Jook Joint Thunderclap

by John-Alex Mason

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about

So what is the story here? What is this Jook Joint Thunderclap? Jook, an old afro-caribe word meaning to have fun and dance, but like jook that trouble out of yourself. Joint, a place, a thing, something to experience. Both evoking Juke Joint, the most democratic places in America, and there are damn few of them left, where the stage is shared by all in attendance. Everyone is part of the show in other words. And then Thunderclap, lightening and thunder at the same time, so close that the thunder rolls away from you. Scared ya, didn’t it? Like when the August sky went from blue to a bruise and you heard your mama call from the house to come on in, it is going to storm, but you held out just a bit longer to feel the warm moist wind. Then, BAM! Or maybe on the way home from a great show late one full moon, winter solstice night with a pal on the phone talking about how cool it was to be together with those guys on stage. That is all to say, there are moments when lightening strikes. And the world changes. In this case and this time around, I learned that I am not alone. That I don’t have to go it alone. That I am not better off alone. That in the immortal words of the heavy weight champion of the world, me = we. But, what I learned in all those sometimes lonely times on stage is that I can stand on my own. And it wasn’t until I realized that and thereby knew that I didn’t have to prove that all the time, that I was able to embrace and understand that yes, me = we but also that we = me. The trip to the desert was worthwhile, I read some great books, but it was time to come back. What I found out there was tone. But as we so often hear, trees falling in a vacuum... So I started making calls to players who I had a feeling about. Whose tones and music I felt mine would resonate with. We made an album together in a big room, looking each other in the eye and smiling a whole lot. It was fun, like 3-year old at Christmas fun. Yes. Why? Because we were all standing on our own, free to be ourselves, and yet part of something bigger that none of us could have created on our own. The rest of the he-said, she-said is, for the most part, in the songs, but there are stories... plenty of stories! Maybe I’ll get the chance to tell you a few sometime.

credits

released February 15, 2011

Alia Sylla - djembe on four
Andy Irvine - bass on zero, three, four, five, six and seven
Cedric Burnside - drums on zero, two, four, seven and nine
Cody Burnside - vocals on two and four
Fara Tolno - djembe on four, five, six, and eight
Fasinet Bangoura - bolofone on four
Gerry Hundt - harmonica on zero, one, four, five and eleven, mandolin on three, seven and nine, nine-string guitar on two
John-Alex Mason - vocals on all, moans on five, guitar on zero, two, three, four, five, six, eight, ten, eleven, purgatory hill harp five on one, seven, and nine, one-man band rig on one, three, five, six, eight and eleven
Lightnin’ Malcolm - guitar on zero, four, seven and nine, bass on two
Lionel Young - fiddle on two, three, four, five, six, and eleven, bass on nine

Produced by John-Alex Mason
Mixed and Engineered by Mike Yach and assistant Tyler Bender at Immersive Studios, Boulder, CO
Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
Creative Direction by Rosanne Mason, Pamela Martinez and Gerry Hundt
Art Direction, Illustration and Design by Gary Houston at Voodoo Catbox, Portland, OR
Photographs by Annalise Moyer and Pamela Martinez

© MMXI Naked Jaybird Music (SESAC) Lyrics reprinted with permission

All songs written by John-Alex Mason, published by Naked Jaybird Music (SESAC) except where noted:

“My Old Lonesome Home”
Lyrics by Rosanne Mason
Music by John-Alex Mason

“Gone So Long (feat. Cody Burnside)”
Lyrics by Rosanne Mason and Cody Burnside
Music by John-Alex Mason

“Riding On (feat. Cody Burnside)”
Lyrics by John-Alex Mason and Cody Burnside
Music by John-Alex Mason

“Rolled and Tumbled”
Public Domain Arranged by John-Alex Mason
Additional Lyrics by John-Alex Mason

“Signifying Monkey”
Written by Oscar Brown JR
Published by Bootblack Music

“Write Me a Few of Your Lines”
Written by Fred McDowell
Published by Bug Music (BMI)

“If You’ve Got a Good Friend”
Written by Robert Johnson
Published by King of Spades Music (BMI)

Zero and eleven can be found in the ether at johnalexmason.com

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Track Name: Delta Bound (Prologue)
Ragtop down, tunes up loud
Brand new tires, full tank, make me proud
Hot southern night, best girl I know
Wide open road, and can't go slow
Oh I know, we had four wheels off the ground
I wish I was back down there
I wish I was Delta Bound

Old T can shake it, and he's good with a knife
Red's sure enough grinning, "This game is for life.
Someone gonna win, someone gonna lose
The secret is, darling, it's all up to you."
I was lost and didn't want to be found
I wish I was back down there
I wish I was Delta Bound

Have you ever felt the light
come up through the edge of a Delta Night?
I was lost and but now I’m found
Yes, I’m going back down there, heart and soul
I am Delta Bound

Boogie Church Commencing, cut on the fans
Full moon shining and his name's Wolfman.
Thunder on the drums, but you ought to see him dance
Lightnin's in the front row, and the girl with the Army pants
Oh I know, That’s where I found the sound
I wish I was back down there
You know I am Delta Bound
I was lost, didn’t want to be found
I wish I was back down there
I wish I was Delta Bound
Track Name: My Old Lonesome Home
Spread Wide
Spread Long
Spread Out like those Rocky Mountains
My Old Lonesome Home

Come on make me grin
Come on make me moan
Spread Out like those Rocky Mountains
My Old Lonesome Home

Lookers oh, lookers I am passing over
Lookers oh, lookers I am sliding off the shoulder
No matter where my Mama’s gone
My Old Lonesome home

Spread Wide
Spread Long
Spread Out like those Rocky Mountains
My Old Lonesome Home

Come on make me grin
Come on make me moan
Spread Out like those Rocky Mountains
My Old Lonesome Home

World oh, World I am getting brave and bolder
World oh, World we are all getting older
No matter where my Papa’s gone
My Old Lonesome Home
Track Name: Gone So Long (Feat. Cody Burnside)
do you think its been so long well
has it really been so long well
has it really been so long
since youve been gone

do you think its been so long well
has it really been so long well
has it really been so long
since youve been gone

like wind round right behind me
its there but it cant find me
this feeling i dont mind it now

has it really been so bad well
and everything we had well
and everything we had well
its all gone gone gone

you been gone so long well
has it really been so long well
has it really been so long
since youve been gone gone gone

like wind round right behind me
its there but it cant find me
this feeling i dont mind it now
Track Name: More than Wind
Reason, rationed. Packed and gone away.
Reason, rationed. Packed and run away.
Reason gone - left is live today.

Love don't linger - well up cool and fresh.
Love don't linger - well up cool and fresh.
East sky bright - stars shine way back west.

Ladder Loosen - lay there on the ground.
Ladder Loosen - lay there on the ground.
No way up - no way further down.

Strain and Struggle - held up by the weir.
Strain and Struggle - held up by the weir.
Listen close - more than words to hear.
listen close - more than wind to hear.
Track Name: Riding On (Feat. Cody Burnside)
Lightning ripped the night
and dropped it on the ground
the rain was falling up
so couldn't make a sound

winter set in hard
that early August eve
my mind was frozen still
refusing to believe

I'm ridin' on
I'm ridin' on
I'm ridin' on
What's Gone is gone

Coyote broke the hush
and folly galloped past
the roaring rain came back again
with another lightning flash

Folly reared her head
and reaper stepped on back
I grabbed the pony's mane
and found the golden track

I'm ridin' on
I'm ridin' on
I'm ridin' on
What's Gone is gone

I’m on the Golden Track because I keep on going I’m looking at the people the people never ever be knowing I’m really riding hard Can’t even look back The past is gone because I’m thinking what’s that is that Because I’m going straight forward I’m Going to the Future I’m Looking at you now you know I’ve got to keep it mutual I’ve got to keep it going, Gotta keep a stiff upper, Looking dead up in your face and now you know I be coming.

I'm ridin' on
I'm ridin' on
I'm ridin' on
What's Gone is gone

Saw you standing there
Naked in the rain
Truth beheld, Fear expelled
comfort in your flame

spirits flashed up strong
reflecting in your grin
made me moan, made me laugh
made me smile again

I'm ridin' on
I'm ridin' on
I'm ridin' on
What's Gone is gone
Track Name: Diamond Rain
Truth comes and like water goes
into lives like wind it blows
finding cracks to fill in part
mending those with breaking hearts

And the Rains
The rains have come again

Truth comes and like water flows
over rocks to sands below
touching all in birth and death
moving on with every breath

And the Rains
The rains have come again

Dunk me drench me
open up and quench me
wash away the stubborn stains
Soak me, flood me
turn around and mud me
walk me out in the diamond rain

Truth Falls and like rain it yields
not one thing 'til all's revealed
and dammed the river only swells
swallows all in living hell

And the Rains
The rains have come again

Truth falls and like rain it wields
the dust out to the growing fields
spreading life from all that dies
growing hope in desperate lives

And the Rains
The rains have come again
Track Name: Free
Red Sun
Been Rising
Keep it burning
on my right hand side

Amblin
Been Ramblin
And gambling
with the whole world wide

I am gonna fly
because I am free
I am gonna fly
see what I can see
I am gonna fly
because I am free
I am gonna fly
see what's left of me

The weapers
and reapers
aren't keepers
they're holding on too tight

I believe it
will relieve it
I'm gonna heave it
up into the night

I am gonna fly
because I am free
I am gonna fly
see what I can see
I am gonna fly
because I am free
I am gonna fly
see what's left of me

I went to the mountain top
and I could barely breath
I walked through the red desert
until I burned my feet
And kept on walking
to soak them in the sea
then caught the wailing winds
and swore they'd be the death of me

The white sun
now shining
keep it burning
turning, way up high

Gonna Stand up
gonna rise up
gonna own up brother
and take my time

I am gonna fly
because I am free
I am gonna fly
see what I can see
I am gonna fly
because I am free
I am gonna fly
see what's left of me

We're gonna fly
because we're free
Gonna fly
see what we can be
We're gonna fly
because we're free
Gonna fly
to the shining
Track Name: Whisper
When you find me
on the way to the park
on the corner at the edge of the dark

I will stand up
and dance through the memory of you

When you see me
my arms are open wide
in the morning
with the good girl by my side

I will stand up
and dance through the memory of you

Dancing on the inside
Feeling opened wide
take me from the start
whisper the way to my heart

When you wake me
alone we come to this
in the midnight
that’s as gentle as your kiss

I will stand up
and dance through the memories to you

Dancing on the inside
Feeling opened wide
take me from the start
whisper the way to my heart