Donna Greene & The Roadhouse Daddies

Donna Greene & The Roadhouse Daddies

 Santa Barbara, California, USA
BandBluesJazz

It's a perfect combination of tasty old blues women songs, bluesy classics performed with ultimate cool, a selection of distinctive, horn-laden jazz riffs with woman who can really tell a story. Donna Greene has the range of Eva Cassidy, the grit of Etta James and the sly phrasing of Billie Holiday.

Biography

Take that perfect combination of tasty old blues women songs, season it with a few bluesy classics performed with ultimate cool, add a selection of distinctive, horn-laden jazz riffs and a woman who can really tell a story, and you have Donna Greene with “A Girl’s Gotta Have a Little Pleasure.” She has the range of Eva Cassidy, the grit of Etta James and the sly phrasing of Billie Holiday.

She came out of nowhere, looking like she just stepped off a train in 1940, walked into a bar and started singing the blues. Her amazing voice goes from a sultry whisper to a sizzling howl of pain. She has a vintage flair that immediately recalls the glamour of the 1940’s and draws her audiences in with her sexy roadhouse style. She gets things rocking.

Lady Blue has been compared to a wide range of vocalists... Billie Holiday to Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee to Etta James to Eva Cassidy to Bonnie Raitt...but her style is her own and her voice is unlike anyone else’s. She takes classic songs you may have heard a million times and shows you something about them that makes you realize that, until then, you hadn’t really “heard” them.

Ms. Greene has been lauded in both the jazz and blues scenes for her sensuous personality and roadhouse energy that pulls the audience in and keeps them wanting more. Joining her on stage are the Roadhouse Daddies led by Greg ‘Snoots Noodlemyer’ Loeb, whose bio is a mile long. He’s traveled the world and played with some amazing and well-known musicians. Snoots and Lady Blue are joined by some of the top veterans in the music world.

“Donna Greene’s blues are dry martini blues. She sings with a lotta swagger, a dash of sauce and a cool retro vibe. She’d have been right at home on stage at the Sands of the Rat Pack days or Ciro’s on Sunset Boulevard circa 1948. But, it's 60 years later and Donna’s attitude and energy is totally 21st century. She gives ya masterful singing that’s sensual, emotive, and fun. Donna Greene brings just the right feeling to a tune, whether it’s straight ahead blues like “You Can Have My Husband” or a Billie Holiday-era standard like “Comes Love.” “A Girl’s Gotta Have A Little Pleasure” is a winner! It’s a superbly-produced treasure highlighting Donna’s pristine singing with the style and punch of The Roadhouse Daddies!” Nick Gerard, Host of “Nothin’ But the Blues” on KKJZ 88.1 FM Los Angeles and www.JazzAndBlues.org

“Great bluesy voice... Jeannie Cheatham, look out! Have already played tracks on air.” Tommy Saville, BBC Radio Nottingham

“I'm thrilled with this album. I just wish I'd known about it in April of '08. But as they say, better late than never. As of Monday morning, WHLI will add to its regular playlist the title tune as well as Baby Get Lost, Double Crossing Blues, Love Make A Fool Of Me, and You Can Have My Husband. I knew from the first few seconds into this CD I was in for a treat and it didn't disappoint. Great work. I congratulate you and The Daddies.” Paul Richards, Program Director, WHLI, Long Island, NY

“All I can say is WOW. What a voice you have. This CD is incredible. Donna, what ever you're doing don't stop doing it. I listen to a lot of music and don't get overly excited but your disc just knocked me out. You have a tremendous talent and if you ever get down to the Hilton Head/Savannah area of the country, I will be sitting in the first row or two. It's a concert I would not miss.” Barry Rosen, 90.3 WHCJ-FM The Voice of Savannah State Radio, Savannah, GA

“Oh yes. Oh, YES! Vibrant, dynamic, delightful listening. A hit on the show!” Tony Wickham, Host of “Jazz World with Tony Wickham” on Radio Maldwyn (UK)

“The phones lit up like a Christmas tree when I first aired the CD! I know that it's gonna get ALOT of spins. Awesome songwriting, amazing vocals, tight band; makes for some of the best ear candy to come out of my speakers this year. And Ms. Greene is very easy on the eyes!” Mike Flowers, Producer of “Mystic Mile” on KZUM 89.3 Lincoln, NE

“I listened to your album and I love it. You have an impeccable vocal technique, a natural swing, a delicious voice, it's a great pleasure to hear you. Really, in my opinion, a splendid album.” Serge Warin, Host of “Canal Blues” on Radio Canal Bleu, Objat, France

“A clever, endearing and much appreciated CD that is on rotation. Give us some more!” Tony Bates, Highlands 100.7FM, Victoria, Australia

“I have just listened to your CD “A Girl's Gotta have A Little Pleasure” and thought straightaway, “Why would anybody need a review of this CD.” All l could think of was, “This is an absolutely perfect example of how to sing the blues; beautiful, exquisite, brilliant, wonderful, sublime, sophisticated...” sorry, running out of words.
To me, you channeled Little Esther, (love Double Crossing Blues... Esther and Billy Ward’s Dominos plus Johny Otis would be so impressed), with some Mickey Champion added to your inimitable style that exudes pure sass. The choice of material is perfect f

Lyrics

A Girl's Gotta Have a Little Pleasure

Written By: Donna Greene, Greg Loeb, Jimmy Christen

A girl’s gotta have a little pleasure
A girl’s gotta have some fun
Put your best champagne on ice now
This party’s just begun
You never know where you’ll find it
But I’m gonna get me some

A girl’s gotta have a little pleasin’
And not just once a week
Give me dinin’, dancin’, fine romancin’
And promises you can keep
You never know where you’ll find it
But I got some comin’ to me

A girl’s gotta have a little pleasure
(A girl’s gotta have a little fun)
A girl’s gotta have a little pleasure
(A girl’s gotta have a little fun)
You never know where you’ll find it
And I gotta get me some
Bridge:
I’ll show you how it’s done
This night is still so young
I should warn you
When I swing you, you stay swung

SOLO(s)

A girl’s gotta have a little lovin’
Someone to make my motor glow
I ain’t lookin’ for no drive thru
I wanna take it nice and slow
And you never know where you’ll find it
But I gotta get some more

A girl’s gotta have a little squeezin’
If you want to row my boat
I require special handlin’
If you want to climb on board
Or you’ll never know what you’re missin’
They don’t make ‘em like me no more

Chorus (x2)

Shoe Boy

Written By: Donna Greene, Greg Loeb

I am the kind of woman
With discriminatin’ tastes
And the way he looks at me
When he’s tightenin’ my lace
Is making me go crazy
I’m falling from grace
But that sweet young thing
Puts a smile on my face
It's my shoeboy
Shoe shoe shoe shoeboy
There’s nothing I like better
Than seeing a man on his knees

Oooh I ain’t lying when I say I need my fix
Of his charm and his manners
Hey, wait in line there bitch!
I am busy with the shoeboy
Try’n to find a perfect fit
Gonna be here for a while
It's how I get my kicks
With my shoeboy
Shoe shoe shoe shoeboy
There’s nothing I like better
Than seeing that man on his knees

There’s a whole lotta men could take a lesson from you
Doesn’t matter what we tell ‘em
They STILL don't have a CLUE
‘Bout how to treat a woman
And it’s really true
You got what it takes; it sho’ ain’t those shoes
Oh shoeboy
Shoe shoe shoe shoeboy
Nothing could be finer
Than seeing a man on his knees

Solo (over verse and chorus)

Loaded up my cards the Visa and Discover
Bought a pair of pumps on Monday
But I can always use another
Might take a little while for my credit to recover
But who could put a price on a shoeboy lover
Shoeboy shoe shoe shoe shoeboy
Nothing could be finer
Than seeing a man on his knees

Shoeboy shoe shoe shoe shoeboy
There’s nothing I like better
Than seeing a man on his knees

Bridge/Chorus/out
Oooh, we all know it’s better
To have our men on their knees

Discography

A Girl's Gotta Have a Little Pleasure

Set List

Our set list varies depending on the event, from sultry standards and ballads to down and dirty blues and R&B. We typically play a dozen or so tunes in a set... about 50 minutes, but that's also variable. Here's a sampling.

A Girl's Gotta Have A Little Pleasure
A Sunday Kind of Love
Ask a Woman Who Knows
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Aw, Come On Kiss Me
Baby Get Lost
Blue Light Boogie
Blues On A Holiday
Bye Bye Baby
Comes Love
Do Your Duty
Don't You Feel My Leg
Double Crossing Blues
East Of The Sun
Fine And Mellow
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Good Morning Heartache
Guilty
How High The Moon
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Don't Know Enough About You
I Don't Want Nobody
If I Can't Have You
Is You Is
Little By Little
Lost Mind
Love Make A Fool Of Me
Lover Man
Lulu's Cadillac
Mess Around
No, I Ain't Gonna Let You Go
Same Old Blues
Seven Men A Week
Shoe Boy
Since I Fell For You
Stormy Blues
Summer Samba
Take Me to The River
Teardrops From My Eyes
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