Jeff Givens and The Mugshot Saints

Jeff Givens and The Mugshot Saints

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Jeff Givens, aka “The Bourbon Cowboy”, proves this music is a lifestyle, not an occupation. Living the gypsy-troubadour-poet’s life for over 30 years. Seeing life from every angle, like Bukowski and Lennon, he’s lived hard enough to write about it. An unmatched mix of rock and country.


Jeff Givens and The Mugshot Saints are a swampy-rock band with original music crafted around ball-busting hooks and heart-wrenching lyrics; the equivalent of a musical 8-ball, without all the repercussions. Creator, lead man and troubadour-gypsy Jeff (The Bourbon Cowboy) Givens, is your master of ceremonies, along with his lovely side-kick and conscience, vocalist Jennifer (Momma Jen) Botka, provide a little banter along with their bullseye harmonies. Tearing it up, is the baddest band in all the land: Luke (Loop) Smith on stopwatch-dropping drums, bassist Johnny (The Rev. Johnny G) Gadeikis holds it down smooth and tight. The Mugshot Saints' musical director, producer and true North, Jason (Mista Bocka) Botka soars these songs on guitar and also serves as keeper-of-the-reigns on The Cowboy's crossroads soul-selling Southern swagger (sometimes a full-time job).

            Jeff and the Saints were proud to be selected as the 2017 Taste of Chicago's Sonicbids Artist and had a blast headlining the Bud Light Stage at the Taste. The Saints have been busy barnstorming some of the best venues in the Chicagoland area for the last couple years: Metro, Schubas, Martyrs', Reggie's, Elbo Room, Q Bar in Darien, Frankie's Blue Room in Naperville, Chicago Street Pub in Joliet.

            The band recently finished their third album, "Bleeding Ink". For this epic, The Saints returned to legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL to capture the vibe, ghosts and swamp palpable in the planks of this music mecca. They came home to Skye Bleu Studios in Villa Park to sweeten up the vocals and add in the sugar tracks (Cowboy does love his sugar - you should see him fix coffee!). Off to the legendary Joyride Studio for mastering and then decked out with inspired photos from Michelle (Mama Galloo) Gadeikis, "Bleeding Ink" is a culmination of the best of all of us; the crown of the Cowboy hat. In addition to an incredible catalogue of original material ranging from Bourbon to heartbreak, strippers to Christmas, The Saints also cover a deep well of artists: the Stones, Tom Petty, CCR, Stevie Nicks, Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Allman Bros, Bowie, Traveling Wilburys and many more. When you bring in Jeff Givens and the Mugshot Saints, you don't just get a night filled with rocking music, where you love each song more than the last; you get a full-on Show - complete with Holler n' Swallers, banter and the occasional innuendo. The certainty...? Once you see 'em, you won't forget 'em.


Slow Train

Written By: Jeff Givens

She's a dirty girl, I'm a dirty man
Fell in love just as deep as anybody can
Downtown in my riverside loft
That kind of dirt never washes off... Come on
So long, when the train pulls out there ain't no gettin' off
Don't cry, suck it up baby it's a long slow train to splitsville
Slow train to Splitsville

She's a rich girl, and I'm a workin' man
She love's the touch of these old rough calloused hands
Runnin' down the small of her back
She's wearin' nothin' but my cowboy hat... Come on
Everybody thinks it must be love
Workin' your way through the maze and you still get lost
It's easy to say "baby you're mine"
In the red hot glow of a neon sign
Don't you think forever is a long long time

When the flame of, passion disappears
Talk and wonder did love ever live here
Come with nothin' but a drink and a line
Take it all but you leave it behind... Come on

Dangerous Love

Written By: Jeff Givens

Everybody knows, and everybody talks about us
And this Dangerous Love
Everybody looks, when we're sneakin' around in the shadows
Of this Alabama town
Yeah there's something about this Dangerous Love
They can't understand
Laying low in a small town
Now baby, let's take a stand
For this Dangerous Love

In this town, of simple minded fools
In their lives, we're the front page news
They sympathize, with your unwanted man
Here I am, I've got a gun in my hand
Eveybody talks, everybody cries
Everyone's a loser, when everybody fights
Everybody's got a secret, cover up and lock it
Everybody's got a shadow, hiding in their closet

Girl in Carolina

Written By: Jeff Givens

I'm here in Chicago, loaded up to leave
I've got boots, guitars, and whiskey, that's all I ever need
I'm grabbing gears in Gary, here on 80 east
There's a Girl in Carolina, and she's waiting up for me
Through the coal mines of Kentucky, to Nashville Tennessee
Like the spanish moss I'm hangin', somewhere in between
I'm gonna take her to Savannah, down on River street
There's a Girl in Carolina, and she's waiting up for me
Why does she wait, wait up for my call
Why does she wait, knowing I'm long gone
One more cheap hotel room, never bothered me
There's a Girl in Carolina, and she's waiting up for me

I wanna see Rock City, wanna see Ruby Falls
I'm north of Chattanooga, still Carolina calls
I could've been on Lookout mountain, seven states to see
And there's a Girl in Carolina, and she's waiting up for me
This old boy's been so lonely, but not lonely like now
There's been so many before you, but the thing that makes me want you
Keeps me from turning around

We're gonna take a walk together, in the winter on the beach
I know happiness is fleeting, and it's always out of reach
She leads me to the darkness, so dark that I can't see
And there's a Girl in Carolina, and she ain't no good for me

How Could You

Written By: Jeff Givens

Everybody here in this room
Smells like cigarette smoke and cheap perfume
All we want to do is get intoxicated
I didn't come down here to be investigated... By you
How could you... How could you know
I've been dying to leave you
How could you... How could you know
That I stopped beleiving
How could you... How could you go
When I haven't made up my mind

I've been walking these streets at night alone
I've been thinkin' this house is just an empty home
Another girl, another drink, another hour I don't call
I don't want to fight, don't want to hear another teardrop fall
Everytime I leave, Everytime I touch you
Every single sleepless night, I'm not with you
Everytime I miss your call, becomes a clue
And everytime I lie when I say... I love you

Was it something I did, was it something I said
Did I leave too much blood on the page and not enough in bed
Did I leave you alone one too many times
Would it help if I told you I have changed my mind
I'd be tellin' the truth this time

Queen City

Written By: Jeff Givens

There's a town along the river
When I'm there I call it home
A place for every saint and sinner
To blur the line between right and wrong
You can always find a party
Find a church, and find a band
Find a sweet southern woman
Always there to lend a hand
You can walk in the light, you can crawl through the dark
You can pick up a habit, you can score in the park
Nobody knows but I'm leaving... Leaving here tonight
Say goodbye... Queen City Goodbye
I'm not ready to die so goodbye... Queen City Goodbye

You can't get whiskey on a Sunday
But you can get an eight ball anytime
Get a little girl to take the edge off
Make it to the church, be right on time

Looking For You

Written By: Jeff Givens

It's getting dark on the gulf coast here tonight
I'm drinking tequila, you don't wanna red my mind
On a moonlit night I stare out at the sea
I'm a wreck without you, and I'm looking for some peace
Everwhere I go I keep looking for you
Everywhere I'm looking I'll never find you
You're not drunk in Mexico counting the stars
You're not in some strip club, or Honky Tonk bar
Everywhere I go I keep looking for you
Everywhere I go I keep looking for you

I tried burning it out down in South Carolina last year
I took what was left of me, and had to disappear
One step ahead of the law is all I need
I'm a wreck without you, and I'm looking for some peace

I got hooked and crooked in my home state of Tennessee
Where every single damaged girl, stole the best peices of me
Now here I am all drunk on a lonely beach
I'm a wreck without you, and I'm looking for some peace


Bleeding Ink (Released September 30, 2017)

Midnight In Muscle Shoals (Released July 4, 2015)

Bourbon Cowboy (Released October 31, 2012)

Previous Projects:

40 Star --2017
Premium Plastic by Phil Rockrohr and The Lifters (2000)
(Produced by Jay Bennett of Wilco)
"Top rock release" - WXRT Chicago
"Top 5 Unsigned bands" - Spin Magazine

Gold Star (1995)
40 Smokes (1993)
The Lap Dogs (1991)
Danimal and The Wild (1988)

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