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Gayla Drake met John, Jake and Slim (aka Kodiak Flats) at the Stone City General Store in 2011. Within weeks, they were gigging together, and about a year later, the idea for this record was conceived. High energy, euphoric, original music is best played with good friends. Enjoy!

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released May 22, 2015

Recorded and mixed by Pete Becker;

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One of a handful of guitarists to master both fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar techniques in multiple genres and tunings, Gayla Drake is rarer still for her remarkable singing voice, prolific songwriting and compositional skills. Her larger-than-life, force-of-nature performance style combines with her wicked sense of humor to engage, enrapture and astound audiences. ... more

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Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - 100 Miles
Big thing rolls up, I listen to the engine
Drowns out the fear and the hesitation
Am I on the right track? Is this train the one
To take me all the way to you?

CHORUS
Lord I'm five, lord I'm four
Lord I'm three, lord I'm two
Lord I'm one hundred miles
Away from you

Ticket clutched tight in my fingers, suitcase and guitar
That's everything I'm taking on this journey
Walked away from everything else I had
Just to wake up next to you
CHORUS

I sit back and watch the scenery with one eye half closed
One eye half open, to the world, to the path
Ears tuned to the song of the track, to the rhythm of the wheels
As they carry me to you

CHORUS
Lord I'm one, lord I'm two
Lord I'm three, lord I'm four
Lord I'm five hundred miles
From what's gone before

Lord I'm five, lord I'm four
Lord I'm three, lord I'm two
Lord I'm one hundred miles
I'm home with you
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - No Place To Be
Sometimes life gets crazy, just too much to do
I see you runnin' ragged, and I've been getting the run-around, too
It never slows down enough to even let you breathe
But someday, baby, we gonna sleep like we got no place to be

My laptop computer is always a gesture away
My cell phone had babies with my PDA
We talk by email and text more than we speak
But someday, baby, we gonna sleep like we got no place to be

I miss Saturday nights, stayin' out 'til they close
I miss our Sunday mornings, wakin' up slow
I miss layin' down with you, not being tired enough to sleep
Oh, someday baby, we gonna sleep like we got no place to be
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - Everybody Knows
He knows the second she walks in a room
He turns and finds her
Their eyes meet, they smile
All their secrets pass like light between them
He knows the second she walks in a room

Oh, everybody knows
It won’t be concealed
What they are to each other
The bonds they’ve sealed
Their faces reveal
Everything

She stirs for a moment, concentration gone
Somehow she knows that
She’s on his mind
Sweet awareness passes like light between them
She stirs for a moment, concentration gone

It’s something like fire, but it’s like water, too
It flows and it dances
All through their lives
Call it magic that passes like light between them
It’s something like fire, but it’s like water, too
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - Highway 13
I should have known I was in for one hell of a ride
Black wind howling, and the road was hungry that night
You were hungry, you took it outa me
And you got my heart racin’ on Highway 13

You weren’t kidding when you said you’d take me home
You knew where I was vulnerable, knew how to make me moan
Like a jezebel, overwhelmed, indiscreet
Set my skin is buzzing all the way down Highway 13

Hopin’ some miles will help me sort out what’s real
Put a little distance between me and the way you make me feel
But your fingers left their mark on me
And I feel you pullin’ me all the way down Highway 13
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - Sunday Night
It's Sunday night
I got too much to think about
Sleep won't come easy anymore, anyway
Worryin' about tomorrow
Frettin' about the past
Watchin' the minutes tick away
On Sunday night
Everything gets replayed

It's Sunday night
Let me toss and turn a little more
Wrestle this demon until one of us gives up
My heart's just not in this
My head's already gone
My body's stuck here in this rut
Come Sunday night
Sometimes it's just too much

CHORUS
Morpheus, if you're out there
Lay one on me, make it count
Morpheus, if you're out there
Roll me over, take me down

It's Sunday night
And I just can't shut it off
Even tried counting angels on the head of a pin
There's an itch I can't reach
A pain that grinds my teeth
Like the last place a needle touches skin
On Sunday night
It all comes crashin' in
CHORUS
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - Gumption
There's a bruise spreading on the radar
Ice whispers on the window pane
Thunder rumbles, sirens howl
Winter has come early to Iowa again

Chorus
Give me gumption, give me strength
Give me a sign or pour me a drink
Give me one damn good reason to stay
Or buy me a ticket on the next southbound train

There will be some accumulation
That's the verdict of the weathermen
North wind hollers, says to suck it up
Walk away from everything and shed my skin

Bridge
Before it gets too bad I better call you up
See if you can come over, make it through
If ever there was something to hold me...
I need a reason, and the reason could be you

As you reach for me it thunders
Hours later it's still comin' down
Somehow it feels a little better
I'm warm and safe when you're around
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - If You Follow the River
If you follow the river
I'll find you
Deep in the forest
The water runs through
Hidden in a secret pocket here

If you follow the river
We'll find peace
Deep in the forest
Where the water speaks
How many moments have we passed here?

I would give anything
To touch you like that again

If you follow the river
I'll find you
I will magic you to me
You'll know which way to go
Hidden like the heart only knows

If you follow the river
You'll find me
We're both been waiting
For the water to speak
Hidden where the wild moments grow

I would give anything
To touch you like that again
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - Tumbledown
There's a tumble down house just outside town
We used to meet there on hot summer afternoons
I've been walking, my feet are taking me out (6-chord)
I didn't know I could miss you any more
But somehow I do
Like a lost limb must ache when it rains

Chorus
I still feel all the things
You used to make me feel
Under a sky-lit roof
We were over the moon

There’s a tree growing up through the middle of the floor
The roof is mostly gone and the walls are coming down
But we carved our hearts here, just above the door
I don’t even know if I can find you
But I have to try now
Maybe we can find a way back here

Brilliant red sun in a magenta sky
I should get back, but I don’t wanna go
I can feel you breathing here, hold you in my mind
Places change, come and go but
Love takes ahold
Takes you like a hungry wolf sometimes
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - If Only To You
Racing liquid green clouds northbound
If only to you
Wheels flying, eating up the ground
If only to you
The lightning lashes out in a blind rage
I wish that I was holding you somewhere safe
Instead of driving for my life through these hell hounds

CHORUS
Let it rain, let it pour
Let my heart cry out for more
Feel the thunder shake my bones
I wish I was driving home

Holding the wheel for dear life now
If only to you
Dodging bullets from the sky now
If only to you
Have to pull over and watch it pour
I wish the shoulder I was leaning on was yours
Is it rain or tears that blur my eyes now
CHORUS

Bridge
Wind batters water down
It's almost midnight in the middle of the day
All I can see right now
Is you and me under sheets of rain

Back on the road the rain keeps coming on
If only to you
I can't help feeling my direction is wrong
If only to you
My heart says to hell with everything else
Turn this car around and be true to myself
And let the pieces fall wherever they're gonna
CHORUS
Track Name: Aunt G & the Stone City Nephews - At the River Side
Stand by me and watch the river run
Let the final rays of the evening sun
Rest lightly on your shoulders as we watch it glide
Like silver reflecting the twilight sky tonight
Take my hand and stay silent for a while
We don’t need anymore than silence now
You understand like nobody else
You know me like I know myself

I got lost, went the wrong way
First time I tried to find you babe
Couldn’t get it right
Then I found you at the river side

Bridge was gone, didn’t know another route
Didn’t want to take the long way around
I knew the treacherous undertow
Is always waiting for fools who let go
And I am not a fool, unless it’s for love
I held my breath and wished myself luck
Muddy river washed me clean
I stumbled onto the shore again

I got lost, went the wrong way
First time I tried to find you babe
Couldn’t get it right
Then I found you at the river side

Stand by me and watch the river run
Laugh and say I’m crazy as they come
You understand like nobody else
I know you like I know myself