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A Right to the Blues


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johnwhitehead

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Another track done live in studio with my band, Blue Yodel No. 9. Kind of a swingin' blues (Western Swing?) number. Personnel: John Whitehead, song writer, lead vocal & rhythm guitar; Stew Lelievre, lead guitar; Scott Washburn, dobro; John Haer, upright bass. Recorded at Glacier Studios, Minneapolis.
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A Right To The Blues

Never been poor, down on my luck or downtrodden
Done time in jail, worked for the man or picked cotton
I can’t even say that I’ve had to pay many dues
Still I’m well acquainted with all of the shades of the blues

Been to the Delta, but only drivin’ through
And Southside Chicago I’ve been but a time or two
I don’t like to gamble, I drink beer but never touch booze
But since I’ve met you, darlin’, I’ve earned a right to the blues

A right to the blues
It’s the gift that keeps givin’
From the school of hard knocks
Got my diploma in livin’
The day that we met
that’s the day I started to lose
Now I’ve learned my lesson’
I’ve earned a right to the blues

Never been ramblin’ or hopped on an ol’ freight train
walked ten miles barefoot or had to sleep in the rain
Never went hungry or plowed behind a mule
But since I’ve met you, darlin’, I’ve earned a right to the blues

A right to the blues
It’s the gift that keeps givin’
From the school of hard knocks
Got my diploma in livin’
The day that we met
That’s the day I started to lose
Now I’ve learned my lesson’
I’ve earned a right to the blues’




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Uploaded: Aug 02, 2009 - 03:18:43 PM
Last Updated: Aug 02, 2009 - 03:18:43 PM Last Played: Sep 04, 2017 - 11:12:30 AM
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Moviz said 3059 days ago (August 2nd, 2009)
What a delight
you've posted here John. A lovely light and airy blues song in a style way gone by, but still very much appreciated and ever poular. I just love your 'natural' way of singing and the guitar parts and accompaniment are fab; just love this, regards M
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daibhre said 3059 days ago (August 2nd, 2009)
Fantastic!
Thanks so much, John. Love this stuff!
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Feter said 3058 days ago (August 2nd, 2009)
A Right to the Blues
Ol timy wash board blues ..the slide guitar here
is just authentic ...the vocal carried such
richness for the song ...tight tight band ...
if someone throw a banjo and mando with fiddle
this is certainly with turn to be a bluegrass
with all the appallacian spirit ... a true gem
thnx a lot for sharin !!!!
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Boundless said 3058 days ago (August 2nd, 2009)
Western Swing
sounds right. Great tune.
Fine playing and vocals.

Well done - thanks !


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magnatone said 3058 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Right to the Blues
Mr. Whitehead is DA BOMB!
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Lennon714 said 3058 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
Tour De Blues
A sweet little bit of Western Swing that would make Bob Wills jealous. Well done!
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tmcfate said 3057 days ago (August 3rd, 2009)
bug
you got the good taste bug
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airportseven said 3057 days ago (August 4th, 2009)
Man this is sweet
Made me sit right up and listen - everything's in the right place and a beautiful recording. You gents are the real deal. Excellent vocals and perfect lyrics. I'm a fan - time to start digging into the back catalog.

Bud
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Daugrin said 3038 days ago (August 22nd, 2009)
Right Blues
Taste and tone= John. Sorry, I'm late, this will straighten up a fella, right here. Start selling this stuff chief!

Daug
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MarkHolbrook said 2643 days ago (September 22nd, 2010)
As I listen
to your works I can't help but think that you and Ed (sloparts) would just fit right together. Collabs would be flyin... Anyway cool stuff!
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Name: John Whitehead
Location: Saint Paul MN United States
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