Firelight

by Erik Ritland

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"Firelight," the debut solo E.P. of Erik Ritland, will be released digitally in July of 2012. On the E.P., which is equal parts Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Neil Young, Erik takes the folk tradition and expands it into the modern era.

A single - the somber "Firelight" backed with the apocalyptic folk/rock of "Stay Inside" - is available for free download now in anticipation of the release of the E.P. in July.

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released July 15, 2012

Produced by Erik Ritland and Nate Houge (www.natehouge.com)
Recorded by Nate Houge
Mastered by Chris Yeager
Photography by Micah Taylor (www.micahtaylor.com)
Design by Chris Engberg

The players:
Acoustic guitar, vocals - Erik Ritland
Electric guitar, acoustic and electric mandolin, slide guitar, backing vocals, handclaps - Nate Houge

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Rock n' roll. Country western. Blues. Folk. Americana.

The past is never dead. It isn't even past.

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Track Name: Firelight
When the levees broken
Best learn how to swim
If you wanna gamble
Better know you’ll win

Eden burns
Through the night
I see past the firelight
In the air
Recognize
You can’t stop the firelight

Withered scenes divided
Arguments unwon
Little things won’t get you
Drop your heart and run

Eden burns
Through the night
I see past the firelight
In the air
Recognize
You can’t stop the firelight
Track Name: Aching Heart
Can't sleep this evening 'cuz there's too much on my mind
The way things are going I won't make it through the night

Always waking up wishing it was morning time
But it's still so dark and I'm just a little sick of trying

Chorus:
Don't you know I need you
More than anyone has before
I have this aching in my heart
I'm worried all the day and I can't even sleep at night

Can't think straight with you running all around my brain
I'm thinking too much about when I'll see you again

(Chorus)
Track Name: Stay Inside
Well if you’re going nowhere
And you need to get there fast
I know a shortcut nobody’s tried

And if you’ve run on empty
Since the day you left
Don’t be afraid to give it all back
The new sun attacks
It’s too nice to stay inside today

Won’t you come in closer
So I can make you out?
Don’t hide in a corner where nobody sees

The rows and rows of houses
Mirror side by side
But nothing can warn them of days left to come
Beneath the new sun
It’s too nice to stay inside today

Somewhere on the mainline
The tracks were laid out wrong
The streets are filled with curses dressing as dreams

Sink into the sunset
Watch it all unfold
Hear all the engines rattle apart
And if you were smart
You wouldn’t even start

It's too late to be outside
Track Name: Woke Up This Morning Feeling Blue
Woke up this morning feelin' blue
Struggled out of bed with an aching in my head
Woke up this morning feelin' blue

Can't get my baby off my mind
Since we said goodbye all my days drift slowly by
Can't get my baby off my mind

Wish I could get another chance
Since she said goodbye all my days drift slowly by
Wish I could get another chance

I told myself I would be alright
That I could cry through the tunnel light
But I just worry the whole night through
And wake up in the morning feeling blue
Track Name: Bluegrass
This old town
It sure is night
Fields of green
Where rivers flow
But my love
Is not around
So I believe
I'll have to go

Chorus;
I'm going down
To see the bluegrass
For that's where my baby stays

I will walk
Both day and night
Through the wind and through the rain
Just like times so long ago
I will bring her back to me

Chorus

Though I roam
From town to town
With the wind blowing at my back
But he weary sun
It leads me on
Soon I will return to her

Chorus