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Willie Edwards, "Everlastin' Tears"

Police state on the rise

By the same old guys

With the same old lies

Comes as no surprise

Well it’s very plain to see

They want your liberty

Police state

Police state

Police state

Police state . . . . .

We’re trying to get Willie down here (from Vermont)  to do some live performing and to record a new album later this winter.

We’ll keep you posted about the new label.

The band is back up, and we’re doing a bunch of mostly (so far) unrecorded blistering political blues, most prominently “Private Prison Blues,” and will record two new full CDs of original material — some political, some just funny and self-mocking — over the next few months. It’ll mostly be blues, but also blues-rock, latin rock, blues-jazz, straight jazz,  New Orleans funk-blues, country rock, funk rock, straight country, and western swing. In other words, it’ll be what Gatemouth Brown, refusing to be pigeonholed, called “American Music.”

We hope to get Willie Edwards down here to record at least one new CD, and maybe two, as a way to launch the new label, along with new CDs by the Pinche Blues Band, Al Perry, Brian Hullfish, and one or two other local bands.

 

For now, check out the Pinche Blues Band site where we have all of the songs from the first two EPs up as free mp3s.

Enjoy. And stay tuned.

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Willie Edwards, "Everlastin' Tears"

Condemnation

To the global plantation

Bring it up

Elimination

On the road

To the company store

Won’t somebody tell me

Where I’m headin’ for

–Willie Edwards, “Company Store,” on the horrors of being enmeshed by the global corporate octopus, from the CD “Everlastin’ Tears” — a CD so rare that none of its cuts are up on youtube


Back in the ’60s, I grew up listening to white musicians covering black music: Stones, Beatles, Animals, etc., etc.

Late in the decade, I started listening to the original black artists. The first thing I ever heard in the genre was Muddy Waters’ “Electric Mud.”  It was a revelation at the time, though in retrospect it was a lousy album — designed to sell to clueless white kids, such as yours truly.

Since then, I’ve been a blues fan, and have been writing and playing the blues (guitar) for decades.  Beyond the standard canon, here are a few obscurities I love from the various decades:

(’70s) Son Seals, “Midnight Son” — a great album; his others are terrible. This one features great song writing, guitar work, and vocals.

(’80s) Treat Her Right, “Tied to the Tracks” — more blues rock than blues, but a great album with wonderful song writing and intelligent lyrics from the (better) forerunner to Morphine

(’90s)  Doug Sahm, “The Last Real Texas Blues Band” — all covers, but absolutely wonderful — this album is a veritable definition of “swing”

(’90s) Willie Edwards, “Everlasting Tears” — wonderful song writing, wonderful guitar playing, wonderful, intelligent vocals.. Willie signed perhaps the worst recording contract in the history of music, and doesn’t even have the copyright to the songs on this CD. I want to cover a couple of them on our next CD, but can’t; I’ll probably end up covering one or two of his more recent songs, very likely the very apropos “Police State on the Rise.”

(’00s) Sugar Thieves, “Live” — an incredibly good CD from the best band from the hellhole 190 km northwest of here. Great dueling male and female vocals

Finally, since you asked (or didn’t) here are a few cuts I wrote or co-wrote and recorded with The Pinche Blues Band:

Cheers.

 


You say reality

Is what you believe

I gotta ask you

Does water freeze at 32 degrees?

–Willie Edwards, “Dollar In,” on the CD “Everlastin’ Tears.”  (This is probably the only blues rock song ever written on the weirdness of interest on loans–“A dollar in, a dollar out, how does interest come about?”)

Willie Edwards, "Everlastin' Tears"

I talked with Willie a couple of years ago, and he told me that “trustafarians” had ruined the scene in Vermont for working blues musicians.  They don’t care about getting paid, so they work for nothing, driving down the wages of actual musicians to near nothing. Willie–one of the best blues guitarists/vocalists and songwriters of our times–hadn’t even made enough in the previous year to pay for an expensive Gibson guitar he’d bought. When I spoke with him, Willie was driving a van for handicapped people to make ends meet. The scene is similar, though not quite as bad, in Tucson. I’ll have an update shortly.

BTW, if you ever get the chance, pick up a copy of “Everlastin’ Tears.” It’s one of the two best blues albums from the 1990s, the other being “The Last Real Texas Blues Band,” by Doug Sahm. (Of course, Willie got screwed on the recording contract–he gave up the rights to all of the [great] songs.) Since he recorded it (and got screwed) in the 1990s, willie has recorded a number of less polished sounding but still great CDs, with such standout cuts as  “Police State on the Rise.” and “Somebody’s Watching You.” If you’re in Vermont, go see Willie–it’ll be money well spent. And if you’re outside of Vermont, please order his CDs directly from him (not available on Amazon).