Lucky Joe's Wine and other tales from Dog River

by Hussy Hicks

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When you think of the USA’s Deep South, you think of bluegrass and country, rhythm and blues. When you think of the Gold Coast it’s all about the surf. Hussy Hicks have taken the best of both and brought them to life with their new album.

Hussy Hicks have a strong connection to Alabama, drawn there regularly in the past ten years to perform, record and revitalise between tours of Europe, USA and Australia. So it’s no surprise that release was recorded deep in the heart of Dixie.

The band had spent a few weeks at the magical Muscle Shoals Sound Studios recording ‘Raise the Dead’ by Kristy Lee and were keen to get back to Alabama to cut some Hussy Hicks tracks. Hall of Fame legend Rick Hirsch (Wet Willy, Cher, Greg Allman, Joan Armatrading) played host to the Hussy Hicks in his Alabama studio, where they gathered a few musician friends to collaborate on a seven-track mini album.

The album’s title track was inspired by the duo’s European touring schedule.
After regular appearances at Sarzana Austic Guitar festival the girls became involved in a music loving association near Rome. The directors of the organisation are keen guitar players and After concerts everyone would often end up at Guiseppe Fortunato’s (Lucky Joe) house jammin’ on guitars, eating amazing food and drinking his home made wine. Julz had been working on an instrumental for a while and figured that if they could convey the feeling you get jamming after cracking open the latest vintage then you couldn’t go wrong – Lucky Joe’s Wine was named.

…and Dog River ?
Rick’s studio sits right on a bend on Mobile’s Dog River. The location: Spanish Moss dripping out of the Magnolia trees and fish literally jumping, delivered a more alternative country feel to the album.

‘Lucky Joe’s Wine and Other Tales From Dog River’ is a completely new direction for the Australian-based duo, seeing an evolution of sound from NCEIA Album of the Year ‘The London Sessions’ to a more alt country, southern feel.
The country focus will be no surprise to Hussy Hicks’ long-time fans. Leesa Gentz grew up in the Australian country scene, signing to ABC records at just 16 years old. As always, the Hussies’ music is a melting pot of influences and on this track you hear not just Leesa’s country roots but also a pull towards the surf instrumental vibes from Julz’s time with the Phil Emmanuel band.

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released February 5, 2016

Recorded at Studio H20, Mobile Al
overdubs at Powerline Studio, Mobile Al & Lovestreet Studio Currumbin, QLD

Produced By Rick Hirsch and Hussy Hicks

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Track Name: Flying
Only see morning at the end of my day
you can only see stars in the dark anyway
I didn't plan it, but i'm on my way
higher and higher

Feels like i'm flying
but I'm sure to crash if I
don't find a way to come down
Damn you gravity i'd do better if you weren't around

Some need a voice at the end of the phone
some need a lover so they aren't alone
need is the weakness you start to become
til it's taken over


Feels like i'm flying
but I'm sure to crash if I
don't find a way to come down
Damn you gravity i'd do better if you weren't around

Who's going to break my fall
who's going to pick up all the pieces I leave
I'm running, I know it's coming

Feels like i'm flying
but I'm sure to crash if I
don't find a way to come down
Damn you gravity i'd do better if you weren't around

I'm Falling down
Track Name: That Old Heartache
That old heartache
every time you leet me down
I hope that things would turn around
but you just turn to stone
and I'm left to drown


Wonder how all this will end
Wonder what you're gonna do
cause I will move but you wont bend
so tell me who is breaking who
tell me who
tell me who is breaking who

It's that old heartache
every time you leet me down
I hope that things would turn around
but you just turn to stone
and I'm left to drown

I'd talk to Jesus if I could
but I'm told we don't see eye to eye
cause we are both misunderstood
hanging out here high and dry

That old heartache
every time you leet me down
I hope that things would turn around
but you just turn to stone
and I'm left to drown

all the while we're hurting, you and I
neither of us understanding why
the thing that keeps us bonded
is the pain that drags us under

its that old heartache
every time you leet me down
I hope that things would turn around
but you just turn to stone
and I'm left to drown
Track Name: Look What You've Done
Look what you've done
what we've become
It started as fun but where do we go now
Don't you just sit there
acting like you don't care
Don't tell me it's not fair
I already know now

There's no mistake my will will break
I won't let me, I won't let me let you go
so look what you've done

loaded the gun
thrill like a shiver, I pull the trigger
the race has begun
tell me me its not true
but I won't believe you
all that we've been through
who am I without you?


There's no mistake my will will break
I won't let me, I won't let me let you go
so look what you've done


It's all because I need you most
I won't let me, I won't let me let you go
Don't leave me alone, don't leave me alone
if I can't have you then look what you've done
Track Name: Lucky Joe's Wine
do do di do do do dooo di do do doo
Track Name: Roll Along
Find me some water and I'll set sail
I don't need nothing but the breeze
find me an angle to guide my way
and we will sail the seven seas

Roll along, roll along
taking a chance on a change of circumstance
roll along, roll along
choose an adventure of your own

Find me a heart that will love to love
a universe of possibilities
dancing forever among the stars
we'll set adrift to roam eternally


Roll along, roll along
taking a chance on a change of circumstance
roll along, roll along
choose an adventure of your own
Track Name: Three Rainbows
When the walls crumble and fall we go to the ocean
to feel a little closer, the warmth in the cold
the new from the old, connecting our souls
'cause if you're not gone, are we really here at all

Bye bye Blackbird, fly free your lifted light
take a team of angles so we know you'll be alright

breath until we fly
breath until we fly
place our faith in time while we're seeing out this ride

breath until we fly
breath until we fly
when I could not see the light
is when I realised

There was three rainbows at my window
I didn't even know
Three rainbows at my window
Three rainbows at my window
helping us to know

Life is a cruel but necessary evil
it's a blessing all the same
it's footsteps to a funeral through a picture perfect sky
it's echoes and whispers and names

It's constant vibrations, the echoes are they real?
what triggers a thought to change the particles that feel?

breath until we fly
breath until we fly
connected by the light to the passing of all time

breath until we fly
breath until we fly
when I could not see that light
is when I realised

There was three rainbows at my window
I didn't even know
Three rainbows at my window
Three rainbows at my window
helping us to know

smiling faces watching over you
in between the sadness love shines through

breath until we fly
breath until we fly

connected by the light to the passing of all time

breath until we fly
breath until we fly
Track Name: Pirate Flag
It's disconcerting that we're not learning a thing
As history plays out there's nothing about it changing
But history books are written by crooks with agendas we cannot conceive
Liars and thieves will make you believe
Things that you shouldn't believe

Let's leave today go on and pack your bags
Let's set sail under a pirate flag
Cause you are waiting, you are waiting for something that may never come
You are waiting, you are waiting for something that may never come

All of the treasures are buried with pleasures so deep
The highest of bidders makes winners of sinners til we can no longer compete
A hand full of aces smirks on their faces
Flying the flag of the free
You sit at the table willing and able but you can no longer believe

Let's leave today go on and pack your bags
Let's set sail under a pirate flag
Cause you are waiting, you are waiting for something that may never come
You are waiting, you are waiting for something that may never come
You’ve been waiting, you’ve been waiting, you’ve been waiting
You’ve been waiting, you’ve been waiting, you’ve been waiting


So let's leave today go on and pack your bags
Let's set sail under a pirate flag
Track Name: Whole Lotta
Everybody's here, everybody's feeling it
A whole lotta goodness gonna be going down
If oxygen is needed it will fall down from the ceiling
A whole lotta goodness gonna be going down

Whole lotta
Whole lotta
Whole lotta goodness gonna be going down
Whole lotta
Whole lotta
Whole lotta goodness gonna be going down

All the happy people are shuffling and grooving
There's a whole lotta goodness gonna be going down
Nothing we can do to stop our feet from moving
A whole lotta goodness gonna be going down

Time to get up clap your hands and sing it
There's a whole lotta goodness gonna be going down
I'm singing it for you come on now people bring it
A whole lotta goodness gonna be going down