SWITCHEROO

by Mark Adams

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“Where’s My Town from Switcheroo is brilliant and applies not only to small towns on the Central Coast, but small towns everywhere”
-Neal Losey, Host of The Morning Cup
KCBX, NPR for California’s Central Coast

Mark Adams will officially release his latest album Switcheroo on June 19th at the Live Oak Music Festival in Santa Barbara. The album’s pre-release has become a fast favorite on KCBX and features contributions from Leslie Stevens (Father John Misty, Brian Wilson), Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers), Greg Boaz (Dave Alvin), Dave Zirbel (Commander Cody, Phil Lesh), Jim Doyle (Jackson Browne) and many more.

Adams is a California native who has been writing and recording original music for 20 years. He is also an up and coming winemaker who farms a vineyard on the ranch he grew up on in Paso Robles California. For more on that see www.LedgeVineyards.com

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released June 19, 2017

Mark Adams - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic 6 & 12 String Guitars, Harmonica, Mission Bell on "Spectators"

Leslie Stevens - Vocals

Dave Zirbel - Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Electric Guitar

Carl Byron - Piano, B3 Organ, Wurlitzer, Keyboards, Accordion

Greg Boaz - Bass

Jim Doyle - Drums and Percussion

Tim Bluhm - Vocals and Electric Guitar on "Where's My Town"

Matt Mattera - Trumpet

Sam Williams - Tenor and Baritone Saxophone

Joe Golden - Electric Guitar on "Let it Rain"

Horn Arrangements by Skip Heller

Recorded at Doyle Audio, Los Angeles, CA and Spaceman Sound, Paso Robles, CA. Engineered by Jim Doyle and Mark Adams. Mixed by Jim Doyle. Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering, Brooklyn NY

Produced by Mark Adams and Jim Doyle.

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Mark Adams Paso Robles, California

Singer-Songwriter Mark Adams is a California native who has been writing and recording original music for 20 years. He is also an up and coming winemaker who farms a vineyard on the ranch he grew up on in Paso Robles California. For more on that see www.LedgeVineyards.com ... more

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Track Name: Where's My Town
Where's My Town
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

Where’s my town now
When did all of this go down
Where’s my town now
What the who and how

Population eight hundred and five
Turned ten thousand over night
It used to be stop sign
And now it’s stoplight, stoplight, stoplight
Stoplight, stoplight, stoplight

Where’s my town now
When did all of this go down
Where’s my town now
What the who and how

Mom and Pop had a Mom and Pop
And Uncle Louie had an auto shop
They couldn’t compete they had to sell
Enter big chains and what the hell

Where’s my town now
When did all of this go down
Where’s my town now
What the who and how

We’ve got new smoke stacks everywhere but then
We had one feed and granary way back when
Too many Jaguars, too many cougars
Tommy Bahama wearing sideways shooters
People putting houses on the top of the hill
When we used to tuck ‘em back in the trees and be chill
Big old signs and giant gates saying
“Look what we did and aren’t we great?”
You flaunt your money when you jaunt downtown
You push the thorn in and you wiggle it around
Give us a break and take a vacation
A permanent one in another location
Or at least be cool and try to calm down
Tip your hat to those who’ve been around
Have some respect and some consideration
For the low key slow feel past generations ahh…

Where’s my town now
When did all of this go down
Where’s my town now
Track Name: Just This Once
Just This once
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

You were right all along
Everything you said was true
Like if you left I would never
Be able to forget about you

You were right all together
And I admit that I was wrong
Is it too late to start all over
Or were we doomed all along

Maybe just this once
You’ll be tired of being right
Maybe just this once
You’ll let me try again tonight

You were right all along
Everything you said was true
Like when you said you could find another
To treat you better than I did you

You were right all together
And I’ll admit that’s a given
And if I hurt you I could never
Let myself be forgiven

Maybe just this once
You’ll be tired of being right
Maybe just this once
You’ll let me try again tonight

Oh just this once
Maybe just this once
Track Name: Spectators
Spectators
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

You've hit a rough patch again old friend
and you're spinning out of control again
if only there were something we could do
but in the end it's up to only you

We're only spectators
who want to see you navigate
through the darkness and the hate
to the love in your life

We're only spectators
and though we hope to celebrate
your life with you in every way
it's up to you to drive

You've hit a rough patch again old friend
and you're spinning out of control again
if only there were something we could do
but in the end it's up to only you

We're only spectators
who want to see you navigate
through the darkness and the hate
to the love in your life

We're only spectators
and though we hope to celebrate
your life with you in every way
it's up to you to drive

you've hit a rough patch again old friend
Track Name: Let It Rain
Let It Rain
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

It might make you feel better
That it can’t get any worse
Let the poison drain out
Try to break free from the curse

They may know how you’re feeling
But that won’t heal your heart
You’re spilling with emotion
And that’s the hardest part

Let it rain, let it hurt
Let it out, do it now
Let it bleed
Let it be
Let it all rain down
Let it all rain down

When there’s nothing left inside
You’ll feel the tension gone
You can find a new direction
You can sing a different song
You’ll start feeling nothing
Ad remember how to drive
Past the gallows and the graveyards
To the land of the alive

Let it rain, let it hurt
Let it out, do it now
Let it bleed
Let it be
Let it all rain down
Let it all rain down

Let it all rain down
Let it all rain down
Track Name: Leave Your World Behind
Leave Your World Behind
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

Oceans full of memories
Deep sea diving
Rope them back into my memory
Elevate me

Slow motion on the motorway
I don’t miss those days at all
Please call me if you come this way
I can show you things most of all

The trees are so beautiful
And the sea is nearby
You can breathe here freely
So by all means come and see me
And leave your world behind

I could come and visit with you
Catch a show down town
I could stay for a week or two
But then I must head out

Pack my things and drive away
I miss my home so dear
If you’d like you can follow me
It’s so gorgeous here

The trees are so beautiful
And the sea is nearby
You can breathe here freely
So by all means come and see me
And leave your world behind

Leave your world behind…
Track Name: Not Living Long
Not Living Long
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

Politicians speak for us at our worst
The bullies and braggarts and the cheaters come first
It's unbelievable but sadly it's true
The question is, well what can we do
There is a calling to stand up and fight
For decency in the name of what's right

We’re not living long people
We’re not living long
Lend a hand if you can people
We’re not living long

Greedy people don't know what they are
They're parasites in an unholy war
Give a breath and they'll take the breeze
They'll steal the water and clear cut the trees
They've saddled up for the end of times
May God stop them from their crimes

We’re not living long people
We’re not living long
Lend a hand if you can people
We’re not living long

We’re not living long people
We’re not living long
Lend a hand if you can people
We’re not living long
Track Name: Blind Sometimes
Blind Sometimes
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

You already had me all figured out
When I came around
It wasn't that I was up to no good but
Just about

I'd had to much of those big city lights
My wheels were spinning and time was tight and

I was blind sometimes
And then you shined some light over me
And I could finally see
What I was looking for

I left the city and the streets of chrome
And you came around
We figured out how to patch up a home
By tearing up the ground
For every thoroughbred there was a mule
For every Edison I was a fool

and I was blind sometimes
And then you shined some light over me
And I could finally see
What I was looking for

Yeah I was blind sometimes
And then you shined some light over me
And I could finally see
What I was looking for
Track Name: American Made
American Made
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

I was born here and I’ll die here
Like a dozen generations before me
And the same complications remain

Are we taking what we’re needing
Or hoarding for the sake of more
Or moreover for the sake of more and more

I will remain American made
I will remain American made

There’s a light on in the mountains
And it’s flashing like they need a hand
And I hope someone nearby can see

Because I’m down here in the valley
And it’s a two-night hike away
Lord I hope it’s not up to only me

I will remain American made
I will remain American made
Track Name: All Alone Out There
All Alone Out There
Words and Music by Mark Clement Adams (BMI)

My computer is my crystal ball
I log on and see one and all
The universe is right here on my phone
Why in the world do i feel all alone

All alone out there
With millions everywhere
All alone out there

We're all here drifting in the Milky Way
We're all so close and yet so far away
The Nations text, email and drone but
We've never ever been so all alone

All alone out there
With billions everywhere
All alone out there

Some people change and some won't
Some people stay all alone

All alone out there
With millions everywhere
All alone out there

All alone out there
With billions everywhere
All alone out there