Castle of Corruption

by Burt Byler and the Bearded Souls

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Burt Byler & the Bearded Souls is a new “Rock Americana” music voyage by New Orleans-born and Mississippi-raised storyteller Josh Brister. Brister’s early years as a songwriter can be described as a carefree folk singer whose work spoke about the trouble-free life of the “South,” epitomized by his home-state Mississippi. When he hit his 30s, something felt different.

It was after watching the series “Making a Murderer” that something seemed to erupt inside of his soul. Anger of corruption and injustice welled up like it never had before and those feelings were the beginnings of Burt Byler. He felt the urge to write about issues that were happening all around us that he had hid from his entire life.

Now Brister finds himself writing songs, like “Castle of Corruption,” a protest song that tackles slavery in the modern world and “Glory Land” which deals with the American dream. Josh is confident that his newest endeavor, Burt Byler, will reveal a musical depth that only comes with age and experience.

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released February 10, 2017

Drums and percussion: Jonatan Temprano
Bass: Pablo Delgado
Guitars, harmonica: Nick Smith
Electric guitar, vocals: Moses Rubin
Rhythm guitar, piano, lead vocals: Burt Byler
Background vocals: Brian Hunt and Chris Peterson

Engineered by Brian Hunt at El Invernadero in Madrid, Spain
Mixed by Nick Smith at Dipping Vat Studios in Monticello, MS
Mastered by Kevin Nix at L. Nix Mastering
Artwork by Jose Paredes

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Carefree Mississippi folk singer turns protester.

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Track Name: Slave Dog
I spend most of my days begging for forgiveness
Whipped just like a soppin’ wet slave dog
That woman's imprisoned me for far too long
I think it’s ‘bout time I up and moved on
I’m gone, I’m gone

I slip away and crawl towards the back door
Her poisoned chains of love I won’t wear no more
She had me believing in the fire
I’m taking off before the flames rise
I’m gone, I’m gone

But she knows, yeah she knows
I’ll come crawling back tomorrow

I need a one way train far away from here
Don’t care where just need to start again
The whistle blows and i hear the all aboard
But my feet stay frozen solid to the floor
Track Name: Slow Down Boy
I was raised in a place
Where you settle down at 23
You get a job at the bank
So you can send your kids to the academy
But I was born with blue suede shoes
And they sure weren’t made for settling
I was born to cut loose
And I will never be right
I know, I’ve always known
I ain’t right

He said slow down boy
Slow down your soul
He said slow down boy
Slow down your soul
He said slow down son
before it gets too late
He said slow down
Before it gets too late
You’ve got to settle down
Before it gets too late
You’ve got to settle down
Before it gets too late
Track Name: Castle of Corruption
I come from Mississippi where we fought for slavery
In school I learn it ended and freedom won the day
But as I learn about society and how we are today
There are scary similarities of our brothers in chains
But if you open your eyes I promise you’ll find
We are slaves to all the powerful on high, the powerful on high

It’s a castle of corruption from the crown down to the priests
A systematic eruption of secrets, power and greed
Every day they take away more rights and get rid of liberty
As must of just stand beside believing our tvs
What more do you need for your blind eyes to see?
The mighty man don’t give a damn about you and me, a damn about you and me

If we all stand united it might not be too late
We can overthrow the tyrants that rule the world today
It’s time we all stood up to fight and raise our voice to say
So raise your first towards the sky
Join me and sing
We will not run and hide
We will stand up and fight
We will not run and hide
We will stand up and fight
Together we are strong and it’s
Together we are strong and it’s
Together we are strong and it’s
Together we are strong and it’s our time

We are the only hope left
Track Name: Heartbreak Rodeo
A February night in the heart of Spain
Baby beers all round just before our show
I tried to fake a laugh cuz it’s what we do
We’d rather hide the hurt to find somebody new
But I’d given up on love and man it showed
Got tired of signing up for the heartbreak rodeo
The heartbreak rodeo

I paid the sweaty man and we headed out
Like the E Street Band, walking tall as gods
When I hit the street I heard a shout
She smiled at me and made fun of my clothes
She was wearing green and what do you know
She’d gone and signed us up for the heartbreak rodeo
The heartbreak rodeo

I thought ohhhh I can’t do this again
But it was you who gave me another chance x3
I thought ohhh I can’t do this again
But it was you who saved me
Track Name: Glory Land
Everybody wants to rise
Everybody wants to rise
Everybody wants to rise
But ain’t nobody ready to die

Look at our fancy things
Look at our fancy things
Look at our fancy things
But tell me what the hell do they bring?

There’s a whole lot of kids
Who ain’t got nothing to eat
We keep turning our heads
Pretending we don’t see
Let’s stop stacking up our gold
And lend more of a hand
Cuz all these mansions we own
Will be left in the sand
When we board the boat to Glory Land 
Track Name: Cakewalk
I wanna live on a stage
I wanna play the guitar
And I wanna get paid
With no responsibilities please
I wanna do what I want
And I wanna get paid

I spent 16 years begging God for a song
It’ll be 16 more before she comes along
I know I might go down unknown
But I won’t give up ’til they bury my bones