The Sin In Wisconsin Vol​.​1

by Wisconsinites For Planned Parenthood

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”The Sin In Wisconsin Vol.1” is the first in a series of EP’s to feature bands and songwriters hailing from the Dairy State to benefit Planned Parenthood. The EP is being released on Jan 20 (a.k.a. Inauguration Day) to reflect the feelings of various Wisconsinites-by-birth mourning their homeland voting red for the first time since 1984. Produced and compiled by Sam Russell (of Sam Russell & The Harborrats), this first volume features artists based in the Emerald City originally hailing from cheese-country.

With the current slashing of funds for Planned Parenthood by the federal government via the Obamacare repeal being spearheaded by Speaker of the House and Wisconsin’s 1st District (Sam’s hometown district) representative Paul Ryan, “The Sin in Wisconsin” is a response to this measure. Sam has compiled songs by his fellow Wisconsinites-in-Seattle written before the election about their state and cities of birth that now take on new emotional resonance in light of recent and coming events.

The songwriters presented on this volume pride themselves as being part of the larger Seattle community sharing musicians, recording studios, philosophies and bar tabs. THREE of the bands and artists here share the same bass player, two share the same drummer. Casey Ruff of Casey Ruff & The Mayors of Ballard sings harmony vocals with both Sam & The Foghorns. Three of these tracks were produced at Colin J. Nelson’s Her Car Studios, while Colin himself sings with The Foghorns and plays bass with Caleb Bue in his band Caleb & Walter
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The bands contributing to “The Sin in Wisconsin Vol.1” hope they can make a small contribution to the struggle and the awareness of the struggle Planned Parenthood is undergoing and will continue to undergo as current events play out. All proceeds from the sales of the EP will go directly to support Planned Parenthood. Further donations can be made at secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2?df_id=12913&12913.donation=form1

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released January 20, 2017

THE SIN IN WISCONSIN VOL.1

Compilation produced by Sam Russell
Mastered by Ed Brooks, Resonant Mastering
All proceeds from the sales of the album go to support Planned Parenthood, www.plannedparenthood.org

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Sam Russell & the Harborrats Seattle, Washington

Sam Russell preaches the gospel of heartbreak and decadence via The Blue Moon Bible, an in-progress series of 8 albums, backed up by his combined band and choir collective of The Harborrats. Folk, soul, doo-wop and everything in-between add to up a version of rock n' roll that searches to find divinity in love instead of God, as sung by a failed Christian and his fellow heathens. ... more

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Track Name: Aaron Zig - America, I Need You
America, I need you more than ever before, love
youʼre buzzin on my fingers as I sleep tonight
The new york lights like a fever in the distance
theyʼre taking a stand in my old hometown

Machine gun america Iʼm on your joyride
feet hanging out the door as the miles roll on by
I got a crush on you and your sisters
Donʼt leave me hanging on this big open road

You got that magic thing that i just canʼt get enough of
You got that magic thing that keeps me hanging on

They built a mountain for us to rise above
The grade is steep, the peak is unknown
How are the views, where does that flag wave?
Is this what you really had in mind?

America I need you more than ever before love
How do you keep me coming back for more?
You got that magic thing that i just canʼt get enough of
You got that magic thing that keeps me hanging on

You used to sing of the Rocky mts and the mississippi river
open up those old veins weʼre coming home
I can see you smiling through the clouds now
I read you like an eagle a hundred yards away
I could pick you out of any old photograph
Your endearing desperation always on display

America i need you more than ever before love
How do you keep me coming back for more?
You got that magic thing that i just canʼt get enough of
You got that magic thing that keeps me hanging on
Track Name: Sam Russell & The Harborrats - Rosebud In The Fire (The Death of Adrienne Rich)
first having loaded up the camera
and sharpened edge of the knife blade
we go diving in the harbor
to try and find the old remains
the poem I once found on the page waiting
is poem I use now as a map
to take you where the vessel once got smashed
and pieces underwater got trapped

and what’s there at bottom waiting
we’ll see together if we swim
and all will be revealed
when we dig out what’s been hid

there’s a light tonight shining on the book of myths
a voice in me saying what I once believed don’t exist
stay with me here at the scene of the old accident
we’ll say we came here for the wreck not just the story of the wreck

open that wine that was once saved
to drink when our ship was going down
maybe last drop will transport body
to off-season cottage on shore we once found
the storm brewing that night on the birthday
we dressed up to sail the sound
we faced the high waves that night that were breaking
but could not face the storm when it came back around

and I can still feel the deck tearing
and wind blowing rain sideways
but we’ll dive back in now
and the wreck we’ll celebrate

there’s a light tonight shining on the book of myths
a voice in me saying what I once believed don’t exist
stay with me here at the scene of the old accident
we’ll say we came here for the wreck not just the story of the wreck

there’s a light tonight shining on the book of myths
a voice in me saying what I once believed don’t exist
just stay with me here at the scene of the old accident
we’ll say we came here for the wreck not just the story
not just the story of the wreck

not just the story of the wreck oh no no no
not the story of the wreck
we’re going down into it, down but not the story of the wreck
swimming ‘round, swimming ‘round not just, the story of the wreck
no fairy tales tonight no no not the story of the wreck
we’re throwing it all away,it’s not the story of the wreck
just a real crash, not the story of the wreck
just a real accident that goes to pieces, not the story of the wreck
can’t believe it was something it wasn’t, not the story of the wreck
can’t hold on to what never happened, not the story of the wreck
we were living out, we were living out the story of the wreck
I just want the truth here in my hands, not the story of the wreck
Cause I’m so tired, I’m so tired of the story of the wreck
Track Name: The Foghorns - Like An Old Trans Am
Oh the way you used to look at me
Oh the way you used to look at me
Like an old trans am on the road
Like an old trans am going down the road

Oh the way you used to talk to me
Yeah the things you used to say to me
And a whisper to a laugh
From a whisper to a laugh

And today I saw a Pontiac
In a dusty yard by the track
Waiting for someone to bring it back
Waiting for someone to bring it back

And the memory of your summer sheets
And the way you used to look at me
Like an old trans am on the road
Like an old trans am going down the road you’re gonna bury
You’re gonna bury me
You’re gonna bury me
You’re gonna bury me
You’re gonna bury me
You’re gonna bury me