Moccasin Bender

by Randy Steele

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Mabbitt Springs (free) 03:47
Mabbitt Springs Pray sweet Jesus The boy is fading fast Way to help him That spring must be the answer The days have past And I don’t need your sympathy All I need is faith The time has come And I don’t need your empathy This water’s working Buy this land And everything you see from the mountain top Wade in the water The cold spring heals the devil’s wounds Time and patience And with a little luck we will all pull through The days have past And I don’t need your sympathy All I need is faith The time has come And I don’t need your empathy This water’s working His gaze is gone He’s staring off into the great beyond Cold creek water Washes over the fact that my boy is gone The days have past And I don’t need your sympathy All I need is faith The time has come And I don’t need your empathy Nothing works
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Adam and Rose (free) 03:35
Adam and Rose Adam and Rose were barely 19 A whole road ahead, a life unfolding Trying to figure out the quickest way out Of this one horse north Alabama town Scared of his own shadow He ran the table and she ran the rest Off and running wild Adam and Rose and an unborn child Adam was the son of a carpenter A local deacon , a chosen one Rose didn’t know a day without harm Until she found her way into poor Adams arms Scared of his own shadow He ran the table and she ran the rest Off and running wild Adam and Rose and an unborn child The day they hit the road Adams momma cried She prayed to the lord to keep him in his sight Rose made other plans or so it seems She left him standing out at exit 17 Scared of his own shadow He ran the table and she ran the rest Off and running wild Adam and Rose and an unborn child It’s been 10 years or so since Rose passed away On that October night or that November day Adam still yearns and his heart gently aches When the autumn wind blows Scared of his own shadow He ran the table and she ran the rest Off and running wild Adam and Rose and an unborn child
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Big Talkin' Woman (free) 03:23
Big talkin’ woman He’s down on his luck She’s colder than a coffin He’s trying to get back up But the world just won’t soften She lays into him hard Every night when he comes in “Where you been big fella Late night at work again?” He rolls his eyes enough To pull them from the sockets He flips out the lining of his Empty front pockets The gesture isn’t lost And she won’t soon forget That her momma told her This was imminent Big talkin’ woman Hard headed man It don’t matter what you’re saying darling he ain’t listenin’ He’s sleeping on the couch But he ain’t really sleeping Just tossing and turning And late night tvin’ His mind replays the scene What he wished he would have said But the moments gone Like a broken thread Big talkin’ woman Hard headed man It don’t matter what you’re saying darling he ain’t listenin’ He rolls out of bed Around 11 am His head is steady pounding From last night’s Gin She pours it on again About him staying out all night How her momma told her And how her momma was right Big talkin’ woman Hard headed man It don’t matter what you’re saying darling he ain’t listenin’
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Age of Ben (free) 03:40
Age of Ben Melissa had a baby When she was seventeen But the state took him away Because his blood wasn’t clean She named him Perry But they changed it to Ben She never saw the face Of that boy again She was sent to rehab By the 3rd circuit court That place was a sieve And it was easy to score She punched some lady Over a Cribbage win They shipped her off to Kansas To the Federal Pen Ben was born in April He was adopted in May By some California ministers Who took him out of state Nobody mentioned that He came with a glitch You could cover him in aloe But he was born with the itch There were nights that felt like years where he’s calling for his momma. They put him on the street When he was fifteen years old It led from Irvine then to Dallas Atlanta and Orlando He tried his best to find a Way to fit in But nobody seemed to care About what happened to him There were nights that felt like years where he’s calling for his momma. Ben had always felt like he was Missing a piece A puzzle with a hole An axle without grease ‘Till he found the needle And that started the end Of a short sad story Titled the “Age of Ben” There were nights that felt like years where he’s calling for his momma. Goodbye little Perry Goodnight little Ben I hope you found what you were looking for in that opium. I suspect it’s just the same old tale Ps goodbye to Melissa I hope your burning in hell
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Rummies (free) 03:21
Rummies “Let’s say hypothetically That you and I could make a couple G’s In just one evening Off the Sugarloaf Key” “The work is pretty easy You get paid to take the risk I know a guy who knows a guy Who needs to man a skiff” He said it that informally Just two old rummies seated at the bar And talking scars And scores on the sea The only thing between us Was the simple fact we’d known That if the Coast Guard showed up Each man was on his own ‘Cause when the handcuffs go on All you really feel is the metal grind against your bones So me and this guy walked down to the pier to have a beer. Then he starts acting nervous and the blue lights appear The next thing I was tasting was a two by six pressure treated decking board and my waists and my wrists had become one When the handcuffs go on All you really feel is the metal grind against your bones. There’s a moment when you think that you can get away Trust me brother the game is already played The bruises ain’t really worth it anyway If I had the option I’d be softening some chica de ensuena On a beach in Cardenas But I’m stuck up here in holding At the Dade Correctional Just a son of the system where each Morning on dawn The handcuffs go on And all you really feel is the metal grind against your bones
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Play that fiddle and play it slow I'm gonna dance with Calico I'm gonna dance with Calico I'm gonna dance with Calico Pretty little girl with a blue dress on She took my heart and away she's gone Took my heart and away she's gone Took my heart and away she's gone

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"Moccasin Bender seems like a mighty step forward for artist and songwriter Randy Steele. Mabbit Springs starts the process beautifully, the instrumentation is organic and colourful, multi-layered and expressive - never simply falling into the trap of simple repetitive riffs. Everything here is musically impressive, and Steele's songwriting is second to none."

Rebecca Cullen Stereo Stickman


"Melding the best elements of Bluegrass and Country music with masterful storytelling - and topping it all off with veteran musicianship, production and - of course - Randy Steele's sincere and substantive vocal timbre ( I truly can't overstate the unique and moving quality of his voice) - has resulted in the creation of an emotionally relatable musical experience in Steele's sophmore solo effort. Moccasin Bender. This group of songs has further solidified my original impression of him as a musician of substance, honor, and warmth"

The Ark of Music


"Like Songs from the Suck before it, Moccasin Bender is homegrown Tennessee sunshine injected into a collection of songs. Bouncing Bluegrass arrangements are married by copious string pickin' and Steele's matter-of-fact crooning vocal delivery. This is whiskey settled, hearth made music with a conscience that takes us back straight to foundation that Americana's settled on without any cracks to speak of."

Jonathan Frahm For Folk's Sake


"Moccasin Bender offers scrumptious old-timey, delicious bluegrass music rife with twangy textures, quixotic nuances, and Steele’s whiskey-soaked Tennessee-inflected tones. There’s a plush feel to the harmonics that’s infectious and gets your foot tapping."

Randall Radic Blogcritics.org


"Moccasin Bender, the latest release by Randy Steele is an album that captures the true spirit of Americana in it's time honored style, the music of ourforefathers, of the mountains and of the soul. From the first note of Mabbitt Springs to the last in Pretty Little Girl with a Blue Dress On, it is the art of the storyteller, the music sets the scene, the words spoken are the players, the song itself, a life lived in the moments but remembered forever. Randy Steele is a real artist, to have the talent to take a few musical momentsand brand them into your mind, where the notes will circle round within the mind forever, as a warm summer's breeze on a clear and beautiful day."
Joseph Timmons IndiePulse Music Magazine


"Setting the tone for the album is the swinging rhythms of the opener “Mabbitt Springs”. Going for a raw visceral approach the fantastic banjo led “Adam And Rose” takes on a quieter tact, as Randy Steele’s voice positively shines with a radiant warmth. By far the highlight of the collection comes with the freewheeling loose world of “Big Talkin Woman” where everything works in unison. Incorporating country, chamber pop, folk, with a hint of rock all of “Big Talkin Woman” feels akin to going on a long journey courtesy of the fantastic strings and highly articulate lyricism. Presenting fantastic storytelling abilities is the thoughtful “Age Of Ben”. Slowing things down a bit and embracing a summery demeanor “Rummies” has a hint of nostalgia coming into the mix. Everything feels perfectly brought together on the energetic closer “Pretty Little Girl With A Blue Dress On”.

Randy Steele crafts a fantastic, fully-formed world that lives so lived in with the folksy optimism of Moccasin Bender."

Conor Murphy Skope Magazine

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released July 12, 2018

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Randy Steele Chattanooga, Tennessee

Banjo pickin' Singer Songwriter from Chattanooga Tennessee and frontman for Slim Pickins Bluegrass

2018 NewSong Leaf Festival Songwriting Competition Finalist. 2017 Blast On the Bay Upcoming Artist
16th Annual IMA Bluegrass Song Fan Winner for 'Mobile Soon"
16th Annual IMA Bluegrass album of the year Nomination
for "Songs from the Suck"
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