Jedd is a band so different yet so familiar. Fusing Rock with Country Bluegrass and lyrics that mean something, Jedd touches and inspires people with diverse musical backgrounds. Not politically correct and with a slight edge, Jedd sings of issues that people can relate to from getting along with one's mate in "Meet in the Middle" to the making it through life one day at a time (Throwing Pennies). The song "All the dough" captures what's going on with the Middle Class in America. "Cemetery Ridge" explores complicated issues of the American Civil War that still resonate today. "Kaw Valley Days" harkens back to a more simpler time with it's nostalgic look back on a childhood spent in an apple pie setting. Mixed with originals are classic rock covers, "Smoke on the water", "Candle in the Wind" and Led Zeppelin's "Ramble on". Jedd formed because of the band member's love for playing a blend of Country, Rock and Bluegrass using largely acoustic instruments. Jedd's lead singer/song-writer Erik Mostar first met the fiddler Dennis English at a neighborhood shindig where they found a musical groove that quickly let to more gigs. After a jam session at the English's home, David Field joined the group as bass player and was soon followed by Dave 'Mr. Banjo' Guarente. The "Jedd Sound" was born. On this CD, the band plays songs blending Country, Bluegrass and Rock and a couple with a Brazilian beat and a touch of twang. Playing both with a drummer/percussionist or in the traditional style, Jedd's music has been described as "...having the voice of ageless roots yet is fresh and meaningful now." We hope you enjoy the album, Jedd Reckoning! Jedd The following are Jedd reviews and Quotes: Fusing classic rock with country and bluegrass, Jedd hits upon an energetic style.... California fiddle champion Dennis English teams with 'Mr. Banjo' Dave Guarente, Dave Field on bass, Erik Mostar on guitar and vocals and Jim Hobbs on the skins. From bluegrass tinged rock covers like Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water' to bluegrass ballads, these guys shift gears without losing musical focus. Santa Cruz Sentinel March 06 "You know, you write some damn good songs!" Sleepy John, KPIG, Please Stand By show, Oct. 2005 "Erik has a good voice!" Greg Khin, KFOX radio show, June 2006 Jedd Reckoning Lyrics: 1. Meet in the Middle c. 2006 Erik Mostar (ASCAP) You've been going left, I've been going right We've been talking circles, every single night You Said Potato, I never say Po-ta-to But differences you know, sometimes we got a lot oh Sometimes you say it seems I hear nothing that you say Honey that's not true, I hear you every single day You been looking up, I been looking down Neither of us need's this crazy round and round Chorus: Let's just love and, Meet in the Middle Love and Learn to, Meet in the Middle Yearn and Burn to, Meet in the Middle Laugh and learn to, Meet in the Middle You say I don't talk enough, and you might talk too much You say I spend too much time watching football games and such It can be said I spend too much time pickin' with the boys And 12 guitars and 2 banjo's I count among my toys But when I'm riding in your car you speed up to slow down And once a month you'd say I was wrong if I said the world was round Chorus You have every brand been made of moisturizing cream Late at night you wake me up when you kick me as you dream But I love you girl and through it all we'll learn to work it out Let's just talk softly now, let's not yell and shout You know that I'm in love with you and I love that your with me So let's just learn the lesson learned and yearn to let it be Chorus 2. Cemetery Ridge c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP) On a war torn blue-grey day I kissed my wife goodbye We were marching off to end the war at least we's gonna try Through many year of sabers drawn cuttin' bone and flesh We were gonna take it to the Yankee's home and damn the rest Trough North Virginia, Pennsylvania country Gettysburg Became the place that many a man would meet the god he served Chorus: Forward men raise your banners high We fight for those who live and those who die We said our last goodbyes looks like we burned our bridge We'll meet our fate on Cemetery Ridge Word came down from Bobby Lee we gotta take that hill Picket said he'd make the yankees bow down to his will But it was just so far we'd have to charge those Union guns So many children lost their dads before the setting sun They opened fire and tore us up, men falling left and right For a lot of years I woke with tears from nightmares of the sight Chorus I'm Just a carolina farmer, I never even owned a slave A husband and a dad of a daughter, flirtin' with a rebel grave We hit their lines with a mighty clash of steel and blood and lead The smoke rose high above the fighting dying and the dead For a minute there it looked like we might break through the Union lines 'Til a fresh new wave of cold blue steel came charging from behind We lost the cause the cause was wrong, the price we paid was large Now we live in history, the men of Pickett's charge Chorus 3. Who's Perfect c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP) I'm not 20 but I'm not dead and I'm feelin' really good and I've gotta good head for facts and figures, it ain't failed me yet Some people say I might be living too hard picking and a singing like a balladeer bard Taking from life all the good that I can get I'm playing my songs in a hillbilly band Taking my shots and I'm taking my stand But all in all, I recall that that it suits me fine Chorus: And I like to roam and I've been known to Smoke those things that I said I wouldn't Do some other things that I knew I shouldn't And drink that whisky till I couldn't drink it no more Trying to do the things that I know I should And doing other things that thought I would But hoping someday I can say I did the best I could I do my best to help old people but I don't spend enough time under the steeple And I know I'd be better if I did it but I still don't And I should give more to charity maybe it would bring some parity 'tween the good and the bad and sad and the will and the won't Nobody's perfect, and neither am I Sometimes I fall most times I try to live the life I'm living, living day to day Chorus My best friend died at 25 from nothing he did wrong I remember looked me in the eye said it didn't last too long Well that's how it is and that's how it goes where it all ends nobody knows It's a crap shoot hoping for the good times rolling on Some folks like to sweat and strain making high dollar bills, feeling no pain Well I've done that before but I'd just as soon be singing my songs Chorus 4. Smoke on the Water c. Deep Purple (BLACKMORE, GILLAN, GLOVER, LORD, PAICE) (lyrics available on the internet) 5. Throwing Pennies c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP) The winds of change are blowing now The ocean waves are crashing over the bow The ship of life keeps sailing on From the dark of the night to the light of the dawn I need something to believe Before this place I'm gonna leave There must be something I can say Before the miles roll away Chorus: Everybody needs to find some peace of mind sometimes to get through another day When the best laid plans of mice and men just don't work out that way Can be like throwing copper pennies down a wishing well they say I see the miles toll up, the hours they melt It's hard to recall all the things that I felt I've been a chuggin' and pluggin' and sluggin' away I've been a burnin' and churnin' all the time of day Well I need something to believe Before this place I'm gonna leave There must be something I can say Before the miles roll away Chorus I've been a rowin' a flowin' all around the bend And all the while a knowin' gonna do it all again To find a line, a sign, a catchy little rhyme To build something in my life and make it truly mine I need something to believe Before this place I'm gonna leave There must be something I can say Before the miles roll away Chorus 6. Holiday c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP) I've been working on the railroad all the live long day Workin' till I hear the whistle blowin' Tryin' to put a little somethin' away We come home at night tired and beat Makin' money for a roof, good food to eat A lot a time spent working on the run It's time we spent a little time working on a little fun Chorus: Let's go far away, far away, Honey we need a little holiday, Far away, far away, honey we need a little holiday The boss man don't care that I'm getting older Boss man just hopes I don't get much bolder Boss man don't care that my hair turns gray Boss man just wants me to work all day Don't get me wrong no don't get me wrong Please don't think that I'm complaining in this song All I'm really saying is the time is now And we all need a little time off anyhow Chorus The sand is warm and my drink is cold And there's Rio De Janeiro just up the road Your looking really good and it feels all right And honey later on we're gonna dance all night Gonna dance and laugh, gonna sing we're gonna cheer Gonna eat shrimp dinners gonna drink cold beer I know you love me and I love you too And sometimes a little time away is what to do Chorus 7. Kaw Valley c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP) There's a lake in a forest where I spent my younger days A slice of apple pie where kids can run and play There's a lake in a forest with a little cove beach of sand My sweet Momma still lives there I see here every chance I can Chorus: I remember celebrating with my friends on Independence day There was baseball, swimmin' and a tin man race and a 4th of July parade I've been all around this great big world There's been many many sights I saw but my thoughts go back to the beauty of the lake in a forest.... In the Valley of the Kaw There's a lake in a forest with limestone hills and trails Built by the mighty railroad to make ice for the rails There's a lake in a forest where I made life long friends Through thick and thin, good and bad, We'll be there till the end Chorus I hear that train whistle blow, where the time goes I don't know.... I just don't know Chorus 8. Candle in the Wind c. ELTON JOHN, BERNIE TAUPIN 9. All the Dough (Hey Ho) c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP) I love my country and I fly the flag I gotta right to speak when something's a drag A rising tide's supposed to lift every boat But the rich are getting richer and the middle's going broke It takes two hundred grand to send a kid to Yale Without an education that kid might fail Get a job in a factory oh please Everything we used to make is now made overseas Global trade is going pretty well I guess we'll all get rich selling homes to ourselves Don't worry 'bout the price of the food and the gas If we all go shopping this will pass Chorus: Hey hey what do you say What do you think's going on today Hey Ho what do you know There's a few top people making all the dough You know that 30 years ago a CEO made 40 times as much as the average Joe But that last year whoa A CEO made 500 times the bennies and the dough Of the average guy bustin' his tail Tryin' to pay the doctor, tryin' not to fail Spendin' every dollar, spendin' every dime While the rich folks laughs cause they're doing just fine They got way more now than they did before And every year goes by they get way more While the middle class family is loosing ground And the poorest of the poor are being pounded down Chorus I'm not a commie and I'm not a flake But there's only so much that I can take While the trickle down tax law takes from the middle And gives it to the top, why it ain't a big riddle For those who say it's the American way The income gap is even bigger today We got congress and Presidents and chairman of the fed Putting us in debt, we'll be paying till we're dead And even when we die, our kids are gonna pay For the money that we borrowed to live today It's a crime it's a comedy, a crying shame The level playing field has gone down the drain 10. Love c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP) Love can make you cry, love can make you sigh Love can make you feel like you just want to die Feel the pain, tears fall like rain Caught in a whirlpool, flowing down the drain I once knew a love and it made me feel whole Made me feel good from my head down to my toes Then our love just died and left me so sad I think it was the toughest stretch of time that I've ever had Chorus: Love can make the world seem right Keep you warm on a dark December night Love can make a strong one feel Love can soothe and love can heal A blue young man once said, said I'll never love again My sorrows I will drown in whisky and in gin And that's just what he did, his shattered feelings hid And the memories of her from his mind he tried to rid Then one lucky day before the pain had gone away He met another love and he's loving her today The love is going strong, the love is lasting long Love can be the best of things when other things go wrong Chorus There's a man upon the hill who in life has had made a killin' And counting up his money is bringing him his biggest thrillin' He has piles of gold from things he bought and sold But he never took the time to love and now he's growing old Love can make you cry, love can make you sigh Love can make you feel like you just want to die Feel the pain, tears fall like rain Caught in a whirlpool, flowing down the drain Chorus 11. Jedd c. Erik Mostar (ASCAP) Ever since I was a kid, I've loved Rock'n'roll It hasn't been long since I did the stroll I sing it, I play it, every single night When the band comes together it feels all right It's OK we don't play like every other band We do it very different in this thrillbilly band Got a fiddle, a bass, a banjo too Ain't too many tunes the band can't do Chorus: Jedd's the name, Rock's the game You might've heard it before but not quite the same We play it soft and loud, some country proud And the only thing that matters is to rock the crowd The name is Jedd we'll play some Zeppelin Led Stones are gonna roll when we play some Dead We'll play our own songs too, just for you And we hope you'll be a rockin' and a rollin' too We have it our way like Burger King Nobody's gonna tell us what to play and sing If we want to do some Sabbath with a banjo twang I'm gonna sing a little different than Ozzie sang Gonna rock to a fiddle playin' nice and strong To a heavy metal, hard rock, head bang song Play some motor city rap from the corest of the core And when the rap song's done we're gonna rock a little more Chorus Gonna sing about the top making all the dough Gonna call bull (beep) while we're singing Hey Ho We might sing a ballad, might take a little long Then we'll bust into a rock and roll song For the purest wine they ain't playin' bluegrass Take your GCD's and stick'em Cause we're playin' what we're playin' on acoustic wood And we play it like we mean it and we play it like we should Chorus 12. Ramble On c. Led Zeppelin (Page, Plant) Jedd Reckoning CD: Produced by Erik Mostar Recording and mixing engineer: Chris Fletcher, assisted by Jake Krausz Mixed by Chris Fletcher at Star Studio, Santa Cruz, CA and East Bay sound Oakland, CA Mastered by Mike Romanowski at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA Recording engineer, tracks 6 & 10: Victor Pozas Recorded at: Coast Recorders, San Francisco, CA East Bay Sound, Oakland, CA Star Studio, Santa Cruz, CA Vital Studio, Rio De Janeiro, Brasil Photography by Adelia Mostar Photography c. 2006 Mostarphotography.com Sunset photo by Crystal English CD design by Jedd (in new font) is: Dennis English: Fiddle, Violin Dave Field: Bass, Background Vocals Dave Guarante: Banjo, Background Vocals Erik Mostar: Vocals, Guitars, Harmonica, Percussion, Mandolin (track 12) Special guest musicians Carlos Martinez: Drums Victor Pozas: Guitars and Keyboards tracks 6 & 10 Jakare: Percussion tracks 6 & 10.