Outer Orchard

by Danny Whitecotton

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Danny Whitecotton is continuing the long tradition of windswept, wide-screen folk troubadour storytelling with political undertones admirably. - Independent Clauses
Americana singer/songwriter Danny Whitecotton has pushed himself hard touring across the country and northeast to build a music career one song, one gig, and one fan at a time. His songs have been described as ‘sad and sorrowful’ with a hint of lingering hope. While his new EP "Outer Orchard" is not going to change anyone's opinion, Whitecotton has distilled those sentiments down into five songs that look for hope in the hopeless and direction in the darkness. Telling the stories of bandits, drunks, heartbroken mothers, and degenerates: Outer Orchard looks into the chasm between fate and freewill. A chasm that Whitecotton has looked into himself in the years filled with the loss of friends and family since his 2013 release "Love, War, and Other Mistakes". Moving effortlessly between ballads, bluesy numbers, and ethereal folk, the multi-instrumental collaborators, Dylan Blanchard (Tristero, Apple Miner Colony) and Matt Rosen (Nautilus, Let It Out Matt), bring what could have been a stripped down, anti-depressant required folk album to life by weaving laid-back rhythms with gritty textures.

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released June 3, 2016

DW - Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Backup Vocals
Dylan Blanchard - Drums, Percussion, Wurlitzer, Clavichord, B3
Matt Rosen - Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backup Vocals, Melodica

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Danny Whitecotton Wilmington, Delaware

Danny Whitecotton is a native Texas singer/songwriter currently based out of Wilmington, Delaware that writes and plays songs about love, loss, and possibility with a blend of folk, country, rock, and blues.

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Track Name: No God In Mexico
I’ve got these two gold dollars in my pocket
Since I left Texas
Joined up with irregular army
But I think we’re just bandits
Killed a man in a small town saloon
With nothing but my fist
They say there ain’t no God in Mexico
But the devil is where the boot fits

We lost a man in Sonora
He was the closest thing to a friend of mine
Stealing food from some old caballeros
While pushing south along the borderline
We were fighting for land and money
and our country if it fit
They say there ain’t no God in Mexico
But the devil is where the boot fits

We had nothing to lose
You used poor boys to fight a war
Thats what rich people do
And we had nothing to prove
But you made us think that we did
That we needed this
Now we’re fighting for what nobody sees
They say there ain’t no God in Mexico
But the devil will do as he please

We were just ten miles out
from the Rio Grande
When I fired my 36 carbine
and my captain fell to the sand
We were fighting for land and money
and to get it we had to live
They say there ain’t no God in Mexico
But loyalty is where the money is

We had nothing to lose
You used poor boys to fight a war
Thats what rich people do
And we had nothing to prove
But you made us think that we did
That we needed this
Now we’re fighting for what nobody sees
They say there ain’t no God in Mexico
But the devil will do as he please
They say there ain’t no God in Mexico
So get up off your knees
Track Name: Ballad of Lester Ballard
Deep in a hole
This child of God
Hand on a rifle
That’s all that he’s got
Deserves no pity
Deserves no mercy
From someone as earthly
As you or me
Went off the rails when things went south
Murdered and sinned on the outskirts of town
If God can forgive then we can’t forget
About Lester Ballard and what he meant

A hospital grave
Seems too good
For the terror he raised
and the lives he took
If God’s own hand
Could let this proceed
Does this child of God
Fall far from the tree?

Went off the rails when things went south
Murdered and sinned on the outskirts of town
If God can forgive then we can’t forget
About Lester Ballard and what he meant

Let us pray
For forgiveness
Let us pray
For the souls that we’ve lost
Let us pray
That this pain will never come back someday

Went off the edge when things went south
Lived in a cave on the outskirts of town
If God can forgive then we can’t forget
About Lester Ballard and what he meant
Track Name: Best Drink
Watch on a dead man’s wrist
For him time slowed down
He would take me with him if he could
But I think that I’ll head uptown
And have a little of the best drink in the world
I’ll have a little more of that best drink in the world

Blood don’t lie and I’ll be fine
to stumble my way back home
Just a reprobate that’ll postulate
That I’m better off on my own
If that ain’t you I understand
Ain’t no reason to get sore
Just sit right there while I head up town
I’ll have a little bit more of the best drink in the world
I’ll have a little more of that best drink in the world

Sitting in the freezing cold
Waiting on 5 o’clock
Living a life of successful ruin
But it beats being on top
I’ll have a little bit more of the best drink in the world
I’ll have a little more of that best drink in the world

Blood don’t lie and I’ll put up a fight
To deny where I’m from
Threw off the chains of a wealthy man
For the paradise of the slum
If that ain’t you I understand
I’ll never beg for more
Than a dime to fill my coffee cup and sip from a mason jar
I’ll have a little more of the best drink in the world
I’ll have a little more of that best drink in the world
Track Name: Rinthy
Rinthy

I’ve got two eyes but somehow I can’t see
This hand of sin thats been dealt to me
Nothing to give, nothing I’ve got, no one to hold
Holding my own to wander down the road
The kindness of a stranger will help me to move on
Holding on to hope what I lost ain’t gone
If anyone could say which way to go
But a man makes his meaning and I reap what he sows

There’s a darkness in the world and a darkness in the Son
The Holy Ghost and God are having some fun
There’s a mess on the altar for someone to clean
There’s a mess in the world but it’s been too dark to see
The promise of tomorrow will keep me moving on
I’ll hold my head up high until I find my son
They say blessed are the weak, the timid and the low
But a man makes his meaning and I reap what he sows

Standing on the ashes of a life I’ve made
Choices and circumstances make a free will of fate
There’s blood on my hands and blood on the Lord’s
Forgiveness is a sin that I can’t seem to afford
If the sacrifice I’ve made makes up the cost
Then why do I feel like I’m living at a loss
My heart now in ribbons of what was a bow
But a man makes his meaning and I reap what he sows
Track Name: Green Fly Inn
Green Fly Inn

Good folks dance a drunken waltz
Down at the Green Fly Inn
There's murderers and thieves
But none that you'll see
Down at the Green Fly Inn

Had a good job but after work everyday
We'd go drink at the Green Fly Inn
But the job didn't last
So I went broke so fast
Down at the Green Fly Inn

Jumped in my car and drove like mad
Going nowhere but really fast
I picked up a drifter
And he put me in danger
Now he lays 'neath the red clay sand

Good folks dance a drunken waltz
Down at the Green Fly Inn
There's murderers and thieves
But none that you'll see
Down at the Green Fly Inn

I never told a soul though I was justified
Now I wander out among the pines
Like a panther I'm steady
Moving bootlegged whiskey
Since there ain't no more Green Fly Inn

Good folks dance a drunken waltz
Down at the Green Fly Inn
There's murderers and thieves
But none that you'll see
Down at the Green Fly Inn