Dirty Rain

by Altameda

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Sam Newton The Alt-Country label has been thrown around a lot lately. Mostly by artists unsure of their roots and confused about where they might be heading musically. This album is none of that. It's a beautiful collection of country tinged tunes with great arrangements and thoughtful lyrics.
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released July 7, 2016

Troy Snaterse: Guitar, vocals
Todd Andrews: Bass
Erik Grice: Drums and background vocals
Matt Kraus: Keyboards and background vocals

Additional vocals on Track 1 by Jess Dollimont
Lap Steel by Trevor McNeely
Pedal Steel and additional guitars by Jasper Smith

Produced and recorded by Jeff Kynoch at Sound Extractor Studios
Mastered by Stew Kirkwood

All songs written and recorded by Altameda in 2015.

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Altameda Edmonton, Alberta

"Altameda's 'Dirty Rain' is the perfect summer soundtrack" - Exclaim!

"Altameda is a modern day throwback to some of the greatest musical sounds ever recorded" - Canadian Beats

"I was immediately swept away by the classic americana feel of Altameda's 'Dirty Rain'. It's alt-country poetry in the highest form" - Milkcrater.com
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Track Name: Dirty Rain
Dirty Rain

Dirty rain won't wash off my hands
the gas tank was running low
they say lightning don't strike in the same place twice,
but who are they to know
so you catch it in a bottle,
and you drink it down real slow,
as you stumble drunk to his doorstep,
but you know he's never home

we've been working ourselves blind
trying to salvage what we can
of who we are now, and who we were
when we began, I've been hitting every red light home
and this fires been burning out
push your window wide, and let me out

your daddy lives in a downtown hotel,
and your brother used to live on the street
but now he lives in jail, and you're one with the styles
a real streetwalking, heartbreaking kid,
you've got nothing to lose,
and you wouldn't let anyone know even if you did
Track Name: Borrowed Suit, Secondhand Dress
Borrowed suit, Secondhand Dress

If I wish upon a bottle,
and it breaks upon the floor,
would you let me in tomorrow?
would you offer anything more?
you smelt smoke upon his fingers,
you ran your fingers through his hair,
you say this little life of his ain't going nowhere,
but wherever he's going, you'll follow him there

caught between the moon and New York City
caught in a gutter going insane
the sky cracked blue like a bar fight bruise,
we were running in the rain
tell me one of us is holding,
if not then one of us has got to buy,
well you keep on selling your parents postcards
of an old skyline, if it'll keep them off your back
for a little while

why do we keep on living like this?
borrowed suit, and a secondhand dress
Track Name: Blackmarket Blues
Blackmarket Blues

she said "honey I'll pawn my ring,
dye my hair, change my name,
I don't wanna hear another word out of you,
I shot my sugar daddy with a .45,
stabbed his old lady with a shiny knife,
burned all of my credit cards for fuel"

Oh I threw myself down a line,
I got high, I came alive, I came around,
I came down for you

48 hours in a pitch black cell,
threw my old soul into a wishing well,
kissed my lips to a sweaty dollar bill,
counted my quarters in the kitchen sink,
cocked my rifle and took a drink,
caught the last bus to Bethlehem

Saw a light flash on top of the hill,
caught a black bullet in the side of my skull,
fell to my knees in a puddle of wine,
my eyes closed and my ears rang out,
pictured myself wearing a big straw hat,
rowing a boat, and singin' to you
Track Name: Dead End Kid
Dead End Kid

there's a hotel burning,
there's a wild hurricane turning,
she was searchin' through the curtains,
for a beast of burden

but if she showed me peace,
I'd rest my head on her bended knees,
I would be your slave,
write my name upon your grave

there was a time when she felt it,
back when I was a dead end kid,
I used to stand there on the corner,
trying hard to ignore her
Track Name: Smokestack Thunder
Smokestack Thunder

smokestack lightning,
shining just like gold,
to have and to hold

you catch it in your pocket,
you'd better run on home and lock it up,
you'd better run on home and lock it up

your daddy died in a dumpster,
your mother dances with the thunder,
dance with the thunder

smokestack thunder,
wakes up your neighbourhood,
wakes up the neighbourhood

smokestack lightning,
shining just like gold,
and crashing down the road
Track Name: Queen Of The Street
Queen Of The Street

She strums an old guitar with a rusty nickel,
and tells everyone she meets her last name is Ramone,

'cause in her mind she's the queen of the street,
and you're not going to change her mind

well she'll even let you take her home,
but she'll leave you at the door,
there was a time when she would let me in,
but she doesn't do that anymore

'cause in her mind she's the queen of the street,
and you're not going to change her mind

well she don't need no saviour,
she can save herself on her own,
and you can tell by the tracks on her arms,
that she's a long way from home

'cause in her mind she's the queen of the street,
and you're not going to change her mind

well she's nobody's child,
and the law can't touch her at all,
I used to think I knew her,
but I don't think i really knew her at all

'cause in her mind she's the queen of the street,
and you're not going to change her mind
Track Name: Dark Of Love
Dark Of Love

please, throw down a line,
when the factory doors are closing,
and the liquor stores are frozen shut,
I was on tv once, they interviewed a few of us,
for witnessing a robbery

There's a little place I know,
some people stay, some people go,
and the drinks all flow like dynamite,
and they all know the ones you like

what if I lay my body down,
in the middle of the road, in the middle of the town,
and waited for the nearest bus,
to bring me back to the dark of love?
Track Name: Burning Down
Burning Down

I've got my own vices,
just like everybody here,
you could call it celebration,
or you could call it fear,
call me when you burn out

let it out, let it out,
put it on a shelf,
if you don't want it up there,
take it down yourself,
call me when you're burning down

you think you do, but you don't know,
call me when you burn out

there's a lot of people out here,
who think that they exist,
but if you want to the front of the line,
you've got to wait on the list,
call me when you're burning down
Track Name: Cutting Room Floor
Cutting Room Floor

you darken my door,
your hair upon the pillow,
like a sleepy golden storm,
well honey, I've been to this movie before,
and I know how it ends,
'cause honey I wrote the script,
and you're on the cutting room floor

Ive read your writing on the wall,
it's a shame that you can't spell,
do you have any idea how crazy it makes you sound
when you say that I'm not burnt out,
and you claim you always were?
well honey, I wrote the book,
and it's a bestseller

they all stop to take a look,
while you're crying in the street,
makeup running all down your cheek,
well honey baby, maybe we're just fools,
you and I, too drunk to see the light, you and I,
well honey, I'm too drunk to drive home,
so can i stay the night?
Track Name: I Saw A Ghost Last Night
I Saw a Ghost Last Night

I saw a ghost last night,
and I thought it was you,
I saw a shadow on the wall,
by the light of the moon,

I saw a ghost last night,
and I thought it was me,
he was wearing all of my clothes,
but he said it was just a bad dream

when the lights go down,
where do they go?
someone has to know

I saw a ghost last night,
and I thought it was my friend,
I hadn't seen him for a long long time,
so it was nice to see him again