Glenn Kaiser Band

Glenn Kaiser Band

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Glenn Kaiser Band (GKB) from Chicago is a classic blues-rock trio that packsĀ a musical punch reminiscent of Cream, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, and Gov't Mule. GKB is led by Glenn Kaiser with soulful, bluesy vocal style and searing electric, slide, and lap-steel guitar work. The low end is provided by the rock-solid playing of bassist Roy Montroy, and drummer Ed Bialach drives GKB's sonic barrage with precision and flair.

Biography

The Chicago-based Glenn Kaiser Band (GKB) is a classic blues-rock trio that packs a musical punch reminiscent of Cream, Johnny Winter, ZZ Top, and Gov't Mule. GKB is led by Glenn Kaiser with soulful, bluesy vocal style and searing electric, slide, and lap-steel guitar work. The low end is provided by the rock-solid playing of bassist Roy Montroy, who also teams up with Kaiser to write most of the band's songs. Drummer Ed Bialach drives GKB's sonic barrage with precision and flair. The three have a history together spanning decades with the hard rock group Resurrection (Rez) Band, and Kaiser's fascination with the blues has been lifelong. 

GKB shows exhibit a broad spectrum of hard rock and authentic blues. Sets can feature tunes from GKB's releases Winter Sun, Carolina Moon, Blacktop, GKB Live and Octane, as well as songs from Kaiser's solo projects, and always pay homage to blues greats of the past. The essence of this band is the creative energy generated by three talented musicians who obviously enjoy playing with and off each other. This is evident at each show, manifested in highly entertaining, spontaneous jams. A GKB concert crackles with a fire certain to ignite the heart of any blues enthusiast. 

Lyrics

Nick of Time

Written By: Roy Montroy and Glenn Kaiser

He didn't promise you a Cadillac
He did say that you'd get paid back
He didn't say that you would win the lottery when times got thin
But keep seekin' and you will find
He'll meet your needs in the nick of time

He didn't promise no penthouse view
Perfect health or a pleasure cruise
No velvet Elvis or Vegas show
No run of luck at Lake Tahoe
But those who trust Him will be doin' fine
He'll meet your needs in the nick of time

He came to show us how to really live
He said we're blessed when we freely give
He healed the sick and He raised the dead
Healed my brain when I was out of my head
Feeds the sparrow, turned the water to wine
He'll meet your needs in the nick of time

Runaway Train

Written By: Glenn Kaiser

Saw smokestack lightnin'
Heard clickety-clack
Lord, it was frightenin'
Comin' down that track
How I went runnin'
Took the short way home
That trainman gunnin'
Off his iron throne

Blowin' in the night
Eyes wide open
Sin in broad daylight
Swallow 'til you're chokin'

Sowed all the oats
Up came the weeds
Thought I smelled sulfur
From all my deeds
I wanted pleasure
Didn't worry how
Up came the mirror
Out came a howl

It came at daybreak
That darkness fled
I heard the whistle
Inside my head
Roared right through town
Like the six-fifteen
Straight down that track
Like I had never seen

Sun rose like lightnin'
An' 'round my brain
Saw some kinda shadow
Leave the rails

I wanted pleasure
Didn't worry how
Up came the mirror
Out came a howl
Roared right through town
Like the six-fifteen
Straight down that track
Like I had never seen
Just like a runaway train

Whisper

Written By: Roy Montroy and Glenn Kaiser

Like a whisper in the night
It comes to me, soft and light
In that conscience, center soul
In the darkness, it shines like gold

Heard the coyotes in the night
Singing lonely, sad in the moonlight
I've felt what they feel,
And understand
In the hunger and fear of my fellow man

Love is what I need
Love is all I seek
It's something everyone can use
Takes away my blues

Then comes the whisper in the night
And I know it's gonna be alright
In my conscience the Spirit calls
We can rise though we stumble and fall

Broken Love

Written By: Roy Montroy and Glenn Kaiser

What the world has to offer
It just ain't my cup of tea
It's my world says the scoffer
Looking down from his balcony
This world is falling down all around
It's just a broken love
Broken love

One thing's for sure, time will tell
Misery loves company
Well, get off your carousel
Take a good look, honestly
God's love can still be found
It's all around us
To heal the broken love
Broken love

U-Turn

Written By: Glenn Kaiser and Roy Montroy

Riding that sheepskin, leather, chrome and steel
Burning down that road, pipes cooking loud and real
But you still might find somtimes desire burns
You need to make a u-turn

Highways bend, Lord they rise and fall
If you don't pay attention, you just might lose it all
When the gravel bites you just might learn
You got to make a u-turn

Can't live in doubt - you know that ain't the route
On this ride, there ain't no place to hide
You can strut your stuff, but death is just too tough
Pay attention

Once your direction's right and you begin to heal
Don't forget you can't go by how you feel
If you lose the way, remember what I say
You need to make a u-turn

What Can Be Shaken

Written By: Roy Montroy and Glenn Kaiser

Wipe those tears from your eyes
All things will be clear, there's no denying
And things will disappear from the sky
A new heaven, new earth, no lullaby

What can be shaken will be shaken
What can be burned will be burned

Mountains laid low, oceans emptied of water
Not one stone left on top of another
Stars will fall, the moon turn red
Then they'll recall what He said

Discography

Glenn Kaiser Band:
Octane (2008)
GKB Live (2005)
Blacktop (2003)
Carolina Moon (2001)
Winter Sun (2000)

Glenn Kaiser solo:
Cardboard Box (2011)
Bound For Glory (2006)
Blues Heaven II (2006)
No Greater Love (2002, as Glenn Kaiser and Friends)
Ripley County Blues (2002)
Trimmed and Burnin' & Slow Burn (2002 re-release)
Time Will Tell (1999)
Blues Heaven (1999)
You Made the Difference in Me (1998)
Throw Down Your Crowns (1997)
Into the Night (1995, as Kaiser/Mansfield/Howard)
Spontaneous Combustion (1994)
Slow Burn (1993, as Kaiser/Mansfield)
All My Days (1993)
Trimmed and Burnin' (1990, as Kaiser/Mansfield)

Set List

A COMMON GKB SETLIST, AS OF AUTUMN 2009

1. Broken Love (OCT)
2. The Day Love Died (WS, GKBL)
3. U-turn (OCT)
4. Nick of Time (RCB, GKBL)
5. What Can Be Shaken (OCT)
6. Stand By the Window (OCT) or Whisper (BT, GKBL)
7. Useless Man (BT)
8. Streetcorner Blues (OCT)
9. Rooster Crow (CM)
10. Runaway Train (RCB, GKBL)
IF ENCORE-
11. Nobody's Fault But Mine (WS)
12. I'll Fly Away (BFG)

OCT = Octane (2008)
BFG = Bound for Glory (2006)
GKBL = Glenn Kaiser Band Live (2005)
BT = Blacktop (2003)
RCB = Ripley County Blues (2002)
CM = Carolina Moon (2001)
WS = Winter Sun (2000)