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Sometimes you go through life can’t help but feel alone you find a shining light that makes you feel at home you find that one so special A love that is so true but when you have to leave em It's the hardest thing you do As nights keep going by there’s no one else around the days turn into months and he’s nowhere to be found you wish you would have shared your heart when he was loving you Then you wouldn’t be alone And feeling so blue Oh a tear A tear is rolling down your cheek Lonely nights are all that’s left for me Because (cuz) I had to say goodbye to your brown eyes Bye-bye bye-bye Brown eyes A tear a tear is rolling down your cheek Lonely nights are all that’s left for me because (cuz) I had to say goodbye to your brown eyes The shadows grow longer with the setting sun just like my love for you but when the day is done I will have no regrets about the love we shared for when the night time comes your shadow won’t be there Oh a tear A tear is rolling down your cheek Lonely nights are all that’s left for me Because (cuz) I have to say goodbye to your brown eyes Bye-bye bye-bye brown eyes A tear A tear is rolling down your cheek lonely nights are all that’s left for me because I have to say goodbye to your brown eyes bye-bye bye-bye brown eyes A tear A tear is rolling down your cheek lonely nights are all that’s left for me because I have to say goodbye to your brown eyes
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Last night you held me for the first time A gentle breeze blew in through the open window surrounded by a soft glow of a candle burning down melting every thing around from my body to the floor boards rattling the windows and doors so far in between reality and a dream when the night fades into the day and I can’t stop seeing your face you are made of earth and wood I’d love you all night if I could when I lay down to fall asleep I hope to see you in my dreams last night you held me for the first time I felt your hand move across my back as we swayed in the fire light and the fire burned brighter than before calling me back for more and the crickets played their song the sweetest song all night long All Alllll nighttt you are made of earth and Wood I’d love you all night if I could when I lay down to fall asleep I hope to see you in my dreams
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Once I had a love and it was a gas Soon turned out had a heart of glass Seemed like the real thing, only to find Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind Once I had a love and it was divine Soon found out I was losing my mind It seemed like the real thing, but I was so blind Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind In between What I find is pleasing and I'm feeling fine Love is so confusing there's no peace of mind If I fear I'm losing you. it's just no good You teasing like you do Once I had a love and it was a gas Soon turned out had a heart of glass Seemed like the real thing, only to find Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind Lost inside Adorable illusion and I cannot hide I'm the one you're using, please don't push me aside We coulda made it cruising, yeah Yeah, riding high on love's true bluish light Ooh, oh, ooh, oh Ooh, oh, ooh, oh Once I had a love and it was a gas Soon turned out had a heart of glass Seemed like the real thing only to find Mucho mistrust, love's gone behind In between What I find is pleasing and I'm feeling fine Love is so confusing there's no peace of mind If I fear I'm losing you it's just no good You teasing like you do
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about

“Heart of Night,” a new split EP co-released by Gar Hole Records (Fayetteville, AR) and Mashed Potato Records, offers two prime examples of modern alternative Americana music’s exciting trajectory: the Ozark-induced warbles and clever country stylings of Nick Shoulders, and the swampy pop songs and dreamy harmonies of The Lostines, brought together now in celebration of solidarity and shared mission within the independent music world.

The Lostines, fronted by Casey Jane Reese-Kaigler & Camille Wind Weatherford, and Nick first crossed paths during their overlapping time together living in New Orleans. It was there that both groups began their musical careers, where their love of traditional singing and early country mingled with the chaotic and eclectic landscape of the city: busking country classics on the street to tourists, performing in crusty dance-halls to swirling crowds, and collaborating in the NOLAmericana music community. Eventually, both projects found themselves in the now hallowed halls of Mashed Potato Studio, a recording project (run at the time by Duff Thompson and Sam Doores) that led to the creation of the label Mashed Potato Records. Co-founded by Doores, and run by Duff Thompson and Steph Green, MPR has developed a reputation for highlighting and capturing the best of New Orleans’ unique DIY country music scene. Both Nick and the Lostines cut their first recordings at Mashed Potato in 2017/18

Fast forward a few years. After leaving New Orleans at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nick Shoulders eventually relocated to Fayetteville, Arkansas, a town where he spent much of his childhood and adolescence. With a blossoming career, a lack of other prospects, and a huge amount of uncertainty to what it would bring, Nick co-founded Gar Hole Records in 2020 with Kurt DeLashmet to create an outlet for other misfit country, folk, and Americana artists as well as his own output. Though the label has always promoted the mission of cultivating the artistic talent of Northwest Arkansas, Gar Hole has always paid special attention to what’s happening down south, and with a developing roster full of connections to New Orleans and Mashed Potato Records, a collaboration between the two labels always seemed inevitable. With the addition of the Lostines to the Gar Hole line-up, a group which so perfectly encompasses the magic of the Mashed Potato sound, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. And thus, “Heart of Night” was born.


For Nick’s tracks, he is joined by bass player and vocalist Grant D’Aubin, longtime collaborator and member of the Okay Crawdad band since the pair started playing together in 2017. The highlight is “Heart of Glass,” a cover of the legendary Blondie track that’s become a cornerstone of Nick Shoulders and The Okay Crawdad’s live setlists during their extensive cross-country tours over the last two years. Nick and the band have previously showcased their unique knack for turning covers into virtually unrecognizeable tracks all their own: a rockabilly rendition of “No Fun” by The Stooges and a lonesome country version of “Tears Stupid Tears” by Daniel Johnston on their 2018 EP “Lonely Like Me.” Here they’ve done it again, transforming this 80’s pop classic into a lazily swinging waltz, whistles and yodels where disco beats and synthesizers used to be.

This counters an electric version of “Rise When the Rooster Crows,” a reinterpretation of a historic banjo tune adapted to shed light on the plight of the modern homesick southerner. Rather than center the sentimental tropes common to country and folk songs, the song highlights the alienation and revulsion that American suburban homogeny incites in the southern heart, a scathing rebuke of the pace of capitalism and plea to see hills of home all in all. While Nick’s original version, released on his 2021 full-length “Home on the Rage,” was a solitary affair, here we see Nick backed again by D’Aubin’s masterful bass and harmonies, as well as other longtime collaborators Chelsea “Cheech” Moosekin on drums and Jason “Chooch” Norton on electric guitar.

With “Heart of Night,” Nick Shoulders & the Okay Crawdad and The Lostines have cordially invited their respective audiences to join in this chewing of the cud, weepy dance party, and act of togetherness after many years spent apart. Above all else, this collaboration is an homage to the places and people we call home. It’s the ideal accompaniment to steamy slow dancing deep in a pitch black, heavy and humid Arkansas night, or for swinging someone around in a vibrant, neon lit New Orleans dive. It’s also the soundtrack for ruminating on the heart’s capacity for simultaneous strength and fragility, the connections between different modalities, homes, and loves.

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released December 2, 2022

The Lostines side:
thelostines.bandcamp.com/album/heart-of-night

"Heart of Glass"
Written by Blondie
Nick Shoulders - Guitar and Vocals
Grant D'Aubin - Bass and Vocals

"Rise When the Rooster Crows"
Written by Nick Shoulders
Nick Shoulders - Rhythm Guitar and Vocals
Grant D'Aubin - Bass and Vocals
Jason "Chooch" Norton - Lead Guitar
Chelsea "Cheech" Moosekin - Drums

All songs produced by Nick Shoulders. Recorded & Mixed by Eric Witthans at Homestead Studios in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Recording

Cover artwork and layout by Taylor W Rushing

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Nick Shoulders Fayetteville, Arkansas

Here to put the "Try" in country. Wielding a high yodel and whistle crafted from a lifetime chasing lizards through the Ozark hills, Nick combines his family's deep ties to southern traditional music with years singing to empty street corners to create this hybridized form of raucous country music: born of some dark holler and bred to be stomped into the New Orleans dancefloors it now calls home. ... more

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