B Street Blues

B Street Blues

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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The sizzling guitar work and cutting edge vocals blends to form a cohesive power blues machine that exudes excitement and energy. Voted one of the best blues bands in Boston!

Biography

A True Boston Blues Revolution
B Street Blues Biography

Boston was the home of the Tea Party and Revere's epic ride. It was the flash point of the Colonists' revolt. So, perhaps it is only irony that a group of blues musicians would have united in this place to spark their own musical coup? It was in July of 2003 - in the shadow of Bunker Hill – where B Street Blues ignited a true Boston blues revolution.

In less than a decade, B Street Blues have evolved into a finely-tuned and hard-driving, blues machine. Along the way, band members Norm Tiedemann, Dave Schaefer and Chris Chesna have earned accolades as one of the premiere blues bands in Boston. With an intermingling of classic and modern blues, they unleash a unique blend of roots, blues, jazz and rock music. Their live performances contain progressive vocals and potent lead guitar – all wrapped in powerful percussion. The result is a rare eclectic energy.

Elements of a "live performance" atmosphere exist within each of B Street Blues recording projects. Their debut album, B Street Blues Live, received many optimistic reviews. The Blues Critic described the album as, "Steady power blues on three originals and three covers." Adam Gamble, from Glocester England's CamFM 106.7, called the tracks, "Very well produced, and the musicianship sublime."

In December of 2010, B Street Blues began a new journey with the release of Car Won't Go. In the project, theyworked with a diverse team of many first-class musicians. The outcome was a ten-track collection of blues music. The album featured the session work of Allman Brothers' guitarist Jack Pearson, legendary saxophone player Richie Cole and blues harmonica master James Montgomery. However, it is the multiplicity of musical talents within the core members of the band that generate their revolutionary sound. Although the band often invites additional musicians to perform, tour or record - Tiedemann, Schaefer and Chesna are the nucleus of B Street Blues.

Norm Tiedemann "Norm T" – Vocals, Guitar
"Norm T" is fueled by a pure adoration of music that has stretched over four decades. The "T" could stand for tenacity – evidentin his constant desire to evolve as a musician. As a young child, his songwriting skills and musical ear already were apparent. He began to pick out tunes on the family's piano. By the age of fourteen, Norm had already been a lead singer in a band. While still in his early teens, he began playing guitar. Influenced by greats such as Eric Clapton, BB King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Norm has developed an exceptional command of lead guitar over the years. His robust vocals are dynamic and filled with sentiment and passion. Tiedemann can wrap around the surplus of styles in the band's original catalog – yet also tap into interpretations of blues legends on live covers. "It's the years of exposure to all types of music, life events and flashes of inspiration that I believe I offer to the band," says Tiedemann.

Dave Schaefer – Drums/Vocals
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dave joined the band in 2005. He was a musical product of a non-musical family. "Even the radio was absent in our house," Schaefer explains. Nevertheless, Dave's interest in drums and percussion seemed innate. It all began at the age of five when he was captivated by the bass drums of a marching band. Since the age of thirteen, Schaefer has either performed, or taught percussion. His prior band experience includes opening for groups such as The Ohio Players and Bo Donaldson. Schaefer has also toured with well known acts such as Gloria Gaynor and Edwin Starr. Graduating Cum Laude from the renowned Berklee College of Music, Dave earned a degree in music composition in 1980. "I bring a creative spontaneity to the band – I love going in new directions," says Schaefer. A musical scholar, Dave is B Street Blues' "Professor of Percussion." However, he also lends his pen to the band's compositions as a well-developed and very talented songwriter.

Chris "Chez" Chesna – Bass
Chris "Chez" Chesna joined B Street Blues in 2006. His journey into music began at age seven when he picked up his first guitar. He is a self-taught saxophone player. However, he became a serious bass player as a teen. Chris studied bass at the University of Lowell under professor Marc Henry. In 2009, he graduated at the top of his class from Berklee's Jazz Bass Performance Program. His wide array of musical influences embodies everything from Van Halen to Beethoven and BB King. He has had the opportunity to perform or record with the likes of Chuck Berry's band members, Count Basie's Orchestra and Iggy Pop. Chesna owns Middlesex Music, where he is an instructor of bass, guitar, and saxophone. Chris has become a regular on the music scene around Boston.

It is the creative diversity among Chris, Dave and Norm that yield the distinctive style of B Street Blues. "We've all adopted each other as brothers," offers Schaefer. He continues, "We're family. We can

Lyrics

Big Blue Blues

Written By: By NP Tiedemann - Lyrics NP Tiedemann, Dave Schaefer, Chris Chesna

Never picked no cotton
Plantation never my home
Lost no sweat on the Delta
Ain’t done no one no harm

Never been in no jailhouse
Never done no time
Ain’t no Lemon Johnson
And I ain’t blind

Well you go on and tell me
that I can’t sing the blues
Just wanna ask you
who is it makes all the rules
Don’t hurt you to listen
you got nothin’ to lose

Never shot a man in Memphis
I drive an SUV
I work for a hi-tech firm
And its worryin’ me

I use a cell phone
A computer too
You tell me I can’t sing the blues
For all these things I do

Still you go on and tell me
that I can’t sing the blues
Don’t hurt you to listen
you got nothin’ to lose
Come on cut me a break
just wanna sing the blues

Instrumental section

Keep spinnin’ my wheels along
I’ve gone so many ways
Should’a listened to mamma’s words
but who knows these days

Gettin’ Older but I ain’t dead
Still got somethin’ to say
Ain’t nobody listenin’ to me
Don’t hear a word I say

Well you go on and tell me
that I can’t sing the blues
Just wanna ask you
who is it makes all the rules
Don’t hurt you to listen
you got nothin’ to lose

Never shot a man in Memphis
I drive an SUV
I work for a hi-tech firm
It’ll be the death of me

Still you go on and tell me
that I can’t sing the blues
Don’t hurt you to listen
you got nothin’ to lose
Come on cut me a break
just wanna sing the blues

Car Won’t Go Blues

Written By: By NP Tiedemann

Step on the gas and my car won’t go
Step on the gas and my car won’t go
Gotta pick up my baby, she’s waitin’ by the door

Gotta pick up my baby, she’s waitin’ by the door
Gotta pick up my baby, she’s waitin’ by the door
I don’t pick up my baby, she’ll find herself a new beau

Well I’m down on my luck, got them car won’t go blues
Down on my luck, got them car won’t go blues
Gotta pick up my baby, ’fore she blows a fuse

Sax Instrumental section

I don’t pick up my baby, she’ll find herself a new man
I don’t pick up my baby, she’ll find herself a new man
Well my car’s out of gas and I ain’t got no gas can

Well my car’s out of gas and I ain’t got no gas can
My car’s out of gas and I ain’t got no gas can
Gotta pick up my baby I’m doin’ the best I can

Well I’m down on my luck, got them car won’t go blues
Down on my luck, got them car won’t go blues
Gotta pick up my baby, ’fore she blows a fuse

Guitar Instrumental section

I don’t pick up my baby, she’ll find herself a new man
I don’t pick up my baby, she’ll find herself a new man
Well my car’s out of gas and I ain’t got no gas can

Well I’m down on my luck, got them car won’t go blues
Down on my luck, got them car won’t go blues
Gotta pick up my baby, ’fore she blows a fuse

My car’s out of gas and I ain’t got no gas can
My car’s out of gas and I ain’t got no gas can
I didn’t plan to fail, I just failed to plan

King of the Blues

Written By: By NP Tiedemann - Lyrics NP Tiedemann, Dave Schaefer

Itta Bena, Mississippi
1925
Helpin’ momma’ pick cotton
Just to stay alive
Had to get out
Had a fortune to find
Beale Street was callin’ him
(To) join the who’s who

Well there ain’t no one
Gonna fill his shoes

‘cause he’s King
King of the Blues
Well he’s King
King of the Blues

A man who simply wants
To make his guitar sing
Maybe raise the roof a little while
While he “do his thing”
Ain’t no air about him
What you get is what you see
Singing me a story
Like he wrote it just for me
Roars like a loin
Testifyin’ to the truth

Well, he’s King
King of the Blues
Well, he’s King
King of the Blues

Fever risin’
To 102°
He said he’d be there
and his word is true
Show’s gotta go on
No matter where, no matter who
Only an honest man can stand before you
And play the blues

Instrumental section

Standing before you
Guitar around his neck
Standing ovation
Ain’t even played one note yet
Tears rush out his eyes down to his fresh pressed tux
He Gives you his all, he always pours out his soul
Humility touch you down to the bone
Feel his frustrations and all that he’s known

Well he’s King
King of the Blues
Well he’s King
King of the Blues

Two men knife fightin’
Knock over a tub of kerosene
Whole dance hall is burnin’
Over a young sweet thing
Oh why’d you run back in there, B
Take your life in your hands
Gotta think about your future
This ain’t no one night stand
Lucille’s a reminder
Never do such a foolish thing again

Well he’s King
King of the Blues
Well he’s King
He’s BB King

Live Bait

Written By: By NP Tiedemann - Lyrics NP Tiedemann, Dave Schaefer, Chris Chesna

There you go baby walkin’ down the street
The way you move babe it aint so discreet
Every man wants you way you wiggle that thing
Can’t stand to watch you girl you drive me insane

Well it’s a sin all that you put on display
You reel ’em in you’re just Live Bait

The night was long and it was gettin’ late.
The drink was strong and it was tastin’ great
She walked by me, in a way she was sure I’d see
Her ruby lips looked just like candy to me

Well it’s a sin all that you put on display
You reel ’em in you’re just Live Bait

Instrumental section

Another drink I think I’ll slam one back
Chug down the liquid courage that I lack
Approach you baby walkin’ slow and cool
Hopin’ you won’t make me out no fool

Well it’s a sin all that you put on display
You reel ’em in you’re just Live Bait

At my place baby now you get cold feet
My passion’s burnin’ I’m turnin’ up the heat
Give me your goods babe your sale is made
Time to reel in that line you’ve payed

Well it’s a sin all that you put on display
You reel ’em in you’re just Live Bait

There you go baby walkin’ down the street
The way you’re movin’ babe it aint so discreet
Every man wants you way you wiggle that thing
Can’t stand to watch you girl you drive me insane

Well it’s a sin all that you put on display
You reel ’em in you’re just Live Bait

Discography

B Street Blues Live, CD Release date Sept. 23, 2005.
Car Won't Go, CD Release date Dec. 12, 2010

Set List

A Man of Many Words
A Quitter Never Wins
Aint No Need
Alone on Valentines Day (original)
Ask Me No Questions
Bad Boy
Bad Case of Love
Badge
Before you 'cuse me
Boom, Boom
Born Under a Bad Sign
Car Won't Go Blues (original)
Cross Cut Saw
Everyday I Have The Blues
Feels Like Rain
Got My Mojo Workin'
Got you on My Mind
Hallelujah I Love Her So
Help The Poor
Hey Bartender
Hit the Ground Runnin'
Hoochie Coochie Man
How Blue Can You Get
I Just Want a Little Bit
I'm Ready
I'm Tore Down
Invertebrate Blues (original)
Just Like a Woman
Key to the Highway
MatchBox
Reconsider Baby
Red House
Red Rooster
Sick and Tired
Stormy Monday
Summertime
Sunshine of Your Love
Sweet Home Chicago
Sweet Little Angel
T-Bone Shuffle
The Thrill is Gone
Third Degree Blues
Three O'clock Blues
Turn it Around (original)
Wonderful Tonight
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
You Aint Seen Nothin' Yet (original)
You Don't Love Me