Not for Sleepin'

by The Congregation

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Not for Sleepin' is the debut EP from Chicago soul powerhouse, The Congregation.

The soulful debut EP from The Congregation – seven songs from an eight piece Chi group steeped in classic soul styles from Motown to Memphis, Philly and Chicago! The sound is remarkably assured, almost perfectly realized live band soul, all the more incredible given their relative youth. It sounds like the work of a group that's been at it for decades rather than just a year – fronted by powerfully soulful vocalist Gina Bloom – with guitarist Charlie Wayne and drummer Dan Wendt co-writing the original songs, plus Brian Crane on trumpet, Nick Nottoli on trombone, Joe DeBord on bass, Jay St. Germain on sax and Chuck Sansone on keys. A little bit of funk, a little bit of rocking soul and a little bit of electric blues roll into their sound – truly strong, standout stuff from a group that's only getting started. You get the feeling that the best is definitely yet to come from them – and they're pretty great already! Includes solid originals "Not For Sleepin'", "This Could Be You", "He's Gone", "A Good Man Is Hart To Find" and "Save The Wine" – plus a sultry soul cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" (yes, really!) and a sweet take on the ever adaptable "Little Sister". © 1996-2011, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

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www.thecongregationband.com
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Contact/booking:
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credits

released 11 December 2010
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The Congregation:
Gina Bloom/vocals
Charlie Wayne/guitar
Chuck Sansone/keys
Joe DeBord/bass
Dan Wendt/drums
Brian Crane/trumpet
Nick Nottoli/trombone
Jay St. Germain/saxophone

Credits:
Not for Sleepin’ (C. Wayne/D. Wendt)
He’s Gone (C. Wayne)
I Wanna Be Your Dog (D. Alexander/R. Asheton/S. Asheton/J. Osterberg)
This Could Be You (C. Wayne/D. Wendt)
A Good Man is Hard to Find (C. Wayne)
Little Sister (D. Pomus/M. Shuman)
Save the Wine (C. Wayne)

Recorded and mixed by Michael Andersen at West Town Recording

Mastered by Artur Wnorowski

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Track Name: I Wanna Be Your Dog
So messed up, I want you here
In my room, I want you here
And now we're gonna be face to face
And I'll lay right down in my favorite place

And now I wanna be your dog
And now I wanna be your dog
And now I wanna be your dog
Oh, come on

Well now I'm gonna close my eyes
Now I'm gonna close my mind
And now I'm gonna touch your hand
As I loose my heart in the burning sand

And now I wanna be your dog
And now I wanna be your dog
And now I wanna be your dog
Oh, come on
Track Name: This Could Be You
This could be you in my arms
Not the strangers I substitute
This could be you in my arms
This could be you

The driving has never been easy
Treasure's not worth the steal
Eyes will get heavy with strain and heartache
Wild roads and devils appeals
Well maybe you got what you wanted
By forcing my hand at all times
I hope now when you're sleepin' alone
You're dreaming 'bout still being mine

This could be you in my arms
Not the strangers I substitute
This could be you in my arms
This could be you

Well if you had givin' us
Instead of giving up
Just a little more time
Been a little more faithful
Just a little more faithful
Maybe change your mind

I trust that you cannot recall
Mountainside misty repast
Laid out near waters in cool clean air
Romances not meant to last
Well if you should find yourself wanting
Someone to brush of regrets
Sincere green-eyed and beautiful love
I ask that you never forget

This could be you in my arms
Not the strangers I substitute
This could be you in my arms
This could be you

Oh, this could be you in my arms
Not the strangers I substitute
This could be you in my arms
This could be you