Pleasureville

by The Potter's Field

supported by
/
  • Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    No middlemen involved and your purchase allows us to keep making music, for which we are profoundly grateful. Thank you!

     $12 USD  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD)

    Our debut CD in an environmentally friendly 4-panel eco-wallet.

    No middlemen involved and your purchase allows us to keep making music, for which we are profoundly grateful. Thank you!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Pleasureville via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days
    edition of 750 

     $15 USD or more

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
04:28
6.
7.
8.
9.
05:19
10.
11.
12.

about

"Three-quarters of the way through "Pleasureville," The Potter's Field's compelling new CD, I realized I'd become a fan. The album's original songs show real songwriting prowess. John Natiw's melodies, set to variations on American rural styles, are full of pleasing and unexpected turns. His lyrics are direct and poetic, and he's not afraid to look for beauty in dark places. Both John and Rochelle have fine voices, and their voices flatter one another. Their commitment to the songs is tangible, and the album's instrumental arrangements do just enough to enhance the songs without getting in the way. They get close to perfect with their song "Don't Look Down When You Go." The song itself is elegantly profound, and their duet singing is confident, moving and beautiful." - Dick Siegel - Ann Arbor, MI

"The Potters Field write and perform from a burning at their core. Watching their work, you can't help but be inspired. Like a burning ember in the room, they fill the space with light and warmth, raise the listeners' temperatures, then send them off into the night. I'll be carrying them with me for some time." - Mike Mangione - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"The Potter's Field performed a "40 minute set of originals and great covers. Their voices, brought together with some impressive guitar work, blend together beautifully. I hope you'll all get a chance to hear them play at some point. You're in for a treat if you do!" - Bill Ivester - Louisville, Kentucky

credits

released October 31, 2011

The Potter's Field is:
John Natiw - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano
Rochelle Clark - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Kazoo

Additional musicians:
Jason Dennie - Mandolin, Acoustic and Electric Guitars
Drew Howard - Pedal Steel, Banjo, Baritone Guitar
Dave Roof - Upright Bass
Annie Capps - Backing vocals on track #9
David Mosher - Fiddle on track #8

Produced by The Potter's Field
Engineered by John Natiw
Mixed by John Natiw
Mastered by Jim Kissling

All songs written by John Natiw/Rocket Boy Records ASCAP except:
Tracks 5 & 7 written by Rochelle Clark & John Natiw
Track 12 written by Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson

Recorded February-October 2011 at Rocket Boy Records in Canton, Michigan (except track 4 - recorded January 2010)
Album Cover Photography by Kylie J. Wilkerson
Additional Photography for CD by Megh Hollowell
Front and back cover design by John Natiw

THANK YOU!

The past two years have been an incredible journey both musically and personally. It's brought challenges and opportunities for growth, and we've been humbled and honored by the outpouring of support and encouragement we've received. Thank you doesn't quite seem to suffice, but we'll give it a shot!

We'd like to thank our families for the sacrifice they've made to help support this project. We simply could not do this without your love. A big thank you to our friend and manager, Susie "Tenacious K" Keat for all of the phone calls, coffee meetings, cheer-leading sessions, and "gentle" reminders. We're blessed to have you in our corner.

Special thanks go to Bob & Susie Keat and Al & Deb Johnson. Without their immense contributions, this project would simply not have happened.

We'd also like to thank the musicians who dedicated their considerable talents to this project: Drew Howard, Jason Dennie, Dave Roof, David Mosher, and Annie Capps. Each of you raised the bar and made this recording so much better than we could have imagined.

And, last but not least, we'd like to thank everyone who has ever come to a show or sent us a word of encouragement. We love making music and it's been a privilege to share our music with so many kind, gracious and genuine people. Like we said, "thank you" just doesn't seem to suffice. We love each of you. And now, after many miles on the road, months of hard work in the studio, innumerable new friends and blessings, please enjoy our debut CD, Pleasureville.

Go on now, turn it up.

Much Love,
John and Rochelle

CONTACT INFO:

Website: www.pottersfieldmusic.com
Booking: SQD Arts Management (Susie Keat)
susie@sqdmanagement.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thepottersfield
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thepottersfield

MUSIC LICENSING:

We love working with independent filmmakers and businesses. Reach out if you'd like to use our music in something, or even need a custom composition etc.
susie@sqdmanagement.com

NEWSLETTER:

This is the single best way to keep in touch with the band.

Just email thepottersfieldmusic@gmail.com and you'll get quarterly updates on news, shows and releases. You'll also also get occasional free downloads of unreleased material, videos and other neat-o stuff! Welcome to The Potter's Field family!

tags

license

all rights reserved

feeds

feeds for this album, this artist

about

The Potter's Field Ann Arbor, Michigan

"The Potter's Field defies easy description -- Harmoniously haunting, deceptively simple, painting portraits of real life on the canvas of the listeners' hearts and minds with sepia undertones of edgy eeriness, poignant lyrics and bright splashes of toe-tapping energy." ... more

contact / help

Contact The Potter's Field

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Track Name: On With the Show
The curtain goes up, on this old wooden stage
We're all here tonight, and here's where we'll stay
The people they smile, as those lights flicker on
Mostly they listen, but some sing along

And just for an hour, they have the power
To forget all their troubles, On With the Show

Music it echoes, out into the night
Moon through the windows, makin' everything shine
Some wear pretty dresses, some dusty work boots
But in the end, they all leave two by two

And just for an hour, they have the power
To forget all their troubles, hey, On With the Show

An old couple dances, back behind all the seats
The woman she follows, the old man, well, he leads
Me, I keep starin' at that clock on the wall
I know it won't be long, 'till that big curtain falls

But just for an hour, yeah, I have the power
To forget all my troubles, and get On With the Show

But just for an hour, we all have the power
So let's forget all our troubles, and get On With the Show

Let's forget our troubles...
Track Name: One-Eyed Bird
There’s a one-eyed bird on a high line pole
There’s a one-eyed bird on a high line pole
It follows me around wherever I go
There’s a one-eyed bird on a high line pole

Got a pretty little girl in the back of my mind
Got a pretty little girl in the back of my mind
Left her in a place nobody can find
Got a pretty little girl in the back of my mind

Man in the town says he’s lookin’ for me
Man in the town says he’s lookin’ for me
People ain’t as kind as they used to be
Man in the town says he’s lookin’ for me

In the middle of the night is where the truth comes out
In the middle of the night is where the truth comes out
Everybody gonna see what I’m all about
In the middle of the night is where the truth comes out

In a cold dark hole is where they’ll bury me
In a cold dark hole is where they’ll bury me
At the end of a rope I’ll be set free
In a cold dark hole is where they’ll bury me

There’s a one-eyed bird on a high line pole
There’s a one-eyed bird on a high line pole
It follows me around wherever I go
There’s a one-eyed bird on a high line pole
It follows me around wherever I go...
Track Name: Nothin' All Day
5am and the rain won't stop
I'm gonna think about nothin' all day
I need to sleep, but on second thought
I'm gonna think about nothin' all day

Newspaper said that the war's still on
I'm gonna think about nothin' all day
I'll just leave it to the Pentagon
I'm gonna think about nothin' all day

I'm gonna think about Nothin' All Day
And while away some time
It don't matter what the people say
I know the sun will shine
Tomorrow I'll see it in a different way
But for now I'm thinkin' about Nothin' All Day

Bank man said that the money's all gone
I'm gonna think about nothin' all day
Preacher man told me I'm doing wrong
I'm gonna think about nothin' all day

My friends all tell me that I've lost my mind
cause I'm gonna think about nothin' all dau
24 hours and I'll be fine
But, I'm gonna think about nothin' all day

I'm gonna think about Nothin' All Day
And while away some time
It don't matter what the people say
I know the sun will shine
Tomorrow I'll see it in a different way
But for now I'm thinkin' about Nothin' All Day

Please don’t think that I don’t care
But I’m just barely hangin’ on
So much bad news everywhere
The world won’t miss me while I’m gone

I'm gonna think about Nothin' All Day
And while away some time
It don't matter what the people say
I know the sun will shine
Tomorrow I'll see it in a different way
But for now I'm thinkin' about Nothin' All Day

Tomorrow I'll see it in a different way
But for now I'm thinkin' about Nothin' All Day
And for now you're thinkin' about Nothin' All Day
So for now let's think about Nothin' All Day
Track Name: Pleasureville
There's a blind man in the graveyard
with a shovel in his hand
Some folks they claim that he's the devil
Others say he's just a man

He runs the still down by the river
and the whorehouse on the hill
And if his whiskey doesn't kill you
Those women surely will

Pretty girl sits in the window
She got that sympathetic stare
She'll lead a thirsty man to water
Then leave him drownin' there

Across the street they got a bottle
that can take away the pain
But once you reach the bottom
You may never stand again

In Pleasureville
Stand in Pleasureville

In the road there stands a gambler
Burnin' hundred dollar bills
He says "it ain't about the money
No, it's all about the thrills"

There's a man that looks like Elvis
Sellin' one way tickets out
But those tracks are old and rusted
And the engine's broken down

In Pleasureville
Broke down in Pleasureville

Graveyard man says not to worry
"What you need's a resting place"
Then you start to choke and struggle
As the dirt falls on your face

As the people throw the roses
And the preacher shouts amen
That ole devil moves on to another
Starts it all over again

In Pleasureville
Again in Pleasureville
In Pleasureville
Downtown Pleasureville

There's a blind man in the graveyard
with a shovel in his hand
Some folks they claim that he's the devil...
Track Name: Ghosts
I come from a long line of deceivers
Angry, foul-mouthed unbelievers
I come from a long line abusers
Fiery-tempered, deluded make-believers

They'd rather take up the bottle than take up the plow
Never could get it right anyhow

I come from a long line of schemers
Charlatan, charismatic beguilers
I come from a long line of dreamers
Romantic starry-eyed underachievers

They're quick to tease and eager to please
But they'll always leave you on your knees

I don't mean to scare you, but I don't give a damn
Take me or leave me, this is who I am

I come from a long line of heartache
I'll try to stay but I know it won't take
And while my love comes on strong
I'm afraid it won't last very long, 'cause

I'm quick to tease and eager to please
But I'll always leave you, I'll always leave you
I'll always leave you on your knees

I come from a long line of deceivers
Angry, foul-mouthed unbelievers
Track Name: Just For a Change
One of these days, I’m gonna change
One of these days, I’m gonna change
Try something different
Try something new
Just for a change
Just for a change

Won’t be long now, till I break these chains
Won’t be long now, till I break these chains
There’s nothin’ to stop me
There’s nothin’ to fear
I’ll break these chains
I’ll break these chains

Just like a river that flows to the sea
I’ll be let loose and forever be free
Never the man that I was before
Closing the door on the past and what’s more...
I’ll break these chains
I’ll break these chains

One of these days, I’m gonna change
One of these days, I’m gonna change
There’ll be no surrender
There’ll be no retreat
Cause I’m gonne change
Yeah, I’m gonna change
Just for a change
Track Name: You Know What I Like
Coffee, just one cream
Quiet place for you to dream
First big storm of spring
You’ll be on that front porch swing

Whistle of a train
A good book when it rains
Pair of worn in boots
Lazy Sunday barbecue

Everything’s just right
You know what I like

Small downtown cafe
Breakfast any time of day
Campfires in the night
Smell of embers burning bright

Everything’s just right
You know what I like

Troubles come and go, just like storms out on the sea
You always seem to know, just what it is I really need

Night sky full of stars
Just like candles in the dark
Fiddle music in the air
Doesn’t matter when or where

Everything's just right
You know what I like
You know what I like
You know what I like

Coffee, just one cream
Quiet place for you to dream
First big storm of spring
You’ll be on that front porch swing
Track Name: Help Me Be Good
He woke up on Sunday and made one last mark on the wall
The last time he lived as a free man, he couldn't recall
Since then it's been nothin' but dodging these big iron doors
Tryin' to stay out of trouble and settlin' scores

They gave him some old clothes and said "don't you ever come back"
The rest of his life and a Bible tucked into a sack
Twenty one years to forget all the things that he'd done
He walked through the front gate his face turned up into the sun... and he said...

Help me to be just a little less angry and misunderstood
I don't wanna waste my whole life sayin'..."you know that I would if I could"
Give me the strength Lord, to do all the things that I should
I guess what I'm sayin'... is help me be good

The day that they took him away she was too young to know
why a man that she wanted to stay said he still had to go
In the years that have past pain and anger have come home to live
in the place of a man who just didn't have nothin' to give

She thought to herself more than once "he can go straight to hell"
Then a voice from the front room said "Momma can I get the bell?"
Twenty one long years of thinkin' 'bout what might have been
She turned to her son and said go let your grandaddy in... and she said...

Help me to be just a little less angry and misunderstood
I don't wanna waste my whole life sayin'..."you know that I would if I could"
Give me the strength Lord, to do all the things that I should
I guess what I'm sayin'... is help me be good
Track Name: Home
Fire burnin’ down on highway 89
Near the Squaw Creek Bridge
I could see those flames and smell the awful smoke
Comin’ up the ridge

Stopped the car, got out and made my way on down
Not knowin’ what I’d find
First a scarf, some jeans, then the body of a girl
She’d been shot then burned alive

And as I struggled with the smell of gasoline
I wondered who it was could do this kind of thing

Home
Should be a place of tender lovin’ care
Not a den of pain and fear
Her momma was a Cross to bear

Cardboard coffin layin’ in a little field
Just off Martis Creek Lake
Sinking feeling as I walked along the shore
Another mystery of fate

She was curled up in some blankets all alone
Wasn’t hardly nothin’ left
She’d been beat, hog tied stuck in the closet of her room
Three days later, she starved to death

As I staggered at the thought of what I’d seen
I wondered who it was could do this kind of thing

Home
Should be a place of tender lovin’ care
Not a den of pain and fear
Her momma was a Cross to bear

They were sisters, livin’ with a curse
Just tryin’ to stay alive
She killed the first in 1984
The next in ‘85

Home
Should be a place of tender lovin’ care
Not a den of pain and fear
Her momma was a Cross to bear
Track Name: Antietam Creek
Down this old dirt road the air is cold, and I’ve been known to
Wander on from town to town and all around these hollers and these hills
Wander on these hollers and these hills

I keep to myself, but I can’t help if sometimes I just
Find my way from time to time, back to the line, where all that blood was spilled
Find my way to where my blood was spilled

Antietam Creek it bleeds x 2

It’s been sixty years since all those fears exploded and the
Young men came from miles around, to this ground where everything would change
We all came and everything, it changed

In September ‘62, the grey, the blue collided over
Miller’s handsome field of corn, and lives were torn down in the bloody lane
Our lives were torn down in that bloody lane

Antietam Creek it bleeds x 2

With the battle all around, I hit the ground and suddenly
the world went quiet in my mind, I tried to find a place to catch my breath
I couldn’t find a place to catch my breath

Over by a split rail fence, the consequence cut through me
like a bolt of lightning through the sky, and there I died, cut down before my time
There I died, cut down before my time

Antietam Creek it bleeds x 2

Down this old dirt road the air is cold, and I’ve been known to
Wander on from town to town and all around these hollers and these hills
Wander on these hollers and these hills
Track Name: Don't Look Down When You Go
Summer rain is in the air
Summer rain is in the air
Autumn nights won't be the same
Summer rain is in the air

Suit of clothes across the bed
Suit of clothes across the bed
A tie the color of a rose
Suit of clothes across the bed

Don't look down when you go
Don't look down when you go
Turn your head back around
Don't look down when you go

There's a hole in the ground
There's a hole in the ground
Everybody knows
There's a hole in the ground

Length of pine out in the field
Length of pine out in the field
Long black cars all in a line
Length of pine out in the field

Don't look down when you go
Don't look down when you go
Turn your head back around
Don't look down when you go

There's a road up in the sky
There's a road up in the sky
Straight ahead and made of gold
There's a road up in the sky

Don't look down when you go
Don't look down when you go
Turn your head back around
Don't look down when you go

Turn your head back around
Don't look down when you go
Track Name: Sweetest Waste of Time
If you don't see me, caught in your wire
If you don't hear me, outside your door
If all this waiting, just leaves me wanting
You still would be, the sweetest waste of time

If I could learn
The ways of your mind
If I could burn
A hole in your cold heart
Every time,
I called your name

If you don't need me, when you get lonely
If you don't want me, to call your own
If all this hoping, just leaves me hurting
You still would be the sweetest waste of time

If you could find
A way through the dark
If you could shine
A light on my cold heart
Every time,
I lost my way

If you don't see me, caught in your wire
If you don't hear me, outside your door
If all this wanting, just leaves me waiting
You still would be the sweetest waste of time
You still would be the sweetest waste of time