Art & Soul

by Chris Shaw

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Recorded from November 2012 to December 2013 in Athens, Ohio at 3 Elliot Studios. Additional vocal recording at Oranjudio with Joey Gurwin.

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Ground Sounds says "...They’ve recently released this stellar 6-track EP rich with funky guitar licks, smooth horn section melodies, and lyrically rich storytelling from Chris."
+Brendon Goldwasser of GroundSounds.com
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614 Magazine says "Shaw swings 180 degrees from the folk/acoustic and rock/reggae of his other bands, electing to produce what he calls “art/soul” – a hybird of art, fashion, and throwback ’70s soul that borrows from classics like Stevie Wonder and contemporaries like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings."
+Colin Hanner wrote this and you can find this in print and at 614columbus.com
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I Am Tuned Up says "...this new project is not pretentious – and neither is the music. But Topher James and Biscuit Brigade know exactly what they want, and have succeeded in landing in the sweet spot on the first try."
+Ryan Getz of IAmTunedUp.com

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released October 22, 2014

Engineered and mixed by Josh Antonuccio. Mastered by Jay Alton.

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Chris Shaw Columbus, Ohio

A son of a music teacher and a librarian Chris Shaw, aka Topher James in the chose singer songwriter. With an early interest in reggae, melody driven music, and rhythmically strong sounds it’s no wonder he has found a home in Soul and R&B music. This project is all about exploring songwriting through the soul lens bringing in seasoned players from all around to help shape the songs. ... more

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Track Name: In Good Company
These people in the streets
They don't know what they mean
They find themselves in the middle of a crossroad barking up the family tree

They seek just what they need
It's not right but the roots grow deep
We're past the point of choice now we need a remedy
The dope is only just a tiny part of this disease

//Chorus//
What gets buried underneath
Can only be revealed in the sun light
It's gotta come out some how some where
This is the time to let it free
In good company
In good company

What's with this family
Everybody's cold and they're so hungry
They don't need food but they seek sanity
Just another complication of dependency

It's not the bullet it's the belly of the beast
It's not the mashed potatoes it's the whole damn feast
It takes a whole life time not just a week
It's the whole entire puzzle not just a piece

//Chorus//

If we can't see past what we want to see
And we only see what we want to believe
We can't make this grow and be who we want to be
Might as well take this life and find a new reality
Track Name: Can't Keep Comin' Back
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Verse
Why do people stay with the ones that they hate?
B Bmaj7 B7 E
Some masochistic trait in our own dna
B Bmaj7 B7 E
Is it hope for better things to come
Em B
Is it love they think will eventually come
E7
If they just drag it along
B Bmaj7 B7 E

Verse
It's all I've ever known
I'm so used to getting hurt
It's the only way it can go
Plus this is what I deserve
No one will ever love me like my first love
I think I'll just stick with this one
So at least I'm not alone

Chorus
We can't keep coming back around (We can’t keep coming back)
F#
Like a skipping record player
E
We can't keep coming back around (We can’t keep coming back)
F#
Like some faded tape machine
E
We can't keep coming back around (Gotta keep moving on this ain’t no place for us)
F#
Like some broken cd
E
We can't keep coming back around (Keep coming back)
F#
Can’t keep coming back around (Keep coming back)
B
Can’t keep coming round and round
C# (ahhhhh) E7

Verse
All the years we've grown
Is this wasted time?
Look at all we have to show
Can we even get through
All this time that we’ve spent together
Maybe it’s time to look somewhere else
And try to go it alone

Outro
B Bmaj7 B7 E
You never know until you’ve found the one
Can’t keep coming back
Oohh
Track Name: New Home
Verse
I thought I found a new home that plan didn't pan out
Now I got people talking around me shit they know nothing about
Sometimes the foundation of love is built on sticks and leaves
Now i'm here just stumbling around trying to find concrete

Verse
This vine it wraps around you and it feels like theres no out
Thorns grabbin around your throat and roots deep in the ground
It may feel like the end of your days this tangled mess is it
It's time you dig down deep in your soul and realize you’re no good with him

Chorus
All this pressure
Is it what we need?
All this time just to find the one that lets us breathe
All this pressure
Is it what we need?
All this time just to find the one that lets us breathe

Verse
These nights can be like stone so cold and heavy on me
No more rolling over adjusting your shirt and watching you sleep but
I've got no intentions to sink deep down into this blue
I'll be here just skipping this slate until I find the real you

Chorus
All this pressure
Is it what we need?
All this time just to find the one that lets us breathe
All this pressure
Is it what we need?
All this time just to find the one that lets us breathe

Bridge
So we fall down
Sometimes it's what we need
We need to believe in love
Sometimes all we need
Is to believe in love

Outro
Love
All we need all we need
(is to believe in)
Love
All we need all we need
(is to belive in)
Love
Track Name: Don't Waste Your Time
Verse
I can see them getting’ on your nerves
They’re crawling under your skin
I can see that you don’t want to leave it alone
But this ain’t your fight

Verse
I know that he’s flesh and blood
I know you can’t stand her face
What is between them isn’t your game to play
This ain't your fight

Chorus
Don’t waste your time
Don’t waste your time
Don’t waste your time

Verse
These people aren’t your friends
What do you think you mean to them?
What difference does it make if you get along?
This ain't your fight

Chorus

Bridge
Sometimes runnin’ away
Ain't no thing

Chorus
Don’t waste your time
Don’t waste your time
Don’t waste your time
These people aren’t your friends
(Don’t waste your time)
What do you think you mean to them
(Don’t waste your time)
What difference does it make if you get along?
(Don’t waste your time)
This aint your fight
(Don’t waste your time)
Track Name: Crazy
Verse
i know that you have your specific expectations and that's ok
I'm from the same school as you
It's not wrong to keep it in line
But some times you can go to far with your demands
Just make sure you discuss these up front in your plans
So you don't burn those bridges down

Chorus
Every time i see your face it makes me want to go insane its this place its a disgrace and i dont want to be a part of it

Verse
It seems quite clear to me you may be crazy or your just bored
And that's ok as long as you are feeling fine
It's not wrong to have a good time
The line is crossed when I become your entertainment
And not to mention mine

Chorus

There is a place that's inside of you
And it hides all your emotions
I don't see much of a plan for you
Uou'll be hangin round this town
Until they bring you down

And I can't wait for that day
We're gonna celebrate
We're gonna make a parade
We'll call it crazy day

Chorus 2x
Track Name: Just Maybe
Verse
Maybe you didn’t want to follow me around
Maybe you were looking for a different sound
Maybe we didn’t fit together in the first place
Maybe this was the perfect time for us to take some space
(ah ooh)
Some days are good and some days I feel bad
(ah ooh)
Some days I wish we had what we had
(ah ooh)
Some days are open and some day I feel so closed
(ah ooh)
Some times I wish you would just leave me alone so I could go home

Chorus
But home is different it’s changed its name
Though I’ve got my bed it’s not the same
People walking by they say hello
Though I laugh out loud I cry below

Verse
Nobody’s perfect and nobody stays the same
Nobody wants to be judged or hear complaints
Nobody doesn’t do the best in love with what they have
Nobody’s got the perfect situation but good just ain’t that bad

But home is different it’s changed it’s name
Though I’ve got my blood it’s not the same
People ask me how I’m holding up (how I’m holding up)
Just as one would do with half his cup

Bridge
All of these years that we had together
(shoo shoo)
You have made a real difference in my life
(shoo shoo)
Though we had our problems disagreements
Overall we had some real good times