Rider

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HEDRICK's third album, "Rider" brings together 11 original songs about the many facets of relationships: passion, retribution, lost opportunities, and second chances. Whether the stories call to your own past or talk about your tomorrows, each one will touch your heart. "Rider" was mastered by Sean Magee in Studio 6 at Abbey Road Studios, London.

David paints with sound - singing lead and harmony vocals supported by layers and blends of acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, bass, banjo, harmonica, mandolin, drums, incidental percussion, and anything else around the studio that will bring a fitting tone. He weaves his stories into the paintings with lyrics sometimes haunting, sometimes whimsical. He moves easily from blues to bluegrass, from rock to country while writing, performing, recording, and producing original tunes. Ella sings harmonies on several tracks (check out the background chorus vocals on "In Someone's Debt"), plays the nyckelharpa and occasional percussion on the album (listen to the maracas step in during the break on "It's Alright"!).

"Rider" introduces new songwriter Rachel Mullins in her writing debut, the folk-pop-rock "Take Me Back", which she co-wrote with David in March of 2013. She tells the darker side of a classic love story, singing the lead and harmony vocals. She also plays the tambourine on this track. Ella sings backing harmonies and sets the song's unique mood with the nyckelharpa. David frames the picture with percussion, guitar, and banjo, mandolin, keyboards, and bass.

Each song in the "Rider" collection is unique, filling a space in the puzzle of relationships. "Since You Caught My Eye" is a declaration of love from the first special encounter. The thought-provoking "She Asked Me Once" will bring out memories of that one girl and love that slipped away.

"It's Alright" shows that love and hope can heal - if we stay. David brings us heartbreaking blues with "The Next New Thing", a different kind of love.

You can't help but smile with the naughty "I Want to Take You" or feel the frustrations of misunderstood youth with "Why Won't You Listen to Me?”

Rachel Mullins plays the clarinet lead on "Where You're Coming From", a song that highlights the bewilderment and confusion we sometimes endure. Nan Wilson Wilkenfeld joins HEDRICK for the 'oooos' on “Hey Babe (Don’t You Want to Go?)”

The Beatles, and John Lennon in particular, have been a strong influence on David's music. The "Rider" cover photo is a tip-of-the-hat to the Beatles, featuring a lamp once owned by John Lennon and David's fedora.

Now based in "the Great Northwest" - Seattle, Washington - HEDRICK's sound and expression continue to evolve as David writes music that speaks of the desires, the challenges, and the rewards of the relationships closest to our hearts. HEDRICK is currently involved in a project of blues and rock and their website, (HEDRICKmusic) is under development.

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released September 12, 2014

Music and lyrics © 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI.

"Take Me Back" © 2013 Rachel Mullins and David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI.

Album recorded and produced by David Hedrick.
Mastered by Sean Magee, Abbey Road Studios, London UK.
Phonorecord copyright 2013 Almost Round Records.

Album administration by Ella Hedrick.
Album cover design and photograph © 2014 David R. Hedrick / HEDRICK / Almost Round Records.

All characters represented in these songs are entirely fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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HEDRICK Seattle, Washington

HEDRICK is a group led by musician-songwriter David Hedrick, a multi-instrumentalist accompanied by wife Ella, who sings harmonies, plays nyckelharpa and bass. Their musical foundation was built in North Carolina, rooted in Appalachian culture and nourished by many influences: rock, blues, bluegrass, country, gospel. Based in Seattle, their music continues to evolve with songs of life and love. ... more

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Track Name: Since You Caught My Eye
Since You Caught My Eye
By David Hedrick

Oh my love, my heart burns for you, girl.
Oh my love, won’t you quench my thirst for you, girl.
‘Cause since you caught my eye
and stepped into my life,
all I think and all I dream of is you.

Oh my love, I would change the world for you, girl.
Oh my love, let me spend my life with you, girl.
‘Cause since you caught my eye
and stepped into my life,
all I think and all I dream of is you.

I don’t know what to say or do without you near.
Up down, yes no, all the same without you, dear.
I love you, you, you.

Soft eyes, and
warm smile,
so fair. Ah, girl.

Oh my love, my heart burns for you, girl.
Oh my love, won’t you quench my thirst for you, girl.
‘Cause since you caught my eye
and stepped into my life,
all I think and all I dream of is you.

I don’t know what to say or do without you near.
Up down, yes no, all the same without you, dear.
I love you, you, you.

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: She Asked Me Once
She Asked Me Once
By David Hedrick

She asked me once
how many times
love will take a chance
before it’s gone forever from our grasp.

I looked at her
and thought she might
have said it for a laugh;
she’s not a girl who acts like love will last.

Yeah, and great nights, fun times, dancing until four.
Then dawn drags us, one by one, out the door.

Was she the one for me?
I just don’t know.
Was she the one for me?
I just don’t know.

The last night
she turned to me
with something on her mind
but laughed and left it for another time.

Yeah, and great nights, fun times, dancing until four.
Then dawn drags us, one by one, out the door.

She asked me once
how many times
love will take a chance…

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: It's Alright
It’s Alright
By David Hedrick

I took a walk over to your house on the chance you’d still be there.
I don’t know what I was going to say ‘cause I know you just don’t care.

You made it plain when I saw you last that our love was at an end.
You said the same thing once before then you want me back again.

Yeah, it’s alright. Well I’ve been thinking it too.
Yeah, it’s alright. You’ve got to know when it’s through.
Yeah, it’s alright. And I’ll be good without you.
Yeah, it’s true. It’s true.

We’ve had some times and we’ve had some tears and we’ve had our “no returns”.
But when it’s done we just fall right in. Yeah, you’d think someday we’d learn.

Yeah, it’s alright. Well I’ve been thinking it too.
Yeah, it’s alright. You’ve got to know when it’s through.
Yeah, it’s alright. And I’ll be good without you.
Yeah, it’s true. It’s true.

You know you made me cry.
And still I wonder why.
Why can’t we just say goodbye?
You know you made me cry. Cry.

I took a walk over to your house on the chance you’d still be there.
I don’t know what I was going to say but I know we both still care.

Yeah, it’s alright. Well I’ve been thinking it too.
Yeah, it’s alright. You’ve got to know when it’s through.
Yeah, it’s alright. And I’m no good without you.
Yeah, it’s true. It’s true. It’s true.

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: Take Me Back
Take Me Back
by Rachel Mullins and David Hedrick

Take me back, take me back to my pillow
Take me back, take me back to my dreams
When I sleep, I can see, you’re here next to me
Together we, are curious and free

You said you would never leave me
You said you would always stay
Me and you, you and I, together ‘til we die
So I guess, I’ll let you have your way

Call out to me softly
One last walk with me

Meet me down, meet me down at the river
Lay with me, lay with me in the stream
Close your eyes, grasp the ties that brought you here to me
It’s not goodbye, it’s what you wanted, see?

Call out to me softly
One last walk with me

Take me back, take me back to my pillow
Take me back, take me back to my dreams
When I sleep, I can see, you’re here next to me
Together we, are curious and free

© 2013 Rachel Mullins and David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: The Next New Thing
THE NEXT NEW THING
by DAVID HEDRICK

Late at night, knocking on my door,
Crawling back, he don’t love you no more.
You swear you’ve changed, yeah…
Til the next new thing.

Time after time, I let you back in.
I don’t know why; I’m just a damn fool again.
But I know you’ll love me, babe, yeah…
Til the next new thing.

I know I’ve got to stop opening that door:
You won’t say a thing I haven’t heard before.
My heart’s about to shatter; can’t handle this pain.
I know I’m only good til the next new thing.

I know I’ve got to stop opening that door:
You won’t say a thing I haven’t heard before.
My heart’s about to shatter; can’t handle this pain.
I know I’m only good til the next new thing.

Late at night, knocking on my door,
Crawling back, he don’t love you no more.
You swear you’ve changed, yeah…
Til the next new thing.

© 2012 David R. Hedrick
Track Name: I Want to Take You
I Want to Take You
by David Hedrick

I want to take you, shake you, make you my own.
I want to break you, persuade you, wake you to the bone.
I want to love you like no other, all night long.

Want you to take me, shake me, make me your own.
Want you to break me, persuade me, wake me to the bone.
Want you to love me like no other, all night long.

You know I want you, Babe, you’re so damn hot, like a thousand degrees.
I want you so bad, so mad, I’m begging you, please.
I’ve got to have you, Babe, you took my pride, I’m down on my knees.
I want you, oh how, oh now, take pity on me.

I want to take you, shake you, make you my own.
I want to break you, persuade you, wake you to the bone.
I want to love you like no other all night long.

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: Why Won't You Listen to Me?
Why Won’t You Listen to Me?
by David Hedrick

You say, “Be safe” when I’d rather be free.
It’s done you no good. Why won’t you listen to me?
You say, “Fit in” when I’m weird as can be.
It’s done you no good. Why won’t you listen to me?

You may be right. It may be a phase,
a passing mental disease.
But here’s a plan, I’ll give you the cure.
Why won’t you listen to me? To me?

You’re pushing ties, when I’m wearing tees.
It’s done you no good. Why won’t you listen to me?
You’re buying suits; I’m trying on jeans.
It’s done you no good. Why won’t you listen to me?

You may be right. It may be a phase,
a passing mental disease.
But here’s a plan, I’ll give you the cure.
Why won’t you listen to me? To me?


Was there a time when you felt just like me,
an outcast and so incomplete?
Well, here’s a clue since you’re too blind to see:
Why won’t you listen to me?

You say, “Be safe” when I’d rather be free.
It’s done you no good. Why won’t you listen to me?
You say, “Fit in” when I’m weird as can be.
It’s done you no good. Why won’t you listen to me?

You may be right. It may be a phase,
a passing mental disease.
But here’s a plan, I’ll give you the cure.
Why won’t you listen to me? To me?

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: Where You're Coming From
Where You’re Coming From
By David Hedrick

I don’t know why you treat me like you do.
I can’t think of even one thing I’ve done.
I just know when we fight
you think you’re always right
and I’m left wondering where the hell you’re coming from.

I didn’t know what time of day it was.
I didn’t know my up from down
or what I was dreaming of.

I didn’t know what to say,
didn’t know what to do.
I didn’t know how to turn it off
or how we could see it through.
I couldn’t even tell a lie from the truth,
but I couldn’t walk away from you.

I didn’t know what time of day it was.
I didn’t know my up from down
or what I was dreaming of.

I don’t know why you treat me like you do.
I can’t think of even one thing I’ve done.
I just know when we fight
you think you’re always right
and I’m left wondering where the hell you’re coming from.

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: In Someone's Debt
In Someone’s Debt
By David Hedrick

If I had words, you know I would tell you
just how it feels when I’m down in my depths.
And what it means to be twice forgiven
when you’re already in someone’s debt.

There have been nights when I know I’ve been trouble.
There have been days when I know I’ve been a mess.
Through it all I’ve loved you every moment
and loved you more when you took me back again.

For all those times when I know I caused you problems
and all those times when I’ve broken your heart,
I worked so hard to protect our tomorrows
and the promise we had at the start.

When I’ve been weak, you’ve always been the strong one
and when I hurt, you’ve always been there.
When I was scared, you always held me
and reassured me you still cared.


For all those times when I know I caused you problems
And all those times when I’ve broken your heart,
I'll work so hard to protect our tomorrows
And the promise we had at the start.

If I had words, you know I would tell you
just how it feels when I’m down in my depths.
And what it means to be twice forgiven when you’re already in someone’s debt.

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: Hey Babe (Don't You Want to Go?)
Hey Babe (Don’t You Want to Go?)
By David Hedrick

Hey babe, don’t you want to go?
Hey babe, don’t you want to go?
Cause I don’t want to be alone no more.

Friday night my girl said to me,
“Boy, I think there’s better things to see.”
She left me there, broken as can be.

So,
Hey babe, don’t you want to go?
Hey babe, don’t you want to go?
Cause I don’t want to be alone no more.

We had a date to the Saturday Jamboree.
All week long, thinking how good it’ll be.
But now it seems I’m loose and fancy free.

So I say,
Hey babe, don’t you want to go?
Hey babe, don’t you want to go?
Cause I don’t want to be alone no more.

All year long I’m thinking that pretty girl
was the one for me;
buy a little cottage, raise a family.
Now it seems my dreams are done
and I am just the lonely one
so, hey now, babe, won’t you go with me?

Hey babe, don’t you want to go?
Hey babe, don’t you want to go?
Cause I don’t want to be alone.
No, I don’t want to be the only one.
I don’t want to be alone no more.

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI
Track Name: Leave or Release Me
Leave or Release Me
by David Hedrick

Don’t know where I was before
or where I’ll be when I’m gone.
I hear what people say this is for
but I admit I’ve got my doubts.
I know what I feel is right
and everything about you is wrong.

Talking heads and hang-abouts,
bought and sold before they’re born.
Experts at the “twist and shout”
selling souls to save their own.
I know what I feel is right
and everything about you is wrong.

Leave or release me
Don’t you deceive me.
You won’t push me down to the floor
Leave or release me
Don’t you deceive me.
You’re not worth dying,
You’re not worth dying,
You’re not worth dying for.

Don’t know where I’m going now
or where I’ll even find the door.
People say “Don’t venture out”
but I’m convinced there’s something more.
I know what I feel is right
and everything about you is wrong.

Leave or release me
don’t you deceive me.
You won’t push me down to the floor.
Leave or release me
don’t you deceive me.
You’re not worth dying,
You’re not worth dying,
You’re not worth dying for.

© 2013 David R. Hedrick, Toppermost Music / BMI