My Own Way

by Aaron Vance

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Accomplished writing and Aaron's rich, immediately recognizable voice bring depth and character to this sterling 10-song package. From the stripped-down country rock of the title cut to the shimmering guitars and romance of "Diamond Kind of Love", Aaron's 4th studio outing is a soul-stirring ride you will want to take again and again.

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released March 22, 2017

Guitar: Bob Williams
Bass: Dow Tomlin
Drums: Pete Young
Keys: Hal Newman
Harmonica: Jim Sales
Fiddle: Jason Roller
Steel: Scott Neubert
BGVs: Hal Newman, Aaron Vance, Rachel Newman, Jenny Gill.

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Kyle Hershman at Studio 19/The Sound Kitchen, Franklin, TN.

Produced by Hal & Rachel Newman for Windy Holler Music, 30 Music Sq., W., Nashville, 37203

All songs Copyright 2017, Windy Holler Music, ASCAP

Layout/Design: Cody Newman
Photography: Krista Lee

www.aaronvancecountry.com

*In loving memory of Music City Recorders/Studio 19, 821 19th Ave. S., Nashville, 1964-2015. Gone but living on like music in the air!

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Aaron Vance Nashville, Tennessee

Singing son of Mississippi, Aaron Vance, is poised confidently on the leading edge of New Traditional Country Music. Born on Christmas Day, he is an undeniably gifted artist whose time has come! Telling true stories with true feeling, Aaron Vance is alive and well in Music City! ... more

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Track Name: My Own Way
“My Own Way”

Verse 1:
Daddy asked me a long time ago
Son what makes a man
With wide eyes, I turned and said
Being tough, Daddy said
Put your heart and soul in everything you do
It's a hard row to hoe, so pull up your boots
And no matter what boy always be you
That’s all I know so I stay true

Chorus:
I am the one, Mississippi son
Call me Big John , The talk of the town
Country is my name , Daddy is the blame
I’m true to the game like a red bone hound
Every now and then I get that itch
To write some outlaw bit like this
I’m a rare breed in a new day
I’m gonna be me and do things my own way
Do things my own way

Verse 2:
There’s more than a few country boys like me
Trying so hard to break through
Day and night, singin’ bout' life
It’s all about payin’ your dues
I can’t get out of my comfort zone
Cause my roots run deep and country strong
You can’t draw blood from a stone
Here I am the livin proof and tellin you

Chorus:

Bridge:
You gotta rise like the morning sun
Like a modern day Billy the Kid
You got to stick to your guns

Chorus & Out:

A. Vance
Copyright 2015 Windy Holler Music ASCAP
Track Name: Diamond Kind of Love
Diamond Kind of Love


1st verse: Some tried to break us up callin it puppy love
You're too young to settle down son
Mama said you're movin too fast
Best friend said we'd never last
But we got a diamond kind of love.

Chorus: The kind of love that lasts forever
Shining brighter, stronger, never givin' up
Learning how to live together
Pass it on, it's even better when the times are rough
Forever and ever's what we're made of
We got a diamond kind of love.

We got a diamond kind of love.

2nd verse: You used to run away, everytime we'd go out and play
I can see you laughin' back at me
In high school you wore my ring
But I knew it could never be
Good enough for a diamond kind of love.

Chorus: The kind of love that lasts forever
Shining brighter, stronger, never givin' up
Learning how to live together
Pass it on, it's even better when the times are rough
Forever and ever's what we're made of
We got a diamond kind of love.

We got a diamond kind of love.

Bridge: I paid it off by working hard
Finally the day arrived
I put that diamond on your hand
And we will never part again.

BD 1/2 Chorus: The kind of love that lasts forever
Shining brighter, stronger, never givin' up
Learning how to live together
Pass it on, it's even better when the times are rough

Chorus: The kind of love that lasts forever
Shining brighter, stronger, never givin' up
Learning how to live together
Pass it on, it's even better when the times are rough
Forever and ever's what we're made of
Forever and ever's what we're made of
We got a diamond kind of love.

Tag: We got a diamond kind of love
We got a diamond kind of love
We got a diamond kind of love

A. Vance/R. Newman
Copyright 2017 Windy Holler Music, ASCAP
Track Name: Rocking My Country Soul
Rocking My Country Soul

1st Verse:
Sometimes I feel like stepping out
Out of my comfort zone
It's a chance I'm taking baby
When I feel the groove come` on
Aint no doubt about it
Time for me to shout
Gonna let it go
And rock my country soul

Chorus:
Tonight I'm rocking!
Rocking my country soul
Aint no stopping
The rhythm’s in control
I feel like dancing, singing
Letting the good times roll
Tonight I'm rocking!
Rocking my country soul

2nd Verse:
Tapping your feet picking them strings
Sliding on an old dobro
Slapping them keys on a B3
Make em scream for more
Hear the ring of the tambourine
And the thump of a big bass drum
The beat of the heart
Is where it all comes from

Chorus:
Tonight I'm rocking!
Rocking my country soul
Aint no stopping
The rhythm’s in control
I feel like dancing, singing
Letting the good times roll
Tonight I'm rocking!
Rocking my country soul

(Instrumental)

(Chorus)

Tag: Tonight I’m rocking
Rocking my country soul.

A. Vance/H. Newman
Copyright 2017 Windy Holler Music, ASCAP
Track Name: I Love You Mississippi
I Love You Mississippi

1st verse: You're the place
Where this ole boy was born and raised
And you made me who I am til my dyin' day
You taught me to never run,
Never back down from anyone
Yeah, you made a tough son of a gun
When you made me,
Mississippi.

Chorus: I love you MS
Where I go you're always with me
I love you MS
I love you Ms

2nd verse: Well, I broke free
Had alot of world to see
But I still can feel the tie that's binding me
Where the wide river rolls
And the kudzu grows
Down deep in my heart and soul
I find you,
Mississippi.

Chorus: I luv you MS
Where I go you're always with me
I love you MS
I love you MS

(Chorus)

Tag: For my home I dedicate this song...
I love you MS
I love you MS.

A. Vance/R. Newman
Copyright 2017 Windy Holler Music, ASCAP
Track Name: Let's Get Along
Let's Get Along


We're in this country together
Let's get along - Let's get along
Not gonna be here forever
Let's get along - Let's get along
Lend a helping hand everytime you can
Be a shoulder to lean on
Let's get along - Let's get along
Let's get along - Let's get along

Come on lift up each other
We are sisters and brothers
Smile for a smile, go that extra mile
We can sing a new song
Let's get along - Let's get along
Let's get along - Let's get along.

United we stand, divided we fall
Love is the key to it all

Let's get along - Let's get along
Let's get along - Let's get along.

(TA)

No more white and no more black
No more Republicans or Democrats
We can find a way, if we're not afraid
To have hope and be strong
Let's get along
Let's get along - Let's get along.

A. Vance/H. Newman/R. Newman
Copyright 2017 Windy Holler Music, ASCAP
Track Name: Looking For Better
Looking For Better

They say the grass is greener on the other side
Baby, that's a lie
I went through hell and highwater to keep you satisfied
Now you're gone, couldn't stay, better change your ways

Lookin' for better made you bitter
What else can I say
Love with you was a helter skelter
The foolish games you played
Hurt my heart and soul
Had to let you go
You could be alone forever
Lookin' for better.

Lookin' for better

Can't always get what you want girl but damn if you dont try
You got a stubborn mind
All dressed up like a daydream but it's just a disguise
Now your name is out on the town, like the lost and found

(Chorus)

Lookin' for better

bridge: I'm the rain on your parade
Life with you was a masquerade!

(Chorus)

(Chorus)

Tag: Lookin' for better.

A. Vance/R. Newman
Copyright 2017, Windy Holler Music, ASCAP
Track Name: Living the Dream
Living the Dream


1st Verse:
When I was a young boy singin' for the family
I said one day y'all gonna see me singin' on TV
They said, Honey we believe in you go on and do your thing
Now I'm here in Nashville livin' out a dream

Chorus:
Livin' the dream
Floatin' downstream
Everything's goin' my way
Can't go wrong
Singin' my song
Down on old Broadway
Smiling faces everywhere
Music in the air
Livin' the dream.

2nd Verse:
Well it's been a hard road playin' night to night
Sometimes it gets lonely beneath the neon lights
Then someone comes along and says that song was all about me
Gives me strength to carry on livin' out a dream.

Chorus:

Bridge:
Let it rock, Let it roll
Live it with your heart and soul
Do what you love, Love what you do
Watch your dreams come true

Chorus

A. Vance/H. Newman
Copyright 2017 Windy Holler Music, ASCAP
Track Name: When I Think About You
When I Think About You




1st verse: It's a crazy thang, hard to explain, but baby, you're on my mind
Like a wedding ring and a last name in Vegas from a wild night
Singin' these songs, livin' that life on the road with a 3-piece band
But I can't wait to get back home to my Queen of Dixieland
I feel some lovin' comin' on.

Chorus: When I think about you, baby
I lose my mind everytime, you are one of a kind
When I think about you, honey
No one else can take my breath, honey, like you do
When I think about you.

2nd verse: Those miss me jeans I love to see on you from the backside
And those honey lips, they got a kick that warms me up like moonshine
I must say you take my blues away 'cause you're my rock and roll
Gotta call you up and let you know that Daddy's comin' home
I can't wait to lay you down

(Chorus)

Bridge: It's the little things, I can't explain, you drive me insane
You make me want to put a ring on my finger

(Chorus)

A. Vance
Copyright 2017, Windy Holler Music, ASCAP
Track Name: Where Did Music Row Go Blues
Where Did Music Row Go Blues

Intro: Well, I was having lunch at The Idle Hour just the other day
I heard two old-timers talking and this is what they said...

We used to write songs in a little bitty house on 16th Ave.
Now it's squares and circles, who knows what to do
Used to party on the street with neighbors and good friends
Now you got to pay to play where's it gonna end
Can't get from here to there feelin' so confused
Got the Where did Music Row go Blues.

Where did it go...I'd like to know
Bull-dozed the studio and built a new condo
Count the cost...Hank would be lost
Got the wreckin' ball, watch it fall, where did Music Row go blues.

Used to ride the alleys to adjust our attitude
Swappin' songs and stories with 3 chords and the truth
Now we're orphans of the storm lookin' for a home
Music once was in the air, now those days are gone
The world has come to Nashville, have you heard the news
Got the where did music row go blues.

(Chorus)

A. Vance/H. Newman/R. Newman
Copyright 2017 Windy Holler Music, ASCAP
Track Name: Forever Young
Forever Young

1st verse: Remember when we were 17
Wild at heart and livin' free
Without a care in the world
A country boy and a wide-eyed girl

Chorus: It was a kiss of bliss, a tender touch
Words of love meant so much
Golden days in the sun
You and me forever young.

2nd verse: A few years down the road
Me and you still holding on
So I gave you my last name
We found heaven on that day.

(Chorus)

3rd: Father time takes his toll
But our love will never grow old
And your lips still taste as sweet
As they did at seventeen.

(Chorus)

(Chorus)

A. Vance/R. Newman
Copyright 2017, Windy Holler Music, ASCAP