SOFT MUSIC and HARD LIQUOR

by The Highballers

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"The most captivating part of the Highballers’ sonic texture is Victoria Patchen, who adds harmony and backup vocals behind frontman Kendall Jackson’s twangy croon." –The Washington Post

"Think that good, classic country music can’t originate from inside the Beltway? Well listen to The Highballers’ Soft Music and Hard Liquor and prove yourself wrong."
Trigger Man - Saving Country Music

"The title here might easily be reversed here to "hard music and soft liquor". The Highballers have a sound that throws back to the times when the term cow punk was more widely used to describe a hybrid of rock and country played with energy and drive." –Lonesome Highway

"The Highballers debut album Soft Music and Hard Liquor’s anachronistic-on-purpose sound is a healing salve for those who perceive corporate country to be anathema to the genre’s best respected and most organic roots." –On Tap Magazine

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released January 12, 2013

Produced by Don Zientara
The Highballers
All songs written by Kendall Jackson (except Virginia by Kendall Jackson/Kimberly Halkett).
Guitar/Vocals - Kendall Jackson
Vocals - Victoria Patchen
Lead Guitar - Sean Lally
Bass - Michael Barrientos
Drums - Drake Sorey

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"Songs about hard-drinking, crime, sex, heartache and the seamier side of life comprise the core of The Highballers’ music. The band’s sweet savory harmonies meld flawlessly with the twang of Fender telecasters. The Highballers’ brand of country can’t be pigeon-holed into one type of sound; their music is rough and tumble and at the same time can be evocative and haunting."

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Track Name: Juneen
JUNEEN

Well all your friends can’t understand why
You stay with me Juneen.
They say that I’m a bastard and all that I care about is me.
Well I found you when you were on the streets without a home
Now I’ve got you here with me, back where you belong and,
And I Know you’ll never leave.
I think anyone can see
that you’re so damn crazy for me,
Juneen.

Well I keep you locked inside my home to keep
Temptation away.
Well I know one day you will understand
All the rules you must obey.
Got to keep you close into the fold
The devil’s after you.
Without my protection Juneen darling,
You’d be through.
And I Know you’ll never leave.
I think anyone can see
that you’re so damn crazy for me,
Juneen.

Well I woke up today and you were gone.
How can I have been (How could I have been)
So damn wrong.
And I thought you’d never leave.
And I really can’t believe
that you’re not crazy for me,
Juneen. Juneen. Juneen.
Track Name: Doing Time in Pennsylvania
DOING TIME IN PENNSYLVANIA

Well it ain’t a pretty picture
This life I chose to lead
Some take me, some will leave me
I don’t care because I’ve got all I need.
Whiskey was the only friend that
Never lied to me.
And it carried me across the Ohio state line, son
After six months here I’ll be.

And that’s doing time in Pennsylvania
For drinking and fighting, two things that I know well.
I was not made for God or family.
Lord, I was made for raising hell.

It never was a question.
That I was meant to be alone.
The couch that I pass out on
Son, that’s what I call home.
Tomorrow’s another life lord
Well, I’m living for today.
And the next thirty Sundays
Well, I’ve found a place to stay.

And that’s doing time in Pennsylvania
For drinking and fighting, that’s things that I know well.
I was not made for God or family.
Lord, I was made for raising hell.
(Come on let’s raise some hell.)

“A rebel and a rounder,,” that’s words I heard before.
That’s what that warden called me
When he slammed the cell block doors–yeah.
I ain’t long to live in this world
As anyone can see.
You can call me what you like son
I’m gonna be be what I will be.

And that’s doing time in Pennsylvania
For drinking and fighting, that’s things that I know well.
I was not made for God or family.
Lord, I was made for raising hell.
Track Name: Live to Let You Down
LIVE TO LET YOU DOWN

She put some flowers on the pillow
Ribbon around that weeping willow
And welcomed me home one more time

She clipped the hedges and mowed the lawn
Cleaned and painted the wooden barn
Simple gestures and hard labor
Showed that she would be fine.

I came in and hardly noticed
She’s in her best Sunday dress
I didn’t bother to look her in the eye.
It made her want to just die.

Because I live to let you down
How I hoped and I prayed
our love would turn around
But I live to let you down

I dropped to my knees to the ground
Wondering how I let you down
How could you feel so alone
When my love is so strong.

You walked inside and closed the door
threw the flowers on the floor
As I stared at the willow where the ribbon was tied.

I lay my head down and cried
As a shot rang from inside
I knew me husband was gone
I tried to please you for so long

Because I live to let you down
How I hoped and I prayed
Our love would turn around
I guess I live to let you down
Track Name: The Price You Pay
THE PRICE YOU PAY

Don’t look at that strange woman in the bright light
Cause you might change your mind
Decide to go back home tonight
You can feed your desires in the darkness
It won’t change your past
Won’t change what you’ve become
And it won’t ever last.

And it’s shame that you’re feeling
In the morning when you wake
It’s the life you have taken
It’s the price you have to pay

You shot a man down over greed
Cause you wanted all he had
Not cause of some need
Well he spoke as he lay dying on the ground
He just whispered why I’d had given you all I had,
Why do I have to die?

And it’s shame that you’re feeling
In the morning when you wake
It’s the life you have taken
It’s the price you have to pay.

Each day you wake you’re a little more insane.
Hating what you’ve done, you wanna make it go away.
Well, the simple answer lies in you
Only one thing left to do
Put on your Sunday best and put that pain to rest

No more shame are you feeling
No more will you wake
It’s the life you have taken
It’s the price you have to pay
It’s the price you have to pay
It’s the price you have to pay
Track Name: I Didn't Mean to Get Drunk Last Night
I DIDN’T MEAN TO GET DRUNK LAST NIGHT

I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.
I didn’t mean to say all them nasty things that I said.
Now it feels like a freight train’s running through my head
I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.

Well it was an important dinner party with your boss man
The next important step in you career development
Oh lord, but by six o’clock I was talking dirty
And making time with his wife
Now I’m gonna have to hear about that
For the rest of my life.

I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.
I didn’t mean to say all those nasty things that I said.
Now it feels like a freight train’s running through my head
I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.
(Come on now)

Well the more beer I drink
The more I get smarter
And I got pretty smart last night
And said some things to your mother
I said “we may live inside your house old girl,
But I’m a man you must be obey.”
Well, she knocked me so hard upside the head
Knocked me clear into yesterday.

I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.
I didn’t mean to say all them nasty things that I said.
Now it feels like a freight train running through my head
I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.


I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.
I didn’t mean to say all them nasty things that I said.
Now it feels like a freight train running through my head
I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.

Oh lord, I didn’t mean to get drunk.
Let’s do it again, I’ve got a case in the trunk.
I didn’t mean to get drunk last night, but I did.
Track Name: Virginia
VIRGINIA

Well, I watched you as you walked into the room
You didn’t know that I was there
You talked a little louder
You worked the room without a care

Girl I’d wait all night till you stopped talking
I draped your shoulders with a shawl
I walked you home in the darkness
I tried to kiss you, but you stalled.

You’ve got a good man, Virginia
But you don’t seem to care
You’ve got a good man, Virginia
You just can’t find us anywhere

Well, those city lights they kept calling
You left Jackson in a whirl
You left my heart broke and battered
To make your way a city girl

Well, I tried to find myself some distractions
I have to say you had some gall
You said you’d come back forever,
But you never really called.

You’ve got a good man, Virginia
But you don’t seem to care
You’ve got a good man, Virginia
You just can’t find us anywhere


Everyone says that I’m dreaming.
A girl like you she’s out of reach
What they say lord it don’t matter
Cause it won’t change what I believe

You’ve got a good man, Virginia
But you don’t seem to care
You’ve got a good man, Virginia
But, you just can’t find us anywhere

You’ve got a good man, Virginia
Track Name: She Ain't No Stranger
SHE AIN’T NO STRANGER

How those children make you happy
Lord how they make you smile
You think they’ve got your good looks, son
Certainly your style

Did you ever stop and wonder?
Did you ever try to figure out
With their curly red hair
And those pale blue eyes
That your wife, she’s been stepping out

She ain’t no stranger to loving on the side.
A real man’s touch
Now it’s a carnival, and I’m her favorite ride
Your reflection in the mirror
Shows the truth that can’t be missed

Your wife; My kids
Your wife; My kids


I recall the first time that I met her
Lord, it was so many years ago
Well she strolled into your courtyard
While I was patching holes on your roof

She brought me lemonade
On a silver tray
Wearing some fancy negligee
She said “hey there big red
Won’t you come on down, son
Because my husband is out of town

She ain’t no stranger to loving on the side.
A real man’s touch
Now it’s a carnival, and I’m her favorite ride
Your reflection in the mirror
Shows the truth that can’t be missed

Your wife; My kids
Your wife; My kids
Your wife; My kids
Your wife; My kids
Track Name: Better Man
BETTER MAN

She’s my soft skinned lady
A little bit crazy
And she knows the words
To all those Steve Miller songs

She’s my sexy lady
She loves her babies
And she don’t suffer fools for any man around

Well she ain’t perfect
But she’d like to be
She cusses like a sailor
Wears her emotions on her sleeve
And she makes a better man of me

She deserves much better
Than what I have given her
Still she smiles at me
Even when I’m wrong

So I sing about her
I can’t live without her
Try to fit her life
into the words of a song

Well she ain’t perfect
But she’d like to be
She cusses like a sailor
Wears her emotions on her sleeve
And she makes a better man of me

I sit around and play my guitar
While she’s barefoot on the hardwood floor
I can’t stand how much she means to me, yeah.

Well she ain’t perfect
But she’d like to be
She cusses like a sailor
Wears her emotions on her sleeve
And she makes a better man of me

And she makes a better man of me.
Track Name: Close to the Line
CLOSE TO THE LINE

Well I chase money. I drink beer
Everyday around five, I kickstart my mind
With a joint and a cigarette
I kick it like a rock star ya’ll, but I ain’t famous yet

Well, I live in a city
far away from my closest kin
A tadpole in a crowded puddle
Working my way through the mud
Just trying to make some friends.

And will I look back on all these times
We were broke but not falling behind
Living close to the line
Living close to the line
Living close to the line

Two kids, suburban living
But, I’m a rocker through and through ya’ll
Straight down to my soul
And it kills me to drive a hybrid
Gasoline, that’s the fuel of rock and roll

And will I look back on all times and remember
How we used to be
Yeah maybe we are at our best
When we’re fighting just to make ends meet

Let’s all party. Ya’ll put your hands up
Go on grab yourself somebody lord,
And kiss them on the mouth

Cause this East Coast, well it’s alright
But when I get the cash ya’ll,
I’m moving back down south.

And I’ll smile when I remember these times
We were broke, not falling behind
Living close to the line
Living close to the line
Living close to the line
Track Name: I Take Pride in My Drinkin'
I TAKE PRIDE IN MY DRINKING

Well I pulled up to that party, ya’ll
Already blowing 2.0
Well, I shouted to the crowd, lord
So everybody’d know

I’m drinking brown liquor
I shouted to the crowd
It’s about to get ugly, ya’ll
It’s about to get loud
Because I take pride in my drinking

Yes, I take pride in my drinking
Come on baby, do a shot with me

Ah, one look at my bloodshot eyes
I see that look I recognize
Girl, I know just what you’re thinking
I take pride in my drinking

Now hey there good looking
Won’t you come on home with me?
Them earrings would sure look nice
Up on my bathroom sink.

I’ve been to every honky tonk
From here to Baltimore
I’ve butted up to every barstool
Fell down on every floor
Cause I take pride in my drinkin’

Yes, I take pride in my drinking
Come on baby, do a shot with me

Well one look at my bloodshot eyes
I see that look I recognize
Girl, I know what just you’re thinking
Yes, I take pride in my drinking

Well one look at my bloodshot eyes
I see that look I recognize
Girl, I know what you’re thinking
Yes, I take pride in my drinking
Yes, I take pride in my drinking