Old Friends

by Cazadero

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Cazadero plays the kind of darkly-tuned, beer-swilling cosmic-cana that isn't out of place on a playlist with genre gurus Bill Callahan, My Morning Jacket, and the late JJ Cale. No half measures here. They approach every song, gig and recording session as if it could be the last time, as if five friends could for a brief moment bottle the ocean and place shells on our ears.

Cazadero have released two albums in a year's time, both recorded at John Vanderlice's analog haven Tiny Telephone. Dusk for Dawn (2012) was included on TheBayBridged.com's "Best of 2012" list, hailed as "criminally under-the-radar" and "full of promises, dusty highways and old men drinking whiskey in saloons". Old Friends followed in the summer of 2013, emerging on regional radio, nearly topping KDVS 90.3FM's chart in Davis, CA. Popatunes.com dubbed the latter effort "a beautifully crafted album... slips effortlessly between country, blues, folk and jazz."

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released April 9, 2013

All songs by Joe Hayes (ASCAP), arranged with S.Potter & Cazadero, except Pious Companion by S. Potter.

Joe Hayes | Guitars, Lead Vocals
Spencer Potter | Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel, Alto
Nate Cavalieri | Piano, Organ
Nate Baker | Bass
Jon Wujcik | Drums
Dan Baber | Drums (touring)

thanks to:
Sam Edmondson (solo guitar Below Zero, Last Mine)
Nika States (vocals on Below Zero, Ain't So Bad, Jenny Jones)
Gata (harmonica, vocals You Have Passed)

Produced by Joe Hayes with James Riotto
Engineered and Mixed by James Riotto at Tiny Telephone
Mastered by JJ Golden
Album Art & Concept by Jason Tors

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Cazadero San Francisco, California

Cazadero is a western pop band from Northern California. They enjoy long walks in the Redwoods.

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Track Name: Below Zero
Last time I saw you, you were stuck up on that hill
Popped the clutch out, let the brakes down real slow
Got the hell out, anywhere you can go
There’s people talking, saying things that burn the ears

The great divide of our darkest days
is not too wide for the ones we saved
in a glimpse of light, the car goes off the stage
it seems to fly but never ends that way

This town gets smaller with the passing of the year
For every newborn, a couple old ones disappear
Seasons pass quick, short harvest, no spring
These upstate winters crack the road and ice our grins

The lake may be frozen but its thickness is unseen
The boys next door fell in winter 83'
Huddle inside with very little to eat
Firewood's damp desperation is our heat
Track Name: Ain't So Bad
Sometimes you think you got it bad
Living outta the car with your tires flat
Thought you’d be in the sea with a sailor’s cap
But now you’re back with me in Hackensack
Settle down on the wrong side of the tracks
Picked up an old habit or two
With the brokedown boys behind the ol’ boarded school
This warm beer never tasted so good

Crazy, all your big dreams
You can put them to sleep
Cause your living is all that I see
And being here now is all that we need

Sometimes you think you got it bad
But I caught you smiling behind my back
Snuck a sip of my beer and flicked the bottle cap
If I had the choice I wouldn’t be anywhere but here

The good times are getting so rare
So I’ll keep it light for awhile
Songs in our pockets burning the hearts tonight
Friends will be lovers hearing the songs we write
Cause sometimes we think we got it bad but it’s just right
Yeah sometimes it feels so wrong but it’s our night
Track Name: Last Mine
Looked up to the sky and all that it gave me
Learned from the signs revealed from above
Losing my mind in all the right places
Coming alive in a hell-bound truck
The lines in the road fall off and escape me
Nothing around, but a clouded dust
Word of the wise renounced and truncated
Swallow my pride with a shaken trust

Well, this time, I got a lead on you
There's a little mine, where the gold is loose

Driving all night with wind in our faces
Struggling just to keep ourselves afoot
Tearing through worlds unknown to the basins
Men and the boys up to no good
Told so many lies, it weighs on creation
Loves of my life nearly fill a book
Just up ahead the ridge a few paces
Buried below is the golden soot

Well, this time, I got a lead on you
There's a little mine, where the gold is loose
Track Name: Jenny Jones
Count the hours in a day
Don’t look back
Don’t look ahead
Jenny Jones in your bed
She looks alright
If she wasn’t half dead

Closing time
Just my sign
To re-live the day
Sun goes down
Nothing around
Rejoin the living dead

Eighty-sixed from the hood
With Jim Beam
Sleeping in the woods
Dr. Phil by your side
Good advice
If you will abide

Closing time
Just my sign
To re-live the day
Sun goes down
Nothing around
Rejoin the living dead
Track Name: You Have Passed
Going down to the part of town
Where the river runs dry and the beds are low
You have passed into a blind man’s home
Tires slashed by the side of the road

Kid’s on fire with a loaded mind
Simple manners a touch of the wild
He has passed by the youth of his soul
Bodies lie and give way to the bones

There’s a ray of sun of his grave
If the light shines right
Underground in the rain
They lose sight
Faces blend into days
That never wake

Girl’s on fire with a flaming heart
Never loved a man she didn’t tear apart
She has passed in the wind of a train
Gave birth with her hands in chains

There’s a ray of sun of her grave
If the light shines right
Underground in the rain
They lose sight
Faces blend into days
That never wake
Track Name: Old Friends
There’s a part of me, that is an old friend
Running around, with a couple tall sins
Parked in the dark, at a cul-de-sac of dead ends
Planted at a bar, saying the same things

Today’s the last of the year
And only if, you were near…

Cause we’d get on that ol’ dance floor
Shrug our feet for all they are worth
The boys playing the night they drove Dixie down
And I’d tell you tonight I’m not messing around

We may be old friends, but take a hard look at me now
Yeah, you’re an old friend, but the now is the now

I can hardly see, but that is a good thing
Mirror behind the bar, is making my head spin
Back in 85’, I’d make the girls smile
They’d take a seat, maybe stay awhile

Today’s the last of the year
And only if, you were near…
Track Name: Midnight Picnic
We gonna last tonight, if it takes all night
Grab your dress and a pie, you can leave the wine
There’s a little grass up the hill, it’ll suit us fine
Between the damn and a truck, see the county line

It didn’t look, like it did
Back when you, were a kid

But it’s midnight
And it’s alright
It’s a hard life
But a picnic…tonight

We gonna last tonight, if it takes all night
Grab guitars and your ex, no time to fight
A couple kegs and a fire, and a grilling iron
Bunch of dogs in the woods, and a doublewide

It didn’t look, like it did
Back when you, were a kid
Lost our jobs, couldn’t pay the rent
Hit the city now, left our friends

But it’s midnight
And it’s alright
It’s a hard life
But a picnic…tonight