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21st Century Blues


21st Century Blues (Elam)

Left my own old home, just a banjo on my back.
Looking forward – God knows I ain’t looking back.
Debt, lies, and sorrow. I left it all behind.
The open road my friend with freedom on my mind.

Gave my best shot at that corporate city life.
Big wigs and know-it-alls together in strife.
I make my living now pickin’ for your spare dimes.
Singing old show tunes in off-key broken rhymes.

In these modern times, what matters most
is this war between the have-mores and have-nots.
Elections bought and sold, lies in place of news,
money buys the truth – twenty-first-century blues.

We are remnants of our country’s next great war.
We pray the end is near in fear of what’s in store.
Smarter men than me will have to join this fight,
fix this class war, and stand up for what’s right.

Some say I walked away, say he’s begging on the street.
I’m just a testimony that this system can be beat.
Depending only on my faith in humanity,
I sing these songs with hope and sleep happily.


from Feels Like Home, track released May 3, 2019
Pickin’ Pear:
Leon Elam - Banjo & Vocals
Tia Martini - Ukulele

Also Featuring:

Matt Wolff - Bass
Robert Jennings - Drums
Lane Gibson - Vocals

Recorded by Sam Taylor at The Cathedral in Cincinnati, OH

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Lane Gibson at
Lane Gibson Studios


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Pickin' Pear

Tia Martini and Leon Elam - The Pickin’ Pear - branch out from Canyon Collected to create a new folk 'n' roll band. They combine their non-traditional stylings to their traditional instruments and create an original mix of modern American music.


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