Soulful Hang

by Rick Lollar Band

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With his debut release, Soulful Hang EP, Atlanta-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Rick Lollar displays a heart that's always belonged to the blues, the intellect of a jazz improviser, and a penchant for rootsy songwriting with tight arrangements, but he really just wants to make you dance. The EP's five original tracks (and one muscular arrangement of a Son House tune) cover a lot of stylistic ground--taut funk grooves, minor-key balladry, Memphis soul, unabashed rocking out--but it's clear that Lollar views it all through the lens of the blues.

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released March 6, 2012

Rick Lollar | guitar, vocals
David Ellington | organ, keys
Kevin Smith | bass
Mark Raudabaugh | drums

Rebecca Lovell | vocals on "Off Your Mind"
Megan Lovell | lapsteel, vocals on "Off Your Mind"

Recorded and mixed by Marlon Patton in Tucker, GA
Mastered by Alex Lowe of Red Tuxedo Productions in Atlanta, GA

All songs by Rick Lollar, Copyright & Pub. 2011 Rick Lollar Music (BMI), except "Soulful Hang" and "Off Your Mind" by R. Lollar and R. Lovell, Copyright & Pub. 2011 Rick Lollar Music (BMI) / 2 Def Pig Publishing (BMI), and "Grinnin' In Your Face" by Eddie Son House.

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Track Name: Soulful Hang
Ain't a thing 'bout to mess with my mood tonight
I've got a stack of vinyl records that's sure to make me feel all right
You can't help but feel warm when you hear that sound
With that crackle and hiss, you can't miss what's about to go down

We're gonna have a soulful hang
Gonna have a soulful hang
It's gonna be a soulful thing
Gonna have a soulful hang

A soulful hang is a thing that's born from rhythm
It's a groove between me and you
Locked into the swing, you know that we're really livin'
When you're hittin' the note, you've got soul and I feel it too

Gonna have a soulful hang
Gonna have a soulful hang
It's gonna be a soulful thing
Gonna have a soulful hang
Track Name: Reason Enough
Tell me something's easy, I'll show you it's not
There's an instruction manual I must have forgot
The simplest task I make complicated
It's an unfortunate condition which I have created

When all the world's problem's just aren't enough
I'll find a way to worry about even more stuff
Not having a reason is reason, reason enough

I wrote you a long letter without any words
I've sung the finest songs without being heard
I can't be bothered to make myself known
I'm too damn neurotic to pick up my phone

When all the world's problem's just aren't enough
I'll find a way to worry about even more stuff
Not having a reason is reason, reason enough
Track Name: I've Been Drivin'
I've been drivin'
A long way to get here
One thing on my mind

It's been so long
Want to see you
If you'd be so kind

We've been talkin' for some time now
Need to feel you near
Here I come babe
No more waiting
Just so things are clear

And you know I'm on my way
It'd be my pleasure to stay
And you know I'm on my way
Just try to keep me away

You've been wonderin'
About my intentions
If my aim is true

One thing's certain
I've been drivin'
Tryin' to get to you

And you know I'm on my way
It'd be my pleasure to stay
And you know I'm on my way
Just try to keep me away
Track Name: Off Your Mind
Don't know much about playing games
I get the sense that you do
I was down for the count, but now I'm coming to

Don't have a mind for dishonesty
A lying tongue ain't a part of me
I may be blinded by love, but even I can see

Something's happening here that just ain't right
I think that I know better, when you say:

It's all right (there's nothing going on)
Everything's just fine (I'd never do you wrong)
It's all right (we always get along)
When I know I'm off your mind

Pity in your eyes when you look at me
Can't seem to get you alone
And even when I do, it's like you're made of stone

Hold you close but you're far away
And I don't know where you go
But I can feel that you're gone, and I'm catching on

Something's happening here that just ain't right
I think that I know better, when you say:

It's all right (there's nothing going on)
Everything's just fine (I'd never do you wrong)
It's all right (we always get along)
When I know I'm off your mind
Track Name: Grinnin' In Your Face
Don't you mind people grinnin' in your face
Don't you mind people grinnin' in your face
You just bear this in mind: a true friend is hard to find
Don't you mind people grinnin' in your face

You know your friends will talk about you
Your brothers and your sisters too
They don't care how you're trying to live
Yes, they'll talk about you still

You just bear this in mind: a true friend is hard to find
Don't you mind people grinnin' in your face

You know they'll jump you up and down
Turn you all round and round
And just when your back is turned
They'll be trying to push you down

You just bear this in mind: a true friend is hard to find
Don't you mind people grinnin' in your face
Track Name: Find Something True
You wake up every single morning
With a bug inside your brain
You might see it as a warning
There's a hole inside your lonely mind, my friend

All your plans and good intentions
Couldn't change the shape you're in
Too many lost friends to even mention
And the blame, it lies behind vacant eyes of sin

It's past time to stop talking
About what you're going to do
And it's high time to get walking
And find something true

You tried to hide away your sickness
With a grin that falls too easy on your lips
But it's clear to any careful witness
That it's just a ruse, you are born to lose again

It's past time to stop talking
About what you're going to do
And it's high time to get walking
And find something true