The Big Fix

by Steve Hartsoe

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released September 23, 2016

Produced by Wahba and Steve Hartsoe
Mixed by Wahba
Mastered by Kevin McNoldy at Cphonic Mastering, Raleigh, N.C.
Recorded at Muscle Sheets, Cary/Holly Springs, N.C.
Album design by Kate Coogan Art & Image

Steve Hartsoe: Lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica
Wahba: Electric guitar, bass, background vocals, keyboard, percussion
Eli Hartsoe: Drums and percussion

Additional Musicians:
Dave Ristrim: Banjo, Dobro guitar, lead guitar on "This Can't be Right"
Phil Benjamin: Guitar solo on "Trailer"
Kurt Wuerfele: Lap steel, guitar solo on "Only God Knows"
Jennifer Allred: Harmony vocal on "Only God Knows



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Steve Hartsoe Raleigh, North Carolina

On his 10-song indie album “The Big Fix,” Americana singer-songwriter Steve Hartsoe taps the Americana and British Invasion wellspring that nourished his formative musical years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He delivers a diverse mix of rootsy songs about love, loss and languor, propelled by gritty guitars and groove-tight rhythms.

The album also features a cover of  Tom Petty’s “Trailer.”
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Track Name: Salt and Wine
Lookin' at the lights on the Bay
I was thinking back
You turned my good side inside out
Turned my clear sky black

You appeared like smoke
Then you went away
I still see you in my sleep
But I've turned the page

Yeah we're like Salt and Wine
Your world and my life
Yeah we're like Salt and Wine
Another place anther time

Caught a ride out of San Jose
And I headed east
I didn't know if it was right or wrong
Man I just needed peace

You disappeared like smoke
And I still call your name
I did deep but then I choke
On my yesterday (hey)

Yeah we're like Salt and Wine
Your world and my life
Yeah we're like Salt and Wine
Another place anther time

Written by Steve Hartsoe ASCAP (c) 2016
Track Name: This Can't Be Right
This can't be right

Verse 1
Crawling out of
This empty well
I wouldn't wish this
Not on anyone else

You can't hold on
To your old guard rails
You can’t find hope
Trusting fairy tales

This can’t be right
This can’t be right
This way of life

Verse 2
Walk in circles
Down a one way track
I try to look up
But only see what is past

We always miss out
Watching everyone else
We always wish that
We were anywhere else

Walk in circles
Down a one-way track
Every step I take
Only leads me back
Track Name: One Last Tear (Allelujah)
One Last Tear (Allelujah)

Verse 1
Down the road that I walk on
Filled with fables and fortunes
I hang on to every letter
That promise me I will see her

Verse 2
One last tear rolls down her face
But she don't know, so they say
Emptiness meets salvation
Hope, despair and confusion

Track Name: Trailer
Trailer (Tom Petty)
Verse 1
She graduated high school I bought her a trailer
In a little park by the side of the road
I could've had the Army, I could've had the Navy
But no, I had to go for a mobile home

Yeah I guess, I gave it all for you, babe
There ain't room in that trailer for two, babe

Verse 2
I kept up with my interest, I kept up with my payments
She never said goodbye, I never asked why
Man, we used to dance to Lynyrd Skynyrd
Boy she used to look so good at times

But I guess, I gave it all for you, babe
There's not room in that trailer for two, babe
Well I guess, I gave it all for you, babe
All for you and that trailer for two, babe
Track Name: Seven Miles to Wilmington
Seven Miles to Wilmington

Verse 1
Seven miles to Wilmington
She'll be gone and I'll be down
Seven miles is all that we've got now

Say goodbye to yesterday
Tomorrow's gone and we must pay
Seven miles and everything will change

I remember late night calls
Sweet desire and common bonds
Seven miles is all that we've got now

But I love you
I don't want to say goodbye
Ill be with you
Whether low or high
We'll get by

Verse 2
Honeysuckle candles burn
Now I see her every turn
Seven miles my heart just can't go on

Ocean air is oh so close
Without her it's all a ghost
Seven miles I just can't let her go
Track Name: Alright Together
Alright Together

Verse 1
Have I let you down babe? I’m not the person that I fake
I see you in the morning light, and all our lost dreams in your eyes
We’re wearin’ thin and missing out, keeping faith in shadows of doubt
Still I pledge to you my love, I’m one part Judas one part dove

But it’s alright, it’s alright together
Yeah it’s alright, it’s alright forever

Verse 2
When I get up and off my knees, life’s little foxes surround me
I let them take me too far down, across the line but never gone
We’ve seen miracles and pain, still we play those childish games
Keep holding on we’re closing in, grace and love they will always win

Black and white don't mean anything
Real love is somewhere in between
Track Name: The Big Fix
The Big Fix

Verse 1
My guardian angel finally looked my way
I didn't see you comin' but I felt your presence a mile away
Mystery is best when it pounds your heart like a drum
From all these hard times, something good one day comes

And it's all because of you
And it's all because of you

Verse 2
Even Chicken Little knew a thing or two about change
So I want to thank you for everything you've rearranged
Now those love songs, they've come true
All my blues songs, changed their hue
Track Name: Side of the Road
Side of the Road

Verse 1
Fresno at Christmas ain't what you had always dreamed of
Mr. Right's gone, two degrees and you can't find a job
No one lends you a hand
Do the best that you can

Join us my friend on the side of the road

Verse 2
That motel in Memphis would not be a home 'way from home
If she hadn't quit left you no place to call all your own
And your friends they don't care
Into iPhones they stare

Verse 3
Steel guitars cry out for somone tonight think it's me
So I'll walk by faith not by sight as I stumble and pray
Do the best that I can
Lend somebody a hand
Track Name: Only God Knows
Only God Knows

Verse 1:
When the rivers start to rise
And the wind it blows on high
And the sun falls from your clear blue sky
Ain’t got no one to dry the tears that you cry

Verse 2
When a hunger fills your soul
And there ain’t no cure that you know
And a dark cloud is hanging over you
And your heart’s broke you don’t know what to do

Only God knows
Only God knows
The reasons why

Verse 2:
When you think you’re right but you’re wrong
When you think love is near but it’s gone
And you love her but the time moves slow
Ain’t got no song for the blues in your soul
Track Name: SLO (California)
SLO (California)

Verse 1:
Goin’ where the ocean’s roar and love fills the air
Where the vineyards and oak trees grow I’ve got family there
Heading out to Morro Bay through the orchards and the fields
I can hear the mission bells San Luis hills of green

Verse 2:
Hand of God is everywhere His breath on my face
And I thank Him every time I think about this place

Oh Oh California

Verse 3:
Reading Phil Dirx at Jax Coffeehouse that’s where I’m hanging out
Pismo Beach tonight down the Grade we’ll go with a shout