Owl Country (self​-​titled)

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This Americana album was recorded in an old schoolhouse in West Sonoma County, CA over the summer of 2014. Owl Country is a violin and guitar duet by singer-songwriters Yvette Holzwarth and Dan Imhoff.

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released February 10, 2015

Dan Imhoff - guitar, voice
Yvette Holzwarth - violin, voice
Charlie Musselwhite - harmonica (Sacred Ground)
David Grisman - mandolin (Lost and Found, Atonement, I Wanna Know You)
PC Muñoz - percussion
Chris Amberger - bass
Dave Zirbel - pedal steel
Alison Harris - backup vocals
Maury Cohen - cello
Matt Wright - engineer

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Owl Country California

Owl Country is a Sonoma County-based musical duo composed of singer-songwriters Yvette Holzwarth (violin) and Dan Imhoff (guitar).

This collaboration between a classically trained violinist and an Americana singer-songwriter results in original songs that feature nature-inspired story telling and tightly blended vocal harmonies.
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Track Name: Light Your Candle
Light your candle
Turn your lamp down low
Light your candle
Turn your lamp down low

Put your hand in mine
Come sit by my side
Ooh honey I just want to see you shine

Whisper secrets
Things I may never know
Kiss me sweetly
Say you don't have to go

Such a long long while
How I missed your smile
Ooh honey I just want to see you shine

Restless dreamer I know you love the road
Forever fearless think of me as you go
The moon is high
Pour another glass of wine
Ooh honey I just want to see you shine

Such a long long while
How I missed your smile
Ooh honey I just want to see you shine
Track Name: Lost and Found
I heard it said God is dead but I saw him fishing by the river
I'm not alone, I'm homeward bound
On the long and bumpy road of lost and found

Shadow walk in the valley of Death
Burden of the world like a weight around my neck
I'm not alone, I'm homeward bound
On the long and bumpy road of lost and found

Leaves are falling to the ground
I can smell those fields of green
Like a dream calling me
From my troubled sleep

Try to sane in a time so dark
It's bad for the brain, it's worse for the heart
I'm not alone, I'm homeward bound
On the long and bumpy road of lost and found

Leaves are falling to the ground
I can smell those fields of green
Like a dream calling me
From my troubled sleep
Track Name: Atonement
Thinking like a mountain
Snow falls without a sound
Though I know not where my life may lead I give myself to the day

I carry centuries of rock and bone hauled up through the hours
I grow the seeds so many hands have sown
Stand atop the ancient tower

Drinking from the fountain
Cold rain misting down
The path winds by the old landslide where the waters intertwine

Fiery words from burning pages
Illuminating every stair
Galaxies of moon and stars
Made greater for these prayers

Thinking like a mountain
Green fire dying out
Wild geese like a wishbone fly leaving time behind
Track Name: Rusted Car
The meadow dips towards the wood
Where the car rusted for decades stood
Now home to raccoons
Green moss covers the hood

The weathered metal's growing red
Forgotten sunbeam lies a wreck
From inside out the forest floor will claim it back

It will remain though paint may fade
Things always pass and disintegrate
But think not on what's still far away
And how you'll come to your resting place
There's a lesson in the steel and a lesson in its grace

Just for a year if that at best
I didn't know it could happen this past
I'm not one for holding too long
Glad I was caught before I'm gone

It still remains though things may change
Things always pass and disintegrate
But think not on what's still far away
And how you'll come to your resting place
There's a lesson in the steel and a lesson in its grace
Track Name: Sacred Ground
I climbed to the highest mountaintop and I rose above the frozen clouds
Beyond where the world could touch me
In search of that sacred ground

And I danced with a worm in a bottle
Shrank down through a hole in the floor
Chased the vows coming out of my mouth
In search of that sacred ground

Hope's a dream with her sleeves rolled up
Reach out your hand and fill your golden cup
Some say there's a heaven, some say there's a hell
Either way you're gonna ring that bell

I slithered like a snake in a lakebed
And I bounced like a kangeroo
Wandered around the old burial ground
In search of that sacred ground

Hope's a dream with her sleeves rolled up
Reach out your hand and fill your golden cup
Some say there's a heaven, some say there's a hell
Either way you're gonna ring that bell

I slept on your bed of thorns
And I crawled across your broken glass
Inch by inch and pound by pound
In search of that sacred ground
Track Name: Creek
Look I'm not philosopher
But ideas are my food
and your words are my meat
I may be no scientist
but discovery lies where the heart makes its seat

I do believe that a child can know so much more than a man whose vitality has been lost over his cold machines

Ooo don't be afraid to feel
It won't take away your strength of mind
Let life be revealed
In the creek beside your home
Running trippingly over stones

Who knows of genius who obeys all the rules who plays by the plan?
And whose life is so righteous that another to love is below his command?
I do believe that the oldest things will always call you back
As expected embedded within

Ooo don't be afraid to feel
It won't take away your strength of mind
Let life be revealed
You never what you may find
Trust in what you know is real
And soon it all will fall in line
Let in let in inspiration
In the creek beside your home
Running trippingly over stones
Track Name: Looking Waiting
I think you stole my socks
Swiped the lightbulb out of my socket
The key to the lock on my heart
Yesterday it was in my front pocket
You made off with quite a haul
Thief running down the hall
Disappearing in the shadows
Flames leap from metal drums
Unquenchable desire burning in my lungs
Leaves me looking and waiting for you

I heard a laugh like yours
Opened up the doors of my mind
The cat in your lap on my porch
No concern for the passing of time
Just a smile that could last a thousand miles
Your hair shining in the bath
We need to get back before the moment has flown
Like a balloon floating on its own
I keep looking and waiting for you

I dreamed of a house on a lake
Joseph's coat rose and a white picket gate
and we forgave all our mistakes
Brand new morning grin on your face
We rode to the other side
Left that boat far behind
We walked from the shore to the tall trees
I turned around it was just me and the breeze
I'm still looking and waiting for you
Track Name: I Wanna Know You
I don't want to catch that last wild salmon
Don't want to see the last tree fall
Can't go home while the band is still jamming
But before I leave this world I wanna know you

I don't want to see the last glacier melting
Don't want to hear the lonely lion's roar
I have my garden. I have my shelter
But before I leave this world I wanna know you

I wanna know you like the river seeks the sea
Like the queen sips her tea
In this world of hopes and dreams I so clearly see
Before my name is called
I wanna know you

So much to love and so little time
When will we truly be
Unchained from this human binds
Like dolphins swimming free?

I don't want to wish there were words we never said
A list of undone deeds that we both regret
I don't needs angel's wings or some message heaven-sent
But before I leave this world I wanna know you

I wanna know you like the river seeks the sea
Like the queen sips her tea
In this world of hopes and dreams I so clearly see
Before my name is called
I wanna know you
Track Name: Dangerous World
A school a church a shopping mall
It's a dangerous world out there
Movie theater parking lot
It's a dangerous world out there

Let's send the kids with knives to school
They can sharpen their turns of phrase
Cut holes in theories and arguments as easy as turning a page

Living room navy yard barber shop
It's a dangerous world out there
Newtown Columbine
It's a dangerous world out there

Hunstman aims at the buck
And a rifle shot cracks the air
High powered fat cat lobbyists
Claim his back on the capitol stair

A school a church a shopping mall
It's a dangerous world out there
Track Name: Windcatcher
Come up to the pond
No one will notice we're gone
Strip down in the softest sunlight
The party's down in the kitchen
No one will wonder a thing
Tall trees keep us out of sight

Let's swim across to the other bank
Amongst the shaded reeds will you share your plans?
Look what you've caught in your net windcatcher
Now don't let it go
Now don't let it go

Oh up at the pond
Hearing the old horned lark's song
I know that this moment's just right
But time slips away
Oh there goes the day on the back of the galloping night
Take a deep breath like it is your last
Amongst the shaded reeds
Will you take a chance?
Look what you've caught in your net windcatcher
Oh don't let it go
Now don't let it go
Oh don't let it go

Sometimes when I hear a breeze
Whistling through the tops of the tall fir trees
I'm reminded
I'm reminded of you