30-Minute Music Hour

S7 E7 | FULL EPISODE

Wrenclaw

Blending country harmonies and slithery slide guitars, Wrenclaw captures the longing and redemption of one-horse towns and whistlestop childhood memories.

AIRED: October 20, 2015 | 0:28:03
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- It's the 30-Minute Music Hour . I'm Andy Moore.

From Madison, Wisconsin: Wrenclaw!

(cheers and applause) (performing "Lonesome Town")

♪ I'm going down to lonesome town

♪ Maybe I'll just hang around

♪ I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

♪ I'm going down to lonesome town

♪ Maybe I'll just hang around

♪ I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

♪ Walking down that empty street

♪ No need to talk to the people you meet

♪ Nobody's home nobody to call the hand writing's on the wall

♪ Well our little town used to

♪ Buzz like a Homlite chainsaw

♪ Well I used to be a cop but nobody broke the law

♪ Well we used to have a school

♪ And we used to have a mill downtown

♪ Well not anymore

♪ Well nobody's hanging around

♪ Well everybody left everybody's leaving

♪ Everybody's moving away

♪ Where they gonna go what they gotta do

♪ They got no reason to stay Yeah!

♪ I'm going down to lonesome town

♪ Maybe I'll just hang around

♪ I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

♪ ♪

♪ Well everybody left everybody's leaving

♪ Everybody's moving away

♪ Where they gonna go what they gotta do

♪ They got no reason to stay

♪ I got books to read I got a garden to weed

♪ Gonna take a walk in the woods

♪ Down to the creek with my bamboo stick

♪ Gotta catch a mess of trout if I could

♪ Well I go and see Rudy and his wife Louise

♪ They got goats that always give me cheese

♪ Brews his own beer makes his own wine

♪ Plays a fiddle while he shoots the breeze

♪ Well I'm going down to lonesome town

♪ Maybe I'll just hang around

♪ I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

♪ ♪

♪ Everybody left everybody's leaving

♪ Everybody's moving away

♪ Where they gonna go what they gotta do

♪ They got no reason to stay

♪ They got books to read I got a garden to weed

♪ Gonna take a walk in the woods

♪ Down to the Creek with my bamboo stick

♪ Gotta catch a mess of trout if I could

♪ Well I go and see Rudy and his wife Louise

♪ They got goats that always give me cheese [goat bleating]

♪ Brews his own beer makes his own wine

♪ Plays a fiddle while he shoots the breeze

♪ Well I'm going down to lonesome town

♪ Maybe I'll just hang around

♪ I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

♪ I'm going down to lonesome town

♪ Maybe I'll just hang around

♪ I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

♪ Well I'm going down to lonesome town

♪ Maybe I'll just hang around

♪ I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

♪ Well I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

♪ Well I don't mind old lonesome town

♪ Cuz I don't mind being alone

(cheers and applause)

- Hey, all right, written by my dear ol' daddy, Willie Walkner,

from Two Rivers, Wisconski.

♪ ♪

(performing "Claudine")

♪ Waiting tables waiting on a break

♪ Waiting like a coiled up cobra snake

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ Looking in the mirror looking at her watch

♪ Looking at a rich man's empty scotch

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ Singing in the shower singing in the rain

♪ Singing's only way she can ease that pain

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ Working all week trying to pay the bills

♪ Looking like the road's always going uphill

♪ Waiting in the backstage all alone

♪ Well she's waiting for her chance

♪ At the microphone

♪ Closing up the restaurant closing down the till

♪ She's closing up a purse full of hundred dollar bills

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ And I love my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ Well she's packing up the marquee

♪ Burning up the van

♪ Went and burnt up her apron

♪ In a garbage can

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ And I love my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ Well they're fighting that fire

♪ Fighting all night night

♪ Claudine's fighting off the glare

♪ From the front stage lights

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ And I love my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Working all week trying to pay the bills

♪ Looking like the road's always going uphill

♪ Waiting in the backstage all alone

♪ Well she's finally got a chance

♪ at the microphone

♪ Singing in the shower

♪ Singing in the rain

♪ Singing in a palace in the south of Spain

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ And I love my Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ Call me Mr. Claudine

♪ That's my Claudine

♪ Well I love my Claudine

♪ Gotta give me some of that

♪ Clau...

♪ ...dine (vocalizing)

♪ ♪

(cheers and applause)

Thank you, Claudine!

Thanks.

(performing "One More Morning")

♪ ♪

♪ Cinder block sat a reject

♪ Stuck at the bar

♪ Spendin' all my time

♪ Wondering where you are

♪ And I snuggled with the pine trees

♪ Wrestled with God

♪ Locked horns over a deal that

♪ Led me right back to the bar

♪ And there's only one more morning

♪ In the weekend

♪ One more chance

♪ To make you stay

♪ And I know that you're in love

♪ With another wanderin' man

♪ You should know my love stays with you

♪ ♪

♪ And if you should go down

♪ Bless this kiss

♪ Bless your indecision

♪ Such that I must have missed

♪ Your simple plans for nothin'

♪ Your simple plans for gold

♪ You can't be plannin' to have two warm beds

♪ By the time you get old

♪ And there's only one more morning

♪ In the weekend

♪ One more chance

♪ To make you stay

♪ And I know that you're in love

♪ With another wanderin' man

♪ You should know

♪ My love stays with you

♪ You should know

♪ I'm better than him

(instrumental break)

♪ ♪

♪ And there's only one more morning

♪ In the weekend

♪ One more chance

♪ To make you stay

♪ And I know that you're in love

♪ With another wanderin' man

♪ You should know

♪ My love stays with you

♪ You should know

♪ My love stays with you

♪ You should know

♪ I'm better than him

♪ ♪

(cheers and applause)

- Thank you.

- Dan's just going to switch guitars quickly

for slide action.

Thanks for being here, everybody!

And, crowd, you look good.

(cheers and applause)

- Disregard that crying baby.

We're doing great, home audience.

(performing "Rockwood")

♪ ♪

One, two. One, two, three, four.

(twanging of slide guitar)

♪ ♪

♪ Grainy photographs on

♪ The stained walls of her mind

♪ Fragments of dreams

♪ Remnants of lost time

♪ Bruises, whispers

♪ And side-long glances

♪ No afterthoughts

♪ No second chances

♪ Down in Rockwood

♪ Down in Rockwood

♪ Staring like a shotgun

♪ Voice like a razor blade

♪ Fog is drifting

♪ And the sun burns through them shades

♪ Bitter pills

♪ And cold well water

♪ Sins of the son

♪ Reflection on the daughter

♪ Down in Rockwood

♪ Down in Rockwood

♪ You know you can set your watch

♪ To the evening train

♪ Down in Rockwood

♪ Can't hear the cries

♪ No one complains

♪ Down in Rockwood

♪ Where's all the children?

♪ Where're their smiling faces?

♪ Hiding from the demons

♪ In them hiding places

♪ Down in Rockwood

♪ ♪

(cheers and applause) - Thank you.

It's about my mom's hometown.

Jacob wrote this next tune.

- Hi.

♪ ♪

Ready?

(drumming)

(performing "Whiskey Woman")

♪ ♪

♪ She's got my mother's kind of sense of humor

♪ I can smell it on her breath tonight

♪ I don't care if she went out

♪ I'm a sucker for the party life

♪ I can see that flask in her back pocket

♪ I can smell it on her clothes tonight

♪ I don't care if she's been drinking

♪ I'm a sucker for the drinking life

♪ Oh, whiskey woman

♪ You fill my glass up with Jim Beam

♪ Oh, whiskey woman

♪ You'll make a drunkard out of me

♪ ♪

♪ She's got my father's kind of sense of humor

♪ I can smell it on her breath tonight

♪ I don't care if she's been drinking

♪ I'm a sucker for the drinking life

♪ Oh, whiskey woman

♪ You fill my glass up with Jim Beam

♪ Oh, whiskey woman

♪ You'll make a drunkard out of me

♪ Oh, whiskey woman

♪ You fill my glass up with Jim Beam

♪ Oh, whiskey woman

♪ You'll make a drunkard out of me

♪ You'll make a drunkard

♪ Out of me

(cheers and applause)

Thank you.

It's about a girl who loves whiskey.

(performing "Friends & Enemies")

♪ ♪

♪ There's a building across the street

♪ From every bar

♪ In every Wisconsin town

♪ About 7:30 Sunday morning

♪ The people start to gather around

♪ Well they all start to mill around

♪ The women wearing pretty dresses

♪ The men, they're wearing fancy suits

♪ Me, I'm sitting across the street

♪ Wearing blue jeans and cowboy boots

♪ My heels digging in the floor like roots

♪ Like roots

♪ I'm my own worst enemy

♪ I'm my own best friend

♪ Three of us been hanging out

♪ All alone together again

♪ I've made some silly choices

♪ But in the end

♪ I sit here drinking with my worst enemy

♪ And he's acting like he's my best friend

♪ I know sometimes you say something stupid

♪ You know you're not supposed to say

♪ Catch myself doing that very thing

♪ About six or seven times a day

♪ Saying something

♪ That I shouldn't say

♪ To you

♪ Hell, I'm not all bad

♪ You know, I got redeeming qualities

♪ I can't think of any right off hand

♪ But if you give me a moment please

♪ I'll list those qualities

♪ Hey, I just said please

♪ I'm my own worst enemy

♪ I'm my own best friend

♪ Three of us been hanging out

♪ All alone together again

♪ I know I've made some silly choices

♪ But in the end

♪ I sit there drinking with my worst enemy

♪ And he's acting like he's my best friend

♪ There's a greasy mirror

♪ Across the bar

♪ After years of inspection, well,

♪ My buddies must be vampires or something

♪ Because I've never seen their reflection

♪ Somehow it escaped my detection

♪ Some Sunday when you're done with church

♪ Come join us across the street

♪ I got a couple of real good buddies

♪ I'd really like you to meet

♪ We'll all get to talking

♪ And have us a couple of beers

♪ You'll start laughing at the dirty jokes

♪ Like we've all been friends for years

♪ Then we'll have us a couple more beers

♪ And a pickled egg

♪ I'm my own worst enemy

♪ I'm my own best friend

♪ Three of us are hanging out

♪ All alone together again

♪ I know I've made some silly choices

♪ But in the end

♪ I sit here drinking with my worst enemy

♪ And he's acting like he's my best friend

♪ I'm my own worst enemy

♪ Yeah, I'm my own best friend

♪ Three of us been hanging out

♪ All alone together again

♪ I know I'm a sinning man

♪ Well, for that I'll atone

♪ But the three of us sharing a bar stool

♪ Is better than drinking alone

♪ The three of us sharing a barstool

♪ Is better than drinking alone

(cheers and applause) Thank you very much!

We're Wrenclaw: Josh, Danny Plourde, got Jacob, Kelby, Vince...

I'm Dan Walkner. Thank you.

(cheers and applause)

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