Motel Songs (album)

by Phil Gammage

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An outstanding 20-song compilation album of Phil Gammage's best songs from his earliest albums. Originally released on SourMash USA Records in 2002.

As the 1990’s began Gammage began to perform and record with some of the top musicians New York had to offer. Players such as Vinny DeNunzio (Feelies, Richard Hell), Marc Jeffrey (Band of Outsiders), Wendy Wild (Fleshtones, Das Furlines), and David Kaufman (The Nails) just to name a few. The chemistry between these like-minded musicians was amazing and what resulted were four stunning and at the time overlooked masterpieces; NIGHT TRAIN (1990) , KNEEL TO THE RISING SUN (1991), CRY OF THE CITY (1993), and LOWLIFE STREET (2000). What these records spotlight is not only Gammage’s outstanding guitar playing but his brilliant songwriting skills and vocals. With the exception of CRY OF THE CITY these CDs were all released in Europe on France’s New Rose Records (or their successor Last Call Records) and never found a large audience in Gammage’s native United States.

Later in the decade Gammage expanded musically to the worlds of blues, lounge, jazz and swing as well as returning to his rock roots with a reunited Certain General.

The years ‘90-’00 were particularly productive and creative for Phil and the songs in this collection speak with an emotive honesty that is as timeless as the day they were released.

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released May 1, 2002

Tracks #1–#4 from Night Train (New Rose France 214)
Recorded at Donny Fury’s, New York, NY, Fall 1989. 
Engineered by Donny Fury.
Personnel: Phil Gammage: vocals, guitars, mandolin; Vinny DeNunzio: drums, percussion, backing vocals; Joe Drake: bass; Marc Jeffrey: dobro on #3 and #4.

Tracks #6–#10 from Kneel to the Rising Sun (New Rose France 249)
Recorded at Harold Dessau, N.Y., N.Y. July-August 1990. 
Engineered by Drew Vogelman.
Personnel: Phil Gammage: vocals, guitars, harmonica on #8; Vinny DeNunzio: drums, percussion, backing vocals, harmonica on #5 and #9; Martin Blazy: drums, percussion, backing vocals; Marc Jeffrey: guitars, slide guitar on #5, #7, #9 and #10, 12-string guitar on #6; David Lee: bass; David Kaufman: piano on #5, #6, #7, #8.


Tracks #11–#15 from Cry of the City (Alive Records USA 1019)
Recorded at Harold Dessau and Concrete Music, New York, NY. August 1991- June 1992. Engineered by D. Lee
Personnel: Phil Gammage: vocals, guitar, harmonica; Martin Blazy: drums, percussion, backing vocals; David Lee: bass, programming; Dennis DeMeo: pedal steel guitar on #14 and #15; David Kaufman: piano on #11 and #12; Victor Winograd: lead guitar on #14 and #15; Wendy Wild: backing vocals on #11 and #13.

Tracks #16—#20 from Lowlife Street (Last Call France 3056312)
Recorded at Harold Dessau, New York, NY. October 1993 - April 1994. Engineered by David Lee
Personnel: Phil Gammage: vocals, guitar, harmonica; Martin Blazy: drums, percussion, backing vocals; Jon Cormany: bass; David Kaufman: keyboards, Wendy Wild: vocals on #18: Joe Nieves: vocals on #17 and #19.

Produced by Phil Gammage. All songs written by Phil Gammage (Mayan Music - BMI) except “Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me” (Fred Neil - BMI), “Slide Machine” (Powell St. John - BMI), and “The Stranger” (Gammage, C. Neel - Mayan Music BMI). Booklet cover photos by Joanne Chan. Inside booklet photos by Dennis Landau, Analee Adolfsen, Chris Mazarin, and Mark Levin. Art direction and design by Gammage and Kerri McKay.

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Phil Gammage New York, New York

Phil Gammage brings a unique depth and drama to music, playing original blues/americana.

His latest album is 'Used Man For Sale' which follows up the acclaimed 'Adventures in Bluesland', which made several "Best of 2014" lists.

“...underwrought darkside Americana echoing Nick Cave's fascinations minus the melodrama. Which might well make Gammage this generation's Hank Williams." Trouser Press
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Track Name: I Gotta Move
Up to the mountains, down to the sea
Wherever my wheels take me that’s where I’ll be
Deep inside I’ve got a spark it calls to me inside my heart
Ooooh I’ve got to move

Through the windy city, down to Old Mexico
A voice tells me to ramble, a voice from my soul
Deep inside I’ve got a spark it calls to me inside my heart
Ooooh I’ve got to move

Driving on the freeway, I’m lost in the city again
Behind me is my baby, I’ve left her once again
Deep inside I’ve got a spark it calls to me inside my heart
Ooooh I’ve got to move
Track Name: Shed My Skin
I’ve done so much that I can regret, the best I can do is try to forget
Gonna shed my skin and get my second wind

I’m gonna burn my old memories those that seemed like a weight to me
Gonna shed my skin and get my second wind

I’m looking forward to the next sunny day
I’ll play my cards however they lay
Seems like I’ve been in trouble for so long

I’m gonna play it like a lizard man, change my colors like a chamelean
Gonna shed my skin and get my second wind

Time for me to jump back into the race, I can finally look myself in the face
Gonna shed my skin and get my second wind

I’m looking forward to the next sunny day
I’ll play my cards however they lay
Seems like I’ve been in trouble for so long

Add it all up I’m still in once piece, got bounced around but landed on my feet
Gonna shed my skin and get my second wind
Track Name: Painting of John
On my wall there’s a picture hanging before me
What goes on, in my mind as I look before me

A painting of John, on black velvet it’s John
Staring back at me, it’s gotta be John

Sunny Dallas day, shots rang out on a downtown street
His car sped away, John’s fate he went off to meet

A painting of John, on black velvet it’s John
Staring back at me, it’s gotta be John

Hey it’s not like he died for my sins, somebody’s bullet’s what did him in
after all these years a black cloud hangs over his head
They say Lee Harvey pulled the trigger if that’s what you believe then go and figure
cause we’ll never know what Lee Harvey would have said

On my wall a picture of a man who died too young
On my wall, we’ll never know just what he’d of done

A painting of John, on black velvet it’s John
Staring back at me, it’s gotta be John
Track Name: Route 65
I’m driving down Route 65 in a ‘71 Camaro my dog’s in the back seat sweats pouring down his lips
I’m not going anywhere, I’m not leaving anywhere, I’m just there and I’m riding hard
And this cracklin’ voice coming over my radio, telling me what to do how to be....
What’s your point hombre? Get to the quick of the nail, get to the quick of the nail!

I must have seen every barbeque joint in the world on this world
I must have seen every oil stained roughneck on this road
But I’m driving down Rt. 65 in a ‘71 Camaro and I’ve got the pedal to the metal
My dog’s in the back seat see sweats pouring down from his lips
I’ve got everything I need pal --I’ve got my dog -- I’ve got my car--
I’ve got everything I need pal

There’s a dead cat on Rt. 65 some cat that didn’t make it
He’s part of the road now part of the concrete
and it’s not a pretty sight friends not it’s not a pretty sight
My car’s running like that cat use to -- I’ve got my dog -- I’ve got my car--
I’ve got everything I need pal

My car’s standing still and the world is whizzing by my window
that’s the way I like it just me and my dog -- I can’t ask for anything more out of this world
And this cracklin’ voice coming over my radio, telling me what to do how to be....
Well let me tell you something pal
I ain’t no dead cat on Rt 65