welcome to Sadieville

"Rise up in the morning. Butterflies stir your dreams and roll away with the morning fog any sorrow your day may bring." So sings Jim Langemo in the opening song "Virginia" of Welcome to Sadieville, his debut release for Barking Dog Records. "I believe in remaining optimistic for love in the face of sorrow and disaster," he explains. Welcome to Sadieville is a statement of emotion, a passionate expression of love and loneliness.

Jim's music, a rich mix of expressive, passionate vocals, bluesy harmonica, and raw acoustic and electric guitars -- backed by Craig Holets on bass and Emmett Dacey on drums with Tom Christianson on percussion -- evokes traces of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and a wide spectrum of blues and roots influences. Jim's passion for music and people becomes larger than life on stage through his vivid, poetic lyrics and exuberant performance.

Jim is a Minneapolis/St. Paul musician who has played in coffee houses throughout the Midwest including Kuppernicus Coffee Gallery, North Shore Coffee Company, Boathouse Coffee Club and the Laughing Cup and in clubs such as the Fine Line, Jitters and the 400 bar. He also performed at the 1996 Chicago Blues Festival.

Jim Langemo's shows are full of emotion and energy -- driving band tunes and delicate acoustic arrangements combine to create an infectious, compelling experience. Welcome to Sadieville captures this variety and energy and will have you listening again and again.

Produced by Mike Coates and Jim Langemo.

Jim Langemo -- vocals, harmonica, 6 and 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica
Craig Holets -- bass
Emmet Dacey -- drums
Tom Christianson -- percussion
Mike Coates -- keyboards
Linda Coates -- backing vocals

 


Song List

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1. Virginia

Words and Music by Jim Langemo

inspired by the books of Virginia Hamilton

Rise up in the morning
Butterflies stir your dreams
And roll away with the morning fog
Any sorrow your day may bring.
Great grand mammy was a runaway slave,
You know, she paved the way for me.
Virginia, take me up to the mountain
And let my freedom sing!
 
"Lordy, Lordy," says my daddy,
"So many ghosts beneath my feet.
They passed away, but some would say,
They passed their mourning unto me."
You always hurt the one you love.
My daddy works for strip mine companies.
Virginia, take him up to the mountain
And let his freedom sing!
 
I can climb the paths on the mountain.
Some made before. Some made by me.
And I can run them in the day or night
And those who are lost, I set them free.
But with the fall comes a heavy fog,
I get so lost. Help this blind boy see!
Virginia, Take me up to the mountain
And let my freedom sing!
 

2. Sunny Afternoon

Words and Music by Jim Langemo and Robb McCarthy

3. Sweet Queen

Words and Music by Jim Langemo and Robb McCarthy

4. Clara Dawson

Words and Music by Jim Langemo

5. She's Got To Be Free

Words and Music by Jim Langemo

6. Boogie Woogie Woman

Words and Music by Jim Langemo
 
She closes her eyes when she sings
Sings of joy loving brings
Sings of making love at dawn
Making love in her song
She's a mover she's a shaker
My boogie woogie woman she's my bluesbreaker
 
So I'm breaking out all my hard cash
Buy her a short dress and a big hat
Take her out onto the dance floor
Gonna swing until we want more
We're lovers we're no fakers,
My boogie woogie woman she's my bluesbreaker
 
All night long I sing her praises
She is charmed by my graces
Soon we want to be alone
We pass a church on the way home
I tell her, "Baby when I meet my maker
I'll say that boogie woogie woman she's my bluesbreaker

7. I Need Shelter

Words and Music by Jim Langemo and Mike Neece

There's a mist hanging low like a Creeping Jew.
Who's to say where it comes from? Is it rolling through?
I've got a liver full of fire from cheap whiskey and rye.
Sledge hammer pounding out my hammered eyes.
Oh yeah, can you see where I'm coming from?
I need shelter from pain and regret,
Shelter from my lonely bed,
Shelter for my weary head.
I need shelter. Sometimes I wish I was dead.
 
There's a woman on the rack with alluring eyes
And she taunts me as she flaunts her very naked thighs.
I drink it in like it was my life blood's store
Before you know me and her are out and through the door.
Oh yeah, can you see where I'm coming from?
I need shelter...
 
I scuttle through dark alleys on the darkest night
My body's burning and my hands are a nervous white.
Nothing in this world is gonna fix me nice.
The only thing I look forward to is being on ice.
Oh yeah, can you see where I'm coming from?
I need shelter...
 
Oh Lord I'm a leanin' I'm a failin' fast
If it wasn't for my banjo, I'd be on the grass.
Like cannon fodder in broad daylight, I've got nowhere to turn.
I'm on my blackened knees and my body's burnt.
Someone please show me that there's day in my night.
Can I find a smile in my petrified life?
Someone please pull me from this sinking sand.
Tell me my burden's carried by a loving hand?
Oh yeah, can you see where I'm coming from?
I need shelter...
 
 

8. Blues On My Trail

Words and Music by Jim Langemo

Never trust a blond with Italian blood.
She'll call you sweet Valentine and then she'll break your heart.
I've been mistreated. I've been played for a fool.
But I played the part she needed, Lord, I know it's true.
 
I spend my nights in diners where the lights are low.
I slip some gin into my water and I sip it slow.
Johnny Cash is on the jukebox when the clock strikes three.
I put my hands into my pockets and I step into the street.
I've got the blues on my trail
And the moon's grown cold and pale.
I'll be driving all night tonight
Until I'm finally safe inside;
Home by the Silver Creek in the morning light.
 

 

Lord have mercy on my baby. Have mercy on my heart
Lord have mercy. It's tearing us apart.
I've been mistreated.
I've been a mean mistreater, but I've learned.
I'm gonna build a brand new home
From the bridges that I've burned.
 
I pull my harmonica from the pocket at my hips.
What I suck into my sould, I breathe out through my lips.
I've got the blues on my trail...

 

9. Sadie's Song

Words and Music by Jim Langemo

10. She Deepens My Blues

Words and Music by Jim Langemo

11. Forever Untrue

Words and Music by Jim Langemo


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