This CD contains 10 tracks of songs that I have written. I am very fortunate to have members of the "Doubleshot Band" playing with me on the project. Thanks Dennis McKay, Trevor McKay, Ronnie McGee, and Jim Brock on fiddle! I continue to play with the "Footloose Band" in Columbus, MS. "
I'd like to comment on the songs and explain how I came about writing them. They are in no specfic order.
1. Willie King of the Blues - This is a song that I wrote as a tribute to the Late, Great, Bluesman Willie King. It's the story of His life, as I learned it from Him, along with a couple of my own opinions. Willie King got to hear the song prior to his passing away. He seemed to love the song and told Me that it made Him cry the first time that He heard it. Willie always asked Me to sing the song at His shows, if I was there. In March of 2009 Willie asked Me to open the show for Him at the Omnova Theatre in Columbus, MS. This would be Willie Kings last performance, as He passed away the following day. I wish that Willie could have heard this version of the song as played by the Doubleshot Band. I know that He would have loved it.
2. A Friends Goodbye - This is a song that I wrote a couple of weeks after Willie King had passed away. These were some feelings that I had inside and needed to get them out and there's no better way to do that than in a song. The Doubleshot Band really brought this song to life and Dennis McKay did a wonderful job of arranging the instrumentals on this track. We have recieved a lot of good feedback from people who have heard this song.
3. Freedom Creek - This song is pretty self-explanatory. It's a song that I wrote about the Freedom Creek Festival. The Freedom Creek Festival is a Blues Festival started by Willie King at His homeplace in Old Memphis, Al. The Festival was held to Honor the Memory of Willie King in 2009 and I hope it will continue to be held to Honor His Memory.
4. How Many Jack Daniels - This is your basic country twang song that may tempt you to enjoy a drink. Dennis McKay plays some great "Brad Paisley like" licks on lead guitar and Jim Brock, a World Class Fiddle Player, does some great fiddle work on this song.
5. All Gay'd Out - This is a song that I wrote during the time of the controversy at the Ms America Pagent, when Ms California was asked the loaded question by Perez Hilton. Ms California had some personal beliefs and responded to the question accordingly and She was attacked for this. The people doing the attacking wouldn't like it if they were attacked for their personal Beliefs or lifestyles. This song should not be interpredited as a dislike for any group of people, but as a dislike for the way it was blown out of proportion by some people. The song is done in a fun way.
6. Drunk Driving Blues - I wrote this song based on years of experience dealing with Drunk Drivers. Their stories are told in this song and it has a positive message, "Never Drink and Drive." The song is done in a Delta Blues style.
7. Twenty-Five Years - I wrote this song as a tribute to all the people that I've worked with in 25 years of Law Enforcement.
8. Loving Dot - As you might have already guessed, I wrote this song about My Wonderful Wife, Dot. This was a very easy song to write since every word is simply, the truth.
9. Let's put God First - I wrote this song about what has caused a lot of the problems in this Country, in my opinion. In these times of failing economy, loss of jobs, loss of morals, and the Government trying to bail people out, the only one with the power to bail us out is God. So, Let's put God first and watch things begin to improve!
10. The Junction - I wrote this song about the place where I started out playing music and I still play there today in the Footloose Band. The Junction has a Family Entertainment atmosphere with no alcohol or smoking allowed. The Footloose Band has some great musicians and I enjoy playing with them.
This CD would not have been possible without the help of the following people:
Thanks to Members of the Doubleshot Band -
Dennis McKay - Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, and Bass.
Ronnie McGee - Keyboards, Harmonica, and Background Vocals.
Trevor McKay - Lead Guitar.
Special Thanks to Jim Brock - Fiddle.
This CD is dedicated to Dennis McKay, who taught Me to play guitar, and to the Late, Bluesman Willie King, who inspired Me.
All songs arranged and Produced by Dennis McKay at M A C Records in Columbus MS.