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If you've ever wanted to know more about the creative process of a full-length album, you're in luck. Tales From the Homestead is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Tallsome Tales, the sixth release from The Carnivaleros. The Tucson-based band describes their music as Desert Bayou, which includes a mix of Eastern European, Zydeco, and Tex-Mex influences.

Every episode, we deconstruct a new song before playing it, giving you the inside scoop on every cut off the album.

You'll learn about the inspirations behind the songs and how they came to be - the fun stories, the cautionary tales, and the tragedies. Along the way, you'll learn how even the smallest of ideas evolve into full-fledged production with humorous anecdotes about the talented musicians and technical wizardry that aided them along the way.

Tales From the Homestead is recorded at Homestead Studio, the music and visual art studio of Gary Mackender. In addition to Mackender, you'll hear from host, Björgvin Benediktsson, as well as Karl Hoffmann, bass player and mixing/mastering engineer. Mackender is the bandleader, songwriter, accordionist, and vocalist of the Carnivaleros.

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If you've ever wanted to know more about the creative process of a full-length album, you're in luck. Tales From the Homestead is a podcast series that takes you behind the scenes of Tallsome Tales, the sixth release from The Carnivaleros. The Tucson-based band describes their music as Desert Bayou, which includes a mix of Eastern European, Zydeco, and Tex-Mex influences.

Every episode, we deconstruct a new song before playing it, giving you the inside scoop on every cut off the album.

You'll learn about the inspirations behind the songs and how they came to be - the fun stories, the cautionary tales, and the tragedies. Along the way, you'll learn how even the smallest of ideas evolve into full-fledged production with humorous anecdotes about the talented musicians and technical wizardry that aided them along the way.

Tales From the Homestead is recorded at Homestead Studio, the music and visual art studio of Gary Mackender. In addition to Mackender, you'll hear from host, Björgvin Benediktsson, as well as Karl Hoffmann, bass player and mixing/mastering engineer. Mackender is the bandleader, songwriter, accordionist, and vocalist of the Carnivaleros.

    Episode 12 The Telling Kind

    Episode 12 The Telling Kind

    The Telling Kind is the 12th track on Tallsome Tales.

    Gary Mackender - drums, accordion, organ, piano
    Karl Hoffmann - bass, lap steel, baritone

    • 11 min
    Episode 11 Belinda Bonita

    Episode 11 Belinda Bonita

    Belinda Bonita is the 11th track on Tallsome Tales.

    T'was at my best friend's wedding dance I first laid eyes on her
    I walked right up asked her to dance such was her allure
    We moved across the floor with a ballroom dancer's grace
    I knew that she would be mine when I felt our first embrace

    Belinda Bonita o come dance with me tonight
    Belinda Bonita o until the morning light
    There is no one else who can take your place
    You're my only heart's desire
    Belinda Bonita o come dance with me tonight

    We pledged our love eternal exchanged our wedding rings
    We felt like we were floating high as if we both had wings
    We glided down the aisle o'r the threshold we did pass
    Our new life lay before us I love my darling lass

    I came home after work one day not all that long ago
    Belinda's bags and clothes were gone I looked both high and low
    Not a farewell message could be found have I gone completely mad
    Or was Belinda just a dream of a love I never had
    Was Belinda just a dream of a love I never had

    Belinda Bonita o come stay with me tonight
    Bonita Belinda o until the morning light
    There is no one else who can take your place
    You're my only heart's desire
    Belinda Bonita o come stay with me tonight
    O come dance with me tonight
    O come stay with me tonight

    Gary Mackender - drums, accordion, percussion, vocals
    Karl Hoffmann - bass, baritone guitar
    Joe Fanning - acoustic guitar, mandolin

    • 13 min
    Episode 10 The Scarlet Oak

    Episode 10 The Scarlet Oak

    The Scarlet Oak is the 10th track on Tallsome Tales.

    Gary Mackender - drums, accordion, piano
    Karl Hoffmann - bass
    Heather Hardy - violin

    • 9 min
    Episode 9 To Be Home Again

    Episode 9 To Be Home Again

    To Be Home Again is the 9th track on Tallsome Tales.

    I left my home when I was just seventeen
    I knew all there was to know
    I packed my bags and drove as far as I could
    No one to tell me where to go

    Got me a job selling gas and cigarettes
    Graveyard shift was all I could find
    Married the first gal paid attention to me
    No one to tell me I was blind

    Oh to be home again
    It was heaven to me
    It was my sacred ground for years
    Been gone so long
    Makes it hard to see
    Just what that home meant to me

    Thirty years of trying to make my ends meet
    Creditors been knocking at my door
    My wife and kids walked out on me a lifetime ago
    Grief and sorrow burns me to the core

    I had not seen my folks for all these worn out years
    But there was nowhere else I could turn
    They took me in with open arms and love to spare
    Asking for nothing in return

    Oh to be home again
    It's heaven to me
    I've found my sacred ground right here
    It's taken o so long for
    Me to see
    Just what my home means to me

    Gary Mackender - drums, accordion, organ, piano, vocals
    Karl Hoffmann - bass, guitars, mandolin
    Joe Fanning - electric guitar
    Don Armstrong - banjo
    Björgvin Benediktsson - harmony vocals

    • 17 min
    Episode 8 Why Not Marry

    Episode 8 Why Not Marry

    Why Not Marry is the 8th track on The Carnivaleros' Tallsome Tales release.

    We've been sweethearts since we were twelve years old
    So why not marry me
    Our secrets are unlocked all our stories told
    Why not marry me
    We can live in the house that my folks passed down
    Be so fine just you wait and see
    Would be a good life I'd provide for thee
    Why not marry me

    Yes, we've been together for all these years
    But I cannot marry thee
    I know your sisters and your brothers, aunts and uncles, too
    I cannot marry thee
    I know you want to settle in our little hometown
    With a wife raise a family
    But I have to move along need to see this world
    I cannot marry thee

    Sometimes a friend's just a friend
    And we carry on
    Lovers come and go like time
    It's hard to find a friend
    That will stick to the end
    Won't cross that line
    We'll both be fine

    It's been so many years since you left this town
    You never did marry me
    You traveled o'r the world didn't let you down
    Never did you marry me
    I'm living in the same house in my little hometown
    Laid down roots like an old oak tree
    But I've loved you every day since you went away
    Never did marry me

    Yes, I've traveled here and there seen this big old world
    Never did I marry thee
    I feel like I've been on a tilt-o-whirl
    Never did I marry thee
    But I miss your little house on the edge of town
    It's taken years of trial and error to see
    That I've loved you every day since I went away
    I might still marry thee
    I might still marry thee

    Sometimes a friend's just a friend
    And we carry on
    Lovers come and go like time
    It's hard to find a friend
    That will stick to the end
    Won't cross that line
    We'll both be fine

    Gary Mackender - drums, accordion, percussion, vocals
    Catherine Zavala - vocals
    Karl Hoffmann - bass, guitars
    Joe Fanning - electric and acoustic guitar
    Don Armstrong - banjo

    • 13 min
    Episode 7 The Die Was Cast

    Episode 7 The Die Was Cast

    The Die Was Cast is the 7th cut on Tallsome Tales.

    That Man you think you fell in love with
    That man you think is here to stay
    Can't see your house is made of glass
    Dreams only of his past
    Can't take you where you want to go
    Long ago, the Die Was Cast

    There was a time he said he did love you
    There was a time that movement seemed so slow
    But the cards came tumbling down when he told you
    Cut your losses, I love you no more

    Don't expect him to lay down beside you
    Don't expect him to say it's all okay
    At best all he can give to you
    Is a fraction of his past
    Can't take you where you want to go
    Long ago, the Die Was Cast

    Gary Mackender - drums, accordion, vocals
    Karl Hoffmann - bass, guitar
    Joe Fanning - acoustic guitar, mandolin

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

berklee_shave ,

Great show. Refreshing

It's pretty awesome to be able to peer into the story behind the music. I had the time, and I'm glad I was able to listen, uniterrupted, from beginning to end. Awesome show. I used to live in Arizona (S.V.), so this show just seems to be even more familiar. Very refreshing and I look forward to more episodes. I'm currently getting certified through Berklee for sound design and music production, so it's nice to pick up on useful bits of information since I plan on putting my skills to work really soon.

face-tones ,

Fantastic set of liner notes

A fine idea. Give us the stories usually found on the inside of the album cover in an entertaining way. I really like hearing the stories behind the stories. I'm a recording geek, so the credits and details about how some of the recordings were done to be a great bonus. Well done.

squeezeboy2018 ,

Episode 1 Liquor, Vice, And Sin

What a quirky song of longing and late night adventure from this Tucson ensemble!

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