Blue 88 Band

Blue 88 Band

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Blue 88 is a band with an innovative history of original blues that continues to reinvent its sound. Based out of Kansas City, KS, the Blue 88 Band has been a part of the local and regional music scene for almost 16 years.

Biography

Based on a dream 16 years ago, Blue 88 was founded by principal songwriters, husband and wife team, Mark and Susan Corbett. This band has managed to self-produce 4 CD's containing 47 all original songs and 1 DVD, and also continues to play 3 to 6 nights a week. Blue 88 has opened for such acts as Junior Wells, Savoy Brown, Robin Trower & many others. They are also regulars at Lindsey Shannon's BB's Lawnside BBQ in Kansas City, MO and have just completed their 2nd year of hosting the Tuesday night jam session at Dick Schulte's Blayney's of Westport in Kansas City, MO. Blue 88 will also be returning for their 4th year to perform at the legendary Black Hills Motorcycle Rally at Sturgis, SD in 2005. Blue 88 bases it's eclectic blues style on an aggressive double guitar sound enhanced by an original approach to lyrics and arrangements. Daniel Montero on Drums and Rocky Britton on Bass, both seasoned veterans, also handle many of the vocal chores.

Lyrics

Life's Gettin' Too Short

Written By: Mark and Susan Corbett

I don't need you anymore.
I don't need to hear your lies.
Honey now I'm flyin' high.
I know that I don't need you.

Just how much more .....did you expect me to bear?
Life's gettin' too short baby to spend on a lover who don't care.

Well I'm gonna tell ya somethin',
and ya better listen well.
You can't keep hurtin' me like you've been.
You're just usin' me, I can tell.

All your head trips, they're takin' me nowhere.
Life's gettin' to short baby to spend on a lover who don't care.

I'm tired of lettin' you push me around,
Tired of treadin' round so light.
I'm tired of feelin' nothin' but tired,
Tired of not sleepin' at night.

I don't know what it was that made me stay around.
Did I think it was gonna get better when all ya did was slap me around?
Got me a fine man.
I need him, he's always there.
Life's gettin' too short baby to spend on a lover who don't care.

Pay Your Dues

Written By: Mark and Susan Corbett

If you really feel that way about me, like I'm not equal to you,
Then why do you continue to take things from me, and want more no matter how much I give to you?

Well, I don't know how you can sleep at night.
I'm not the only one you use.
You want everything that you think you deserve,
But you want me to pay your dues,
pay your dues, pay your dues.

So I wonder if you know just how you got that way.
Did you stop a tryin' along the line somewhere,
To have broken your spirit and made you who you are today?

Well, it gives me pleasure when I give of myself,
But it's never enough when it comes down to you.
I can clean out my pockets while you sit on your throne,
Expecting me to pay your dues,
pay your dues, pay your dues.

Everybody's always gamblin', bettin' they spent their time the right way.
But what it all comes down to is if you wanna look back at your dreams
Or if you wanna live them out day by day, by day.

Well, then youv'e gotta pay your dues, we've all gotta do it.
Pay your dues and we can't always chose what they are.

Pay your dues.
Strength and wisdom don't come for free.
Gotta keep a payin' so I can keep a bankin' on my soul.

Gotta keep a payin' so I can keep a bankin' on my soul.

Out Of Town

Written By: Mark and Susan Corbett

Where's all my old friends gone off to?
Why don't we tear it up like we used to do?
Well it's a damn shame I had to pack up and move on.
My buddies put their roots down,
I had to get out of town.

Miss all those place I knew as a child.
Whenever I started messin' up, I knew just where to hide.
Well it's a damn shame I had to pack up and move on.
My buddies put their roots down,
I had to get out of town.

My first true love came easy and free.
Leavin' it all behind sure did bother me.
Well it's a damn shame I had to pack up and move on.
We kissed each other goodbye and then we slid out of town.

One of these days I've gotta get in line, kill that old devil thats crawlin' in my mind.
Well it's a damn shame I had to pack up and move on.
But now I've got some blues to pay before I get out of town.

Discography

All 47 songs on the 4 CD's below have been played on KKFI, Kansas City's Community Radio Station and some have been played on Lindsey Shannon's Sunday Evening Blues show on KCFX, The Fox, in Kansas City.

Slow Delivery (AKA The Keepers) - 1994
Spider Tree
Slow Delivery
That Lover Is Me
When He's Gone
Tunnel Thru the Fortress
Bright Train
Alone Like That
What Can You Do?
Jacob Marley's Ghost
Establishing A Psychic Connection With Jed
Clampett
Gentle Old Curse
Let It Go
Soul Eclipse

Blue Eighty Eight - 1995
Life's Gettin' Too Short
That Spell
Loreena
Sawed Off Edges
Strange To Say
Some Kindly Word
Full Moon
Now It's Gone Down
Blues for Jungawanga
Stumble
Crystal Angel
All I Believe In
A Thousand Miles Behind
Trails Within The Harvest

Paying Dues - 1999
Shot Down
You Always Feel Blue
Dead Of Night
Little Francis
Sorry I Brought It Up
Pay Your Dues
Are You Into It?
Medicine Man (For Chris)
Torn Up Wonderin'
Had Myself Fooled
Hiding Place
If This Dog Gets Loose

Classified Information - 2002
Who You Want Me To Be
Each & Every Way
Sit In the Sun
Look Into You (For Danny & Deb)
Out Of Town
Stand Up
Wade In the Water (Traditional Spiritual)
Coffee Blues

Set List

Our typical set list is 3/4 original & 1/4 cover tunes. We usually have 4 sets at 45 minutes each. Covers include Robert Cray, Albert Colliins, Koko Taylor, Albert King, Allman Brothers, Cream, Savoy Brown, Otis Rush.