Jerry Popiel

Jerry Popiel

 Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Rust Belt Folk Rock

Biography

Cleveland-based artist Jerry Popiel creates a soundscape for fans of upbeat acoustic music with substance – Rust Belt Folk Rock.

As songwriter, singer, guitarist and often backed by his band Birdhouse Gourds, Jerry has supported many familiar artists, including Ohio supporting slots with the Beach Boys, Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Sister Hazel, The Fixx, Shawn Mullins, Clumsy Lovers, Ambrosia, Marty Willson Piper (The Church), Leon Russell, The Naked Eyes and The Strawbs, and has played the stages of Lakewood’s The Winchester, Cleveland’s House of Blues, Tower City Amphitheater, Nautica Pavilion and Beachland Ballroom. He has been featured on the Cleveland television programs “Crooked River Groove” and “Words and Music,” and repeat performances on WRUW 91.1 FM’s “Live from Cleveland” radio show. His music is featured on the 2008 documentary “Everyone But You,” by independent producer Eric Shiveley (www.ericshiveley.net). The film won the “Emerging Artist” award at the 2008 Oxford International Film Festival, and also appeared at the Colorado Springs Film Festival. The film also won “Best Soundtrack” award at the Jackson Hole 2008 Film Festivals, lauding Jerry’s songs “Irene,” “One Good Reason” and “That Girl” that appeared on the soundtrack.

Lyrics

Irene

Written By: J. Popiel (BMI)/L. Popiel (c) 2003

When you leave I feed your cat
When you need some space I tend your flat
Thought you'd go see Europe by rail
Did you notice I'd alphabetized your mail?
I'm just the guy who lives next door
And I know you wanted so much more
Irene, Irene
I guess love is cooler in Espanol
And I know this ain't exactly the Spanish coast
Keeping busy since you've been out
What with fixing the shower and patching the grout
I'm just the guy who lives next door
And I know you wanted so much more
Irene, Irene
I guess he left you high and dry
Took your wallet and didn't say goodbye
I paid your electric to get you through
Did I tell you I learned to Tango for you?
I'm just the guy who lives next door
And I know you wanted so much more
Irene, Irene

Ohio

Written By: Jerry Popiel (BMI) (c) 2005

Looks better now that you're back
Looks better with 10 years past
And you came back to Ohio
If home is where the heart is
The harder the heart can be
Except for you found the truth
You promised me that you'd write
You promised then said goodnight

In Ohio

Spent the summer out on the lake
Had peanuts and beer at the Jake
And it rained on your wedding day
And calling on weekends
Calling whenever you could
Until you said there'd be no more days away
And isn't it a funny thing?
And isn't it a cryin' shame?

In Ohio

And isn't it a funny thing?
And isn't it a cryin' shame?

In Ohio

Soul of Steel

Written By: Jerry Popiel

“Soul of Steel”

By Jerome A. Popiel
© 2008 Jerome A. Popiel (BMI)

I was born in the corner of a rusted-out shed
It was the worst place you’ve ever seen
Grew up with the taste of diesel in my mouth
And dust all over my feet
But even if I wore hand-me-downs
I never played the clown
I never messed around
Barred from the benches of a burned-out town
Heard the sound of the steel mill closing down

Did it feel surreal inside your soul of steel?

Grown from the gutters of a sickened downtown
They’ve got nothing else better to do
With smirks for smiles and shams for styles
They’re just sucking down bottles of brew
We were taught a man’s word is his bond
It’s his contract
His intent to act
Now we can’t retract across the railroad tracks
‘Til the man in black gives the company back

Did you get a new deal inside your soul of steel?

But even if I wore hand-me-downs
I never played the clown
I never messed around
Barred from the benches of a burned-out town
Heard the sound of the steel mill closing down

Did you become a big wheel inside your soul of steel?

Buck Bacon

Written By: Jerry Popiel

“Buck Bacon”

By Jerome A. Popiel
© 2008 Jerome A. Popiel (BMI)

Buck Bacon pulls his hat down low over his eyes
His face is burned from the wind and the sun and the burn
Buck Bacon’s jeans are bleached white as bison bones
Buck Bacon says that he’s got no home
But he walks with a purpose, he walks with an aim
Buck Bacon wonders how he got his name

Buck Bacon, brown eyed
Backside out of battered rawhide
Buck Bacon sighed and looked for a ride
Buck Bacon, downtown to the center of a Houma mawmaw
Buck Bacon found his bus coming round

Some kid on Sullivan Street
Kicking in a collard greens can
He can’t understand a man like Buck, so he mocks that man
Is he worth anything?
Is he worth his weight?
But to find out, we’re going to have to wait

Buck Bacon, brown eyed
Backside out of battered rawhide
Buck Bacon’s pride was swallowed and tongue-tied
Buck Bacon, downtown to the center of a Houma mawmaw
Buck Bacon found his bus coming round

[instrumental]

That kid ought to look where he’s going
That kid ought to look around
If he doesn’t watch where he’s going, his sky is going to fall down
Buck Bacon saw that bus
Bearing down as it cruised crosstown
Buck Bacon saw that kid on the ground
Without hesitation, without any fear
Buck Bacon dove and got that kid out of here

“Buck Bacon” they cried
Buck Bacon hit broadside
Buck Bacon’s hide came down on the wrong side
Buck Bacon, downtown to the center of a Houma mawmaw

Discography

2009 - "Hard Times and Hair Triggers" LP, BHG Records
2008 - "Pluto's Not a Planet" single
2005 - "Ohio" LP, BHG Records
2004 - "Right, Okay, Here We Go" - Self-released demo
2003 - "Crayon Banjo" - Self-released demo

Radio favorites are "Pluto's Not a Planet," "Soul of Steel," "Buck Bacon" and "That Girl." Biggest seller on Itunes is "Ohio."

Set List

Typical support set is 45 minutes, all original material. Headliner set is 90 minutes. Standard set:

Soul of Steel
Buck Bacon
Coming or Going
Pluto's Not a Planet
Dust Devil
Hard Times and Hair Triggers
Don't Blink
That Girl
Irene
Drive On
Ohio
One Good Reason
Blue Eyes