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"The Slaughterhouse Sessions — Project 5.2"

Project 5.2 Album: “The Slaughterhouse Sessions”

Faith. Hope. Love 
Released: 10/7/2016
My second album in Project 5 is an acoustic blues and gospel record. We recorded some of these tracks at a former slaughterhouse in El Prado, New Mexico. Now converted into an eclectic guesthouse for family, friends, and artists, it's a beautiful and inspiring place to visit and write. As an animal lover, I originally shied away from naming the record after a slaughterhouse. But the truth is, the title fit the music and subject matter. On this album, the groove made for a comfortable place to tackle uncomfortable subject matter like religious hypocrisy, war, poverty, and racism. We intentionally composed and arranged the music so as to create tension within the songs. In the end though, regardless of what I'm singing about or the music it's folded into, "The Slaughterhouse Sessions" is still about eventually arriving at a better place than where you began — be it mentally, spiritually, or physically. 

 

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Track Listing  

1. The News 3:04

(Terri Hendrix) 

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues

2. Bury the Devil 3:58

 (Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues/Political 

3. Trouble's on Your Mind 2:52

(Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues 

4. Ain’t It a Shame 3:55

(Elder Roma Wilson)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues/Political/Harmonica 

5. I Will Arise 3:52

(J.Hart/Traditional/Arranged by Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines)

Genre: Gospel/Folk

6. One of These Mornings 2:34

(J.C. Burris)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues/Harmonica 

7. Crocodile Man 2:59

(David Robert Carter) 

Genre: Americana/Folk

8. Call You to the Carpet 3:49

(Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues/Political 

9. The Lowdown 3:26

(Terri Hendrix/Lloyd Maines)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues 

10. Double Shift Tuesday 2:46

(Terri Hendrix/Slaid Cleaves)

Genre: Americana/Folk/Blues 

11. Sun of the Soul 3:59

(A.P. Carter) 

Genre: Gospel/Folk

 

Project 5.2: “The Slaughterhouse Sessions” Album Credits

 

Recording:

Produced by Lloyd Maines and Terri Hendrix 

Recorded at Bubba's Studio and The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Pat Manske at The Zone in Dripping Springs, Texas

 

Musician Credits:

Terri Hendrix: Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, harmony vocals

Lloyd Maines: Acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, banjo, papoose, bass guitar, harmony vocals

Leeann Atherton: Harmony Vocals “Bury the Devil” and “Call You to the Carpet”

Glenn Fukunaga: Bass 

Pat Manske: Drums, percussion

John Silva: Drums, percussion

Riley Osbourn: Keyboards

Bukka Allen: Accordion

 

Album Artwork:

Melissa Webb 

 

Information:

THM Music Publishing, BMI

Art Mob Music Publishing, BMI

Administered by BUG/BMG Music

Song by Song

By Terri Hendrix
1. The News 
One of my favorite things to do, is to throw a ball for my dog. He fetches it. We sit outside and watch the stars. I cherish those moments when I'm free from worrying about loved ones, politics, lunatics, and places in between. 
2. Bury the Devil 
This song was inspired by the wisdom and writings of Hafiz. He was a Persian poet who targeted religious hypocrisy. 
3. Trouble's on Your Mind 
By committing to finish "Project 5," I brought a mountain to my doorstep. This song also touches on alcoholism and the consequences of reaching for the wrong spirits. 
4. Ain’t It a Shame 
This is a timeless Elder Roma Wilson classic about racism, bigotry, and division. Elder was a harp-playing, gospel-singing traveling musician and minister
5. I Will Arise 
I've loved this traditional hymn a long time. I adapted the lyrics to where I am with my own faith and religion. 
6. One of These Mornings 
I grabbed this song off an album by J.C. Burris. He was the nephew of Sonny Terry. Burris is noted for his use of African rhythm bones, two sticks played like castanets that can be played off the harmonica. 
 
7. Crocodile Man 
The late great Dave Carter wrote this masterpiece. He left this world too young and long before the significance of his artistry was able to reach the masses. His partner at the time, Tracy Grammar, carries on his legacy. 
8. Call You to the Carpet 
I wrote this about a political figure who lies, cheats, bullies, and distorts facts for political gain and manipulation of the very same people he's supposed to lead. 
9. The Lowdown 
I played the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. En route to the event site, I came across a street performer playing a concert on five-gallon plastic buckets. Watching him inspired me to finish this song and flip my doldrums into something positive. 
10. Double Shift Tuesday 
I wrote this with Slaid Cleaves. The song centers around someone who's trying with all their might to get above their financial worries. 
11. Sun of the Soul 
This is an old Carter Family classic. I first heard this song on a Smithsonian Records compilation and have been waiting for the right album to record it on for well over a decade. Without a light in your soul, it's virtually impossible to get through the dark times to reach the sun on the other side of the mountain. 

 


The News

Verse

Take me back

To my home

I’m on my own

In the great unknown

I still find gold

In the sun

Truth be told

I’m the lucky one

Chorus

So take your news

Take your bad news away

Take your news

Take your bad news away

Verse

I love the sound

Of the night

I got peace of mind

In the dark

I still find joy

Day by day

In things I do

In words I say                                                  

Chorus

So take your news

Take your bad news away

Take your news

Take your bad news away

Verse

The headlines shout

The TV cries

Bad news sells

And the good news dies

Simple things

Keep the world at bay

So words you say

Don't hurt me

Chorus

Take your news

Take your bad news away

Take your news

Take your bad news away

 

 

Bury the Devil

Chorus

Gonna dig a hole

Gonna dig a hole

Gonna dig a hole

Put the devil in it

Put the devil in it                                                                        

Verse

There was a mighty poet

Who had a love for the devine

He went by Hafiz he lived for peace

Open up your mind to the words he left behind

He was a gift to mankind if you look into the rhyme

Where bombs hit the kids

And the kids get guns

And the mother’s cry

And the cities die

And the flags fly high

By the target on the tongue

Of a pilot on a run for God

Chorus

Gonna dig a hole

Gonna dig a hole

Gonna dig a hole

Put the devil in it

Put the devil in it

Verse

In a big town tiny town

Someday soon

The man in the moon

Gonna go and get the goon

That deals drugs to the fools

That sell it in the schools

Kids tap into a vein to forget the pain

They feel good till blame takes aim and the shame

Will make their soul crave to dig their own grave

And the mother’s cry and the city’s die

There’s a war outside and a war inside

Protect them

Can I get an amen

Chorus

Gonna dig a hole

Gonna dig a hole

Gonna dig a hole

Put the devil in it

Put the devil in it

Verse

From the East to the West

It’s all about the money

It ain’t about God

If it’s all about the honey                              

Sing the songs unsung

For the old and the young

Protect them

Can I get an amen

Chorus

Gonna dig a hole

Gonna dig a hole

Gonna dig a hole

Put the devil in it

Put the devil in it

 

 

Trouble Is on Your Mind

Verse 

The river is rising

The well is running dry

The river is rising

The well is running dry

You brought the mountain to you

Now that mountain you must climb

Trouble oh trouble

Is on your mind

Verse 

You reached for the spirits

You’re tangled in their vines

You reached for the spirits

You’re tangled in their vines

You brought the mountain to you

Now that mountain you must climb

Trouble oh trouble

Is on your mind

Verse 

With mercy and courage

You’ll make it through hard times

With mercy and courage

You’ll make it through hard times

You brought the mountain to you

Now that mountain you must climb

Trouble oh trouble

Is on your mind

Verse

The river is rising

The well is running dry

The river is rising

The well is running dry

You brought the mountain to you

Now that mountain you must climb

Trouble oh trouble

Is on your mind

 

 

Call You To the Carpet

Chorus

I’m gonna call you to the carpet and sweep up all your lies

I’m gonna call you to the carpet and sweep up all your lies

I’ll hang you upside down till the truth rolls out your eyes

Verse

Karma’s gonna catch you

Take you to the dungeon

Bring the dragon to you

Turn the heat on high

Flames are gonna lick you

Smoke is gonna choke you

When they ask about you

Gonna say you fried

Verse

You can try and hide it

Go on and deny it

I’m gonna lose my pride  

If I let you slide

When I find out

All your secrets

The truth is gonna ring

Up above the harvest

Gonna come the reckoning

Chorus

I’m gonna call you to the carpet and sweep up all your lies

I’m gonna call you to the carpet and sweep up all your lies

I’ll hang you upside down till the truth rolls out your eyes  

Verse

Midnight’s gonna get you

Pull you in the shadows

I’ll take up with the serpents

In your native tongue

Some will call it voodoo

Some will call it freaky

You’ll be honest to me   

By the time I’m done

Verse

Gabriel blew a trumpet

Moses parted the sea

But the original sin

We blame on Eve

We blame it on Eve

For the likes of you

I’m gonna call you to the carpet

Till your lies run true

Chorus

I’m gonna call you to the carpet and sweep up all your lies

I’m gonna call you to the carpet and sweep up all your lies

I’ll hang you upside down till the truth rolls out your eyes

 

 

The Lowdown

Verse

I’ve been feeling lowdown

Got trouble in surround sound

I’ve got to spin that record ‘round

And get funky with some Motown

Verse

Now I’ve been swimming upstream

I’ve been chasing after my dreams

I went and had my fortune read

She took my hands and shook her head

Chorus

She said

Take your lowdown

Make it uptown

And shake it away

Verse

I got to get out of my own head

Go play some music on the street

Got to jam out on some bucket drums

And stomp and shout on the backbeat

Chorus

She said

Take your lowdown

Make it uptown

And shake it away

Verse

I’ve got to move it like the Jackson Five

Leave my troubles on the flipside

I got to spin that record ‘round

And get funky with some Motown

Chorus 

She said

Take your lowdown

Take your lowdown uptown

Take your lowdown

Take your lowdown 

Take your lowdown

Make it uptown

And shake it away

 

 

Double Shift Tuesday

Verse

It’s double shift Tuesday

On minimum wage

How'd you end up here

I’m reachin’ for the future

Through the wheel in a cage

How'd you end up here

Not about to give in

But I could use a good year

There’s a stranger in the mirror

Starin’ back at me asking

How'd you end up here

Verse

Business is slow

My raise is a no go

My boss is king

He’s the only one who thinks so

Though I live close

To the bone

It takes a payday loan

To keep me in my home 

The thought of givin’ up

Is all I really fear

I do battle with the demons

In my head at night asking

How'd you end up here

Solo

Made some mistakes

Yeah that's on me

How'd you end up here

You live and learn

That nothin’s ever free

How'd you end up here

Same ol’ same is all I see

I ended up where

I ain’t meant to be

There’s a stranger in the mirror

Starin’ back at me asking 

How'd you end up here

How’d you end up here