The Jaybird Said

by Mokai

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    This album captures Mokai's diverse musical moods. The collection ranges from acoustic tracks with folk-blues fingerpicking by Mokai, to full band rock Americana. Upright bass and fiddle, scorching Hammond b3 and virtuosity by top session players. Toe-tapping blues and serene folk, shades of country and bluegrass. Everything you need for a road trip.

    Producer James Nash, called by Guitar Player one of "50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists," delivers mind-blowing acoustic and electric lead and slide. Singing backup vocals and adding mandolin, Nash, who engineered the sessions, creates a beautiful mood for the whole album.

    The collection includes both a song for single mothers and a song about Hank Williams. Other highlights include a wild acoustic instrumental piece and a special recording of a song by Woody Guthrie.

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On his 2019 album, “The Jaybird Said,” Mokai offers the listener a vision and feeling to be appreciated over and over. His third full-length release features songs that demonstrate his considerable songwriting chops and his unique fingerpicking style.

The album is produced by well-known Bay Area guitarist, James Nash (Waybacks), who Guitar Player called one of "50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists." Besides engineering and producing, Nash adds lead work on acoustic and electric guitar, slide and mandolin.

The first single, “Mama’s Got the Blues,” features Nash on electric guitar and Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Ani Di Franco) on piano and Hammond B3. "I wanted to write something to honor single mothers who face so many challenges in our country today," says Mokai. "Each line in the song is an image from the life of a mother I know."

After spending his youth as an environmental activist, Mokai came down from his tree and began writing unforgettable folk songs that find their way into your heart.

Three decades later, Mokai has taken root in the Northern California music community, as a performer at numerous venues, and a participant and instructor at music festivals.

In the song, “Stone on Stone,” the jaybird says: “We each have a piece of the puzzle.” This album is Mokai’s piece, offering a kind of storytelling that leaves audiences thinking, talking, wondering and entertained.

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released August 23, 2019

Mama's Got the Blues
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Background Vocals: James Nash
Electric guitar: James Nash
Piano: Julie Wolf
Hammond B3: Julie Wolf
Acoustic bass: Joe Kyle Jr.
Drums: Jeremy Hoenig

Wildfire Burning
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Background Vocals: James Nash
Acoustic lead guitar: James Nash
Electric guitars: James Nash
Acoustic bass: Joe Kyle Jr.
Drums: Chris

Stone On Stone
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Background Vocals: James Nash
Mandolin: James Nash
Piano: Julie Wolf
Hammond B3: Julie Wolf
Acoustic bass: Joe Kyle Jr.
Drums: Jeremy Hoenig

Hank's Last Ride
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Fiddle: Philip Brezina
Background Vocals: James Nash
Mandolin: James Nash
Accordion: Julie Wolf
Acoustic bass: Mike Anderson
Drums: Rob Hooper

On the Bottom Rung
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Fiddle: Philip Brezina
Background Vocals: James Nash
Mandolin: James Nash
Acoustic bass: Mike Anderson
Drums: Rob Hooper

Holy Guacamole
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Mandolin: James Nash
Acoustic bass: Joe Kyle Jr.

Pins and Needles
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai

One More Lonely Night
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Acoustic lead guitar: James Nash
Mandolin: James Nash
Electric guitars: James Nash
Fiddle: Philip Brezina
Acoustic bass: Mike Anderson
Drums: Rob Hooper

Why I'm So Mean (Old Dog)
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Electric slide guitar: James Nash
Piano: Julie Wolf
Hammond B3: Julie Wolf
Acoustic bass: Joe Kyle Jr.
Drums: Jeremy Hoenig

You Don’t Even Notice I'm Around (Cell Phone Blues)
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Electric guitar: James Nash
Acoustic bass: Joe Kyle Jr.
Drums: Jeremy Hoenig

Pastures of Plenty
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai

On the Banks of the Pontchartrain
Vocals: Mokai
Acoustic guitar: Mokai
Mandolin: James Nash
Electric slide guitar: James Nash
Accordion: Julie Wolf
Acoustic bass: Joe Kyle Jr.
Drums: Jeremy Hoenig

Pins and Needles (Instrumental)
Acoustic guitar: Mokai

all songs–music & lyrics by Mokai © & ℗ 2019
produced by James Nash & Mokai
engineered by James Nash • mixed by James Nash
tracking engineers: Sami Perez, Adam Hirsch (Tiny Telephone Recording)
Alberto Hernandez (Fantasy Studios), Chris McGrew (Hyde St. Studio C)
mastered by Michael Romanowski, Coast Mastering
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Mokai San Francisco, California

Mokai adds a dose of contemporary attitude to roots music. He's known for his authentic folk-blues picking and eclectic originals.
His guitar style and technique were mentioned in the January 2013 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
His roots sound and original guitar style echoes his deep connection to the playing of seminal folk artist like Big Bill Broonzy and Dave Van Ronk.
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Track Name: Mama's Got the Blues
She's been a working girl since she was a teen.
She's been a waitress and a salesgirl and everything in between.

A couple of decades, she’s got a couple of kids, well – that's a lot of life,
Whether or not you're somebody's wife.


Oh, Mama's Got the Blues.
She's been working all week, on her feet, wearing out her shoes.
Oh, Mama's Got the Blues.
She's got so much to juggle – it's a daily struggle,
Ain't it the truth, Ain't it the truth.


Her boy came home with a tooth knocked out from a schoolyard fight.
Her teenage daughter came home way too late last night.

Her boss is riding her; he won't get off of her case.
One of these days she's gonna lose it and tell him right to his face.


She remembers when she was younger and didn't have a care.
Hanging with her friends, doing something new with her hair.

It's been so long she can't recall the last time she had fun.
It's so hard to relax when her working day is done.


I wonder about a society that don't take care of it's own.
It's a hard enough job to raise a child all alone.

It don't help when they make it so hard to get the basic things you need.
In such a wealthy country – blinded by greed.


Mama's Got the Blues © 2019 Mokai