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Music by Rick Karr; lyrics by Rick Karr and Birgit Rathsmann. Produced by Steve Zimmers and Rick Karr for Box Set Authentic. Basic tracks engineered by Jeff Boyd.


Sure that I said – weren’t you here then? I’m always talking; you’re never here. When it’s dust mites in sunbeams, the smell of fresh showers, satellites drifting on harlequin legs – these are yours. H-17, end of the concourse. The ride out had offered us nothing by way of the grand revelation, so you leave, and I leave, and nothing has changed ‘til the gear are retracted. Can I learn to lose the knowledge so I earn the bliss of learning you again? Highway was hell and home was a wreck, the smell of you fading but never quite gone. Back to the line, to the task of forgetting. You with your coffee, returning to simple things. We learn to lose the knowledge so we earn the joy of building us again. These inelegant days. I’d be wistful all day. We’d spend hours in bed, in the Cross Keys, counting diamonds we’d mined. Sure that I said – aren’t you back yet? Nothing to do but the waiting and reading and watching the time ‘til the Jetway door opens and nothing has changed but the arc drawn by gravity.


from Peace in the Middle West, released October 1, 2011
Joy Gregory: vocal;
Rick Karr: vocal, guitar;
Mike Sankowski: drums, guitar, keyboard;
Mark Venn: bass




Box Set Authentic Brooklyn, New York

Box Set Authentic is a loose-knit group of eight friends and longtime musical collaborators who really like one another’s songs. Most of us played in and around Chicago in the bands Shovel Choir, Tart, and the Velmas. We've recorded in Chicago, the Bay Area, and New York and played live in LA, NYC and Portland. The collective's currently at work on a second release, tentatively titled Mixtape. ... more

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