Blake Powers

Blake Powers

BandAmericanaAdult Contemporary

Blake Powers has a simple belief: Good music usually defies classification. Equal parts rock, country, jazz, and folk, his music's content and style makes listeners remember the time when the music on mainstream radio - James Taylor, Van Morrison - was concerned more with being good, than fitting in

Biography

Singer/Songwriter Blake Powers has created a dilemma for himself: He writes songs that listeners inevitably find familiar, yet difficult to place into a musical genre. “That’s probably because my musical influences run all over the map,” Powers laughs. His style invites comparisons to legends as diverse as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Harry Chapin, Van Morrison, and David Gray. “The acoustic guitar is at the core of what I do,” Powers says. “So, as long as my manic strumming runs through everything, labels like ‘country’ or ‘folk’ will attach themselves to what I play. And I have found musicians for my band who are talented at and experimental with their instruments, so I don’t try to censor them or their innate style, because I think the diversity they bring works with the kind of songs I write.”

Powers refusal to limit his music into an easy classification has earned him a strong word-of-mouth following among Rock, Pop, Country, and Folk audiences, alike. He has performed with and earned the respect of musicians like Bruce Robison, Chris Knight, Adam Carroll, Cory Morrow, and Guy Forsyth. Already, Powers has appeared at such legendary Texas venues as Gruene Hall, Saxon Pub, Poor David’s Pub, Stubbs, and The Kerrville Folk Festival. In April of 2002, he was named winner of the BW Stevenson songwriting contest, held annually at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, Tx. David Card, the owner of Poor David’s Pub and originator of the BW Stevenson contest, has seen popular acts like The Dixie Chicks and Radney Foster start their careers on his legendary stage. “Blake has as bright a future as any of the acts we’ve had here,” he says.

Blake’s plans for the future? “To keep making the music better and better,” he says. “I want the live shows to achieve a kind of intimacy and energy, at the same time. I really believe the band and I are capable of making that happen, and the more we play, the better we are at it. We are heading in the right direction, so the key is just to continue expanding our fan and venue base. You have to get your music into people’s hands and heads if you want it to stick.”

As for recording? “At the end of the day, I want to make a record that will stand the test of time. I think 'Lines' (Powers first release) is a good start, but I want to grow and improve with each album I make… Willie Nelson’s ‘Red Headed Stranger’, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’, and David Gray’s ‘White Ladder’ are good benchmarks… they are examples of Singer/Songwriter records that have the kind of vibrancy and honesty that I want to emulate. They are all relevant and amazing products still today, years after their creation, because the music is as true today as it was when it was created.”

Judging by his success so far, Powers seems poised to do the same thing

Lyrics

Run Away

Written By: Blake Powers

Hey you, don’t you think you owe me more than that?
How can I convince you, when you turn your back,
that I’m not going to hurt, leave, or betray?
Hey you, what’s this argument really about?
Are you terrified that this will not work out,
and determined to destroy it right away?

Well, no, there’s no guarantee
that the love we feel right now is meant to be,
but it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy
if you give up before it’s underway…

So don’t just run away,
run away.
Don't just run away,
run away.
You haven’t even heard what I’m going to say, please don’t run away.
Don't just run away

Sit down, start at the beginning with your fears.
How can I begin to ease them if I never hear
your complicated history replayed?
Sit down, all you have to be is yourself.
If you don’t like it here, we’ll just go somewhere else,
I know this great little Italian place...

But you’ll have to choose.
This will be a gamble and it’s possible to lose.
But if you don’t cut the time bomb’s multicolored fuse,
it’ll tick on down to zero and seal our fate.

So don’t just run away,
run away.
Don't just run away,
run away.
You haven’t even heard what I’m going to say, please don’t run away.
Don't just run away

I know you’ve got your instincts to obey,
they’re probably screaming at you not to stay,
but if I were you, I’d think about the choice I’m gonna make

and not just run away,
run away...
before you even hear what I’m going to say,
please don't run away.

System

Written By: Blake Powers

I guess they’ve got it all laid out,
I’m supposed to just lay down
and give away my soul,
give away my soul.
Shut my eyes and shut my mouth,
try not to spit their medicine out,
And let the punches roll,
let the punches roll…

But this system that they’ve got in place
ain’t working very well for me,
And, sometimes, I just stand here, half-amazed,
at this system that we’ve got in place,
this system that we’ve got in place.

Sitting here in this traffic jam,
I start wondering who I am…
these days, I just don’t know, seems like, I just don’t know.
In the other cars I can see
other faces, just like me,
doing just what they’re told,
but wishing they could break the mold
before they get too old.

This system that we’ve got in place
ain’t always something eyes can see,
and most of ours aren’t open, anyway,
to this system that we’ve got in place.
this system that we’ve got in place.

Work your natural life away
for the standard daily wage
seems to me an unfair trade
keeps me up at night, awake.
Individuality
systematically erased,
taxes and, then, death await -
the only certainties they say,
the only certainties they say...

But this system that they’ve got in place
all comes down to you and me,
and all the ‘easy-way-outs’ that we take
to keep this system that we’ve got in place.

So we’re the ones who’re gonna have to break
this system that we’ve got in place,
this system that we've got in place.

Lines

Written By: Blake Powers

Looks like more have found a place upon the edges of my face
this year…
Eyes can see too much of life
get old and overflow with lines
and tears.
Fading faces more unclear,
phrases heard I can’t un-hear,
boar into my forehead as I stare
at this stranger in the mirror, and the lines that have appeared.

Standing in them,
stay inside ‘em,
there’s no point in trying to fight ‘em,
sign the ones down at the bottom of the page.
Plastic surgery to hide ‘em,
using them to help divide up
races, classes, politics and age,
as if they are divine,
these lines…
as if they are divine,
these lines.

Custom cut and virgin pale, kilograms of hope for sale to buy…
thinks her life has gotten stale, plans to use her sense of smell tonight.
Fine ones she can't softly tread,
flat ones welcoming her death,
meanings shoved between ‘em she ain't read,
so she leans over the bed and snorts some lines into her head.

Standing in them,
stay inside ‘em,
there’s no point in trying to fight ‘em,
sign the ones down at the bottom of the page.
Plastic surgery to hide ‘em,
using them to help divide up
races, classes, politics and age,
as if they are divine...
these lines.

But they’re just products of our mind,
these lines.

Discography

LP - "Lines" - Released April, 2004

clips available online at http://www.blakepowers.com

Set List

We have played sets as short as 45 minutes, and as long as 4 hours. 80% original material, with covers that range from Nine Inch Nails, Sublime, and Radiohead to Jimmy Buffet, Jeff Buckley, and James Taylor.