Whoa, Nellie!

Whoa, Nellie!

BandCountryAmericana

We play a fun, high-energy mix of country, country-swing, rock-a-billy, blues, accordion reels and shredding guitar all blended up into our own unique sound: new-traditional country-swing-a-billy, baby!

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Biography

Whoa, Nellie! was formed in March 2005 by Vera Colley – singer, songwriter and accordionista. Her sound is an exciting blend of traditional country, country-swing, rock-a-billy and footstompin’ reels – fresh originals and a joyous revival of forgotten gems. Her love of this music is immediately apparent to audiences in Toronto and surrounding area. She looks like she is having fun because she is! The very distinct Whoa, Nellie! sound is nailed to the floorboards by her partner and guitar-slinger Johnny G, wielding an arsenal of lovely stringed things with flying fingers and a depth of understanding of roots and American music few guitar players can boast. Usually arranged as three-piece with bass and drums, Whoa, Nellie! is lively, lovely, new-traditional country. In 2005 Whoa, Nellie! recorded a five-song demo called “Swing-billy, baby…” and are currently in the home stretch to release a full-length CD.

Whoa, Nellie! was recently honored with the BEST COUNTRY award at the 2010 Barrie New Music Fest Awards!!

Lyrics

Cruel Lips (tell me why...)

Written By: Vera Colley

CRUEL LIPS (tell me why…)
words and music by Vera Colley
January 2007

CHORUS
How can those be the same lips
that spoke the words I love you
and will, I will, I do
until I die

Cruel lips -- tell me why
tell me which one was a lie
you went straight from "I love you"
to "goodbye"

V1
sweet lips you didn't speak the words
that would have let me know
that the troubles we were having
weren't just bumps in the road

if you cannot tell me what you want
how can I keep you satisfied
even though I didn't know,
I know I tried, lord knows I tried

now the words that you are saying
are so cruel I'm paralyzed
yet the love I have for you still burns
though yours has clearly died

CHORUS

V2
Dear lips you promised me
that you'd try through thick and thin
How can you find the strength to hurt me now
but you couldn't speak up then?

if you must then go and find a way
to make new dreams come true
just don't crush my heart, my life, my love
my memories of you

it takes two to make a mess of things
two fools to stop the show
please don't make me hate you, darlin'
just to make me let you go

CHORUS

I Need You Like a Hole in the Head

Written By: Vera Colley

I Need You Like A Hole In The Head
By Vera Colley, 2006

Sometimes I wonder why do I so complicate my life
and get so twisted up and tied the way I do
when I analyze the situation
all these trials and tribulations
seems my major complication comes from
hangin’ ‘round with you

So when I say I love you baby
rest assured that it’s the truth,
‘cause I need you like a hole in the head

CHORUS
Do I want you, do I need you, do I love you
Better be careful not to mix up which is which
I must really want you, and I must really love you
‘cause I need you like a hole in the head

You’re a source of constant turmoil and a pain in several places
especially when you think that you can tell me what to do
trouble is you make me happy
when you’re not driving me crazy
all I can say is that it is a darned good thing
I think you’re cute

So when I say I love you baby
rest assured that it’s the truth,
‘cause I need you like a hole in the head

CHORUS
Do I want you, do I need you, do I love you
Better be careful not to mix up which is which
I must really want you, and I must really love you
‘cause I need you like a hole in the head

I must really want you and I must really love you
‘cause I need you like a hole in the head

Oh, I must want you honey, I must want you really bad
‘cause I need you like a hole in the head!

Discography

5-song EP entitled "Swing-a-Billy, Baby..." (2005)

Forthcoming debut CD tentatively entitled "Truckers, Kickers & Cowboy Angels"

Set List

We play a mixture of originals and covers, usually three 45-minute sets. For example:

ANGELINE THE BAKER/ OLD JOE CLARK
How Blue
Big City
WHEE DOGGIE*
Just as Lost as I Ever Was*
You Can’t Break My Heart
The French Song
Pussyfootin’*
Hurry on Down
Stare The Devil Down*
Graveyard Shift
Rock Boppin’ Baby
Waste of Good Emotion*
CATFISH/PIG’S FOOT
PICKIN’ FER JESUS*
Twice The Lovin’
Loudmouth
Just Because
You’re My Baby Tonight
Cruel Lips (tell me why…)*
THE WAUPOOS WIND*
Honky Tonkin’
Cryin’ Over You
I Need You Like a Hole in the Head*
It’s Not the Lovin’ (it’s the livin’ with)*
MAPLE SUGAR
THE CADILLAC FANDANGO*
SOLDIER’S JOY/ NEEDLECASE
I’m Gonna Be A Wheel
Sin City
Penny Waiting for Change*
Swing Wide Your Gate Of Love
Feels Pretty Real to Me*
Catch a Fallin’ Star
Under Your Spell Again
You’ve Got My Attention Now*
Jambalaya
The Big Time, Baby*
Who Walks In
Heart Trouble
Blue Moon of Kentucky
WALK OF SHAME*
Don’t You Tell Nobody
Tear It U