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This is the second of three singles we are releasing in February, March, and April of 2014 in anticipation of our debut record, Good Sons and Daughters, on 5/23. The first was "No More Straight Life Blues." All three pre-releases will be freely available for download and streaming, but you can leave a tip if y'unt to.


My name is Tobias, I'll keep my last name to myself
I robbed the service station on 13th and South
I had lost my straight job, and so had Kathleen
Hers and my supply had run out of methamphetamine

It was my brother's pistol, but he had moved away
and in the crawlspace it had remained patient for that day
The girl behind the counter, no more than twenty-four
That old Jack of Diamonds was tattooed on her arm

She did not push the button, but she must have moved too sharp
I pulled the trigger, turned around, and ran into the dark

Follow your headlights, mind not to go too fast
Hear that pistol's sharp report, see its blinding muzzle flash
I don't know if I killed her, the papers didn't say
I dialed the station's number one time and hung up right away

Sleep comes too quickly, and I don't like what I dream
Being alone is pretty damn hard, and harder when you're clean
I don't know when they'll find me, but I know it will be soon
They'll find me in a fallow field, howling at the moon

This is my confession, but it also is my plea
Won't you redirect Kathleen if she's asking after me?


released March 24, 2014
Günter Voelker - guitar, vocals
Joe Salvati - dobro
Josh Rector - violin
Marty Steinhausen - upright bass

Casey Hollingsworth - piano
Max Morrissey - banjo
Matty Sanders - cymbal


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Jack Hotel Lincoln, Nebraska

Jack Hotel contains multitudes. A listen to their sophomore release, Voices from the Moon, reveals a range that encompasses Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt, Mississippi John Hurt and Etta Baker--but this band is no mere product of its influences. Since their start in 2012, Jack Hotel has proven itself one of the best, and most original, folk acts in the midwest. ... more

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