George Kelly: Vocal, Guitar, Slide Guitar
Bill Gaff: Piano
Russ Miller: Saxophones
Paul Finazzo: Bass
Dave Taylor: drums

This song was inspired by watching the movie Crossroads (the Ralph Macchio one with the soundtrack by Ry Cooder) about 15-20 times, along with any number of blues songs by Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson and more. The movie rang true because it matched up with the research I had done into Robert Johnson.  

I knew a girl in college that met the legendary harp player James Cotton once. She told me she asked him if he wanted her phone number. He responded, "Girl, I got phone numbers all over the world." So that's the general attitude of the piece. 

Bluesman

I'm a bluesman,
You know what that mean
You might be in just a little too deep
Oh yeah I know you think you fine
But when you deal with me
You don't draw no line
I got many womens at my command
You can't put a fence around a bluesman

Lots of cities, lots of towns, I take the stage when the sun goes down
All the fine ladies come out at night
Over me you can bet
There's been cat fights
i know you're used to dictating your plans
But it ain't gonna work on a bluesman

I plays the slide, I make it sing
On my third finger it's my wedding ring
I think you got the wrong idea
You're in way over your head my dear
Yeah you fine, but there's many more
Always come knocking
on the bluesman's door

You can't change my habits, no
It's love for tonight and
tomorrow the road
You can wait 'til the cows come home
While I'm tearing it up
in another time zone
You ain't gonna run this relationship
The bluesman just don't take no lip

You wanna know who play the blues
You can read about it in the Detroit News
They tell it like it is, they tell it true
I got photo ops and interviews
It'[s easy to tell that I'm in demand
I ain't no one woman bluesman

Red, yellow, white or black
Once you go blue you never go back
I'm here to tell you and testify
That saying's true, it ain't no lie
Got witnesses to take the stand
Say nobody love like a bluesman

©George S. Kelly 2003
 

Paul Finazzo & Bill Gaff

Paul Finazzo & Bill Gaff

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

Russ Miller

Russ Miller

Paul Finazzo

Paul Finazzo