Down and Dirty Blues Band

Down and Dirty Blues Band

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One of the youngest professional blues bands in Chicago, we love performing high-energy sets and making sure everyone has a great time. Some of our highlights include performing with Koko Taylor, Fernando Jones, and at Willie Dixon's Birthday Bash for Ms. Marie Dixon.

Biography

The Down and Dirty Blues Band is a group of up-and-coming musicians from Chicago, IL. Soon after meeting in the Columbia College Blues Ensemble in the fall of 2006, they formed their own band. From their humble beginning under the wing of Chicago's own Fernando Jones, they've channeled the soul and raw emotion that embodies the blues.

Their electrifying stage presence and unforgettable talent have landed them shows at The Chicago Blues Festival, The Taste of Chicago, Buddy Guy's Legends, The Navy Pier Beer Garden, Kingston Mines (requested by Ms. Koko Taylor), Willie Dixon's Birthday Bash at the Blues Heaven Foundation (requested by Ms. Marie Dixon), The South Shore Cultural Center, Lee's Unleaded Blues, the Red Line Tap, the Heartland Cafe, Phyllis' Musical Inn, Cafe Duvall, and the Elbo Room. In September 2007 they headlined the 3rd Annual Agatite Street Festival on the North Side of Chicago.

More recently, in November, 18 year-old guitar player Nathan Graham was featured in Buddy Guy's monthly blues letter as an amazing new Chicago talent. In early December Down & Dirty won Columbia College's annual "Rock the Mic" battle of the bands competition. They were then asked to have one of their originals featured on the 2008 CUMA (Columbia Urban Music Association) compilation album to be released sometime next spring.

Website
www.myspace.com/downanddirtybluesband

Friends
www.fernandojones.com
www.buddyguys.com
www.myspace.com/mosscocious
www.myspace.com/boyfriendsmusic
www.myspace.com/bakerlondon

Lyrics

CTA Blues

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

I get up and I try to catch the train for a ride
I get up and I try to catch the train so I can get by
But that train just never comes,
It’s got me always on the run
What do you do
When you got them - CTA blues

You get up and you try to catch that bus for a ride
You just sit and wonder why that old bus never rolls by
You’re always late for you're shit
And that bus just makes you it's bitch
What do you do
When you got them – CTA blues

I get up and I try to catch the el for a ride
I get up and I try to catch the el so I can get by
But the red line’s oh so slow
And the brown line totally blows
What do you do
When you got them – CTA blues

What Have I Done?

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

When I find myself making eyes
With a woman who could be my lover
Oh I know the time ain’t right
But I think we both might want each other
I give her a hint, she plays dumb
When I finally tell her, she runs
Lord, what have I done

I wake up and ain’t
Got nothing to do
I drank too much last night
Oh and I acted like a fool
My life just isn’t fun,
Oh who have I become
Lord, what have I done

Lord, lord, lord oh lord
Lord lord lord lord lord lordy lord
I said lord
Lord oh lord lord
Where’s the sun
Where have my friends gone
Lord, what have I done

I get up and it seems
That all hope is gone
I pull myself out that door
Gotta find some way to carry on
And I can be sure that better days are coming
As long as I’m strong
Lord, I know what I’ve done

You can have it and enjoy it
Or you can loose it and destroy it
You can gamble if you choose
And you might not always loose
But no matter what you do
Just remember – you’re better off just being you

Cold All The Time

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

When you’re lost in the gutter
And your life’s full of clutter
You might see what it’s like
To be hopeless for a night
You just hold out your hand
But not one person understands
Where you’re coming from
And your world just goes numb
Cause it’s oh so – oh so cold all the time

When you’re low in the drain
And your life’s one big pain
You might see what it’s like
To be clueless for a night
You just hold out your hand
But not one person understands
Where you’re coming from
And your world’s totally numb
Cause it’s oh so – oh so cold all the time

When you’re stuck in the hole
And your life’s got no soul
You might see what its like
To be useless for a night
You just hold out your hand
But not one person understands
Where you’re coming from
And your world’s completely numb
Cause it’s oh so – oh so cold all the time

Fishin' For A Wish

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

I don’t got that much stuff
But if I had you baby
It’d be way more than enough
I don’t have a room to call my own
But if I had your love
We could share my beat-up throne

I don’t have the greatest job
But if I had your jokes
My life would be no prob
I don’t got that much dough
But with your soulful fingers
We’d have plenty of bread to go

I’m fishing for a wish
And I’m wishing for an uncatchable fish
My big toe is my only bait
So I hope you’re feeling hungary – or else
We’re gonna have to wait

I don’t have the greenest thumb
But if I had your kisses
Those plants would get their sun
I don’t have the cleanest home
But if I had your cooking
There’d be a shelf for every stone

I don’t got the best memory
But if I had your laughter
I’d remember everything
I don’t got the nicest guitar
But if I had you honey
I could take these notes real far

I’m fishing for a wish
And I’m wishing for an uncatchable fish
My big toe is my only bait
So I hope you got them munchies – or else
We’re gonna have to wait

I got a message from a stranger
Found out my wish was in a plane
He said that one day it’d arrive
Just as long as I stayed the same
So now I’m looking at the sky
But my wish is flyin’ stand-by
Got my fishin’ rods in my hand
So now I’m gonna tell you all my plan

I’m fishing for a wish
And I’m wishing for an uncatchable fish
My big toe is my only bait
So I hope you’re feeling hungary – or else
We’re gonna have to wait

Let It Out

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

Let it out, don’t by shy
Let it out, and have a good time
Get it out, just do your thing
Let it out, and let your feet sing
And before the night is done
Make sure you have some fun
Just let it out

Well let it out, don’t be afraid
Oh let it out, and let it stay
Yeah get it out – just let it flow
Yeah, let it out – oh let it go
And before the night is done
Make sure you have your fun
Just let it out

Let it out, don’t hold back
Yeah let it out, and let it flap
Oh get it out, yeah help it leave
Let it out, oh let it breathe
And before the night is done
Make sure you have some fun
Just let it out

Let it out, don’t hold back
Yeah let it out, and let it flap
Oh get it out, yeah help it leave
Let it out, oh let it breathe
And before the night is done
Make sure you have some fun
Just let it out

Let it out, don’t keep it in
Yeah take it out, for a little spin
Oh get it out, let it move
Yeah let it out, and let it groove
And before the night is done
Make sure you have your fun
Just let it out

Wasting Time

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

Well I see you baby
As fine as you can be
Well I see you darling
As fine as you can be
But no matter what I say
Just can't get you to follow me

I know I'm probably wasting time
I know I'm probably wasting my time
Give me the rest of this night
I can surely make you mine

I saw you standing there
I know you saw me too
I saw you standing there
I know you saw me too
What do I have to say
To come back home with you

I know I'm just wasting time
I know I'm just wasting my time
Give me half a chance babe
And I will make you mine

I don't need you
There's a lot of fish in the sea
I don't need you
There's a lot of fish in the sea
But I wish I was a catfish
So you could fish for me

One More Hit

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

You're the drug I just won't quit
So please give me one more hit
My mind tumbles round and round
I don't want to touch the ground

There's no place I'd rather be
Than here with you holding me
Each time that I see your face
I remember how you taste

You know when we begin
Making love it's such a sin
But when I look into your eyes
It's your love that makes me high

Wish

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

Baby you got my heart
In the palm of your hand
Baby you got my heart
In the palm of your hand
I know you love another
But I wish you were my man

You know I'm falling apart baby
I'm being torn in two
You know I'm falling apart baby
I'm being torn in two
Someone gotta put me back together
Lord I wish it was you

I just need to move on
And set my love free
I just need to move on
And set my love free
Cause I ain't getting nowhere
Wishin on a man who don't want me

The Blues Is My Life

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

Don't got no money baby
My pocket book is running dry
Don't go no money baby
My pocket book is running dry
You know I'm in the poorhouse baby
Still got the blues in my life

My baby's gone and left me
And my dog up and died
My baby's gone and left me
And my dog up and died
You know I'm all alone darling
Cause I got the blues in my life

I got the blues in the morning
Oh I got the blues every night
I got the blues in the morning
Oh I got the blues every night
You know it's okay honey
Cause the blues is my life

I'm Telling You

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

You been playing around
You been going downtown
You been waisting time
While I'm left behind
I'm telling you baby
It just ain't right
I'm going out tonight

I'm gonna find new man
Just as fast as I can
I'll be waisting time
While I leave you behind
I'm telling you baby
It just ain't right
I'm going out tonight

I'm looking for someone new
Someone who's not like you
I'm looking for someone hot
Sorry but you are not
I'm telling you baby
You just ain't right
I'm going out tonight

Do You Know What It's Like?

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

Do you know what it’s like
To be in love with someone who don’t love you back
Do you know what it’s like
To give away your soul for an empty sack
Do you know what it’s like
To have your heart on someone that you just can’t have
Do you know what it’s like
To love someone so much that it drives you mad

Now sometimes a little crush will float away
And sometimes something bad will lead to a better day
But every once in a while
Your heart just goes a stray
But if they’re really the one
Then that precious love is here to stay

Do you know what it’s like
To be so sad inside that you can’t get out of bed
Do you know what it’s like
To be in so much pain that you’d feel better dead
Do you know what it’s like
When that special someone never calls you back
Do you what it’s like
To always be left hanging man, on the rack

Now sometimes a rejection is a blessing in disguise
And sometimes you’re affection just isn’t all that wise
But no matter what the case
You’re heart has the sharpest eyes
And if they’re really the one
Then you’ll someday find them lying by your side

Do you know what it’s like
When the one that you love thinks you’re oh so lame
Do you know what it’s like
When you’re so bummed out you start going insane
Do you know what it’s like
When the only thing you need is just out of reach
Do you know what it’s like
To bite into apple that’s a moldy peach.

Oh they don’t really care
You’re the dandruff in their hair
You’re nothing but another bore
And you’d sell your soul just to be an ant upon their floor

Texas

Written By: Down & Dirty Blues Band

I'm going down to Texas
Cause I'm trying to avoid the law
Yeah I'm going down to Texas
Cause im trying to avoid the law
If I don't make it to Texas
I'm gonna hide with my ma and pa

I'm stuck in this here prison
For shooting that cheating woman down
Yeah I'm stuck in Fulsom prison
For shooting that cheating woman down
You can find me in this cell
Almost level with the ground

I took three shots of whiskey
And I grabbed my shootin iron
I took three shots of whiskey
And i grabbed my shootin iron
Then I hopped a train down Austin And I moved on down the line

I'm going down to Texas
Cause I'm trying to avoid the cell
I'm going down to texas
Trying to avoid the cell
But I feel guilty about shootin that woman down
I feel like I'm in hell

Set List

Our set list varies depending on the length of our set and the type of venue we're playing, but we have four hours of material. We play both originals and classics.

Originals

Texas
I'm Telling You
Fishin' For a Wish
Wish
CTA Blues
What Have I Done?
Cold All The Time
Let It Out
Wasting Time
Do You Know What It's Like?
One More Hit
The Blues is My Life

Covers

Johnny B. Good
Stormy Monday
The Thrill Is Gone
Piece of My Heart
Messin' With The Kid
Killin' Floor
Mojo Working
Little Red Rooster
Mustang Sally
Let The Good Times Roll
Voodoo Chile
Fire
Texas Flood
Give Me One Reason
Big Boss Man
Stop Watching Your Enemies
Too Tired
Sissy Strut
I'm Ready
Cold Blooded Woman
Ain't No Midnight Train
First Time I Met The Blues
Life In The Fast Lane
Voodoo Woman
Riding Around In My Automobile
Dr. Feelgood
My Babe
Let Me Love You Baby