Tokyo Tramps

Tokyo Tramps

 
70 Fenway 12, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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A contestant for International Blues Challenge 2011 (Band) and a Solo/Duo Semi-Finalist in 2013 and 2014!! Just released their 6th original album!! "Don't be fooled by the look - or name........ if its musicians were raised in the Deep South and brought up on Delta blues." - Boston Globe.

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Biography

- International Blues Challenge Contestant -
2014 & 2013 Solo/Duo Category / 2011 Band Category

Hailing from the Land of Rising Sun (Japan), TOKYO TRAMPS is a group of American roots music fanatics. The musical journey started when Satoru left Japan to go to Louisiana searching for the spirit of Rock'n'Roll. Soon he found the key, Blues. Yukiko left a lucrative job in Tokyo and took a giant step following her heart to play American music. Then in 1999, TOKYO TRAMPS was born in Boston. Satoru took its name TRAMPS from his early idol, Bruce Springsteen's song, Born To Run - "Tramps like us, baby, we were born to run."..... Satoru says, American music changed our lives. Four individuals chanced to meet in Boston, and taking cues from our musical heroes, were creating something very unique and exciting. We are making our dreams come true every time we play.

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TOKYO TRAMPS has been extensively performing 80~100 shows a year in New England to Tri-State area since 1999. They got a wide variety of blues/rooty originals and cover songs, and has toured from New Orleans to Toronto, Indianapolis to Los Angels. TOKYO TRAMPS became a popular faces in Boston Blues scene ; appearing at festivals, best music polls, competitions, and many other events. They won The River City Ohio Blues Competition 2010 and represented a Blues Society in Marrietta, OH at 2011 IBC(International Blues Challenge) in Memphis, TN. Satoru Nakagawa is the Semifinalist for 2013 IBC (Solo/Duo), represented Massachusetts Blues Society, and 2014 IBC representing Boston Blues Society.

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TOKYO TRAMPS won the 18th Annual River City Ohio Blues Competition 2010 and proceeded to the International Blues Competition 2011 in Memphis, TN.

TOKYO TRAMPS was a Finalist for "Boston Blues Challenge 2011," and a semifinalist for "Boston Blues Challenge 2009."

TOKYO TRAMPS was the Runner-up winner of Boston Phoenix / WFNX 2010 and 2007 BEST MUSIC POLL Local Blues Act Category. TRAMPS also won Indie Artist of the Year from Immie Award 2007.

TOKYO TRAMPS was a semifinalist for "Boston Blues Challenge" in 2004. The winner of WMWM 91.7FM radio's Battle of the Bands in 2004.

TOKYO TRAMPS has been playing extensively in New England ~ Tri-State area. Some examples of apperances are:
Massachusetts - Ryles, Harpers Ferry, House of Blues, TT the Bears, Hard Rock Cafe, ChiliHead BBQ, Bull Run Restaurant, Smoken' Joe's BBQ, Next Page Cafe, Lucky Dog Music Hall, Lizard Lounge, Abbey Lounge, Plough and Stars, Church, The Sea Note, Midway Cafe, Kirkland Cafe, and many more!
New York - Kenny's Castaways, Baggot Inn, Blaggards Pub, Lion's Den, The Annex, Alphabet Lounge. New Jersey - the Buffstone's. Pennsylvania - Abilene, Club128, and the Tokio Ballroom. Rhode Island - The call. New Hampshire - Dolphin Striker, the Barley House. Maine - Port City Music Hall........and many many more!!

Showcase appearance are : Bignoise showcase (Providence, RI) in February2001, CuttingEdge Music Conference (New Orleans, LA), Midwest Music and Film Festival (Lexington, KY) in August 2002, and Indianapolis Music Conference in November 2003, Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA and Independence Music Conference in Philadelphia, PA in 2004/2005/2007, North By North East Music Festival in Toronto, ON in June 2006, NEMO Music Festival in Boston, MA in September 2006, and Independence Music Festival in Los Angels, CA in 2008. Keene Music Festival in Keene, NH in 2009 and 2010, Blues and Brews Festival in 2010.

A few example of TOKYO TRAMPS' appearances in local media are : Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, Metronome magazine, Soundcheck Magazine, The Noise Magazine, WAAF, WFNX, 92.5 The River, WMWM 91.7FM, AOTV, WIN-TV, and so on.

Lyrics

Good Morning, Marietta

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa

Good morning, Marietta, how do you do?
Good morning, Marietta, I’m so glad to see you
I wanna sing you a song ‘cos I’m so in love with you

I came from Beantown across seven states on the road
I came from Beantown across seven states on the road
I was feeling so tired, but you made me feel at home
Good morning, Marietta, how do you do?
Good morning, Marietta, I’m so glad to see you
I wanna sing you a song ‘cos I’m so in love with you

Take a walk with me down by the riverside
Take a walk with me down by the riverside
Show me your town and I want you to be my guide
Good morning, Marietta, how do you do?
Good morning, Marietta, I’m so glad to see you
I wanna sing you a song ‘cos I’m so in love with you

Empty Pockets

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa

Early in the morning I sneak out of bed
I put on a makeup and I pack up ham and bread
I work all day thinking ‘bout some kind of miracle ahead
At the end of the day nothing is left in my pocket

Empty pockets got me running round
Empty pockets put me down
But someday baby, I make my fortune come round

Once I had a good job, I had the money to spare
Then I got married to a guitar player
I carry his songs deep in my heart like a daily prayer
But at the end of the day, still nothing is left in my pocket

Empty pockets got me running round
Empty pockets put me down
But someday baby, I make my fortune come round

Wish I had a dollar for every tear I cry
Wish I was in paradise beyond that sky
With my man I keep the faith, you know I try
Before too long, I’ll be living in a mansion on a hill

Empty pockets got me running round
Empty pockets put me down
But someday baby, I make my fortune come round

Me And My Guitar

Written By: SAtoru Nakagawa

I used to be sad, nobody cared about me
I used to be sad, nobody cared about me
But when I picked up my guitar, you know she talked to me

Sing through me as I strum your strings
Sing through me as I strum your strings
Now me and my guitar, we’re doing our thing

Well I put my soul in it baby and that’s all I do
Well I put my soul in it baby what else can I do
Me and my guitar, we’re playing the blues

Bound For Glory 2012

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa

Well I’ve been riding ninety days in the pouring rain
I’m searching for my joy but I don’t know where it’s at
Oh, what a pain
My mama used to say you have to fight to win your life
Now I know what she meant that's why I strive
Oh yeah, oh yeah, I’m bound for glory

I was a waitress at a diner in Memphis called Hobo’s Home
And working around the clock just to make it on my own
One day I collapsed, then I spent five weeks in bed
I got a little lost but I never forget what mama said
Oh yeah, oh year, I’m bound for glory

I’ve got the feeling deep inside
I’ve got the feeling, I can not hide

I wonder what is next and wonder which way the winds blow
But I will find my mission only I can fulfill
Maybe tomorrow is the day or maybe right before I die
One thing I know for sure is I’ve got to try
Oh yeah, oh yeah, I’m bound for glory

The Ghost Of Old Love

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa

I can’t sleep and it’s almost two
My heart is heavy because of you
Old love, the ghost of old love
I don’t need this kind of love, why don’t you leave me alone?

I can see your face flashing back from the past
I can feel your anger ‘cos our affair didn’t last
Old love, the ghost of old love
Why don’t you understand it, baby? we had to let it go

Soon the day will come and set me free from your spell
You better go now and say farewell
Old love, the ghost of old love
I don’t need this kind of love, don’t come around any more

Holler And Shout

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa and Yukiko Fujii

This morning I got a bad letter
It made me feel so blue
This morning I got a bad letter
My baby left for someone new
Sometimes all I can do
Sometimes all I can do is
Holler and shout, holler and shout

Hard times are all over town
and my uncle, Jefferey’s lost his job
Hard times are putting people down
I can hear my neighbors sob
Sometimes all I can do
Sometimes all I can do is
Holler and shout, holler and shout,
Holler and shout, Holler and
Shout till I’m feeling all right

I’m holding on
‘though my baby’s gone
I’ll stay strong
Till I sing my victory song

I know better days are coming
And I’m carrying this heavy load
I know better days are coming
But I see a hard and rugged road
Sometimes all I can do
Sometimes all I can do is
Holler and shout, holler and shout
Holler and shout, holler and shout

No Time Woman Blues

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa

I need more time in my day so I can love my man
I need more time in my day so I can love my man
I got to see my ailing mama and she needs my helping hand

I woke up this morning chased out of my dream
I woke up this morning chased out of my dream
A time bomb was ticking and I couldn’t even rest in my sleep

I come home in the evening and I just sit and cry
I come home in the evening and I just sit and cry
Feels like nothing gets done no matter how hard I try

I got no time woman blues running round all night and day
I got no time woman blues running round all night and day
I wanna wear my favorite clothes and go to a nice cafe

I need more time in my day so I can love my man
I need more time in my day so I can love my man
I got to see my ailing mama and she needs my helping hand

With These Hands

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa and Yukiko Fujii

It's raining again outside my window
I'm thinking about my life as gray as the sky
Now there's a woman on the street dancin' in the rain
Is she crazy or is it me not feeling joy?

I wanna know why I feel this way
Seems like the good things always pass me by
These bitter tears keep on falling down
And I wish someone could show me the way

How to make it happen with these hands
I wanna turn my life around and be happy
With these hands
With these hands

I’m so tired of feeling tired of myself
I’m so tired of not feeling good
There’s one thing I’ve learned from my mistakes is not feeling good about myself won’t make me feel good

One more week I'm turning forty
You think I'm gonna trade in my old dreams?
But I teach myself not to worry
‘cos this game’s just rolled into the extra inning

I’m gonna make it happen
with these hands
I wanna turn my life around and be happy
With these hands
With these hands

Chicken Teriyaki

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa and Yukiko Fujii

You say you like pizza
You say you like burgers
You say you like fish & chips
And Boston clam chowder

I’m so really hungry
Honey, I’m so starving
I got to see my favorite chef
At the Japanese restaurant

I wanna eat chicken teriyaki
With rice and miso soup
Chicken teriyaki, por favor

Hey, mi amigo
Mucho delicioso
I wanna know your secret
I wanna know your recipe

You make sushi
You make tempura
You talk Salvadorian
You’re my mystic chicken chef

I wanna eat chicken teriyaki
With rice and miso soup
Chicken teriyaki, por favor

Come On Baby, Dry Your Tears

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa

You spent all your time
You spent all your money, too
To live what you believe
To make your dreams come true
Sometimes you just lose
Come on baby, dry your tears

You’ve seen your friends make it
All your friends make it
I know you’ve worked so hard
I know, I know you’ve been working real hard
Sometimes you just lose
Come on baby, dry your tears

Don’t take it so hard
Baby, don’t break your heart
It’s just another trial, just another trial
To make you someday smile
Sometimes you just lose
Come on baby, dry your tears

Baby Let's Clean The House

Written By: Satoru Nakagawa, Yukiko Fujii

As Iʼm sitting in the pile of junk in our room
I find myself deep in gloom
I took a look around and wondered what went wrong
I thought I heard the voice inside so I wrote this song

Youʼre beautiful and independent
Youʼre so smart and thatʼs so accident
But lately I noticed you collecting too much dust on your shelf
Baby letʼs clean the house
Baby letʼs clean the house
Throw away old clothes and shoes
Baby letʼs clean the house

You got a lot of books you never read
You buy so many canned food you never need
A bagful of coupons ainʼt worth a penny
You know thereʼs nothing as good as me
Baby letʼs clean the house
Baby letʼs clean the house
Throw away old clothes and shoes Baby letʼs clean the house

We used to have a room just for you and me
Now your exercise machine took over it as you can see
I get so jealous of my dog sleeping in his den
Iʼd be better of living with him
Baby letʼs clean the house
Baby letʼs clean the house
Throw away old clothes and shoes
Baby letʼs clean the house

Discography

"Rollin' Rockland Blues Hour"
12 songs CD released on January 17, 2013

"With These Hands"
12 songs CD released on October 31, 2009

"TOKYO GUMBO"
11 songs CD released on September 15, 2008

"Lucky Jive Will Come Home On King's Road""
4 songs CD released on May 17, 2006

"Bound For Glory"
10 songs CD released on June 1, 2003

"Long Way From Home"
7 songs CD released in August 2000

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"Me And My Guitar"
Satoru Nakagawa Solo Acoustic Album
5 songs CD released on January 17, 2013

Set List

TOKYO TRAMPS plays both originals and covers.
A whole night mix (Blues, Roots Rock, '70's, '80's and originals) sets or Energetic Original Set!!

A. Covers

Rollin' And Tumblin'
You Can Have My Husband
I Got My Mojo Workin
Night Time Is The Right Time
Never Make Your Move Too Soon
Further On Up The Road
Key to the Highway
Lonely Avenue
Sugar Coated Love
Highway 49
Break Away
Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Let Me Play With Your Poodle
Before You Accuse Me
Hoochie Coochie Man
Crossroads
Let Me Love You Baby
Home Work
Shake Your Money Maker
Come On
Have You Ever Loved A Woman
The Stumble
Thrill's Gone
Nadine
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand
Sittin' On Top Of The World
Little By Little
She's About A Mover
Slippin' and Slidin'
The Voodoo Music
Get Rhythm
Big Legged Woman
Wild Night
Proud Mary
Drift Away
Tush
Gloria
I Won't Back Down
That'll Be The Day
Tumbling Dice
Up On Cripple Creek
Blue Suade Shoes
Pretty Woman
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