Category Archives: Rock music

Whatever Swanson (You’ve Gotta Get a Real Job) – Song of the Day

I’m in the middle of a very productive year musically, releasing lots of independent albums, but that doesn’t mean I don’t put in 40-60 hours a week with my “real job” developing solar farms.  I live in Atlanta where you gotta make some dough to feed the oven, so a “real” job is quite a necessity.  Although I’m working hard with my record company and PR to turn that table, this old song of mine seems even more ironic to me today (now that I have a “real” job and am not a full time musician anymore).  Thanks for listening and supporting independent music!

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Crazy or Crazy in Love

“Are you crazy, crazy, crazy in love or are you just crazy?” #8 changes styles again and picks the pace back up with a little southern rock guitar thrown in.

I finished this song in a job trailer in Nashville, Georgia (wishing I was in Nashville, TN) while building a six acre, one megawatt solar farm.  I put some pics of the job trailer below to show how hardcore it was.  Usually I’ll get a pretty nice one, but when you are in an extreme rural area, sometimes you gotta take what they give you.  Recording in this thing at night in the middle of nowhere can actually get a little scary, especially when it’s raining and you’re not sure your truck can make it down the half mile mud pit between you and the highway.   Needless to say, I made it out (with this song in tow).

I also figured I’d put another pic of Joy since the baby pics seem to increase my blog traffic times three.   Thanks for listening!

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I Need Children to Feed to My Alien

Still posting from my Risky Biscuits album.  This one is crazy, funny and awesome.  Mainly because of the incredible band I assembled to play it live in the studio.  It’s the same line up as “U Don’t Believe My Traction” except with Jesse Cole on bass and Daniel Marler on guitar lead #2.   All of the solos on this are incredible.  We stretched it out to over 10 minutes letting everyone shine as bright and long as they wanted.  Daniel’s guitar solo is especially great on this one.

The lyrics are quite funny and were inspired by making fun of the X-Files one morning in bed.

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U Don’t Believe My Traction

Back to posting ‘Risky Biscuits’ songs.  This one is a super jammer.  A little bit reggae a lot rock.  We recorded this live with an eight piece band in Wes McDonald’s studio (a fine musician and artist himself look him up  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wes-mcdonald/id6432590).
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Anyway, this song is a declaration of love with a little innuendo and a great great band!!  John Kell, Chris Costigan and Gary Hartle’s saxes are on fire on this one and John Wayne Tuggle plays a tasty guitar solo.   I had a broken hand and a ruptured radial nerve but I still managed to hold down the rhythm guitar.  Incredible drummer Seth Hendershot and legendary bassist AJ Adams round it out!  Thanks for listening!

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Sugary Jive

The next song from my “Risky Biscuits” album featuring great sax by Gary Hartle and bass/backing vocals from Dwayne Wallace.   I did a worldwide radio promotion for this song and got heavy play in the Virgin Islands.   Alas, it was not enough to warrant a tour there.   Maybe next time.

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Thank You Carlos Santana – song of the day

I just got back to Atlanta last night after working in Massachusetts for two and a have months.  It’s nice to be  home.   So much so it makes we want to rock out Santana style.

This is my thank you song to Carlos Santana.   This is from my 365 Songs for 2010 and is just me playing all the instruments.

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Crazy or Crazy in Love

Home for the weekend to see my wife.   Working 1200 miles away from home really makes you appreciate your relationships.    That made me think of this song today.    ‘Crazy or Crazy in Love’ was written and recorded during my song a day year in 2010 and has been a great live song for us ever since.  Thanks for listening!