Here Comes The Rooster

Mark Turner, who was a founding member of Odd Fellows and Four Stories Tall, will be in town this weekend!  He’ll be joining us at RDS (Red Door Studio) for an evening of Fellowship, Fun and Music.  

It is possible that single Malt Scotch may also be involved. 

We’re very much looking forward to seeing our good friend Mark Turner (a.k.a. MrT)


The View Looks Good

From Rock Rocking Rocker:

 Below is a review from Dylan Sexton of the music blog Rock Rocking Rocker (link here) --

     Progressive rock has a new champion.  Genesis, Yes, Peter Gabriel, and Asia?  Add the name Four Stories Tall to that list.  They've just released a debut recording of uncommon clarity, precision, and soulfulness, called "The Road West," and mark my words, this band is ready for a wider audience.

      Four Stories Tall bill themselves as Texas Prog and it's as apt of a description as can be made.  The musicians who comprise Four Stories Tall,--- three veterans of seminal Lubbock, Texas progressive rock band, Asparagus Nightmares and a guitarist who'd walked away from his instrument for twenty years, have, over the past five years, turned weekend jam sessions and a shared love of progressive rock and jazz fusion into a disciplined, professional, functioning, and musically productive band.  And as a result of this process, the world has a stunning progressive rock masterpiece that transcends the genre.

       Allow me to explain my bold use of the phrase "transcends the genre."

       In May of 1978, I headed for the local record store with a pocketful of birthday cash.  When I came back from the store, I was carrying a copy of the album "Fragile" by Yes.  I didn't know much about Yes.  In fact, nothing at all.  I bought the album because I liked the cover art.  This sort of decision making has failed me numerous times over the years, but fortunately for me in May of 1978, I was rewarded richly for my decision.

       "Fragile" is widely regarded as a progressive rock masterpiece, and though I was completely oblivious to the progressive rock genre at that stage of my musical education, I had no problem appreciating the unique song structures, harmonies, and time signatures that characterized the album.  With "Fragile," Yes transcended the progressive rock genre.  It was not just a great progressive rock album, it was a great rock album.

       And that brings me back to "The Road West."

       From the slow-crawl heaviness and desperation of the albums' opener "Famine," the band shifts gears into a funky groove for the following tune "Brazos de Dios," featuring bedrock rhythm work from bassist Mark Matos and drummer John Wilson.

       Guitarist Mark Turner colors every song with his deceptively understated playing.  Turner is a master of mood, giving character to the trouble-bound narrator of "This is Where the River Brought Me" and a shimmering image of telephone poles in the sun for the tune "Telephone Road."

       Singer/keyboardist Mark Murray shines on vocals on every song, but especially on "Mutt," an empathetic narration from the point of view of a dog that grew famous in the late eighteen-hundreds as a mascot for the Postal Service Railroad operations.  This empathetic quality of Murray's is also well demonstrated on the album's nine-minute closer "The Cotton Farmer's Wife," a country and folk flavored tale spiced with the pedal steel of Texas Country veteran Lloyd Maines and the fiddle of Dustin Ballard.

       Meticulously lived, created, and produced, "The Road West" is a good sign for those of us with high standards for a progressive rock in particular and rock and roll in general.  And it's a testament to the skill and dedication of four friends from Texas who in search of quality music, decided to make it themselves.

       "The Road West" is a masterpiece that deserves to be heard.  It's available on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby.  And Like 'em on Facebook!


Amazon, check..iTunes, check.

Four Stories Tall – The Road West now available on iTunes and Amazon.

For all you folk eagerly awaiting the release of “The Road West” on iTunes, your wait is now over. As of today you can purchase the album and all single songs from “The Road West” in pristine Mastered for iTunes lossless format. These files were generated by our esteemed mastering engineer, Maor Appelbaum who painstakingly assembled the delicate 96kHz/24 bit masters of our project one byte at a time under a microscope with a pair of really tiny tweezers. He then painted the binary code of each 24 bit word onto 1,542,973,862 individual grains of rice and shipped them to Apple, where a crew of eye-patch-wearing minions reassembled the code into Apples high resolution lossless m4a file format. It took longer than expected, but the results are worth the wait.

Now, go to the iTunes music store and buy a copy. Then go back and write a raving five star review. Hate iTunes? Then buy it at Amazon. We are an equal opportunity deployer. Then go to or CD and buy a physical CD so you can look at John Wilson’s amazing cover artwork and have a really cool looking train wheel coaster. Better yet, put it in your disc player and listen to it in it’s full epic glory! And while you are listening, write another raving five star review on CD Baby. Hey it’s a 47 minute long album, you’ll also have time to go to and write yet another raving five star review. We’re not kidding! Reviews are gold to us right now and can do a lot to help perpetuate sales for us.

By the way, friends get off your duffs and buy a copy. It will cost you less than lunch or a good pint of craft brew and it will last forever. Then put all YOUR friends in a spinning toe hold until they like us on facebook and buy their own copies of “The Road West”. That’s an order!

Free Downloads with Purchase!

Hurry, this offer ends on my birthday May 27th.  With the purchase of a CD you will get a free compilation of MP3’s.  You may ask. “why would i want MP3’s when i could just rip the CD i purchase?”  The answer my friend is that these MP3’s are not your typical junk you get from the major online music retailers.  These MP3’s were created by Mr. Applebaum (Yes,Faith No More), the guy who mastered our album.  Top Notch!

Here is how you do it: Go to the ‘Store’ Page (click here) and add both the CD and the The Road West – MP3 Compilation to your cart.  You will see a spot in your cart to enter a coupon code, which is aweedram.  Be sure to include your correct email when purchasing ’cause your download link comes with your emailed receipt.


peace, – John David

In The Groove

This is not the background music of your lifestyle. It is not intended to be the soundtrack for your aerobics session. It was not optimized for competitive levels or playback through $5.00 earbuds. This album was created with our earliest music experiences in mind. We remember a time when we saved our meager earnings to go to the record store and purchase an album. We had to be very selective because we could only afford to buy one. We pored over the albums in the store and finally selected “the one” that would be our musical nectar for weeks/years to come. We would hurry home, remove the shrink wrap, carefully remove the album from it’s sleeve, place it on the turntable, gently lower the tone arm to the lead in groove, plop down in the sweet spot between the speakers and experience the sonic journey this very special piece of vinyl would take us on. It is our sincere hope that this work will do the same for you.

CD’s Are In Hand!


It’s finally here!

After close to five years of work our album is done and we have CDs in our hot, sweaty hands. We had no idea how this experiment would turn out when we started the process; but we dove in knowing that whether we succeeded or failed, that we would learn a lot and that we would have no regrets.

It took a heck of a lot longer than we anticipated, was way more work than we guessed it would be and we pushed one of the most powerful and advanced studios in town pretty close to the edge of possibilities. But here in the end (or is a beginning?) we are so happy and proud of what we have done. We hope you will feel the same when you hear the songs and stories.

Now on to the shameless self-promotion – we are taking orders for both physical CDs and for downloads – see the Releases section of this web page. Also, if you prefer to purchase through iTunes or Amazon; purchases will be available through those companies on May 7th.

As a final note – Four Stories Tall would like to thank the following Musicians for their contributions:

  • John Sprott – Lead and Slide Guitar (Mutt)
  • Lloyd Maines – Pedal Steel (Telephone Road, The Cotton Farmer’s Wife), Dobro (Brazos de Dios)
  • Dustin Ballard – Fiddle (The Cotton Farmer’s Wife)
  • Tara Allison – Vocals (Mutt, The Cotton Farmer’s Wife)
  • Greg Gibson – Vocals (Brazos De Dios, Mutt)
  • Gina Roberts – Vocals (Mutt)
  • Richard Bowden – Fiddle and Cello (Famine)


All Aboard!

Owney the Mail Dog

One of the inspirations for the stories told on our upcoming CD is the legend of Oney.  Stolen from Wikipedia: He was a stray Border terrier adopted as the first unofficial postal mascot by the Albany, New York, post office about 1888. The Albany mail professionals recommended the dog to their Railway Mail Service colleagues, and he became a nationwide mascot for 9 years (1888–97).[1] He traveled throughout the 48 contiguous United States and voyaged around the world traveling over 140,000 miles in his lifetime as a mascot of the Railway Post Office and the United States Postal Service.

Owney was an abandoned puppy adopted in 1888 by a post office worker named Owen, who worked at the Albany post office. Seeking shelter on a rainy night, the young mutt wandered into the back door of the post office, which had been accidentally left ajar. The pup seemed to love the smell of the mail bags and soon made one his bed.

Owney received tags everywhere he went, and as he moved they jingled like sleigh bells.  His collection of tags grew so large that United States Postmaster General John Wanamaker gave him a coat to display them all. Wanamaker also announced that Owney was then the Official Mascot of the Rail Mail Service. It is said to be impossible to know how many dog tags and medals Owney received. Despite the jacket, the mass became impossible for the small dog to carry. Clerks would remove tags and forward them to Albany or Washington D.C. for safekeeping. One source suggests that 1,017 medals and tokens were bestowed upon the mascot. Some of these tags did not survive; the National Postal Museum currently has 372 Owney tags in its collections.