Brass Neck!

by How Askew

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The blues exploded all around the world, evolving in so many directions over the last century. It's always been a great inspiration. When I started to tell my own stories in songs, I was naturally drawn to the imagery and the sounds of the blues. These 10 songs each take a different era or style as a start point but obviously find their own rhythm and feel.

The album was conceived over the summer of 2019 while I was living in a motorhome and travelling around Europe and the UK with my wife Bev and our 2 whippets.

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released December 18, 2019

How Askew - guitars, vocals
Richy Clarke - bass
Phil Muriel - drums, vocals

With special guests, including...
Lyndon Anderson - harmonica
Phil Moore - double bass, piano
Gary Grainger - bass
Gav Warrender - drums
Dee Dowling - backing vocals

Lyrics on Journeyman and Baby Oh Did Ya? by Bev Askew

Mastered by Dee Dowling at Ginger Music Studios

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How Askew

How Askew is a roots and blues inspired guitar player and singer songwriter from the UK. His new album Brass Neck! is out now. Acoustic Blues, Roots, Americana, Blues Rock, Soul and 21st Century Blues.

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Track Name: Certain Something
You've got that certain something
It's in your smile, it's in the way you move
You've got that certain something
You turn me on, yes you do
Come on, come on, come on now
You know you made me your fool
You get my love, love, love fall like rain on you

You've got that certain something,
Short skirt, legs long and brown
You've got that certain something,
Can't think straight, you really knock me out,
Better get ready, better get set
You know I'm coming soon
You get my love, love, love fall like rain on you

When it rains, you're gonna get wet, you bet
And when the sun is shining, I can see you smile
I'm gonna make your garden grow
My love gonna make your garden grow, woh-oh

Wo-oh-oh
Wo-oh, you're on my mind
Wo-oh-oh
I think about you all the time
Come on, come on, come on now
You know you made me your fool
You get my love love love fall like rain on you
Yes my love love love gonna fall like rain on you
Track Name: New Ramblin' Blues
I’ve been searching round, I’ve been hunting high and low
Now I’ve made up my mind, sure am ready to roll
I’m gonna head out down that open road,
Nothing gonna get in my way
I’ll get up early in the morning, I can hear the highway calling
I’ll be rolling come the break of day
I’ll find a place to put a smile on my face
Where the weather and the folks is warm and kind
That’s where peace of mind ain’t so hard to find.

Pack up your troubles babe
Pick your bikinis and choose your shoes
You know the time got rolled around, only one way to lose these ramblin' blues
We gotta head out down that open road,
There’s nothing gonna get in our way
We get up early in the morning, warm ocean calling
We’ll be rolling come the break of day
We’ll have our fun, stretched out in the sun
Where the weather and the folks is warm and kind
That’s where peace of mind ain’t so hard to find.

Rollin’ and tumblin’
Planes, trains and automobiles
Or just out walking in the summer rain
Baby, you know how good that feels
Let’s all head out down that open road,
There’s nothing gonna get in our way
We get up early in the morning, I can hear them boat drinks calling
We’ll be rolling come the break of day
Standing at ease, just shooting the breeze
Where the weather and the folks is warm and kind
That’s where peace of mind ain’t so hard to find.
That’s where peace of mind ain’t so hard to find.
That’s where peace of mind ain’t so hard to find.
Track Name: 9 Miles To Rosedale
9 miles to Rosedale, I'm gonna see my baby tonight
So long since I seen my baby, Lordy Lord I hope she gonna do me right

Drink 2 pints of beer, take a shot of Tanqueray gin
Drinking, thinking about my baby, Lordy Lord see the state I'm in

Easy Rider, don't you share that stuff around
Just 9 miles from Rosedale, Lordy Lord don't want no hand-me-downs
Track Name: Too Little, Too Late, Too Bad
Been a company man, working half my life
Like some loyal old dog, just a-wagging my tail
But I can't can't get ahead, bosses won't pay me no mind
I want to make a change, looks like it’s time for me to bail
So, don’t come out trying to whistling me home, maybe throwing me a bone
You find you lost the best old dog you ever had
Too little, too late, too bad!

Woman, you know I fell in love with you
Don't give you no reason, to break all the rules
Well your secrets out now, the whole world knows
Don't you be taking me for some kind of fool
If you come out a-calling my name,
Saying maybe, baby, maybe things can change,
Well, I'm afraid you done lost the best chance you ever had
It's too little, too late, too bad!

Maybe for the very first time, I'm gonna make my move
Maybe I'll fall right flat on my face, but at least I got to choose, oh...

Oh and buddy, I stuck with you through the good times and the bad
Spent everything I had, when you needed a fresh start
But when I needed you, you shut me out cold
Left me lost and wandering, you really broke my heart
If you ever find yourself low down and short of friends
And reach out to me wanting to make amends
Man, You'll find you've lost the best friend you ever had
Too little, too late, too bad!
Too little, too late, too bad!
Track Name: Journeyman
Driving through the night, window open wide, breathe the cool night air

Said I’m driving through the night,
Working through the day
Driving through the night,
Working through the day
Travelling light
Making my own way
I’m a journeyman, always on the move, I’m a journeyman
I’m a journeyman, Come see me while you can

Hard times now, not much work around, I got to move on from town to town

Beg, steal or borrow
Just to make it through
Beg, steal or borrow
Just to make it through
Maybe tomorrow,
I’ll be coming home to you
I’m a journeyman, always on the move, I’m a journeyman
I’m a journeyman, Come see me while you can

Through the driving rain,
Under the burning sun,
Through the driving rain,
Under the burning sun,
Lord knows I’ve served my time
Between the highway and the railroad line
I’m a journeyman, always on the move, I’m a journeyman
I’m a journeyman, Come see me while you can

Find a street corner, maybe a juke joint, maybe just the side of the road

You set out in the evening,
Have a drink and dance your cares away
Said you can set out in the evening,
Have a drink and dance your cares away
I’ll play the blues and sing for you
Then I’ll be on my way
I’m a journeyman, always on the move, I’m a journeyman
I’m a journeyman, Come see me while you can
Track Name: Lost
I’ve lost my thread, I’m being unravelled
I’ve lost my train of thought, who’d have thought
That I’d have travelled
So far, so slow
So far, does it show?

I’ve lost the plot, I’m being misdirected,
I have no frame of mind, I don’t mind
But it’s always when you least expect it
You’re so close, but I’m all alone
The TV’s on, but there’s really nobody home

I’m lost in space, I’m floating through the heavens above
I’ve lost my appetite, but that’s alright,
If music is the food of love
Of lovers and of fools, play on play on
Cause really I’ve got nothing else to lose
Track Name: All Alone
I've got nothing to say to you
Oh, I've said it all before
So you can keep your one last chance
You can keep your one last dance
Can't you see I'd rather be all alone

You don't love me anymore
So why don't you just walk on out that door
Instead of hanging around
Just keeping me tied down
Can't you see girl, our love just don't work anymore

So why don't you just dry your eyes and say goodbye for the last time
Ask me why, why for the last time
Then I'll be gone, back on my own
Can't you see I'd rather be all alone

You know you've cheated and you've lied
You tell your friends about all the tears you've cried
Well that suits me just fine
Go on, stop wasting all my time
Can't you see girl, our love just don't work anymore

So why don't you just dry your eyes and say goodbye for the last time
Ask me why, why for the last time
Then I'll be gone, back on my own
Can't you see I'd rather be all alone

Then you come on crying to me
Singing Oh daddy what can we do
If you don't know by girl
How many times can I tell you, you, you
Go on, get out, set me free
Don't you know girl, can't you see
Our love just don't work anymore

So why don't you just dry your eyes and say goodbye for the last time
Ask me why, why for the last time
Then I'll be gone, back on my own
Can't you see I'd rather be all alone
Track Name: Low Down Dirty Crying Shame Blues
Woke up this morning, ghost of a dream on my mind
I gotta feeling, been coming on strong, now I’m scared to even close my eyes
I come up on the West side, sure I was looking for an easy ride
Just give me a bottle, and my guitar, sit back and let it slide
But Oh… Can’t eat these words
And Oh… Can’t drink these songs
And that’s a low down crying shame
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues
Yeah that’s a low down crying shame
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues

Rolled on down the highway, tried to leave all my troubles behind
Just another day older, looking over my shoulder, still looking for some peace of mind
Come on over to the East side, bright lights shining in my eyes
But I got robbed, lost my job, worse I think I lost my pride
And Oh… Can’t eat these words
And Oh… Can’t drink these songs
And that’s a low down crying shame
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues
Yeah that’s a low down crying shame
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues

Looking slick in a shirt and tie, cut my hair, start talking right
Hush the demons, walk the line, push the dreams to the back of my mind
Working hard down on the South side, but now I just can’t believe my eyes
Here’s a politician, multi-millionaire, making money just for telling lies
Oh… they talk about austerity
Oh… but that’s just for you and me
Oh… They got champagne and caviar
Oh… They’re smoking big fat cigars
And that’s a low down crying shame
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues
Yeah that’s a low down crying shame
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues

Well did you ever get up in the morning feel like a rat in a cage
We gotta shake it, we gotta break it, sure it's time for us to rearrange
Head on back to the north side, but it's the same everywhere I go
Papers selling hate, dividing the state, poison in our very soul

And Oh… Can’t eat these words
And Oh… Can’t drink these songs
And that’s a low down crying shame
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues
Yeah that’s a low down crying shame
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues

And that’s low down, so low down, low down
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues
And that’s low down, so low down, low down
I got them low down dirty crying shame blues
Track Name: What Makes It Blue?
What makes it blue?
What makes it real?
What makes it reach, right inside you
And change the way you feel?
It’s not the colour of your skin,
Or all the hard luck places you’ve been...
What makes it blue?
It’s when it makes me think of you

When I think about the road we walked
When I think about all the hours we talked
And I think about the dreams we shared
And how life just couldn’t compare
And when you left, how it broke my heart
Looking back I see that’s when my life fell apart
What makes it blue?
It’s when it makes me think about you