Hamburger James

Hamburger James

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Rock & Roll with Country Soul! Hamburger James takes elements of rockabilly, rock & roll, country, blues, rock, & soul and blends them into a unique style of fresh original music that stays true to its roots while still moving forward.

Biography

Hamburger James was formed in January of 2007. That March found them at their first gig, and what a gig it was. After playing a set of original tunes, they then performed as the backing band for the legendary rockabilly queen, Janis Martin. Sadly, this was Janis' last performance, as she passed away suddenly just a few months later. Inspired by the opportunity to have shared the stage with one of the original greats of rock & roll, Hamburger James has been carrying on strong ever since.

In November of 2007, the band booked a weekend recording session with the intention of making a short six or seven song demo. However, when all was said and done, fifteen solid tracks were in hand, and the album "Last Plane to Memphis" was born. Released the following year, it was a solid debut which received high praise.

Over the following year, Hamburger James honed their sound and stage presence into a musical force to be reckoned with. Energy, passion, and strong songwriting gives them a broad appeal to a wide range of audiences. Although originally conceived as a rockabilly band, over time the huge range of musical influences shaped their music into what is best described as "Rock & Roll with Country Soul". Elements of rockabilly, rock & roll, country, rock, swing, blues, and soul all combine into a unique sound that has Hamburger James standing out from the crowd of sound-alike roots bands.

In November of 2009, the band realized a dream by recording for a week at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN. Seventeen original tracks were recorded there in the birthplace of rock & roll, showcasing the range and depth of a band that has truly found its sound. This album is currently in the production stage, and will be released early in 2010.

Lyrics

Red Dress

Written By: Andy Vaughan

Sweet lordy, lordy, lordy have mercy on me
Who is that crimson-covered gal there yonder that I see
With that perfect smile and those pretty lips
Intoxicating hazel eyes and sexy, swingin' hips
She's set my soul on fire and she's made my heart a mess
Who is that girl in that red dress?

I've got to find that woman now, wherever can she be
'Cause every time I close my eyes that girl is all I see
I'm askin' everyone I know, I'm askin' all around
I just can't rest until I track that little woman down
She's set my soul on fire and she's made my heart a mess
Who is that girl in that red dress?

Now I feel so happy I just don't know what to do
'Cause I heard that little lady has been askin' 'bout me too
Now my head is spinnin' and my heart begins to race
'Cause cupid's finally brought us both together in this place
She's set my soul on fire and she's made my heart a mess
Who is that girl in that red dress?
Who is that girl?
Who is that girl in that red dress?

Wait For The Morning

Written By: Tedd Magsig

The bus slows down- stopping deep in the heart of an empty town
Outside in the cold whistling wind blows so bold- such a sad, lonesome sound
I clutch at my coat and wait without words as the doors divide
With careful steps down, and looking around- I stand there alone

I’ll wait for the morning
I’ll wait for the night to go by
And dream sweet dreams that I’ll be back in your arms again
I’ll wait for the morning
I'll wait for the night to go by
To be standing right there with you
And never be without you any more

The snow falls fast- grey skies turn to black as the night comes down
It's lonesome and cold, like inside my soul, in my heart since you've been gone
There's a light ahead- "Rooms Vacant", a blue neon sign projects
I take the keys at the desk, though I know there's no rest 'till I'm sleeping with you

I’ll wait for the morning
I’ll wait for the night to go by
And dream sweet dreams that I’ll be back in your arms again
I’ll wait for the morning
I'll wait for the night to go by
To be standing right there with you
And never be without you any more

So here I lay in the dark where I stare through this lonely night
I draw in my arms, pretending to hold your soft breast so closely to mine
Drifting off to a dream, and I start knowing soon that you'll be by my side
But I must wait- anticipate 'till the dawn's early light

I’ll wait for the morning
I’ll wait for the night to go by
And dream sweet dreams that I’ll be back in your arms again
I’ll wait for the morning
I'll wait for the night to go by
To be standing right there with you
And be pledging my love to you
And never be without you any more

Money Sense

Written By: Andy Vaughan

I got a letter in the mail one day
I thought it would take all my cares away
I signed my name and mailed it back- what else was I to do?
That letter told me I was pre-approved
I bought myself a stereo and a brand new TV set
Tearin' up the town with girls I'd just as soon forget
Nights spent drinkin' at the bars and countless music shows
'Cause plastic ain't real money, don't you know

I ain't got no money
Ain't go no dough- oh no, no
I've been working my whole life
Where'd teh money go?
I ain't got no dollars
Not one red cent
I ain't got no money 'cause I got no money sense

All the wise investors like to say
That renting's just like throwin' cash away
Well Mom & Dad sell real estate, so I picked up the phone
And I bought myself a little starter home
All the little things add up to more than you might think
I riding mower for the lawn and a brand new kitchen sink
Plumbing, painting, decorating, hinges for the doors
Then termites came and ate away my floors

I ain't got no money
Ain't go no dough- oh no, no
I've been working my whole life
Where'd teh money go?
I ain't got no dollars
Not one red cent
I ain't got no money 'cause I got no money sense

All my fancy cowboy boots and all of my wife's shoes
Custom made belt buckles and custom-drawn tattoos
Eleven hundred albums, and amp and 11 guitars
26 motorcycles, trucks, and cars

I ain't got no money
Ain't go no dough- oh no, no
I've been working my whole life
Where'd teh money go?
I ain't got no dollars
Not one red cent
I ain't got no money 'cause I got no money sense
Well I ain't got no money 'cause I got no money sense

Are You The One

Written By: Andy Vaughan

I've spent my whole lifetime dreaming
Of the one I'll truly love
Of some someone who will make my life complete
Are you the one I'm dreaming of

Are those the arms that will hold me
At the end of each day
And are yours the warm and tender lips
That will kiss each night away

Every time I thought I'd found love in the past
The flame burned hot for a while, and then it was gone
Now I'm looking for a true love that will last
Are you the one

Rumble Tonight

Written By: Andy Vaughan

There ain't no kinda talkin' gonna make this thing alright
We're gonna have a rumble tonight

I see your beady eyes a-wanderin' all around the room
And lookin' up and down my baby doll
Well don't you even think about a-tryin' to pick her up
Or man that's gonna be your fall
Now I don't mind you lookin' 'cause I know the girl is fine
But keep your little hands off what's mine

We're gonna have a rumble tonight
Yeah, we're gonna have a rumble tonight
We're gonna have a knock-down drag-out fight
Yeah, were gonna rumble tonight
There ain't no kinda talkin' gonna make this thing alright
We're gonna have a rumble tonight

You've been spreadin' rumors that you're gonna steal my gal
Everywhere around our little town
Now I'm gonna make you shut your flappin' little mouth
Man, ths time you're goin' down
I heard you tell somebody you were gonna steal a kiss
Well now you'll be kissin' my fist

We're gonna have a rumble tonight
Yeah, we're gonna have a rumble tonight
We're gonna have a knock-down drag-out fight
Yeah, were gonna rumble tonight
There ain't no kinda talkin' gonna make this thing alright
We're gonna have a rumble tonight

Watch That Cadillac Burn

Written By: Bill Pettus

June '55...

Between Hope & Texarkana
Blue Moon Boys before Fontana
Pink Caddy flyin', gotta make a pile of cash
The Memphis Flash is beatin' on the dash
Caddy's runnin hot, brakes on fire
Dreams burnin' up, flames risin' higher
Save all the gear before that baby blows
Watchin' her burn from the side of the road

Watch that Cadillac burn, boys- watch that Cadillac burn
The whole damn thing went up in smoke with everything you've earned
Watch that Cadillac burn, boys- watch that Cadillac burn
There's no time to cry
Gotta get to the show
Before you're done you'll buy 200 more
200 more

There's a Kay to save, a Gibson shiny and new
Trunk's full of threads, mama's pep pills too
The boppin' hillbilly bebop King
Drivin' like hell just to make 'em scream
It's back to Memphis for mama's Crown Vic
That burnt-out shell's enough to make you sick
Travel in style, that goes without mention
Ambition's a dream with a V-8 engine

Watch that Cadillac burn, boys- watch that Cadillac burn
The whole damn thing went up in smoke with everything you've earned
Watch that Cadillac burn, boys- watch that Cadillac burn
There's no time to cry
Gotta get to the show
Before you're done you'll buy 200 more
200 more

Boom-Chicka-Boom

Written By: Andy Vaughan

You just don't know what you've been missin'
Until you've had the best in town
Your lips just ain't been left a-quiverin'
Until they've kissed the best around
You need a little bit a' my boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom-chicka- boom-boom-boom

Don't act like you don't know what I am sayin'
'Cause you know the same thing crossed your mind
And you know that I would not just be playin' with a girl who looks this fine
You need a little bit a' my boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom-chicka- boom-boom-boom

Come on little baby now, don't be shy
Just push your inhibitions to the side
I bought your ticket so just climb aboard my train and then
Ride!
Ride!
Ride!
Until you're satisfied

So wrap those little pretty arms around me
Then wrap those pretty legs around me, too
I'll make you feel so glad that you have found me
I'll make all your wildest dreams come true
You need a little bit a' my boom-chicka-boom-chicka-boom-chicka- boom-boom-boom

You know you want it
You know you need it
You've just got to, got to have it now
Awwwww... baby

Cheatin' Side of Town

Written By: Andy Vaughan

I've never been here before
Though I've passed by many times
And as I walk through the door
It looks just like it did each time I stepped through in my mind
As I walk across the floor to find an empty chair
I feel like she is watchin' me- her eyes are everywhere
I half expect to turn around and find her standing there
But I just push the thought back and pretend that I don't care

So I sit for a while
And use the booze to calm my nerves
Then I catch a little smile
And I know she knows I seen her watchin' me watchin' her
I'm not quite sure what i should do and I'm tryin' not to stare
She laughs and then she smiles again while playin' with her hair
THe fella sittn' next to me gets up and leaves his chair
Then she walks right up, takes his seat, and she says without a care...

Welcome to the cheatin' side of town
I cal tell by those nervous eyes, you're not the kind who's been around
If you need a guide, I could show you the ups and downs
Of livin' on the cheatin' side of town

Now it's been a couple years
And this place is like me second home
I've probably had a million beers
And I've longs since lost the guilt of feelin' that what I do is wrong
A gal I've never seen before comes in and finds a chair
I have the barkeep make a drink and send it over there
I'm smilin' as she takes it while she's tryin' not to stare
Then I walk right up next to her and I say without a care...

Welcome to the cheatin' side of town
I cal tell by those nervous eyes, you're not the kind who's been around
If you need a guide, I could show you the ups and downs
Of livin' on the cheatin' side of town
Yes I've been livin' on the cheatin' side of town

Discography

"Last Plane to Memphis"- 15 track debut CD, released in June of 2008.
Recordings from the Sun Studio sessions in Nov 2009 are to be released early 2010.

Set List

We have an ever expanding repertiore of original material, currently standing at approximately 40 songs. While we focus mainly on original music, we also have a repertoire of approximately 35 cover songs- mostly consisting of early rockabilly and rock and roll songs by the like of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, etc.

We prefer to play one solid, high-energy set, between 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes. However, we can also play up to approximately three hours worth of material, broken into multiple sets with breaks in between.