Authentic

by Nick Tann Trio

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Nick Tann has worn many musical hats, and occasionally actual hats as well. He has wielded all manner of instruments, but is best recognised in the guise of solo, acoustic guitar slinging, jazz tinged, folk-pop performer. And it is that more familiar sound which forms the basis of The Nick Tann Trio.
The Trio is a numerically fluid affair but is normally a triptych of Nick Tann on guitars and vocals, Bastien Terraz on double bass and Guy Siviour on drums. However some shows may contain fewer players or perhaps expand to include occasional itinerant musicians collected along the way. Life may indeed be like a box of chocolates.
The calling card for this new format is their recent release Authentic, an album with takes Nick’s impressive song crafting and explores the space around it through deft and dexterous additional musical textures and hues.
At the heart of the sound is the familiar balladry, emotionally driven personal narratives and rich vocal tones from solo days but now there is some wonderful musical augmentation. A chilled yet structurally robust British folk take on Americana heartland traditions and whilst the familiar building blocks of Jazz, blues and country all play their part it is a wholly new sonic architecture that is the end result.
The festival season looms and already the Trio are looking to become a familiar face across the landscape this summer, but like any hard working band you will also find them bringing their wonderful creations to the usual circuit of pub back rooms, live sessions, podcasts and house shows. Three is indeed a magic number.

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released June 6, 2017

All songs written by Nick Tann who also plays his Taylor Guitar, sings, plays xylophone, egg shaker and clicks his fingers. Bastien Terrazz played the double bass.
Lovingly mixed and mastered by the wonderfully talented Sigurdor Gudmundsson, Skonrokk Studios - www.skonrokkstudios.com
The fabulous circular cd design was created by the hugely talented local artist Terence Noble.

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Nick Tann Southampton

As a singer songwriter, I strive to create songs with emotion and honesty. My songs tell stories with a raw and soulful edge, meandering from the fragile to the ballsy and everything in-between.

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Track Name: Looking After Myself
I don’t need someone to say they love me
Don’t need someone to say they care
There’s (is) no one waking up beside me
And no one to watch me sleeping in my chair.

I don’t go crazy after midnight
And I don’t walk the streets alone
I really love my own sweet company, and you know
And I never get lonely, I never get lonely
But I’m looking after myself
‘Cos no ones looking after me
I’m taking care of my own business
Don’t need nobody, nobody loving me

You might think I get a little lonesome
You might think I get a little blue

But with all the friends I’ve gathered roundabout me
I’ve got lots to do.

Sometimes I go and catch a movie
I have been known to dine alone
And you might see me dance away like no one’s watching
I’m more than happy waiting home all on my own

I don’t go crazy after midnight
And I don’t walk the streets alone
I really love my own sweet company, and you know
And I never get lonely, I never get lonely.
But I’m looking after myself
‘Cos no ones looking after me
I’m taking care of my own business
Don’t need nobody loving me
Track Name: Don't
Dont, take me for another fool
Don't, you’ve gone and broken every rule
Don't, you walk away and think it’s cool
Don't, you didn’t have to be that cruel,


Chorus
And I, strong as I am
the fear of falling
you just couldn’t understand


Don't, your never just another bird
Don't, you and me it’s just absurd
Don't, you get no points for coming third
Don't, Don't you say another word

Chorus
Instrumental chorus

Don't, say you want me as I am,
Don't, I try to do the best I can
Don't, let you see that I’m the man
Don't, that wasn’t ever in the plan

Chorus

Don't , dream for things they might come true
Don't, tell me that you want me too
Don't, not 'til you and him are through
Don't, cos i could really fall for you

Double chorus
Track Name: Boy It Feels Good To Be Free
Jesus oh Jesus keep my Mother safe
But you can forget about me
Cos I stopped believing over 30 years ago
And boy it feels good to be free.

Jesus, hallelujah please protect my friends
Cos they're wild and they're stupid and poor
They all need your guidance they can’t think for themselves
I cant look after them anymore


Oh sweet Jehovah protect my ex wives
They're all lonely and wretched and fat
They spent all my money on hair dye and wine
And I won’t get anything back


Oh heavenly father, I must give you thanks
for your help with the drunk and the dumb
They can’t do without you, cant tell right or wrong
Now they won’t harm anyone
Track Name: 3 AM
3 am
Its 3 am and your not home
Gonna pack my bags I’m gone
You'll see my destination written in a magazine
Its 3 am rains coming down
Got the water on the ground
Beneath my feet as I walk calmly out of town

Its 3 am the stars are out
I hear the taxi drivers shout
I check my phone, I got my keys and a little cash
The streets are cold and I’m so alone
My head is heavy, I’m a little stoned
I leave with nothing but my soul and some dignity

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Heaven take me you’ll never break me
Heaven take me
Heaven take me you’ll never break me
Heaven take me

Had the good times and you threw them all away
You just don’t even care
Times a wasting but times a fool
I’m never going back, never going back there

Its 3 am and your not home
Gonna pack my bags I’m gone
You'll see my destination written in a magazine
Its 3 am and your not home
Heard my message on the phone
That’s the last time you you’ll hear from me
ch
Heaven take me you’ll never break me
Heaven take me
Heaven take me you’ll never break me
Heaven take me
Heaven, heaven, heaven a little bit of heaven
Heaven, heaven, heaven a little bit of heaven

And the rain is coming down (ad lib)

It’s 3 am and no ones home
©NickTann
Track Name: Safe Harbour
Safe Harbour

You in my morning
You in my Night
There, walking out of sight

You are my summer
You are my spring
There, with the love you bring

When you fall upon me
Waiting for the peace
My hands and lips around you
Waiting for release

You in my garden
You in my life
Your love, wounds me, wounds me like a knife

When you fall upon me
Waiting for the peace
My hands and lips around you
Waiting for release

Here in the harbour
Here in the storm
Here with me, here I’ll keep you warm

When you fall upon me
Waiting for the peace
My hands and lips around you
Waiting for release

When you fall upon me
Waiting for the peace
My hands and lips around you
Waiting for release
©Nick Tann
Track Name: Sadder Than Sad
I'm sadder than sad
I've lost the best baby that I never had
and here's how it started
She just walked in the room and I smelled her perfume
And she's badder than bad
and I'm sadder than sad.

I know what I'd do
I'd make those mistakes that I always do
I'd start off with flowers
Then I'd go over the top and not know when to stop
And it won't turn out well
I'm going through hell.

It's almost a curse and to make matters worse she's an angel
And she's looking at me and the whole room can see
That she's flicking her hair like she don't have a care
And she's meeting my stare
And I'm totally gone…

It's quarter past two
She's brushing my cheek; I don't know what to do.
I'm too weak to fight it
She says nothing at all, simply hangs off the wall
Looks me straight in the eye
Says I'm one hell of a guy.

I'm going out of my head
She gave me that look that says take me to bed
If I'm not mistaken
She just did it again and again and again
And though I've been there before
We just walked out the door….

CH

©nick tann 2012