Kings Highway

by Shane Cooley

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    all songs written by Shane Cooley (ASCAP)


    musicians:

    Shane Cooley: vocals, guitars, keys, percussion
    Bob Rupe: bass, guitars, percussion, background vocals (track 1)
    PJ Herrington: guitars (tracks 7-10), lap guitar (track 5), bass (track 10), Q-chord (track 7)
    Bob Wlos: pedal steel (track 6)
    Hayley Rupe: background vocals (tracks 1 & 6)
    Trevor Nealon: piano (tracks 2, 7, 8 & 9)
    Johnny Hott: drums (tracks 6-9)


    Produced by Bob Rupe (except for track 7 produced by Bob Rupe / PJ Herrington)

    *engineered by Bob Rupe at Plaster and Pine Studio, Richmond, VA

    Track 10 produced and engineered by PJ Herrington in Austin, TX
    Mixed and mastered by Bob Rupe

    graphic art by Rex Hamilton
    cover photo by Eric Batiste

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about

Sometimes the destination is only the beginning of the journey. Shane Cooley's new album, 'Kings Highway,' marks the 27 year old singer/songwriter's arrival to musical self-actualization, and promises great things on the horizon.

His first full-length release in over two years, and his seventh official release since he began touring in 2008, 'Kings Highway' is a complete soundscape produced and engineered by Bob Rupe (Sparklehorse/Cracker/The Silos) at his studio in Richmond, VA. Cooley and Rupe played most of the instruments themselves, with help from Johnny Hott (drums), Bob Wlos (pedal steel), Hayley Rupe (background vocals), and Trevor Nealon (keys). Finishing touches were added by Austin's PJ Herrington (Asleep at the Wheel), who also produced the second to last song on the album.

Shane Cooley began writing, recording and performing his original music at age 13 in a rural part of Virginia known as the Northern Neck. He always knew he wanted to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter, and after graduating with an English degree from the The College of William and Mary in 2010, Shane took to the road, booking his own tours throughout the U.S. and a European tour in 2012. His previous work has been recognized by songwriting contests such as the International Acoustic Music Awards and Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.

After seeing him at an unofficial SXSW showcase in 2013, a friend invited Shane to spend a month in his spare room in Austin, TX, where he ended up writing most of the songs on 'Kings Highway.' He then returned home to Virginia to record the album. The main focus of the album for Shane was to create a sound unique to his own, taking his folky songwriting and wrapping it in ear-catching arrangements. "I liked working with Bob (Rupe), because instead of avoiding weird, we were looking for it," said Shane. "I wanted to color outside of the lines this time."

Shortly after most of the album was tracked, Shane made his way back to Austin to focus on building a presence in the Live Music Capital of the World. Shane spent the following year making a name for himself in the Austin scene, playing at some the top venues in town, both solo and with his new band, Shane Cooley & the Lucky Kings.

With plans in the works to tour behind 'Kings Highway' this year, the road ahead is looking bright for Shane Cooley.

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released 27 February 2015

all songs written by Shane Cooley (ASCAP)


musicians:

Shane Cooley: vocals, guitars, keys, percussion
Bob Rupe: bass, guitars, percussion, background vocals (track 1)
PJ Herrington: guitars (tracks 7-10), lap guitar (track 5), bass (track 10), Q-chord (track 7)
Bob Wlos: pedal steel (track 6)
Hayley Rupe: background vocals (tracks 1 & 6)
Trevor Nealon: piano (tracks 2, 7, 8 & 9)
Johnny Hott: drums (tracks 6-9)


Produced by Bob Rupe (except for track 7 produced by Bob Rupe / PJ Herrington)

*engineered by Bob Rupe at Plaster and Pine Studio, Richmond, VA

Track 10 produced and engineered by PJ Herrington in Austin, TX
Mixed and mastered by Bob Rupe

graphic art by Rex Hamilton
cover photo by Eric Batiste

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Track Name: Leave This Place
treachery on every corner here
you gotta watch your back
you gotta watch your back

minding my p's and q's
'cause you never know
just who's hearing you

and everybody's out just for themselves
but no on has the nerve to tell me go to hell

white lies
fair weather friends
when are we moving on again
i gotta leave this place
i gotta leave this place

this winning streak could go on indefinitely
or just for a little while
just for a little while

but i'm wise enough to know by now
when my luck's running out
and it's running out

and the coyotes are closing for the kill
i refuse to be just another cheap thrill

white lies
fair weather friends
when are we moving on again
i gotta leave this place
i gotta leave this place


white lies
fair weather friends
when can i go home again
i gotta leave this place
i gotta leave this place
Track Name: Texas Sunrise
texas sunrise
i've seen you too many times
and i don't know why

i've been restless
running mad all through the night
just to greet you at first light

senorita
long brown legs and skull tattoos
what's a gringo to do

glad to meet ya
no I do not hold a grudge
for the shortness of your love

i'll miss you
all the people that i knew
and i'll be riding into the moon
if the sun don't come
Track Name: Please Lead Me On
i've been astounded so many times
i've been told a bitter truth
but i've never met anyone
quite as deceptive as you

your cruelly and coldness
are beyond my belief
like you were sent here just to give me grief

but the night is excited
and my devil's delighted
and i'm tempted just to try it
yeah i'm doomed but i deny it

so please
please lead me on
please

this city's full of monsters
zombies and ghouls
all variety of characters
that barely fit the truth

and though i love these evil things
and their sweet debauchery
but you're more wicked than them all
so of course you come to me

and you torment my visions
play tricks upon my wisdom
i think you're anything but honest
but you made the sweetest promise

so please
please lead me on
please lead men on

'cause i've got nothing better to do
and i thought i had a shot with you
but it's something that i'm dealing with
you know i wasn't really ready for this

and i'm so toxic now
i could do with or without
so do with me what you will

and please lead me on
please lead me on
please
Track Name: The Shangri-La
every night is quite the same
i'm a stranger at the shangri-la
all the kids of local fame
they all hang down at the shangri-la

and i don't know anyone
but i'm still having fun
at the shangri-la

i'm just wasting time away
in the shelter of the shangri-la
watch the freaks all swing and sway
to the music at the shangri-la

if it were elsewhere there'd be a fight
but all the fighters are getting high
at the shangri-la

the night is ending awful fast
nothing lasts down at the shangri-la
careless lovers holding hands
they're getting action yeah
and that's enough

i'm going home i need to rest my eyes
but i'll be back again tomorrow night
at the shangri-la

at the shangri-la
Track Name: Deliver
don't matter if you call me back
or say you'll see me soon
don't matter if you wink at me
as you walk out the room

unless you deliver
unless you deliver
if i see it i'll believe it
but until then we will leave it
unresolved

'cause i've been had by the con men
bullied by the bad men
a victim of the government
and i don't give a damn

unless you deliver
unless you deliver
if i see it i'll believe it
but until then we will leave it
unresolved

i've been walking for many miles now
i've walked all over town
i've been walking through your hallways
when you are not around

when someone's walked as long as me
well you learn a thing or two
well one thing i know for sure
is that i damn sure don't trust you

unless you deliver
unless you deliver
if i see it i'll believe it
but until then we will leave it
unresolved

if i see it i'll believe it
but until then we will leave it
unresolved
Track Name: Hesitate
few things can forget my past
been running too light on my feet
swimming in the shadows cast
makes you know the light when it comes

and i know when i've found a friend
and i don't want to see it end

so honey if you need me
don't hesitate
don't hesitate
no matter what i'm doing
don't hesitate
don't hesitate

sweet winds in the virginia pines
long time nothing new
restless in the summertime
dreaming and waking you

and you don't like how i'm hard on myself
and i give everybody hell

so honey if you need me
don't hesitate
don't hesitate
you just gotta believe me
don't hesitate
don't hesitate

and you and i we both pretend
it's best you say goodbye my friend

honey if you're leaving
don't hesitate
don't hesitate
just keep on moving
don't hesitate
don't hesitate

honey if you need me
don't hesitate
don't hesitate
no matter what I'm doing
don't hesitate
don't hesitate

to call
to call
Track Name: Never Get
i see those pennies on the street
with their tails up
they're all waiting for me
to give me bad luck

how did i get this way
my friend
how did it come to this
my friend

i give
i give
i give
but i never get
i give
i give
i give
but i never get

and every narrow escape
feels like my last chance
see death down on 7th street
and he's ready to dance

why didn't you turn me in
my friend
you'll leave me cold
you'll leave me cold any day now i know it
but i'll meet you again

i give
i give
i give
but i never get

what's coming to me
Track Name: Wildflower Honey
richard reeves
was a young man from boston
he practiced chivalry

he took to the road
to go forth and discover
life at age 23

but the road is hard
and the road is mean
it didn't take them long
to pick him clean

wildflower honey
is good to the taste
makes it not so bad
but once you taste
that wildflower honey
honey you can't go back

lucinda
has over a century of mileage
the years haven't caught up yet

if you buy her a taste
of that wildflower honey
she'll tell you tales that you'll never forget

but the road is long
and life is short
she hung on for dear life
but she just got bored

wildflower honey
is good to the taste
makes it not so bad
but once you taste
that wildflower honey
honey you can't go back

wildflower honey
can open your eyes
it can drive you mad
but once you taste
that wildflower honey
you can never go back

you can never go back
Track Name: Don't Care
you've been spoiling my dinner
you've been breaking my bones
you've been calling me a liar
you won't leave me alone

well you've cornered me now
but i suggest you set me free
i don't care what you do
just don't do it around me

you're a first class killer
you leave no traces behind
and all those dirty looks you gave me
they're still burning in my mind

well you don't know who you're dealing with
but don't stick around to see
i don't care what you do
just don't do it around me

'cause i've been breaking the law
making the calls
catching your falls
sitting in awe saying
what is my life

and you've been bringing me down
no more painting the town
won't you lie on the ground
and weep for your foolishness

goodbye now
goodbye i have set myself free
i don't care what you do
just don't do it around me
Track Name: King of Love
i better make it known
don juan he tried to steal my throne
i knocked him down with a single blow
but that was long ago

since then i've fallen down
made company with the cold hard ground
pieces of my heart in every town
so tell me why did you come around

i'm the king of love
and you know who i'm dreaming of

honey i've got the shakes
don't know how much more of this i can take
i've walked a million miles just to know
that all i wanna do is run back home

and in the dust wind
hill country nights that only break you in
i used to have a fire in my eyes
now i can't see past the traffic lights

i'm the king of love
and you know who i'm dreaming of
Track Name: Rivers of Wine
i'm so tired
but my friends still wanna dance
dionysus
wouldn't have a chance

this town sleeps in
it's too hot to go outside
i'm so lonely
but at least i've got the night

endless rivers of wine in this town
endless rivers of wine
and if you're not careful
you'll drink it all down
endless rivers of wine

old street player
pickin' on the blues
always there
as certain as the news

plays for pennies
nickels and dimes
disappears
into that sweet red wine

endless rivers of wine in this town
endless rivers of wine
and if you're not careful
you'll drink it all down
endless rivers of wine

endless rivers of wine in this town
endless rivers of wine
and if you can't swim
well you've already drowned
endless rivers of wine

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