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Non​-​Existing Girlfriend

from Hunger by Vanessa Boyd

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When I put the band together, I asked John Pruett to play bass (which took considerable persuasion on my part) and Dale McCray to play lead guitar. Thompson and I had already been playing for about 2 years with his percussion drums. We'd been rehearsing and I booked a live studio interview and set with WNCW out of Spindale, NC back when Kim Clark was The Woman in radio in those parts, with folks getting together on Friday or Sunday nights to drink and listen to Local Color together.

So with just like 2 weeks till showtime, the first of the band car wrecks occurred, and McCray was critically injured in his left hand, unable to play.

With panic and haste on our side, we asked around town and found Andy Gricunas working at the liquor store. I went in and asked him to join the group and he tentatively said he'd consider it. We arranged a practice and everything gelled immediately. We rehearsed like mad, and on the way over to Studio B were talking through the songs part by part nervous as hell.

After we ran through our three songs, including Non-Existing Girlfriend, which ended up on the EP as recorded live that day in Spindale, our recording engineer Dennis Jones joked that he didn't think anyone'd ever actually done all their songs on the first take.

We were so naive we had no idea that "live on air" doesn't mean one take - most folks played their songs live a few times to get a good take. C'est la vie. This is our live recording, on the first and only take.

My favorite press quote ever:

"This is no chopped liver!"
-Kim Clark, WNCW, Asheville, NC


non-existing girlfriend
I am the non-existing girlfriend, and I am loving you with my non-existing heart : and I am touching you with my non-existing hands, I thought it was a healing touch, a warmth you could feel, but all along, they were non-existing hands : and I am talking with my non-existing mouth, I thought that you would care, that you wanted me to share, but all along, they were non-existing words : I am the non-existing girlfriend, and I am loving you with my non-existing heart


from Hunger, released December 6, 2007
Credits :
“grizz” (andy gricunas) : electric guitar, banjo, vocals
dale “sarge” thompson : percussion
“slim” john pruitt : bass, vocals
vanessa boyd : vocals, acoustic guitar

Non-Existing Girlfriend recorded live in Studio B at WNCW-FM, Spindale, NC and was engineered and mixed by Dennis Jones.
All other songs co-produced & mixed by dante higgins & vboyd & the yes men
recorded at dante higgins studios, greeneville, tn
mastered by allen towbin at maze studios, nyc
cover photo by amanda bliss, tn
back photo by ian roberts, nyc
album design by matt mulder, nc
manufactured & printed in the US by tripledisc
all songs written by vanessa boyd
special thanks go to james ivy and club dulaney


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