-down rock-and-roll affair.

Escalator cuts an impressive swath through Americana territory: blues-infused country to best any outlaw wannabe (“Stuck”), melodic ballads and mid-tempo pop (“The Fall,” “Old Friends”), and straight-ahead rock (“Role Model,” “Broken Heartland”).

This is the fourth album for The Coal Men and they have admirers at home and on the road for a decade, and the band’s latest work is drawing particular praise Songs on Escalator – most penned by Coleman, but with contributions from drummer Dave Ray, who has been with Coleman from the start – offering glimpses of small-town life, economic struggle, and the complexities of friendships and relationships. “I grew up in a little town and these songs are my own story and stories of things I’ve seen – that’s what I enjoy writing about,” Coleman says.

Jenni Finlay Promotions

Kim Fowler – Two Dog Media

Dave Coleman – 615-228-3290


released August 27, 2013

Produced by Joe Garcia & The Coal Men

Tracking Recorded by Brian Carter at Paradox Productions
Overdubs Recorded by Brian Carter, Dave Coleman & Lij Shaw at Howard's Apartment and The Toy Box

Mixed by Lij Shaw at the Toy Box
Mastered by Alex McCollough at Yes Master
Photography and Design by Bob Delevante

The Coal Men:
Dave Coleman- standard and baritone guitar, vocals, piano, guitar loops, pedal steel guitar

Dave Ray- drums, backing vocals, drum loops

& Jason "Hitch" Hitchcock- bass


Joe Garcia- pedal steel
Jen Gundermand- piano and organ
Audley Freed- standard guitar on "Stuck"
Will Kimbrough- resonator guitar on "Sanity"
Jarod Manzo- upright bass on "One Thing at a Time"
Barry Green- trombone
Mark Douthit- saxophone


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