Green Man (2007​-​8)

by Jim Knable and The Randy Bandits

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In between The Randy Bandits' albums REDBEARD (2006) and GOLDEN ARROW (2009), Jim Knable convinced his band to start making an acoustic album, beginning with two songs featured in his play GREEN MAN ("In the Garden" and "The Stars") and some other songs like those songs in tone, some of which The Randy Bandits were already playing in concert ("Ain't Got Nobody" and "Made of Stone"). "Story of Your Life"-- already a hit YouTube phenomenon (over 153,000 views and counting)-- joined the mellow party. "Woman Alone in a Graveyard" was Jim's first serious song of any quality, written in college, in a cemetery; and "King Tom's Town" was and is a birthday song for Jim's wife. After recording an initial batch of songs with Bandit buddy and sound engineer Stacey Wong (who has a cameo french horn appearance on "The Stars"), the project waited another year and then brought "Story of Your Life" (folk band version) and "Boy in a War" along for the ride, by this time having lost Stephen Aleman to Nashville and having gained Jay Buchanan on bass (which allowed Chris Q. Murphy to move to guitar for Golden Arrow).

But The Randy Bandits never released Green Man as an album. Why? The simple answer: Golden Arrow was brewing by then and the shows the band was doing were hardly subdued affairs. And so, except for being used for some readings and a production of the play with the same name, Green Man the album lay unfinished and unreleased. Until Now. Here it is, finding its rightful place between the eclectic panorama of Redbeard and the roots-rocking Americana of Golden Arrow, showcasing the sensitive side of The Randy Bandits and a different kind of songwriting from Jim Knable.

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released October 7, 2018

Album credits:
Recorded and engineered by Stacey Wong, except for "Boy in a War" and "Story of Your Life (Folk band version)", which were recorded and engineered by Spiff Wiegand.
Musicians:
Jim Knable- Acoustic guitar and lead vocals
Russ Kaplan- keyboards, backing vocals
Chris Q. Murphy- Bass, acoustic guitar (on "Made of Stone"), other instruments, backing vocals
Spiff Wiegand- banjo, accordion, guitar, trumpet, glockenspiel, backing vocals, etc.
Sunny Knable- drums
Stephen Aleman- Lead vocal on "In the Garden (Electric)" and duet on "Ain't Got Nobody", backing vocals
Jay Buchanan- Bass on "Boy in a War" and "Story of Your Life (Folk band version)"
Stacey Wong- French horn(s) on "The Stars"
"Story of Your Life" a cappella arrangement by Russ Kaplan.
Artwork: "Tree" by Beeb Salzer.
Graphic design by Hamish Robertson.
All songs Copyright 2008 by Jim Knable

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Jim Knable and The Randy Bandits New York

Jim Knable played and plays with and without various incarnations of The Randy Bandits, formed in 2002, but if he plays with a band, it always ends up being The Randy Bandits, despite the occasionally misleading billing. Studio albums REDBEARD (2006), GREEN MAN (2007-18), GOLDEN ARROW (2009) available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. jimknable.com for more information. ... more

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Track Name: In the Garden (acoustic)
Sight unseen, I will take it all
House and keys and the garden
It's a perfect theme for a night in fall
All the leaves are falling

You and me and the castle walls
Quietly telling our lives
There's so many things that you'll never know
About me that I hide

How like the wind to play tricks with the sounds of the night
In the garden
You were right
I was only starting

Stay with me, I will tell it all
Patiently while you await
It's the hardest thing to open
Yourself up to take

How like the wind to play tricks with the sounds of the night In the garden
You were right
I was only starting
Track Name: In the Garden (Electric)
Sight unseen, I will take it all
House and keys and the garden
It's a perfect theme for a night in fall
All the leaves are falling

You and me and the castle walls
Quietly telling our lives
There's so many things that you'll never know
About me that I hide

How like the wind to play tricks with the sounds of the night
In the garden
You were right
I was only starting

Stay with me, I will tell it all
Patiently while you await
It's the hardest thing to open
Yourself up to take

How like the wind to play tricks with the sounds of the night In the garden
You were right
I was only starting

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