Songs We Made Up

by The Matchsellers

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    Comes in a card case with an 8-page color booklet designed by Julie Bates and printed/assembled by Nuvidia in Overland Park, Kansas.

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Betty Sue
The Riverboat Song
Doktor Seltsam
Back Back Back Back
Mentone Egg Queen
Tootin' My Own Kazoo
Wake Up Sally
Sometimes You Win
Look at Me
I Asked You to Leave (But You Ate All My Crackers)
Dandelions and Dust
The Gohlis Waltz


This album was recorded live on a single microphone in Julie's living room in Kansas City, Missouri, in October 2015. Andrew Morris and Julie Bates wrote and performed on all tracks, Julie on her Czech-made Dvorák violin and Andrew on his 1975 Mossman Tennessee Flat Top guitar. We were joined by Matthew Hawkins on 5-string banjo and Chris DeVictor on upright bass on tracks 1, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11.


releases February 13, 2016

Julie Bates - Fiddle, Vocals
Chris DeVictor - Bass
Matthew Hawkins - Banjo
Andrew Morris - Guitar, Vocals

All tracks by Andrew Morris except track 3 by Julie Bates and track 12 by Bates/Morris.
Engineered by Andrew Morris
Mastered by Johnny Kenepaske in Independence, Missouri
Printed by Nuvidea in Overland Park, Kansas
Cover photos by Mathias Kang in San Antonio, Texas
"The Matchsellers" sign made by Casey Jones in Silver Lake, Indiana
Album Art by Julie Bates



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The Matchsellers Kansas City, Missouri

The Matchsellers is the unlikely result of a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, MO, (Julie Bates) and a Chicago blues guitarist from Warsaw, Indiana, (Andrew Morris) meeting in Leipzig, Germany, and forming a bluegrass duo.

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Track Name: Dirt and Beard Hair
All day at the office makes a body grow weak
I've gotta dress up all fancy, be polite when I speak
I wanna kick off my shoes, grow my beard long
Take fewer showers and sing this song

Oh find me a place where guitars strum all night
Where strangers share drugs in the firelight
Where the bands play a show in the woods somewhere
And the whiskey smells like dirt and beard hair

Well I've filled up my cooler with string cheese and beer
Got my bag chair and my flip flops 'cause it's that time of year
I'm gonna cram all my friends in the old pickup truck
And we'll all hit the road heading for you know what
Track Name: The Lights I Wanted
Well it’s cold as it’s ever been in San Antonio
Even the trees, they got frostbite
I’m alone freezing to my bones
And I see those lights

But they ain’t the lights I wanted
They don’t have the right glow
And they ain’t getting dimmer
As I go on down the road

And it’s dark as it’s ever been in San Antonio
Can’t see the stars in the sky
I’m alone 1000 miles from home
And I see those lights