Low​-​Down Dirty Summer Nights

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Released 9/27/2015.

Technically speaking, the second New Old-Fashioned album is 3 years in the making. In the time since the band’s debut self-titled record (recorded in the summer of 2012 with producer Patrick Himes and released in December of the same year), the band has spent plenty of time honing its live sound, incorporating new drummer Matt Oliver’s hard-hitting rhythms into its folky Midwestern Americana template.

The result is a more aggressive record, one that highlights the band’s 70’s rock and soul influences rather than the folky country sounds of its debut. The album comes out swinging with the crunchy groove of “On the Top” and upbeat first single “27” before settling into more diverse territory like the jaunty “Home,” the pounding “True to Me, True to You,” and the hypnotic title track. What hasn’t changed over the past 3 years is the band’s attention to clever musical arrangement and soaring harmony vocals courtesy of bassist Tom Blackbern and guitarist Kent Montgomery.

Recorded with producer Micah Carli (Hawthorne Heights) at Popside Recording Studios in Troy, OH, Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights has a clean and punchy feel that emphasizes loud guitars, rumbling bass, and impassioned lead vocals from frontman David Payne. Several guest performers helped bolster the record’s soul-oriented offerings, including Marnée Richardson (vocals) and Kevin Skubak (organ) of Columbus soul/funk outfit The Pleasant Tense.

Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights follows two shorter New Old-Fashioned releases – “Ladies” in 2014 and this year’s Hilltops & Highways, a country-tinged “brolaboration” EP with Dayton Newgrass band The Repeating Arms.
Fans of Tom Petty, the Old 97s and the Alabama Shakes will find this record right at home!

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released September 26, 2015

All songs by M. D. Payne, Jr. except, “On The Top” by T. Blackbern, K. Montgomery, M. Oliver, and M. D. Payne, Jr. and “Same Old Love” by K. Montgomery

All songs arranged by The New Old-Fashioned

Personnel:
Tom Blackbern: Bass, Vocals
Kent Montgomery: Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar on “27”
Matt Oliver: Drums, Percussion
David Payne: Vocals, Guitar, Piano

Micah Carli: Slide Guitar on “Heaven By Way of Kansas City” and “Good Company”
Kevin Skubak: Hammond Organ
Max Nunery: Lap Steel
Marnée Richardson: Vocals on “Good Company”

Produced by Micah Carli
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Micah Carli at Popside Studio in Troy, Ohio

Photography by Jay Woessner and Bill Cunningham

Layout and design by Marshall Norman

The New Old-Fashioned would like to extend a huge thank you to Micah Carli, Marnée Richardson, Kevin Skubak, Max Nunery, Eric Long, Harold Hensley, Charles Hartman, Patrick Himes, Mark McMillon, Poppy, Stephanie and Jim Blackbern, Amy and Eric Montgomery, Barb and Jeff Oliver, Tracy and David Payne, Sr., Kelly Payne, Lindsey Oliver, Amberly Pressler, Tim Berger, and Kara McCray. We would also like to thank all the great venues, bands, labels, promoters, press contacts, and especially fans who have believed in our music and helped us grow. Thank you for your endless support. It means the world.

In loving memory of Karl Benge. We know you’re making Heaven sound a whole lot sweeter.

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The New Old-Fashioned is:
Tom Blackbern: Bass/Vocals
Kent Montgomery: Guitar/Vocals
Matt Oliver: Drums
David Payne: Vocals/Guitar

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Track Name: On The Top
you watch people fall
fall to the ground
and you use 'em as
stepping stones to the top of the mount

cause you're climbing higher
than ever before

tell me how good it must feel
on the top

there are losers
but you're gonna win
they're gonna try to get back up
but you'll knock 'em right back down again

cause you're reaching higher
than ever before

tell me how good it must feel
on the top

tell me how good it must feel
won't ya tell me how good it must feel
on the top
Track Name: 27
18 and 21 ain't all they're cracked up to be
and don't even get me started on 23
I'm gettin older and older and older
but I don't feel myself movin' forward
but I'm still young
at least that's what they tell me

26 ain't been to good to me
things ain't turned out quite the way I thought they'd be
maybe I should take a break and start learnin 'bout heaven
cause I don't think that I'm gonna make it to 27

the car don't work and I've been strugglin' to pay my bills
and they tell me it'll all work out in the end
but I don't know that it will
cause the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cold
but I'm still young (yeah I'm still young)
at least that's what I'm told


26 ain't been to good to me
things ain't turned out quite the way I thought they'd be
maybe I should take a break and start learnin 'bout heaven
cause I don't think that I'm gonna make it to 27


26 ain't been to good to me
things ain't turned out quite the way I thought they'd be
maybe I should take a break and start learnin 'bout heaven
cause I don't think that I'm gonna make it to 27
Track Name: Home
you're filled with great ambition
yea you're gonna get outta here
you're gonna get yourself a taste of city livin'
you're gonna wear their colors
gonna drink that local beer

in time I think you'll find
in time I think you're gonna find
your way back home

you're gonna get your education
cause you're daddy wants more for you than his folks could give him
but he forgot somethin' 'bout them struggles
they made him the man that he is

in time I think you'll find
in time I think you're gonna find
your way back home

you're gonna raise your expectations
no you ain't gonna work that family business
you know, the one you're daddy built with his own two hands
where you spent your summers learin' how to be a man
no you can't look back
this ain't the life that you seen in the movies
no you can't look back
this ain't the life that you seen on that big ol' screen

and in time I think you'll find
in time I think you're gonna find
your way back home
Track Name: Words
I always try to be there for you
I always try to dry your eyes
but sometimes I just cant seem to get it right

I work so hard
I work all day and night
but sometimes I just lose sight

I'm not always good with words
but you're a dictionary of ones I've never heard
sometime I open up my mouth
and nothin' worth sayin' comes out

sometimes I have this recurring dream
where you take him in your arms
cause you just can't get what you need from me
and I wake up in a cold sweat
and you're still layin' here and i have to wonder why

I'm not always good with words
but you're a dictionary of ones I've never heard
sometime I open up my mouth
and nothin' worth sayin' comes out
Track Name: Heaven By Way Of Kansas City
sometimes she feels she needs someone to talk to
and he's good to talk to, yes that's true
but sometimes he does not understand
no he doesn't know what she's goin' through

and he wants to help her but he can't find the words
no he ain't, quite been there before

oh and Kansas City seems a world away
when you're stuck in Ohio and you've got bills to pay
you can pick up the phone and you can write your letters
but at the end of the day
Kansas City's still a world away

sometimes she feels a little sad and lonesome
a little bit, sad and lonesome from time to time
so she keeps her loved ones close
cause sometimes loved ones go
and a greater pain you will never know

and he wants to help her but he can't find the words
no he ain't, quite been there before

oh and Kansas City seems a world away
when you're stuck in Ohio and you've got bills to pay
you can pick up the phone and you can write your letters
but at the end of the day
Kansas City's still a world away

she's goin to Kansas City
goin to Kansas City
gonna find a way

she's goin to Kansas City
goin to Kansas City
gonna find a way

she's goin to Kansas City
goin to Kansas City
gonna find a way

she's goin to Kansas City
goin to Kansas City
gonna find a way
Track Name: Last Night's Clothes
I don't know how you manage to look so good
in last night's clothes
when we slept on the floor
after the show
your dress still has all its glory
and you still have your glow
when you wake me with a kiss and whisper softly
it's time to go

I want you to know
I'm still takin' you home
night after night after night
and show after show
I want you to know
I'm still takin' you home
for the rest of our nights
I'm takin' you home

I don't know how you keep grace and composure
in that kind of crowd
between the drunks and the preachers
I'm not sure who's bein' more loud
this scene's like a picture mostly black and white
but your colors abound

through the whole room
your colors surround
while they're fadin' out
your still singin' out loud

I want you to know
I'm still takin' you home
night after night after night
and show after show
I want you to know
I'm still takin' you home
for the rest of our nights
I'm takin' you home
I'm still takin' you home
I'm takin' you home
I'm still takin' you home
Track Name: True To Me, True To You
I wanna be true to you
I want you to be true to me
I want us to spend our days together
happy and wild and free
so darlin' be true to me
and I'll be true to you
I'll be true to you too

I wanna be honest with you
I want you to be honest with me
but sometimes the alcohol can make you
a little more honest than you wanna be baby
so darlin' be honest with me
and I'll be honest with you
I'll be honest with you too

I wanna take care of you
all of my days
and I want you to love
all of my cares away

I wanna be true to you
I want you to be true to me
I want us to spend our days together
happy and wild and free
so darlin' be true to me
and I'll be true to you
I'll be true to you too
Track Name: Worry
I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you
oh I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you
oh I toss and I turn and I lose sleep at night
oh I try to stay calm but it kills me inside
oh my heart's beatin' fast and I can't clear my mind
oh I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you

Oh I'm fightin' to catch my breath again
over and over, again and again
as the sweat, it runs down my face
and my heart's beatin' at its usual
irregular pace
then I finally take that deep breath
and my heart settles right back down in my chest

I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you
oh I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you
oh I toss and I turn and I lose sleep at night
oh I try to stay calm but it kills me inside
oh my heart's beatin' fast and I can't clear my mind
oh I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you

fallin' into your arms
works everytime, yeah it works like a charm
so please tell me, that won't ever change
and promise me that when I need ya
you'll whisper my name
and I'll finally take that deep breath
and heart'll settle right back
down in my chest

I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you
oh I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you
oh I toss and I turn and I lose sleep at night
oh I try to stay calm but it kills me inside
oh my heart's beatin' fast and I can't clear my mind
oh I've always worried 'bout a lot of things
but I've never worried 'bout you
Track Name: Dirty Summer Nights
he had a black rimmed hat and a denim shirt
she had her red shoes on with that polka dot skirt
and the sun's goin' down but it's still hotter than hell
that's for sure

oh those dirty summer night
oh those low-down dirty summer nights

the first band's started and all our friends are here
can I get ya anything, I'm gonna grab myself a beer
it's a good lookin' crowd I think it might just get rowdy in here

oh those dirty summer nights
oh those low-down dirty summer nights

oh it's so loud in here
I've got that familiar ringing in my ears
as the blood, sweat, and the tears
roll off our brow

he's got his hat in his hand and he's unbuttoned his shirt
she's still got her red shoes on with that polka dot skirt
it's the end of the night and they're covered in sweat and the July dirt

oh those dirty summer nights
oh those low-down dirty summer nights
baby are you ready to go all night
oh those dirty summer nights
oh those low-down dirty summer nights
Track Name: Good Company
I ain't got much
but I got all that I need
there's a weight off my chest
and I can finally breathe
it got dark for awhile
it was closin' in on me
and I ain't outta the woods yet
but I can see through the trees
the leaves are fallin'
they're up to my knees
but those bare branches
lend a certain clarity

Now I can see
I've got good company

I ain't got much
but I got all that I need
there's a weight off my chest
and I can finally breathe
it got dark for awhile
it was closin' in on me
and I ain't outta the woods yet
but I can see through the trees

I've got good
I've got good company