Heart of the Matter

by Hank and Claire

Released 2010
Released 2010
Stellar performances from up and coming Pacific Northwest duo will captivate you from their first song. Some covers, some originals, with the sweetest harmonies and a touch of humor. Purchase individual tracks or the whole CD.
  • 03:14 Story
    Long Monday
  • 02:57 Story
    Slow Time Kid
  • 04:19 Story
    The Dutchman
  • 04:17 Story Lyrics
    Blue Water

    Blue Water run down to the edge of town

    Blue Water run deep while we're fast asleep

    Carry us away to a distant shore

    Where the pleasure stays and the pain's no more

     

    A young woman got hurt and she left her home. 

    She cried all night when she was first alone

    She lost her heart on a rainy day

    And she gave her love to the ones who paid 

     CHORUS

     

    A man took to drinking, couldn't quit on his own 

    He lost his house and he lost his home

    He lost the favors of the ones who cared

    He could have come back but he never dared

     CHORUS 

    Some people get lucky and they find their way

    They soon forget there's a price to pay

    They wind up thinking they made it on their own

    And they're afraid to leave for a world unknown

     

    Some other people get lucky and they find their way

    To a life that blooms like a summer day

    They face the fears of a world unknown

    And they come to find they are not alone.

     CHORUS

    -copyright Hank Payne

  • 03:48 Story
    The Good Guys Wore White Hats
  • 02:43 Story
    The Old Trail
  • 03:05 Story Lyrics
    The Mountains and the Music

    I was born in West Virginia and when I was a child 

    I heard the banjo ringin' and the fiddle playin' wild 

    The mountains rolled like waves beneath an ocean full of trees 

    And the music and the mountains carried far as you could see 

    Why did you leave the mountains and the music behind 

    I was just a lad but it still plays on my mind  

    Dearest Mamma, Papa I don't mean to be unkind 

    But why did you leave the mountains and the music behind?

     

    My parents they both grew up in the hollers and the hills

    Wanted better for their children than the coal mines and the mills

    They moved to northern cities where buildings block the skies

    And the music on the radio was just a distant cry

     CHORUS

     

    My sister she is older but she feels the same as me

    Now she pieces quilts to keep alive the memory

    Me, I play this old guitar to rest a weary mind 

    And dream about the mountains and the music left behind.

     CHORUS

    -copyright Hank Payne

  • 03:02 Story
    Some Walls
  • 03:13 Story
    Rusty Old Red River
  • 03:45 Story
    God Is God
  • 04:14 Story Lyrics
    Shade Tree Mechanic

    Way out in Montana on a road with no name

    My car started knocking; I busted the mains.

    I had a little change to spare and the friend of a friend

    Knew a man who helped put us on the road once again.

     

    He was a shade tree mechanic, a gentle old soul.

    He talked of the mountains and panning for gold.

    He worked on the railroad and in the deep silver mines,

    Now he'll work on your car while he's passing the time.

     

    His knuckles were battered and his nails were all torn.

    He had an old banjo that was just as well worn.

    He took it down in the evening when we happened to stay

    And we all got a chance to hear the tunes that he played.

     

    He played Red River Valley and tunes we all know.

    The Cowboys Lament, he played it real slow.

    He played Soldiers Joy and some other fast reels

    And he got us all to laughing and kicking our heels.

     

    Amazing Grace was the very best song.

    He saved it for last and we all sang along.

    When he put down his banjo there was little to say

    So we just gave our thanks and we called it a day.

     

    In just a few days we were back on the road.

    He filled up the tank to help lighten the load, and

    When we hit fifty-five I swear you could hear

    The frailing of a banjo in the whine of the wheels .

     

    And it sounded like Red River Valley and tunes we all know.

    The Cowboys Lament when we were taking it slow.

    When we picked up our speed it would play a fast reel

    And it kept us all laughing and kicking our heels.

     

    I went back years later to find that old man,

    But his house was in shambles he moved off the land.

    If he's been taken to heavens reward,

    I'll bet he's playing his banjo in the choir of the Lord.

     

    I'll bet he's playing Red River Valley and tunes they all know.

    The Cowboys Lament, I bet he's playing it slow.

    He's playing Soldier's Joy and some other fast reels

    And he's got them all laughing and kicking their heels. 

    -copyright Hank Payne

  • 02:31 Story
    Double Yodel
  • 03:16 Story
    Home To Me (Is Anywhere You Are)
  • 03:33 Story
    Step By Step
  • 02:58 Story Lyrics
    Waiting For Me

    Birds of a feather fly together, Springtime and Fall.

    Birds of a feather fly together, Springtime and Fall.

    Makes no difference with the wind and the weather when they're traveling far they fly together.

    Birds of a feather fly together, Springtime and Fall.

     

    Momma and Papa sitting on the front porch waiting for me.

    Momma and Papa sitting on the front porch waiting for me.

    Momma's in the swing, papa's in the rocking chair; it’s been a long time since I've been there, 

    Momma and Papa sitting on the front porch waiting for me.

     

    Papa plays the fiddle, Momma sings a lullaby, waiting for me.

    Papa plays the fiddle, Momma sings a lullaby, waiting for me.

    Papa plays the fiddle, Momma sings a lullaby, makes a grown man want to break down and cry,

    Papa plays the fiddle, Momma sings a lullaby, waiting for me.

     

    Brothers and sisters sitting on the front lawn, waiting for me.

    Brothers and sisters sitting on the front lawn, waiting for me.

    Brothers and sisters sitting on the front lawn, it’s been a long time since I've been gone.

    Brothers and sisters sitting on the front lawn, waiting for me.

            

    Birds of a feather fly together, Springtime and Fall.

    Birds of a feather fly together, Springtime and Fall.

    Makes no difference with the wind and the weather when they're traveling far they fly together.

    Birds of a feather fly together, Springtime and Fall.

    -copyright Hank Payne

NOTES
This first CD from this new duo is a winner. It’s rare to find first efforts so well done. I marvel at the blending of not just their voices and instruments, but their obvious personal connection which adds a delightful robustness and maturity that is truly wonderful. In their case, the sum is greater than the parts. I look forward to much more music from these two fine musicians. - NW HOOT review

Artists’ statement: Duet singing is a lot like life – it’s important to engage your whole self, make sure you are in tune, and leave enough time and space for anything that might happen unexpectedly. In our case, we happened unexpectedly in 2008, meeting and discovering a shared passion for music in the folk tradition. We hope you enjoy the songs chosen for this first CD. We might be covering a John Prine song, digging into traditional or composed mountain music, sharing our own original tunes, or interpreting a contemporary folksong in our own style. Each one tells a story, inspires good harmonies, and touches us—in the heart, in the funny bone, or in the memory of who we are and where we came from.

More details about Hank and Claire: Pacific Northwest duo Hank Payne and Claire Favro offer close harmonies and vibrant intensity in their acoustic renditions of a wide range of songs. Their combined repertoire includes original songs, traditional folk, and tunes from contemporary singer/songwriters. Each has a long and varied musical background, with involvement in professional gigs and community music-making since the coffee house days of the 1960’s.

Hank and Claire met in 2008 while training to become certified music practitioners. They share a dedication to perpetuating the tradition of live music, recognizing its powerful potential for healing and nurturing the human spirit. An evening of their musical collaboration is an evening with everything: joy, whimsy, melancholy, and just plain fun.

Hank and Claire have entered the folk scene with a splash, pleasing audiences with their songwriting and duet-singing. Their set lists are crafted to impact each audience in a way that will touch hearts, build community, and send people out into the world refreshed and renewed. More at their website www.hanknclaire.com. Duet singing at its finest.

Liner Notes:
1. LONG MONDAY (John Prine & Keith Sykes): No matter what he sings, John Prine sounds as if he is grinning ear to ear. When we sing this song, we can’t help grinning ourselves.
2. SLOW TIME KID (Chuck Pyle): How many years does it take to learn what we knew when we were just kids? Chuck Pyle, the self-styled Zen Cowboy from Boulder, writes a lot of songs that beg to be sung, like this one. We’re doing our bit to spread them around.
3. THE DUTCHMAN (Michael P. Smith): A poignant, universal story of loss and true love; it is an honor to sing this gem of a song.
4. BLUE WATER (Hank Payne): Claire thought the original ending of this song was too melancholy and Hank graciously allowed her to add an alternate final verse. They’re both here, just after the guitar break. You may find yourself singing along on the chorus.
5. THE GOOD GUYS WORE WHITE HATS (Bill Gallaher): Bill refers to this song as TGGWWH—as much a mouthful as the actual title. There’s a sweet surprise in the middle of it for anyone old enough. Laurie Riley adds harmony vocal to make it a trio.
6. THE OLD TRAIL (Steve Gillette & Charles John Quarto): Steve may be more well-known for his Darcy Farrow hit, but we enjoy the way The Old Trail moseys right along.
7. THE MOUNTAINS AND THE MUSIC (Hank Payne): West Virginia was Hank’s home state until his folks made the move north to provide a better life for the family. The music that felt like home to Hank was left behind, and he’s never forgotten it. Matt Sircely adds a little mountain-style mandolin.
8. SOME WALLS (Pamela Rose, Mary Ann Kennedy, & Randy Sharp): This is one of those songs that manages to sing a deep truth right into your heart while you’re picturing its beautiful images.
9. RUSTY OLD RED RIVER (Tim Henderson): Healing is often associated with water, and we can’t help but feel how much the world needs both.
10. GOD IS GOD (Steve Earle): Steve wrote this for Joan Baez. She’s been performing it live on tour and included it on her CD, Day After Tomorrow. Singing it is as close as Claire will probably ever come to her teenage dream of being Joan Baez.
11. SHADE TREE MECHANIC (Hank Payne): A tale of the road, the kindness of strangers, and the magic of banjo-picking. Matt Sircely’s mandolin adds sparkle. Laurie Riley sings harmony vocal and sneaks in a little “tasty” banjo as well.
12. DOUBLE YODEL (Lou and Peter Berryman): The best cowboy comedy song we’ve come across—Lou and Peter have a way with words that leaves us speechless, or nearly so.
13. HOME TO ME (IS ANYWHERE YOU ARE) (Tom Paxton): It’s fun to find a song for those of us who stumbled a bit on the path to true love and found a sure footing a little later in life. Thanks for giving us a theme song, Tom.
14. STEP BY STEP (Chuck Pyle): Hand in hand, this old world’s a better ride. Yes, indeed
15. WAITING FOR ME (Hank Payne): No matter what life brings, there is comfort in realizing we belong. Like birds that flock together, we need each other and that’s a good thing. Laurie Riley joins her voice to make it a trio.

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