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2012

Feeling the Pinch delivers 9 original songs by Robert Priest and Allen Booth, plus Robert's rendition of the number one hit he co-wrote with Alannah Myles and Nancy Simmonds, and a folk rock anthem co-written with the CD's producer David Bradstreet.

1. FEELING THE PINCH

Privations in the age of Occupy. Folk Rock.

2. THE BOMB IN REVERSE

If only we could wind back our tragedies. Anti-War Folk.

3. SONG INSTEAD OF A KISS

Priest's soulful version of his Alannah Myles hit, featuring Black Velvet guitarist Dave Whipper. Blues Rock.

4. FREEDOM'S FIRE

A lament for the predator drone generation, with Neil Chapman on electric guitar. Serious Folk Rock.

5. NOWHERE ANYWHERE

There's nowhere anywhere that's not sacred ground. Folk Rock Anthem, co-written with David Bradstreet.

6. WHO THE FUCK KNOWS

A witty, roguish but ultimately tuneful rant that retains an undertone of compassion. College Kegger Rock. (Advisory: May contain Alannah Myles vocals.)

7. TO YOU

Your next wedding toast. Upbeat Folk Rock.

8. BONNE CHANCE MARIE

A distinctly Canadian love song about a romance between a Quebecoise woman and an Anglo-Canadian man with a bad accent. Tuneful Folk.

9. MY FAVORITE WORD

(It's Yes.) A grown-up love song. Easy listening in the best possible way.

10. TURNTABLE HEART

For when the needle keeps getting lifted just as you're coming up to the good part. Modern Country.

11. THE COMMON STINK

Featuring Robert's unique guitar licks and harmonica stylings. Folky Blues.

Listen to a sample song: Nowhere Anywhere (Priest/Bradstreet)

REVIEWS

"What's impressive about the new record - and indeed has always stood out about Priest - is the music. On disc, this poet is truly a singer and musician."

- Mark Rheame, CBC

"Uplifting. Accomplished. Sharp. Thoughtful. Brilliant. Down. Highly recommended."

- Daryl Jung, Big Bridge 2012

"This excellently produced album appeals to the musician in all of us poets yet those with a keen ear can absorb more than just toe-tapping tunes. Priest does a fantastic job conveying his literary talent into folk and light rock songs you won't soon forget."

- David Silverberg, Canadian Review of Literature in Performance

"Few performers enjoy the range and reach of Robert Priest…What’s impressive about the new record - (Feeling the Pinch) and indeed has always stood out about Priest - is the music. On disc, this poet is truly a singer and musician."

- Mark Rheaume, CBC

"Feeling The Pinch is a pleasant package from a clever messenger."

- Julia Conte, Now Magazine

"He is a rare hybrid - a poet who can as easily compose hummable melodies as sing them with power."

- FM Magazine.

"Grand and Mystical..."

- Eye Magazine

"Priest does a fantastic job conveying his literary talent into folk and light rock songs you won't soon forget."

- David Silverberg, Canadian Review of Literature in Performance

"Priest shows a depth and complexity that operates on many levels, raising his performance above a bar-room rant or a wishy-washy poetry reading to an intense experience, something akin to a trance session."

- Lucy Mallows, The Budapest Sun

LYRICS OF A SONG FROM FEELING THE PINCH

THE BOMB IN REVERSE

by Robert Priest and Allen Booth

The bomb in reverse it implodes the pyre

It sears on the roof it sucks up the fire

It snuffs the inferno

And gives back the lives

They unscream their screams

And the people arise

They unsay their prayers

Verse before verse

It's the backwards resurrection miracle bomb in reverse

Little ones unburn in the shrinking flame

Young Ali has arms

He's no longer maimed

He returns to mother

Runs backwards to play

Back to when he knew

He'd live forever. Yesterday

He unlearns his numbers last before first

It's the backwards resurrection miracle bomb in reverse

The bomb in reverse rises to the jet

Sucking in its con trail over minarets

Stern-first to the tarmac

The pilot unsigns the form

He unlives his life

Back to that bright September morn

He sees people falling up

Two towers burst from earth

It's the backwards resurrection miracle bomb in reverse

Little ones unburn in the shrinking flame

Young Ali has arms

He's no longer maimed

He returns to mother

Runs backwards to play

Back to when he knew

He'd live forever. Yesterday

He unlives his lives

Birth before birth birth

It's the backwards resurrection miracle bomb in reverse

CREDITS

All songs are copyright Robert Priest & Allen Booth (Priest/Booth) (SOCAN) except

Nowhere Anywhere (Priest/Bradstreet ) published by Subterranean Music (SOCAN), and

Song Instead Of A Kiss (Simmonds/Myles/Priest) published by Soap Opry Music,Universal Publishing and A Bunch Of Songs (SOCAN).

String arrangements on My Favourite Word and Nowhere Anywhere by David Bradstreet.

Produced, arranged and mixed by David Bradstreet at Dave's Cave in Toronto Canada.

Mastered by Brett Zilahy at Jo?o Carvalho Mastering.

Design and photography by Allen Booth.

Singers and Players

Robert Priest sang all lead vocals, and played harmonica and rhythm guitar on The Common Stink, plus sang backups on several other songs.

David Bradstreet played guitars on everything, and provided piano, accordion, background vocals and tuneful whistling, plus drums on To You and Nowhere Anywhere, and bass on The Common Stink.

Carl Keesee played the bass guitar.

Gary Craig played the drums.

Neil Chapman played the electric guitar on Freedom?s Fire.

David Whipper played the acoustic guitar on Song Instead Of A Kiss.

Phoebe Tsang played the violin on Nowhere Anywhere and My Favourite Word.

Allen Booth played the organ on Song Instead Of A Kiss and sang backups on To You.

Nancy Simmonds sang background vocals on Song Instead Of A Kiss, To You and Nowhere Anywhere.

Alannah Myles sang background vocals on Feeling The Pinch and Who The Fuck Knows.

Laska Sawade sang background vocals on Bonne Chance Marie.

Thanks to Nancy Simmonds and Alannah Myles for donating their time and talent.

And a special thank you to David Bradstreet without whose generosity and talent this recording would not have been possible.

Feeling the Pinch is dedicated to Marsha Kirzner.

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Song Instead of a Kiss (1992)
released on Alannah Myles album Rockinghorse
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Little Gun (1981)
A song about the murder of John Lennon
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AWARDS

The Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award, 1989
Special Choice Award, Children's Book Centre, 1993
Socan Airplay Award, 1994
Chalmer's Award, Theatre for Young Audiences, 1998

robertpriest@rogers.com

416 466-0047

197 1/2 Jones Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, M4M 3A2 If you want to book Robert as a singer/songwriter call 416 466-0047 or email robertpriest@rogers.com.

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