The Sun Session

by Border Blasters

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In the tradition of so many musicians - famous and obscure - who have walked through the doors of Sun Studios in Memphis with a few hours of studio time booked, The Border Blasters laid down these 8 tracks one evening in that hallowed room. Beneath the photos of Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, even Bono, vintage mics were set up and we just did it acoustically, with only Matt the engineer as our audience.

These are mostly single takes. We had just finished our last showcase performances at the International Folk Alliance Conference so we just decided to go to Sun and knock 'em out live. I think we did a second take on two of them. Then we got a rough mix, bought a T-shirt and took a cab back to the hotel.

It was a little intimidating, honestly, to be in that room where so many iconic songs had been recorded; so much music history made. If you told me there were ghosts there I'd believe it. "Little Red Rooster" kept going through my head. For "On The Borderline" I used one of the studio guitars: a Martin that Marty Stuart had written "If found please return to [some address]" in Sharpie on the top. Probably a story there...

In our haste to get to the studio after our last show I forgot to take my camera, so the album photos inside were taken with my iPhone.

This is how music used to be done. This is how it should be done, I think. It's real and unpolished. There's an immediacy, an intimacy, a personality - and I think that's a good thing. We hope you do too.

Happy Trails,
Todd Jagger
& JR Harrell
The Border Blasters

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released May 10, 2011

Todd Jagger: vocals, mandolin, guitar
Jimmy Ray Harrell: vocals, guitar
Mark Rubin: upright bass, tuba

Matt Ross-Sprang: studio engineer, Sun Studios, Memphis
David Sinko: mixing engineer, Sound Emporium, Nashville
Eric Conn: mastering, Independent Mastering, Nashville

Produced by Todd Jagger & Jimmy Ray Harrell

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Track Name: On The Borderline
The desert sun is going down
Santa Elena winds are calm
I walked all day in the Texas sand
I knew that she'd be there
Sun brown skin and coal black hair
Her eyes are calling across the Rio Grande

I have seen her there before
On the shore in Mexico
I've always turned my eyes away in time
I've been holding back so long
I don't care what's right or wrong
Today's the day I cross the borderline

Chorus:
On the borderline I'll trade away the life I know
Swim the Rio Grand and lose myself in Mexico
I've been dreaming of her brown skin touching mine
And her dark eyes waiting for me there
Across the borderline

As I ease out from the shore :)
I won't turn around no more
Though I'm leaving everything behind
The river's safe and slow
And once I cross I know
There's no returning across the borderline

Repeat Chorus
Track Name: Moonlight In Ojinaga
When it's moonlight in Ojinaga
Where dear ones wait for me
That's where I long to be
Where the river
Sings it's sweet refrain
I hear her calling
Back home again

Chorus:
When the day is done
And the work is through
Then the moonlight comes
And skies are blue, so blue
When it's moonlight in Ojinaga
My heart grows lonely just for you only

(Instrumental break)

Chorus 2:
When the day is done
And the work is through
Then the moonlight comes
And so do you. Me too
When it's moonlight in Ojinaga
My heart grows lonely just for you only
Track Name: (In The) Next Life
In the next life gonna do things right
Gonna make things better less trouble and strife
I'll be just right with another chance
Gonna stay skinny and learn to dance
In the next life I'm gonna call my mama
Twice a week, maybe tomorrow
In the next life I'm gonna get it right next time

Chorus:
And all I gotta do to know what to do in the next life
Is look at everything that I'm doing now
'n' not do it again

Tag:
In the next life I'm gonna love my baby
A little bit longer and a lot more lately
In the next life I'm gonna get it right next time

Repeat Chorus
Tag 2:
In the next life I'm gonna call my mama
Twice a week, maybe tomorrow
In the next life I'm gonna get it right next time