Some are on the street corner with a tin can,
Some are on stage with a 20-piece band,
Some have gone to that great Open Mic in the sky.
These are my people, too.
We are the Rock 'N' Roll Nation.
This is a celebration of Rock 'N' Roll in it's most basic form: Just guitars, bass, drums & occasional keys. It celebrates the Rock 'N' Roll lifestyle: Life, Love, Fear, Rejection, Victory, Spirituality, Freedom, Scandal, the whole gamut of emotions. Some songs will strike people a negative. Others as joyous and a great party. The point is, these songs are what I was feeling when I wrote them. Sans the covers, of course. Join the Rock 'N' Roll Nation and pledge allegiance to The Rock~!
All songs were written by Kevin Wayne.
Except: “Blue Shoes White” was written by Larry Norman. “Where Have All The Good Times Gone” was of course, written by Ray Davies. You can't beat that for Spiritual Ancestry if you ask me.
All vocals, guitars, synth, bass, harmonica & percussion performed by Kevin Wayne.
Except: Nigel Cuff of Nigel Cuff Music did the bass & drums on “Rock Me? Rock You!” Kevin Hahn of Opal Studios in Portland, OR played bass on “Do It Again.” Jon E. Dymon was on the crowd sing-a-long on “Tryin' To Get Along.” The fiddle on "Like the True Love Does" and the Sax on "Tryin' To Get Along" were loops I found on Mixcraft. The music was all put together in Reaper.
Oh, and lest I forget: Production consultants were LeJaz and Barking At The Aunts. LeJaz gave me a couple of loops for fiddle that I used on "Rock N Roll Is Going Country." Barking At The Aunts also took the screen shot for this album cover design. Look all these guys up online sometime!
1. Rock 'N' Roll Nation 03:49
An Anthem for those of us connected to music who have struggles at various stages and walks of life. A Dylanesque Vox, Beatlesque rhythm, classic 70's guitar riff make up this musical menagerie.
2. Rock Me? Rock You! 03:31
Intended for this to be sort of Van-Halen like, but it wound up like a GMO hybrid of that & the Stones. A "freak of nature," in other words. It's about taking the lemons you are given and Rockin' some Lemonade.
3. No Use In Cryin' 04:43
So I got no contact with family anymore and I'm a Family of one. But she and I might have some fun? Forget sobbing over spilled milk, and live life. Complete with a polyrhythmic dance beat.
4. Still On MySpace 03:14
A statement of individuality and going against the grain, and how I like others to mind their own biz. When I was all done, I realized this kinda resembles “Venus” by Shocking Blue.
5. Sweetheart Is Special 02:53
Came from an online convo I witnessed once where some females were discussing how “Honey” and “Sweetheart” are used as general terms of affection thrown at strangers, as well as actual Sweethearts. Thanks to Mary Anne Benner for the inspiration. Thanks to Rockabilly for the vehicle to put it all together.
6. Hope Against Hope 06:46
I went to Chicago. I got da blues. Therefore this song. When I came back I discovered Drop D tuning and tried it in a Blues Riff. I honked on my harmonica while singing this song and busking. And it call sort of just came together.
7. Blue Shoes White (Larry Norman Cover) 03:16
Larry has gone up to that Great Open Mic in the sky. The legendary former Front-Man of the band People! and "Godfather of Jesus Rock" penned this one in the early 70's. One of the 1st Christian Rock songs I ever heard. And it never left me. It has been CRYING out for an update all these years! So a little Funk-Metal and a little harmony and voila' - Le Update!
8. Another Summer Romance 03:58
One of those "I thought I could get by with lovin' & leavin' you, baby, but I just can't" kind of songs. Case in point: We're back together, by the way! I tried to make this kinda in the vein of McCartney pop songs, with a Garage-Rock riff to spice it up. OK, so I'm not in that league of talent, but aiming for the stars will get you somewhere interesting, anyway.
9. Do It Again 03:04
A basic, Bo-Diddely beat drive my attitude here towards a*holes who think they can take advantage of others. I will say no more.
10. Tryin' To Get Along 05:05
I used to do this as a solo acoustic number and for the humor effect, I would imitate Dylan and Donovan on the Chorus. I just had to throw in a taste of that here. Country-blues turned Rockabilly.
11. Where Have All the Good Times Gone? (Kinks Cover) 03:08
One of the many songs by Ray Davies that are tributes to the simple life. I couldn't agree more. Brit Rock rules.
12. Yin-yang Do Rag 03:50
A tribute to my headgear. An anthem of the streets. Somebody *please* send me a video of themselves spinning on their head to this one? Or poppin' & lockin' at least.
13. Creepy People 04:33
From girls who call guys giving them attention "creeps" to certain individuals looking down their nose at me whilst busking, to fake moral Republicans. I go where few songwriters dare to tread. Some Psychedelic Rockabilly served up to drive home the point. I used a special tuning where I drop the G string down to an E in order to get this sound.
14. Rock 'N' Roll Is Going Country 04:33
A Country-Rock anthem related to how much a lot of Country sounds like wannabe rock. Some good, some great, a lot mediocre. Featuring the rags-to riches mythical story of Jimmy, the "Johnny B. Good" of our modern times. What's really needed in not all the cheesy Country lyric cliches, but going back to telling stories. like Johnny Cash and Hank Williams used to do.
15. Like The True Love Does 03:41
I had a dream of the basic melody and chorus of this song. The phrase "You'll never have a love like the true love does" seems odd, but I decided to use it as is. The melody originally sounded too much like "Ain't No Woman Like The One I Got" by the Four Tops, but I modified it a bit. A dash of Pink Floyd, a touch of The Beatles, a hint of Cowboy Junkies and it's it's own animal!