Glenn Kaiser Solo

Glenn Kaiser Solo

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
SoloBluesAcoustic

Glenn Kaiser has played the blues since he was a young man and has over 4 decades of experience fronting blues-based rock bands. He has traveled the world with his music and is as comfortable on a small corner stage with one of his homemade cigar box guitars as he is with a lap steel and electric guitars on the main stage at a festival.

Biography

CURRENT PROJECT
Glenn Kaiser and harmonica master Joe Filisko teamed up in the summer of 2012 for a concert at the final Cornerstone Festival in west-central Illinois. The 40-minute concert features this great blues duo showcasing their years of talent and artistry. Both audio and video recordings of the performance were released at GrrrRecords.com in April 2013 under the title Glenn Kaiser and Joe Filisko Live at Cornerstone Festival 2012. Glenn and Joe hope to team up for more shows as their schedules allow.

HISTORY
Glenn Kaiser has been singing the bluesand sometimes soul, R&B or rocksince he was twelve years old. Growing up in a poor family living and hand-to-mouth in central Wisconsin, Glenn eventually gravitated to Milwaukees local music scene where he fronted over a dozen bands, and wrote and performed solo acoustic music-all before turning nineteen years of age.

With his adolescence plagued by drug and alcohol abuse, Glenn got clean through following Jesus after a life-changing spiritual confrontation around his eighteenth birthday. During this time his music got heavier and in many ways, deeper. His former song writing motif celebrating drugs, sex and other vices gave way to lyrics about spiritual struggle, personal temptation, institutional sin, poverty, exploitation, racism, materialism and other issues that few musicians seemed willing to tackle.

Now, after more than four decades of making original music - twenty-five years of which fronting the hard-rock Resurrection Band - Kaiser is known for his raw, bluesy vocals, fiery guitar playing, bottleneck slide and harmonica work on thirty recordings and innumerable live shows. Glenn and his family have lived in Chicagos inner city for over thirty years doing mission work with people not unlike he once was. Kaiser has released several acoustic-based CDs between his electric blues and blues/rock albums. His seminal delta blues projects Trimmed and Burnin and follow-up Slow Burn (both with harp player/singer Darrell Mansfield) established him as a singular and authentic bluesman.

Three contemporary worship albums, along with the folk-pop Time Will Tell, fill out the acoustic discography. Acoustic cuts also comprise half of Kaisers critically acclaimed Ripley County Blues project which was recorded in a log cabin lodge in rural Missouri. The acoustic-based Bound for Glory features his unique arrangements of old hymns and spiritual choruses done mostly in the blues tradition he so loves.

Lyrics

Opportunity Dance

Written By: Glenn Kaiser

I don’t know who to trust
But I know
I can’t make it on my own
Livin’ in the street
Is beatin’ me down
Cuttin’ right to the bone

Been a long time since
I had a family
Or a place of my own
Tired a livin’ like this
Gotta be another way
I know it down in my soul

The sun streams in
Touchin’ my bed
It’s a brand new day
Opportunity came
So I took the chance
To walk a different way

Food on my plate
Pillow on my bed
Learnin’ new things
Maybe love is real
Maybe I can feel
The brush of angel wings

Ain’t all I want
But most of my needs
Are bein’ met
Shelter helpin’ me
Gettin’ on my feet
I’m not finished yet
God cares about me
I’m beginnin’ to see
This is for the best
Someone’s got my back
Faith becomin’ fact
There is a table set

Live Your Life for a Change

Written By: Glenn Kaiser

Live your life for a change
Live your life for a change
You ain’t gonna take it with you no how
Live your life for a change
And you won’t be ashamed
Live your life for a change right now

Make a difference in this world (3x)
Somehow
Don’t just do it for yourself
Put your pride up on the shelf
Make a difference in this world
Somehow

See your brother and your sister
Your enemy and friend
Your mother and your father
As your family in the end
One day we will answer
For the love we did not send
Live your life for a change
Right now

Repurposed

Written By: Glenn Kaiser

Never cared about the environment
Until I got older
Never understood why
Some people kept their house colder
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Everything dies
All turns to rust

We are learnin’, to recycle
How to help, the earth be green
We can do it, with the elements
So what about the people we meet?

Just wanted to be left alone
“Live and let live” they say
I’ll try to give you your space
We can share the right of way
Then the boss said “Thanks” and “Goodbye”
An’ then I got sick
Wall Street became Hell Street
Seemed I missed every trick

The poor, get recycled
The rich still roll in green
Buyin’ an’ sellin’ the elements
Tell me who- is served by greed?

Salvation knocked on my door
I never knew I was lost
Though a student of history
And causes, that end with a cross
I myself- been repurposed
I can no longer pretend
That when I’m happy and satisfied
That’s the beginning and end

We’re learnin’- to recycle
Helpin’ the earth to green
Carin’ more for the planet
So what about the people we meet?

Urban Hobo

Written By: Glenn Kaiser

The cops keep movin’ me
Thugs keep movin’ me
The weather keeps movin’ me
The birds keep movin’ me
I keep on movin’
Cuz I got no home

Eighteen or eighty-eight
No palace, wall or gate
Now an’ then a factory grate
In each an’ every state
I jus’ keep movin’
Cuz I got no home

By chance & sometimes choice
No address, no voice
Tryin’ to beat the heat & cold
Just an urban hobo

What You Did

Written By: Glenn Kaiser

I was hungry and you fed me
I was thirsty and you gave me drink
I was a stranger and you took me in
I needed clothing
you covered me
I was sick and you gave me care
I was in prison and you came to me there
You ask when was this
how could this be?

(chorus)
What you did for the least you did for me
What you did for the least (3x)
you did for me
You ask when was this
how could this be?
What you did for the least child
you did to me

He was hungry and you fed him
She was thirsty and you gave her a drink
She was a stranger and you took her in your house.
He needed clothing and you covered him.

(chorus)

Crossroads

Written By: Robert Johnson / Arr. by Glenn Kaiser

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Begged the Lord above for mercy, “Save me if you please.”

Well, I went down to the crossroads, tried to play it right.
I went down to the crossroads, tried to play it right.
Nobody seemed to know me, everybody passed on by.

Down at the crossroads, I saw the sun sinking down.
I went down to the crossroads, I saw the sun sinking down.
Lord above your mercy, I need your mercy now.

I went down to the crossroads, I looked east and west.
I went down to the crossroads, I looked east and west.
I finally looked to heaven, to the One who loved me best.

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
I begged the Lord for mercy, “Won’t You save me if you please.”

Discography

Live at Cornerstone Festival 2012 (with Joe Filisko) 2013
Cardboard Box 2011
Bound For Glory 2006
Ripley County Blues 2002
No Greater Love 2002
Time Will Tell 1999
You Made The Difference In Me 1998
Into the Night (Live) 1995
Spontaneous Combustion 1994
All My Days 1993
Slow Burn 1993
Trimmed and Burnin' 1990

Set List

GK SOLO BLUES SETLIST
(APRIL, 2013)

1. For a Change (GK)
2. Great Change (Rev. Gary Davis)
3. Long Way From My Home (GK)
4. Sweet Home Chicago (R. Johnson)
5. Crossroads Blues (R. Johnson)
6. Repurposed (GK)
7. You Got to Move (B. W. Johnson)
8. Urban Hobo (GK)
9. Poverty Blues (GK)
10. What You Did (GK)
11. Ripley County Blues (GK)
12. God Don't Never Change (B.W. Johnson)
13. I'll Fly Away (A. E. Brumley)
14. If I Leave This World Tomorrow (GK)