I wrote this tune nearly 30 years ago but never had a chance to play it anywhere. It's a tongue-in-cheek swipe at peddlers of legalistic religion like Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons who think they can earn their way into heaven (they've obviously never read Paul's letter to the Galatians). Wake up guys, it's a free gift! Originally a pure rock-and-roll tune, I have "bluesified" this song by using lot's of searing Open-E slide guitar with my beloved Telecaster.
I've updated my "Bluez Projekt" web page to reflect new info about the guitars I use. This was done for a few reasons:
* To add in the Telecaster guitar I recently got and customized heavily
* To include more detailed points of interest about the guitars (just because I can :-)
* To include some sound clips that demonstrate not so much the songs, but the individual guitars and what they contribute to the songs
* To practice using some Javascipt programming in order to show this new info in a cool popup window
You can check it out by going to
You'll notice the page is slightly re-arranged, also there are now three guitar images, not two (the Telecaster was added).
You can now click on a guitar to learn more about it (in a popup window), and also get links to hear samples of that guitar.
Hope you like it and find it informative.
"Sadie" (by Hound Dog Taylor) is a cool tune with an infectious guitar riff. Hound Dog Taylor was an interesting fellow; he played a cheap Teisco guitar through a Sears Roebuck amplifier, and he played it very loud and distorted. He also had a small sixth finger on each hand (a "polydactyly"), but amputated the extra digit from his right hand with a razor blade while drunk.
"Yellow Dog" (by me) is an original (and very experimental) tune that I've tinkered with for months. I've finally gotten it to a point I am happy with, so here is a sample. This song attempts to combine the old with the new: the "old" is the timeless blues themes of the broken-heart, the shame before the whole town, catching the freight train to escape the sorrow, and the "new" is the sound of electrified rocking blues wrapped in a wall of sound (combining heavy slide guitar with deep sonic ambience to create the "haunting" mood of the lonely soul in the deep South).
The "Yellow Dog" refers to a railroad line, as does the "Southern Line". Both railways summon back to the eerie lyrics that W. C. Handy first heard when he discovered blues music at the turn of the century.
"Terraplane Blues" (by Robert Johnson) is a very old song that employs the classic blues metaphor for intimacy: driving someone's car. In this case, the car is the Hudson "Terraplane" made in the 1930s. I used an alternate version of the lyrics as sung by John Lee Hooker. The guitar used in this song is a customized Fender Telecaster in Open-E tuning.
"John The Revelator" (by Son House) - I've been really digging this tune! I was fascinated by this pre-WWII gospel blues classic, so I've arranged it with an old retro-bluesy sound plus four deep bass vocal tracks, using the classic "call-and-response" pattern like black gospel choirs of the last century.
"Have You Ever Been Mistreated" (by Lightnin' Hopkins) is also known in later incarnations as "Five Long Years". As much as I like Buddy Guy's modern arrangement, the droning sound of the original arrangement really caught my ear, so this tune is based on the original sound of guys like Lightnin' Hopkins and Joe Hunter.
"Stink Butt Doggy Blues" (by me) was written, largely as a joke, in order to show my son Nathan how easy it was to write a blues song (he had to write one for his guitar class). But instead of following my example and writing his own, he proceeded to steal this song and use it in his class! By the way, I did all the lead riffs myself, so I am kind of proud of this tune just for that...
"Down In The Bottom" (by Willie Dixon) was written for Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett, and my arrangement is largely modelled after how the "Wolf" performed it. It has kind of a "retro" sound, in that I kept the arrangement simple, but I put plenty of slide guitar in.
"Baby What You Want Me To Do" (by Jimmy Reed) is a great classic tune! While his original rendidtion of this song was slow and plodding, I have opted, like many others, for a faster, more upbeat rockin' tempo, with the help of my buddy Ernie doing a sizzling lead guitar solo. Special thanks also to Peter Reali for providing a much needed harp solo! It provides a good segue into Ernie's final guitar licks.