Hank Williams Guitar ~ Paul Sachs

Paul_Sachs-1rr2Paul Sachs is an American folk song writer and musician.

Paul Sachs writes lyrical and gritty songs.  Born and raised in New York City. Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Springsteen are the songwriters that influenced him, and pushed him into the folk music circles of the city. Chosen as one of Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artists in 2011.

Sachs still lives in NYC, performing in various venues around the city. He has recorded five independent albums, featuring raw and seeringly personal songs of life and love on the mean streets. His fingerstyle guitar work and powerful voice combine to create mesmerizing vignettes. His CD, “Oil Town” was named one of the top folk albums in 2011 on both the Folk DJ list and Roots Music Report. Sing Out magazine states: “Song after song he creates some lovely melodies. The cuts on “Oil Town” involve those challenged by love, by work, and the struggles created by economic imbalance…This is a keeper, and its excellence grows on you.”

In 2013 he won the prestigious New Folk Songwriter’s contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.

Hank Williams Guitar

Hank Williams Guitar” is the second track off of Paul Sach’s 2014 album, Survival Is The New Success. It has a limited release in June 2014 and is currently available only on his website.

I don’t currently have the lyrics but when I do, I will post them here.  If you enjoy this song, check out his other works at Amazon or CD Baby, and be sure to purchase a copy of this CD from his website.



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Punk Rock Girl ~ The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen were a satirical punk band formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band consisted of Joe Genaro (“Joe Jack Talcum”; guitar, vocals), Dave Schulthise (“Dave Blood”; bass), Dean Sabatino (“Dean Clean”; drums), and Rodney Linderman (“Rodney Anonymous”; vocals, synth).

The band has claimed that the name comes from a character in Toni Morrison’s book Song of Solomon (“Milkman Dead”), as well as from one of Genaro’s high school projects.

The band’s musical style could be described as jangly, driving punk rock with a steady supply of irreverent humor as evident from the song titles “My Many Smells”, “Taking Retards to the Zoo” and “If You Love Someone, Set Them On Fire.” Anonymous and Talcum both sang with heavy Philadelphia accents often sounding exaggeratedly snotty.

Punk Rock Girl

Punk Rock Girl” is the best known song from The Dead Milkmen and first appeared on their 1988 album, Beelzebubba.  The song’s video won heavy rotation on MTV.

The song is featured in the video game Tony Hawk’s Project 8 and is covered by MxPx in On the Cover II. It was also covered by Streetlight Manifesto in their cover-project 99 Songs of Revolution. The song was also briefly heard in the pilot episode to the Fox series Raising Hope. “Punk Rock Girl” was also covered by Diesel Boy on the 1999 album Sofa King Cool. The music videos for “Punk Rock Girl” and “Smokin’ Banana Peels” were shown on episodes of Beavis and Butt-head.

Punk Rock Girl – Sabatino, Genaro, Shulthise

One Saturday I took a walk to Zipperhead
I met a girl there and she almost knocked me dead

Punk rock girl
Please look at me
Punk rock girl
What do you see?
Let’s travel round the world
Just you and me punk rock girl

I tapped her on the shoulder
And said do you have a beau?
She looked at me and smiled and said she did not know

Punk rock girl
Give me a chance
Punk rock girl
Let’s go slam dance
We’ll dress like Minnie Pearl
Just you and me punk rock girl

We went to the Philly Pizza Company
And ordered some hot tea
The waitress said well no, we only have it iced
So we jumped up on the table and shouted anarchy
And someone played a Beach Boys song on the jukebox
It it was “California Dreamin”
So we started screamin
On such a winter’s day

She took me to her parents for a Sunday meal
Her father took one look at me and he began to squeal

Punk rock girl
It makes no sense
Punk rock girl
Your dad is vice president
Just like the Duke of Earl
Yeah you’re for me punk rock girl

We went to a shopping mall
And laughed at all the shoppers
And security guards trailed us to a record shop
We asked for Mojo Nixon
They said he don’t work here
We said if you don’t got Mojo Nixon then your store could use some fixin

We got into her car away we started rollin
I said how much you pay for this
Said nothin man it’s stolen

Punk rock girl
You look so wild
Punk rock girl
Let’s have a child
We’ll name her Minnie Pearl
Just you and me
Eat fudge banana swirl
Just you and me
We’ll travel round the world
Just you and me
Punk rock girl

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Ænema ~ Tool

Tool is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1990. Since their inception, the band’s line-up has included drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Since 1995, Justin Chancellor has been the band’s bassist, replacing their original bassist Paul D’Amour. Tool is known to have rigorous touring schedules in support of their albums, they have performed well on charts worldwide, and have sold an estimated 9.25 million records in the United States alone.

Tool emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first studio album, Undertow, at a time when the genre was dominated by thrash metal; and later became a dominant act in the alternative metal movement with the release of their second effort, Ænima, in 1996. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with their third album, Lateralus, in 2001; and their most recent album, 10,000 Days, released in 2006, gained the band critical acclaim and success around the world.

Due to Tool’s incorporation of visual arts and relatively long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transcending act and part of progressive rock and art rock. The relationship between the band and today’s music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship and the band members’ insistence on privacy.

Ænema

Ænema” is a song by rock band Tool, released as the third single from their second album Ænima. Adam Jones made a video for the song using stop-motion animation that appears on Salival. The song reached number twenty-five on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in August 1997.

The song makes extensive use of hemiola, a musical technique in which the emphasis in a triple meter is changed to give the illusion that both a duple and a triple meter occur in the song. For example, during the first verse, the beat appears to be in 12/8 timing, while toward the middle of the song when the lyrics from the first verse are repeated, the beat can be perceived as being in 6/8 timing. The double bass drums are played in a triplet using the floor tom in the middle of the song making them seem twice the speed.

Keenan incorporates into the lyrics part of comedian Bill Hicks’ sketch “Arizona Bay” routine (from Hicks’ comedy segment album of the same name) by stating the line “learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay.” Hicks appears in the liner notes/sleeve as a doctor, and a lenticular image below the case tray illustrates a large portion of California disappearing leaving only the Pacific Ocean, as is mentioned in the song. California falling into the sea is a prediction made by Edgar Cayce, also known as “The Sleeping Prophet,” about the end of days in which California and New York are to sink into the ocean among a plethora of other devastating weather changes.

It also refers to the Church of Scientology with the line “Fuck L. Ron Hubbard and fuck all his clones”; this is because the band members of Tool are opposed to Scientology.

Ænema – Tool

Some say the end is near.
Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this
bull-shit, three brained, circus, side-show of freaks
here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time, any fucking day.
Learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay.

Fret for your figure and
Fret for your latte and
Fret for your lawsuit and
Fret for your hair-piece and
Fret for your prozac and
Fret for your pilot and
Fret for your contract and
Fret for your car.

It’s a bull-shit, three-ring, circus, side-show of freaks
here in this hopeless fucking hole we call LA.
The only way to fix it is to flush it all away.
Any fucking time, any fucking day.
Learn to swim, see you down in Arizona Bay.

Some say a comet will fall from the sky,
Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves,
Followed by fault lines that can not sit still,
Followed by millions of dumb-founded dipshits.

And some say the end is near.
Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon.
I certainly hope we will.
I sure could use a vacation from this,
Stupid shit.
Silly shit.
Stupid shit.

One great big festering neon distraction,
I’ve a suggestion to keep you all occupied.
Learn to swim. Learn to swim. Learn to swim.

Mom’s gonna fix it all soon.
Mom’s coming round to put it back the way it oughta be.

Fuck L. Ron Hubbard,
And fuck all his clones.
Fuck all these gun toting,
Hip-gangster wannabies.

Fuck retro anything,
Fuck your tattoos.
Fuck all you junkies and
Fuck your short memory.

Fuck smiley glad-hands, with hidden agendas.
Fuck these dysfunctional, insecure actresses.

I’m praying for rain,
I’m praying for tidal waves,
I wanna see the ground give way,
I wanna watch it all go down,
Mom please flush it all away,
I wanna see it go right in and down,
I wanna watch it go right in,
Watch you flush it all away.

Time to bring it down again.
Don’t just call me pessimist.
Try and read between the lines.

I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t
welcome any change my friend.

I wanna see it come down,
plug it down,
suck it down,
flush it down.

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Black Hole Sun ~ Soundgarden

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Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band’s full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990.

Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands signed to the record label Sub Pop. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records, in 1988), though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains.

Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded theGrammy Award-winning singles “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”. In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction. After several years working on projects and other bands, Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and their sixth studio album, King Animal, was released two years later.

Soundgarden’s origins can be found in a band called The Shemps, which performed around Seattle in the early 1980s, and featured bassist Hiro Yamamoto and drummer and singer Chris Cornell. Following Yamamoto’s departure, the band recruited guitarist Kim Thayil as its new bassist. Thayil had moved to Seattle from Park Forest, Illinois, with Yamamoto and Bruce Pavitt, who would later start the independent record label Sub Pop. Cornell and Yamamoto stayed in contact, and after The Shemps broke up Cornell and Yamamoto started jamming together, and were eventually joined by Thayil.

A Sound Garden
A Sound Garden

Soundgarden was formed in 1984 by Cornell (drums and vocals), Yamamoto (bass), and Thayil (guitar). The band named themselves after a wind-channeling pipe sculpture, “A Sound Garden”, located on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration property at 7600 Sand Point Way next to Magnuson Park, Seattle. Cornell originally played drums while singing, but in 1985 the band enlisted Scott Sundquist to allow Cornell to concentrate on vocals. The band traveled around playing various concerts with this line-up for about a year. Their first recordings were three songs that appeared on a 1986 compilation album for C/Z Records called Deep Six. It also featured songs by fellow grunge pioneers Green River, Skin Yard, Malfunkshun, The U-Men, and The Melvins. In 1986, Sundquist left the band to spend time with his family, and was replaced by Matt Cameron, the drummer from Skin Yard.

KCMU DJ Jonathan Poneman was impressed after seeing Soundgarden perform one night, later saying, “I saw this band that was everything rock music should be.” Poneman offered to fund a release by the band, so Thayil told him to team up with Bruce Pavitt. Poneman offered to contribute $20,000 in funding for Sub Pop, effectively turning it into a full-fledged record label.Soundgarden signed to Sub Pop, and the label released “Hunted Down” in 1987 as the band’s first single. The B-side of the “Hunted Down” single, “Nothing to Say”, appeared on the KCMU compilation tape Bands That Will Make Money, which was distributed to record companies, many of whom showed interest in Soundgarden. Through Sub Pop, the band released the Screaming Life EP in 1987, and the Fopp EP in 1988. A combination of the two was issued as Screaming Life/Fopp in 1990.

Black Hole Sun

Black Hole Sun” is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, “Black Hole Sun” was released in 1994 as the third single from the band’s fourth studio album Superunknown (1994). It is arguably the band’s most recognizable and most popular song, and remains a well known song from the 1990s. The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it spent a total of seven weeks at number one and despite failing to reach number one and peaking at number two on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, “Black Hole Sun” still finished as the top song on the chart making it the number one Modern Rock Tracks song for the year 1994 being more successful than any other number one Modern Rock Track in 1994. It failed to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart due to the rules of a physical/commercial release of the single until December 1998 which “Black Hole Sun” was not issued for, but it still peaked at number 24 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and number nine on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song was included on Soundgarden’s 1997 greatest hits album A-Sides and appeared again on the 2010 compilation album Telephantasm.

“Black Hole Sun” was written by frontman Chris Cornell. Cornell said that he wrote the song in about 15 minutes. He used a Gretsch guitar to write the song, and commented, “I wrote the song thinking the band wouldn’t like it—then it became the biggest hit of the summer.” Cornell came up with the song while using a Leslie speaker. Guitarist Kim Thayil said that the Leslie speaker was perfect for the song as “it’s very Beatlesque and has a distinctive sound. It ended up changing the song completely.” Thayil said that the song “wasn’t safe as milk, but it wasn’t glass in someone’s eye either. It was the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. Now it’s the ‘Dream On‘ of our set.” The song was performed in drop D tuning. Drummer Matt Cameron called the song “a huge departure”. Credit is due to Michael Beinhorn and Brendan O’Brian, producer and recording engineer, respectively.

Regarding “Black Hole Sun”, Cornell stated, “It’s just sort of a surreal dreamscape, a weird, play-with-the-title kind of song.” He also said that “lyrically it’s probably the closest to me just playing with words for words’ sake, of anything I’ve written. I guess it worked for a lot of people who heard it, but I have no idea how you’d begin to take that one literally.” In another interview he elaborated further, stating, “It’s funny because hits are usually sort of congruent, sort of an identifiable lyric idea, and that song pretty much had none. The chorus lyric is kind of beautiful and easy to remember. Other than that, I sure didn’t have an understanding of it after I wrote it. I was just sucked in by the music and I was painting a picture with the lyrics. There was no real idea to get across.” Commenting upon how the song was misinterpreted as being positive, Cornell said, “No one seems to get this, but ‘Black Hole Sun’ is sad. But because the melody is really pretty, everyone thinks it’s almost chipper, which is ridiculous.” When asked about the line, “Times are gone for honest men”, Cornell said:

“It’s really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom. It’s going to become more and more difficult, and it’s going to create more and more disillusioned people who become dishonest and angry and are willing to fuck the next guy to get what they want. There’s so much stepping on the backs of other people in our profession. We’ve been so lucky that we’ve never had to do that. Part of it was because of our own tenacity, and part of it was because we were lucky.”

Black Hole Sun – Chris Cornell

In my eyes, indisposed
In disguise as no one knows
Hides the face, lies the snake
in The sun in my disgrace
Boiling heat, summer stench
‘Neath the black the sky looks dead
Call my name through the cream
And I’ll hear you scream again

Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come
Won’t you come

Stuttering, cold and damp
Steal the warm wind tired friend
Times are gone for honest men
And sometimes far too long for snakes
In my shoes, a walking sleep
And my youth I pray to keep
Heaven send Hell away
No one sings like you anymore

Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come
Won’t you come

Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come
Won’t you come

Hang my head, drown my fear
Till you all just disappear

Black hole sun
Won’t you come
And wash away the rain
Black hole sun
Won’t you come
Won’t you come
Won’t you come

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Spoonman ~ Soundgarden

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Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thayil, and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the band’s full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990.

Soundgarden was one of the seminal bands in the creation of grunge, a style of alternative rock that developed in Seattle, and was one of a number of grunge bands signed to the record label Sub Pop. Soundgarden was the first grunge band to sign to a major label (A&M Records, in 1988), though the band did not achieve commercial success until they popularized the genre in the early 1990s with Seattle contemporaries Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice in Chains.

Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with the 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded theGrammy Award-winning singles “Black Hole Sun” and “Spoonman”. In 1997, the band broke up due to internal strife over its creative direction. After several years working on projects and other bands, Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and their sixth studio album, King Animal, was released two years later.

Soundgarden’s origins can be found in a band called The Shemps, which performed around Seattle in the early 1980s, and featured bassist Hiro Yamamoto and drummer and singer Chris Cornell. Following Yamamoto’s departure, the band recruited guitarist Kim Thayil as its new bassist. Thayil had moved to Seattle from Park Forest, Illinois, with Yamamoto and Bruce Pavitt, who would later start the independent record label Sub Pop. Cornell and Yamamoto stayed in contact, and after The Shemps broke up Cornell and Yamamoto started jamming together, and were eventually joined by Thayil.

A Sound Garden
A Sound Garden

Soundgarden was formed in 1984 by Cornell (drums and vocals), Yamamoto (bass), and Thayil (guitar). The band named themselves after a wind-channeling pipe sculpture, “A Sound Garden”, located on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration property at 7600 Sand Point Way next to Magnuson Park, Seattle. Cornell originally played drums while singing, but in 1985 the band enlisted Scott Sundquist to allow Cornell to concentrate on vocals. The band traveled around playing various concerts with this line-up for about a year. Their first recordings were three songs that appeared on a 1986 compilation album for C/Z Records called Deep Six. It also featured songs by fellow grunge pioneers Green River, Skin Yard, Malfunkshun, The U-Men, and The Melvins. In 1986, Sundquist left the band to spend time with his family, and was replaced by Matt Cameron, the drummer from Skin Yard.

KCMU DJ Jonathan Poneman was impressed after seeing Soundgarden perform one night, later saying, “I saw this band that was everything rock music should be.” Poneman offered to fund a release by the band, so Thayil told him to team up with Bruce Pavitt. Poneman offered to contribute $20,000 in funding for Sub Pop, effectively turning it into a full-fledged record label.Soundgarden signed to Sub Pop, and the label released “Hunted Down” in 1987 as the band’s first single. The B-side of the “Hunted Down” single, “Nothing to Say”, appeared on the KCMU compilation tape Bands That Will Make Money, which was distributed to record companies, many of whom showed interest in Soundgarden. Through Sub Pop, the band released the Screaming Life EP in 1987, and the Fopp EP in 1988. A combination of the two was issued as Screaming Life/Fopp in 1990.

Spoonman

Spoonman” is a song by the American rock band Soundgarden. Written by frontman Chris Cornell, “Spoonman” was released on February 15, 1994 as the first single from the band’s fourth studio album, Superunknown (1994). “Spoonman” is often credited as one of the songs that launched Soundgarden’s career into the mainstream. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number nine on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. A remixed version of the song by Steve Fisk appears on the “Black Hole Sun” and “My Wave” singles. The song was included on Soundgarden’s 1997 greatest hits album, A-Sides and the 2010 compilation album Telephantasm.

“Spoonman” was originally written for the soundtrack to the 1992 film, Singles. At this time, Soundgarden, along with fellow alternative rock band Pearl Jam, was working on the soundtrack for the film. Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament had been put in charge of creating the name for a fictional band that would appear in the film. Before finally choosing Citizen Dick for its name, Ament had compiled a list of potential names which included the name “Spoonman”. The name was inspired by Artis the Spoonman, a street performer from Santa Cruz,California and later Seattle, Washington, who plays music with a set of spoons. Soundgarden vocalist and songwriter Chris Cornell eventually used the names on the list to create songs for the film. ”Spoonman” was among these, and an acoustic version was created from it. This early version of the song can be heard in the background during a scene of the film.

Rather than just leave the song on the film’s soundtrack, Soundgarden began working on an electric version of “Spoonman”. The song’s inspiration, Artis the Spoonman, played a prominent role in the song itself. The final version of the song featured Artis the Spoonman playing his spoons as part of the song’s bridge. Drummer Matt Cameron also plays pots and pans on the song. Bassist Ben Shepherd performs backing vocals on the song.

Chris Cornell on “Spoonman”:

“It’s more about the paradox of who [Artis] is and what people perceive him as. He’s a street musician, but when he’s playing on the street, he is given a value and judged completely wrong by someone else. They think he’s a street person, or he’s doing this because he can’t hold down a regular job. They put him a few pegs down on the social ladder because of how they perceive someone who dresses differently. The lyrics express the sentiment that I much more easily identify with someone like Artis than I would watch him play.”

Spoonman – Chris Cornell

I feel the rhythm with your hands
[Steal the rhythm while you can]
Spoonman
Speak the rhythm on your own
[Speak the rhythm all alone]
Spoonman

Spoonman, come together with your hands
Save me, I’m together with your plan
Save me, save

All my friends are Indians
[All my friends are brown and red]
Spoonman
All my friends are skeletons
[They beat the rhythm with their bones]
Spoonman

Spoonman, come together with your hands
Save me, I’m together with your plan
Save me, save, save me, save me, save with your

Come on
Come on
Come on

Come on, will I get on?
Come on, will I get on?
Come on, will I get on?

Spoonman, come together with your hands
Save me, I’m together with your plan
Save me, save, save me with your, with your hand

Feel the rhythm with your hands
[Steal the rhythm while you can]
Spoonman

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Blue on Black ~ Kenny Wayne Shepherd

alanKenny Wayne Shepherd is an American guitaristsinger, and songwriter. He has released several studio albums and experienced significant commercial success both as a blues artist and a young musician.

Shepherd was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated Caddo Magnet High School in Shreveport. The guitarist is “completely self taught”, and does not read music. Growing up, Shepherd’s father (Ken Shepherd) was a local radio personality and some-time concert promoter, and had a vast collection of music. Shepherd got his first “guitar” at the age of three or four, when his grandmother purchased a series of several plastic guitars for him with S&H Green Stamps, which Shepherd has said he would “go through like candy”.

Shepherd stated in a 2010 interview that he began playing guitar in earnest at age seven, about six months after meeting and being “pretty mesmerized” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, in June 1984, at one of his father’s promoted concerts. His self-taught method employed a process of learning one note at a time, playing and rewinding cassette tapes, using “a cheap Yamaha wanna-be Stratocaster…made out of plywood, basically”, and learning to play by following along with material from his father’s record collection.

At the age of 13, Shepherd was invited to play guitar onstage by blues musician Bryan Lee. He subsequently made demo tapes, and a video was shot at Shepherd’s first performance at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in Shreveport. It was this video performance that impressed Giant Records chief Irving Azoff enough to sign Shepherd to a multiple album record deal.

From 1995 on, Shepherd took seven singles into the Top 10, and holds the record for the longest-running album on the Billboard Blues Charts with Trouble Is…. In 1996, Shepherd began a longtime collaboration with vocalist Noah Hunt, who provided the vocals for Shepherd’s signature song, “Blue on Black”. Shepherd has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, and has received two Billboard Music Awards, two Blues Music Awards and two Orville H. Gibson Awards.

In September 2008, Fender Musical Instruments Corp. released the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Series Stratocaster, designed exclusively by Shepherd. In 2007, he released a critically acclaimed and two time Grammy nominated DVD-CD project, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads. This documents Shepherd as he travels the country to jam with and interview the last of the authentic blues musicians. As they tour the backroads, Shepherd, with members of the Double Trouble Band, play with a host of blues greats including Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Bryan Lee, Buddy Flett (with whom he jams at Lead Belly’s grave), B. B. King, blues harp master Jerry “Boogie” McCain, Cootie Stark, Neal Pattman, John Dee Holeman, Etta Baker, Henry Townsend with Honeyboy Edwards, and a concert session with the surviving members of Muddy Waters’ and Howlin’ Wolf’s bands, including luminaries such as Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Pinetop Perkins. In 2010 Shepherd was nominated for a Grammy for Live In Chicago which featured performances with Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Buddy Flett and Bryan Lee. In 2011, Shepherd released his seventh CD entitled How I Go on Roadrunner Records.

Blue on Black

Blue on Black” is a song by American blues band Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and is the lead single from their second studio albumTrouble Is…. Noah Hunt, a Cincinnati, Ohio native and Shepherd collaborator, is the lead singer. Released on April 7, 1997, the track rose to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and remained there for 6 non-consecutive weeks. “Blue on Black” was regarded as the best rock song of 1998 by various media, and its popularity helped make Trouble Is… the 1999 Blues Album of the Year in Billboard. The song continues to be a top download of the Kenny Wayne Shepherd catalog, ranking at No. 1 on Rhapsody.

“Blue on Black” features a simple acoustic guitar chord progression and ghostly lyrics with a faint echo. Its chorus incorporates a vocal harmonyand simple yet bold lyrical hook. An electric guitar solo aids the song’s rock edge. The subject matter deals with heartbreak and regret, as the narrator has just been through a tough break up. He laments that the loved one is gone but decides he cannot change the past. The lyrics incorporate comparative phrasing such as”Joker on jack/match on a fire/cold on ice/a dead man’s touch.” to emphasize inadequacy and regret.

Shepherd discussed the song’s commercial significance in an interview:

“The success at rock radio that we had early in my career, with ‘Blue on Black,’ I think we set a record. When that song was out, it definitely helped expose my music to a wider audience, and also, by gaining that exposure, then I get to turn a lot of those people on to the blues who may not have listened to the blues otherwise.”

As Shepherd’s signature song, “Blue on Black” has been known to help close his concerts just prior to “Voodoo Child.” An exclusive cover of the latter song was also included on the “Blue on Black” CD single.

The song has been included on compilation albums such as Loaded with Hits (2000), Double Shot of Blues (2001), and Powered by Fender: The Players (2003). A live version was included on WCCC Live at Planet of Sound in 2005.

Blue On Black – Shepherd, Selby, Sillers

Night, falls, and I’m alone
Skin, yeah, chilled me to the bone
You, turned and you ran,
Oh yeah
Oh slipped, right from my hand

Hey
Blue on black
Tears on a river
Push on a shove
It don’t mean much
Joker on jack
Match on a fire
Cold on ice
A dead man’s touch
Whisper on a scream
Doesn’t change a thing
Don’t bring you back
Blue on black
Oh yeah, blue on black

Blind, oh, now I see
Truth, lies, and in between
Wrong, cant be undone
Oh slipped, from the tip of
Your tongue

Hey
Blue on black
Tears on a river
Push on a shove
It don’t mean much
Joker on jack
Match on a fire
Cold on ice
A dead mans touch
Whisper on a scream
Doesn’t change a thing
Doesn’t bring you back, yeah
Blue on black
Oh, blue on black
Oh, yeah

Blue on black
Tears on a river
Push on a shove
It don’t mean much
Joker on jack
Match on a fire
Cold on ice
Is a dead man’s touch
Whisper on a scream
Doesn’t change a thing
Don’t bring you back
Blue on black
Oh yeah, blue on black

Hey
Blue on black
Tears on a river
Push on a shove
It don’t mean much
Joker on jack
Match on a fire
Cold on ice
Is a dead mans touch
Whisper on a scream
Doesn’t change a thing
Doesn’t bring you back
Blue on black
Oh, blue on black
Oh wha oh, blue on black
Oh, blue on black

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