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Check Engine Light (Tape Version)

by The Belle Curves

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well well well if it isn't another version of this song

we recorded this because we had extra time when we were recording the primary tracks for Watershed, so we fired up the tape machine and put a capo on the guitar and made this.


My check engine light was on
When I reached the rio grande
We hadn’t been gone long
But I wished I had a van
I sure wished I had a van

My little Pontiac gets me
Where I need to go
From point a to point b
Like New York to El Paso
New York to El Paso

We left north Caroline
Thinking we were in the clear
But that little orange light
followed us down here
It followed us down here

We saw New Orleans
And We saw the end of the world
But out in Joshua tree
It was all instagram girls

Drove from coast to coast
Saw our country critically
Seeking as do most
Some authenticity
A little authenticity


released May 5, 2023
Drums: Nick Balzano
Dobro: Pete Mancini
Lead vocal/bass/rhythm guitar/harmonica: Delaney Hafener
Lead guitar: Bill Hafener
Harmony vocal: Anne O’Rourke

Written and produced by Delaney Hafener

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bill Hafener at Silo Recording in Brookhaven NY


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Long Island, New York may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of country-Americana music with a strong rural connection, but you might think differently after spending some time with the work of singer/songwriter Delaney Hafener. The driving force behind The Belle Curves, Hafener has a way of turning your assumptions upside down. ... more


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