Making Tracks Home

by Taarka

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Making Tracks home is the 6th full-length album from globally-inpsired indie folk group Taarka.


AFTER ADVENTURES IN VAGABONDIA, TAARKA IS MAKING TRACKS HOME;
MARCH 24 RELEASE LINKS BLUEGRASS, GYPSY-JAZZ INFLUENCES

Classically trained Colorado couple freely breaks boundaries with latest indie folk collection

LYONS, Colo. – Taarka, the nom de band of David Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller, has a variety of meanings, from the sound roasting spices make in Indian cooking to the concept of vibrating energy strings in the Grand Unified Theory of particle physics.

Somehow, the notions of sizzling spices and string vibrations seem equally apt for a couple whose main instruments are violin and mandolin, who draw musical influences from Romania and Appalachia, and whose previous album, Adventures in Vagabondia, was inspired in part by Songs from Vagabondia, an 1894 poetry collection. Its follow-up, Making Tracks Home (March 24, 2015), features new explorations of bluegrass, Celtic, classical and gypsy-jazz, woven into a unique sonic quilt best characterized as folk-rock.

The Nashville Scene describes it as “a distinctive, moody sound.” The Source Weekly of Bend, Ore., offers an even livelier assessment: “The Colorado grass-fiends known as Taarka sound like a collective of train-riding pranksters trained in classical music by gypsy wolves in the foothills of the Appalachians.”

While the closest they got to training by wolves was studying Prokofiev, Tiller, who also plays bass, tenor guitar and bouzouki and sings, was born just outside of Washington, D.C. and raised in the National Historic Landmark district of Waterford, Va., a region rich with bluegrass history. Pelta-Tiller, a classically trained five-string violinist and vocalist, was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Calif., where she began studying violin at 3½. Now making their home in Lyons, Colo., the pair met in 2001 in New York, where they busked in the subway and became members of Brooklyn Browngrass before forming Taarka. Their touring band includes bass master Troy Robey and guitar prodigy Mike Robinson; on Making Tracks Home, their accompanists include guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Sam Grisman.

Originally an instrumental string band, Taarka has evolved into an act with two lead vocalists; the pleasant contrast can be heard on “Heart and Song,” which features Pelta-Tiller, and “Old Waterford Town,” featuring Tiller. As befitting a pair of vagabond musicians (they’re raising their already-performing son, Aesop, on the road), the couple simply likes to go where the music takes them.

“We just go as deeply into the music as we can and see what happens when we come out the other side,” Tiller tells Boulder Weekly. The results of this exploration can be heard on Making Tracks Home.

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released 24 March 2015

The Cast
David Tiller - Vocals, Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Tenor Guitar, 6-string Guitar (5, 11)
Enion Pelta-Tiller - Vocals, 5-string violin
Ross Martin - Guitar (2, 3, 8, 10)
Sam Grisman - Upright bass (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Eric Wiggs - Guitar (4, 7)
Dusty Rider - Banjo (4, 7)
Grant Gordy - Guitar (6, 9)
Jayme Stone - Banjo (12)
Greg Garrison - Upright bass (12)
Ron Miles - Flugelhorn (12)
Ian Hutchison - Upright bass (4, 7)
Zach Lester - Bodhran (4)
Brian McCrae - Drums (1, 3, 5, 6)

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Taarka Lyons, Colorado

Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup” (Flagstaff Live) “presenting masterfully deep americana and gypsyjazz string band music!” Taarka is led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals). ... more

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Track Name: Heart and Song
Heart and Song
Enion Pelta-Tiller (BMI)
Ever was the day so dark we crossed that valley in our ark
Shadows cross the sun as stark as what was in your eyes
How did we come to this place a tear alone upon your face
Mingles with the rain and falls, come on and take my hand

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?

Standing side by side across a canyon gulf as wide 
As all the oceans put together. Can you hear me through this weather?
An answer like an echo faint, what I am is what you ain't
Missed the shore and here we are....

Reaching out across the miles, reaching out across the miles
Reaching out across the miles, I'm breaching

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?

Reaching out to you it seems defies the loneliness of dreams
Let's swallow all these oceans and forget forsaken lands
Walk the ridge, kick up red dust, water the sage with broken trust
And watch it grow a healing leaf, come on and take my hand

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?

Walk away and back again, we're different now we've changed again
Every tree must lose gold leave so spring can come anew.
You and I must not forget all that's been and all that's yet 
To come into our hearts and eyes, the eagle's sharper view

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?

And shall we rise up, my darling / And greet the new day with open arms
And shall we be strong, my lovely / And never give up on heart and song?
Track Name: Old Waterford Town
Old Waterford Town
David Tiller (BMI)
I went down to Waterford town
Childhood memories flooding 'round
Some ghosts of old, and the loves grown cold
Still haunt these battle grounds
So I lay down and took my sleep
And dreamed under my old flannel sheets
When I awoke she softly spoke
Looking over me

You are kind as you are cruel
And I'm still being your fool
Old Waterford Town

Who I was not long ago
Is not whom I am today
So many storms weathered and worn
From here to Santa Fe
Yet I can't get far enough from in my mind
I opened my eyes yet I'm still blind
I stumble over my thoughts unkind
Till I have nothing to say

You are kind as you are cruel
And I'm still being your fool
Old Waterford Town

You hide yourself within your song
You sing it softly to the dawn
And unsuspecting I sing along
And I find you in the day
Under a rock beneath a tree
You buried your dreams for the future to see
It was a gift from you to me
And now it is not there

You are kind as you are cruel
And I'm still being your fool
Old Waterford
You are kind as you are cruel
And I'm still being your fool
Old Waterford Town
Track Name: Moon Song
Moon Song
Enion Pelta-Tiller (BMI)
My love and I down to the river
went hand in hand and there we lay
The stars were falling from the heavens
and the dark night was bright as day
and the dark night was bright as day

O come with me to lands beyond
you'll be my queen of light and air
wear robes of stars and a shining crown
of brightest silver round your golden hair
of brightest silver round your golden hair

a single tear fell from my eye
oh no my love I cannot go
for this green earth i'm bound to care for
to leave it now would grieve me so
to leave it now would grieve me so

Have I not sung you of the waters??
that taste as sweet as ruby wine
have I not told you of the gardens??
where stars are growing from the vine
where stars are growing from the vine

He shed a single tear of diamond
and on my breast so cold it lay
I could not speak, my words were stolen
into the woods I ran away
into the woods I ran away

O the dark night shines bright as day now
these hills and valleys are my throne
My duty followed my heart is empty
reflecting light that's not my own
reflecting light that's not my own
reflecting light that's not my own
Track Name: Another Morning
Another Morning
David Tiller (BMI)
I woke up another morning without you
Though In my dreams you surely were in my arms
We were rolling around in one of our loving summer storms
Then I woke up another morning without you

She's gone on business to the city
With the lady of the harbor and those bright city shows
Lord don't let me die with this song in my throat
I woke up another morning without you

I received a call from you last evening
You were having the best of times with the boys in the band
You wished me the best and you lie where you can
I woke up another morning without you

Whose lovers are we in the morning
When the sweat from dreams have all lifted and the breath is calming down
What do you see in the mirror when you've dropped your wedding gown
As I woke up another morning without you

I took our boy to school again this morning
Though a year has passed he still cries every night
He won't listen to me, he won't turn out the light
And we woke up another morning without you

I think we'll move to Santa Fe this winter
And drink up all the rest of what that dry land has to give back
I'll lie down to sleep across this railroad tracks
Till I wake up another morning without you

I'm an indistinguishable black and blue
If you saw me on the street you's see right through
No one recognizes me when I'm without you
yet I wake up another morning without you

You didn't know me when I was just the devil
When hard liquor and women could even quench my thirst
A dose for truth, a thieves’ high and a rape of the earth
Butt I woke up another morning without you

Now our boy is in his twenties and fully grown
I never get to see him except through the telephone
He has a family now and holds close dear to what he's never known
As I wake up another morning without you
As I wake up another morning without you
As I wake up another morning without you

I woke up another morning without you
Though In my dreams you surely were in my arms
We were rolling around in one of our loving summer storms
Then I woke up another morning without you
As I woke up another morning without you
As I woke up another morning without you
Track Name: Grounded
Grounded
Enion Pelta-Tiller (BMI)
Oh I don’t quite know what to do with myself
This is not what I’m used to, I think I need help
Figuring out how to live in this world with this love pouring over me

Oh I just can’t wait til I’m standing in the rain
With my toes in the earth, yeah, I feel it again,
And again and again and again

What does it mean that I’m babbling this way
A clear babe in the woods with something subtle to say
Figuring out how to love this whole world with this life bubbling up in me

All these little plans, they pale and fade
When I look up and see the sun making its way
‘Cross the hills

Oh I just can’t wait til I’m standing in the rain
With my toes in the earth, yeah, I feel it again,
And again and again and again

Give me a chance I’ve got nothing to hide
Though this hole sure looks nice
I think I’ll go inside and figure out how I fit in to this and to bliss pouring out from me

Oh I just can’t wait til I’m standing in the rain
With my toes in the earth, yeah, I feel it again,
And again and again and again and again

All these little plans, they pale and fade
When I look up and see the sun making its way
‘Cross the hills

Oh I just can’t wait til I’m standing in the rain
With my toes in the earth, yeah, I feel it again,
And again and again and again
Track Name: Look at Miss Ohio
Look at Miss Ohio
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings - OBO Say Uncle Music (BMI), Bug Music OBO Cracklin’ Music (BMI), Irving Music, Inc (BMI)
Used With Permission
Oh me oh my oh would you look at miss ohio
she's running around with the ragtop down
she says "I wanna do right but not right now

"I'm gonna drive to atlanta, live out this fantasy
running around with the ragtop down
you know I wanna do right but not right now”

Oh me oh my oh would you look at miss ohio
she's running around with the ragtop down
she says "I wanna do right but not right now

You had your arm around her shoulder
a regimental soldier
and mama keeps talkin 'bout that wedding gown
you know you wanna do right but not right now

Oh me oh my oh would you look at miss ohio
she's running around with the ragtop down
she says "I wanna do right but not right now

I know all about it
you don't have to shout it
I'm gonna straighten it out somehow
You know I wanna do right but not right now

Oh me oh my oh would you look at miss ohio
she's running around with the ragtop down
she says "I wanna do right but not right now

Oh me oh my oh would you look at miss ohio
she's running around with the ragtop down
she says "I wanna do right but not right now
You know I wanna do right but not right now
I’m gonna straighten it out somehow
I wanna do right but not right now
I wanna do right but not right now.”
Track Name: River's Eddy Blues
River’s Eddy Blues
Enion Pelta-Tiller (BMI)
Well, the rain kept falling and the day turned dark as the
Rain kept falling and the day turned black as night.
Came home in the evening
Heard Trouble calling on my right.

Oh Trouble, Trouble, don’t you call me Trouble
Trouble don’t you call my name.
I don’t believe in you,
You ought to be ashamed.

Old River Man come to take back the
River Man come back to take my home. 
Got out with my life,
Now that’s what I own.

Listen to the rain fall on above my
Head is pounding from the rain falling on above.
Feeling sick down to my toes,
Worrying about the ones I love.

River, you old St. Vrain River you
Ain’t such a saintly river, man.
Don’t you take my family,
Don’t you take my plan.

Makes me think about what we did to
Make me think about what we did to him.
Moved that old god around like he’s some
Kind of little kid.

Water, we got too much of your
Blues and browns from the water rushing down.
Used to cry for more,
Now looks like we gonna drown.

Water, we got too much of you
Blues and browns from the water rushing down these hills
If you don’t take me then these blues surely will
No no if you don’t take me then these blues surely will
If you don’t take me then these blues surely will.
Track Name: The Lark and The Owl
The Lark and the Owl
David Tiller (BMI)
The Lark calls up the morning sun
She gives up her dreaming to get the days work done
She was born to be
Exactly who you see
Don't change anything for me
The owl hoots in the shadows of the moon
He keeps to his dreams though the morning comes to
soon
He was born to be
Sitting in the tree
Don't change anything thing for me
the crane dreams of rain both day and night
Till the flooding pushes the trees down and the owl and
lark takes flight.
The river was born to be
exactly what you see
Don't change anything for me
Now some birds can build a new nest
And some birds cry for the children that didn't stand the
test
Now they were born to be
From that fallen tree
Don't change anything for me
Track Name: Waterbound
Waterbound
Dirk Powell - Crying Bayou Music (BMI)
Used with permission
I went out late one night
Moon and stars were shining bright
Storm come up and the trees come down
Tell you boys I was waterbound

Wayterbound on a stranger shore
River rising to my door
Carried my home to the fields below
Waterbound nowhere to go

Carved my name on an old barn wall
No one'd know I was there at all
Stables dry on a winter night
Turn your head you can see the light

Black cat crawling on an old box car
Rusty door and a falling star
Ain't got a dime in my nation sack
Waterbound and I can't get back

Its I'm gone and I won't be back
Don't believe me count my tracks
River's long and the river's wide
I'll meet you boys on the other side

So say my name and don't forget
Water still ain't got me yet
Nothing but I'm bound to roam
Waterbound and I can't get home