(It's A) Dire Need [Live​/​Studio]

by Angelo Santelli, Marble Garden

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Dire Need is an unreleased song from Marble Garden, commonly played live from 2011 until 2013. A live version from a radio performance at Kalamazoo, MI's WIDR studios in September 2012 received occasional local airplay over the past couple of years.

The first officially released version of this song is a combination of the live version from WIDR and two additional parts recorded in the studio in early 2011. The combination of live and studio takes is an idea taken from the early Grateful Dead album "Anthem of the Sun".

The first part is an upbeat rock piece with vocals by Nicholas L. Horn and a slide guitar solo from Angelo Santelli. The second part is an instrumental reggae section with a dobro solo by Angelo Santelli. The third part which was not commonly played live after mid-2011 is a Latin groove with a guitar solo by Nicholas L. Horn.


Hey girl give me what you've got
I've got a message for you,
and could you send it to the spot
I'm telling you woman, its a dire need

Sugar mama please don't be late
I can't stress enough, how its a matter of fate
I'm telling you woman, its a dire need

Lyrics © 2011 Nicholas Leroy Horn


released September 24, 2012
Angelo Santelli- Slide guitar, dobro, acoustic guitar, ARP synthesizer, percussion
Nicholas Leroy Horn- Lead vocals, lead guitar
Kenny Befus- Drums
Tim Brouhard- Bass guitar (first part)
Evan Little- Bass guitar (second and third parts)

Recorded in Kalamazoo, MI 2011-2012

Lyrics by Nicholas Leroy Horn © 2011 Music by Angelo Santelli and Nicholas Leroy Horn © 2011



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Angelo Santelli Detroit, Michigan

Angelo Santelli is a Nashville guitarist notable for his slide and lead guitar sounds. Nicknamed by Michael Allman "Skypup" after his uncle Duane "Skydog" Allman, Santelli's music infuses the incendiary influence of Duane Allman and Derek Trucks style blues guitar with psychedelic and progressive rock elements echoing Pink Floyd and the Mahavishnu Orchestra. ... more

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