Jinx

Jinx

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Blue-country-rock is the label, and the music is honky-tonk, folk, bluegrass, Tex-mex, flamenco, and border country. Jinx's songs evoke a wide range of emotions on steel string, nylon string, 12 string and slide guitars. He sounds like Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, Wilco and Steve Earle.

Biography

Jinx grew up in San Diego with musical influences of 70's country, folk and rock & roll. After deciding college wasn't for him, he moved to Los Angeles for the exciting music scene. He played electric guitar for many bands and artists and went through many styles (rock, punk, blues, pop, and hard rock) and just about as many day jobs. He ran printing presses, moved pianos, drove trucks, ran his own rehearsal studio, worked in construction, and finally moved furniture, a LOT of furniture. Over 350 houses and apartments! After he was laid off from work the 13th time, his friends were calling him "Jinx". The nickname stuck but it was 5 more layoffs before he took some vacation time. Jinx travelled, camped, hiked, and spent some time in Austin, Texas. The only constant companion: his acoustic guitar. It served him well as Jinx started writing his own songs for the first time. Within the artistry of expressing deep emotion through soulful chord changes, Jinx found his voice. "It was by far the most gratifying thing I have ever done," he says. Jinx muses, "at the most critical emotional point in my life I started writing and the floodgates opened, a match made in heaven."

Now a few years down the road, his voice, his show and his songs are hitting their collective stride. You can hear the places he's been in the music. The lonesome sweet sound of the slide Dobro, the sandy, cactus-laden spanish guitar riffs, rocking new twists on the blues, or the beautiful traditional chord changes of the cowboy steel string guitar, all are summoned in the forging of his songwriting style.

The city of San Diego, California also produced great rootsy talents like Jim Croce, The Beat Farmers, and Nickel Creek.

Lyrics

Walkin'

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

I go walkin', inside my soul, when I'm all alone,
I find myself, walkin' so low, such a heavy load,
movin' forward, I'm petrified, I can no longer deny,
If I delay, or pacify, time will pass me by,

Chorus

To apprise my mind is such a fight,
I yearn to lift my sights,
when thoughts unite,

Verse 2

I switch back, along the ledge, it's the view of neglect,
lookin' over, the path I've led,
and it crumbles with dread,

Chorus

Verse 3

So I walk, to calm my life, if I'm pre-occupied,
clear mental kindling and thoughts ignite, and my ashes arise,

Chorus

Beautiful Boy

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

The world's not the same, from a dark, dark place,
there's too much pain, that shades his face,
life turns to ash, when the world moves too fast,
no hurting at last, he was just too young to pass,

Chorus

beautiful boy, pride and joy,
beautiful boy

Verse 2

In his younger days, turned parks green from grey,
we seemed to outweigh, what led his mind astray,
year after year, through the hopes and the fears
I'll keep my mind clear, and pray he is near,

Chorus

Verse 3

Beyond the piles of debt, life always seemed such a mess,
but when he left, I realized we were so blessed,

Chorus

'Round And 'Round Blues

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

I'm in no hurry home, I'll take it nice and slow,
I hit the porch and my baby knows, then down then stairs I go,
'cause my baby, she ain't never wrong

Verse 2

She don't like to be ignored, she goes on about them chores,
I'm tellin' ya, I can't take no more, I'm down the stairs and through the door,
'cause, my baby, she ain't never wrong

Chorus

We go around and around, around and around,
around and around, all 'cause, my baby she ain't never wrong

Verse 3

We're really up in arms, life with her is gettin' hard,
I know she don't mean no harm but I'm down the stairs into the yard
'cause my baby, she ain't never wrong

Verse 4

Not a thing that goes untold, she really does know how to scold,
don't go askin' her who's in control, 'cause I'm down the stairs into the cold,
my baby, she ain't never wrong

Chorus

Verse 5

All the lies that are flung, she'd like to see me hung,
she got the world's most fastest tongue, and oooh, down the stairs I run,
'cause, my baby, you know she ain't never wrong,

Chorus

Watch The Track

Written By: Jinx

verse 1

I counted the boxcars, and then all the freight,
now I just sit here, and wait,
I can't leave the station, though the platform is black,
so I'll just sit here, and watch the track,

Verse 2

You said you were traveling, and we could make amends,
you said you thought this time we could be more than friends,
but I can't seem to find nothing, as the engine doubles back,
so I'll just sit here, and watch the track,

Bridge

There's so many miles, we could never go back,
so I'll just sit here, and watch the track

Last bridge

There's so many miles, I could never go back,
so I'll just sit here, and watch the track
I'll watch the track,
just watch the track

Suits Me Fine

Written By: JInx

Verse 1

The wind is beatin', on this old car,
I've got a date, in a Texas bar,
I crossed the state line, Southbound 35,
and if the sky holds out I'll make it alive,

Chorus

Time is a costin', tragedy is near,
to beat this strom to Austin, I'll burn up my gears

Verse 2

They won't wait, they want it now,
they spent the whole damn day pushin' them plows,
It's gettin' darker, the thunder's loud,
the road's unforgiving, under ill black clouds

Chorus

Verse 3

As it gets colder, the wind calls my name,
it seems to say, sorry you came,
I drink my whiskey, I drink my wine,
I'll drink my bourbon, it suits me just fine

Chorus

Tumbleweeds

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

I used to walk home this way,
I used to smell horses and hay,
but now there's tumbleweeds,
where my work used to be

Verse 2

I used to want to settle down,
in this tiny little rural town,
but now there's tumbleweeds,
where my home would be

Slide solo

Verse 3

I used to hear kids laugh and play,
but now the schoolyard sits in decay,
and there's tumbleweeds,
where hope used to be

Verse 4

We used to dance in the afternoon,
we used to walk and see the sage in bloom,
but now there's tumbleweeds,
where my heart used to be

Bridge

In better times we were livin' free,
but now we're lonely or crazy, or somewhere in between,
I can't live on, what used to be . . .

Verse 5

Most folks left to cut their loss,
but a few sell moldy books to the occasionaly lost,
and there's tumbleweeds,
where this town used to be

Slide solo

Verse 6

I never wanted to travel around,
but this place seems so hell-bound, and now these tumbleweeds,
are all . . . . I leave

Weight Of Your Sin

Written By: Jinx

Verse1

When the cold winds cross paths, and the plum clouds amass,
I'm goin' down to the river,
The gods are gratified, as drops from the sky,
fall in the river,
Seeking it's path, I revel in it's wrath, down in the river,
where seven streams lie, in wait to purify,
down in the river

Chorus

In the river you can forget where you've been,
the water will bear the weight of your sin,
if you've been down once, you'll go back again,
when you're feelin' down,
or you've run aground,
I'm gonna getcha, down, down,
to the water in the ground

Verse 2

Thoughts that terrify, are reflected in my eyes,
looking down in the river,
Though I stand tall and brave, my fervent heart gives way,
to the river,
the city's crucified, as my body liquefies,
down in the river,
as the ground breaks away, the rocks roll and play,
down in the river,

Chorus

Verse 3

When life turns dark and grey, my vices all betray,
I'm goin' down to the river,
from the depths of dismay, I know my soul is saved,
down in the river

Only The Brave

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

Red cliffs of stone, miles of tinted sand,
my ancestral home, where eagles make their stand,
borne of a tribe that heals, built with our own hands,
the vast pride I feel, for guarding this land,

Chorus

This nation taught my heart to love,
and that will never change,
we must rise above,
for time leaves only the brave

Verse 2

Forged through the years, learned from land and beast,
nature fed and reared, and sustained our feast,
honor was handed down, until we were deceived
like the mouse that raised the owl, we must endure defeat

Chorus

Verse 3

Beyond the gin and the lights, and odds that never end,
we must carry on the fight, or we will lose again

Chorus

Workin' Tonight

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

I pass midnight doin' overtime,
workin' tonight and your on my mind,
the whistle blows and the train steams by,
but all I hear . . . is your soft goodbye

I left this morning just fighting doubt,
the clouds poured as I left town,
I really feel we could agree somehow,
I guess right now we're all talked out

Chorus

I, just want you here tonight,
I, wish to go back in time,
and find out where the fire died,
and try again to make you mine,

Verse 2

I realy miss those simpler days,
when bills and kids didn't complicate,
we never needed time to get away,
and we really heard the things we'd say

Chorus

Verse 3

It's late at night and all the freight is sent,
I'm feelin' down but I've got trucks to tend,
I'm wonderin' if you said what you really meant,
and there's that train blowin' again

Chorus

Verse 4

I pass midnight doin' overtime,
workin' tonight and you're on my mind

If I had A Song

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

If I had a song I could sing for you,
one that's poignant but not too blue,
all my feelings in just one tune,
for when I go away,

I'd sing it softly in your ear,
and all your doubts would disappear,
about my leaving, year to year,
and coming home one day,

Verse 2

I can't help but think to myself,
I should give in and not rebel,
would you be happier with someone else,
who could stay in one place,

Years go by as I cross the land,
you've grown tired of sitting out the dance,
and the radio is your only chance,
to hear what I've got to say

Bridge

I watch the towns go by,
like the years of my life,
I know you've been waiting,
and at the end is goodbye

Verse 3

If I had a song I could sing tonight,
I'd pour my heart out and maybe cry,
and leave the stage feeling things were right,
like our love would survive

Verse 4

If I had a song I could sing for you,
one that's poignant but not too blue,
all my feelings in just one tune,
for when I go away, for when I go away,
for when I go away . . .
for when I go away . . .

Nuthin' Special ( for Trigger )

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

Ain't nuthin' special 'bout this old guitar,
it's just wood and strings,
as for money that's a farce,
you know I got her for free,

She was dinged and so scarred,
and they said it never sings,
but strum her curves and touch art,
she speaks what I mean

Chorus

She never once asked anything from me,
anytime I want to she just let's me sit and dream,
and with her I dream . . . from my heart

Verse 2

ain't nuthin' special 'bout this old guitar,
that I play everyday,
sit quiet and listen hard,
t what she has to say,

I'll never starve,
while I'm in touch with her grace,
and if I leave my mark,
it'll be hers to claim

Chorus

Verse 3

Ain't nuthin' special 'bout this old guitar,
it's just wood and strings,
but she gave me my start,
and she gives me my dreams,

Chorus

She never once asked anything from me,
anytime I want to she just let's me sit and dream,
she never once asked anything from me,
anytime I want to she just let's me sit and dream,
and with her I dream . . . from my heart . . . thank you Trigger, from all of us

Flying Home Tonight

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

I'm flying home tonight,
way up above the time line,
on these silver wings I fly,
to see my girl

Life's such a compromise,
she'll run to me when I arrive,
that's why I'm flying home tonight,
to see my girl

Verse 2

I'm riding home tonight,
leave run down bars and lights behind,
my frail heart comes alive,
to see my girl

If I can look in her eyes,
then I will know what's been on her mind,
that's why I'm, flying home tonight,
to see my girl

Chorus

Every time I hear her say,
"I feel I've been torn and frayed",
I can't wait any longer,
her voice slowly fades

Verse 3

I'm hiking home tonight,
with all these spirits runnin' through my mind,
I'll take, any way I can find,
to see my girl

She'll say, "God knows you try",
when I knock late she turns on the light,
that's why I'm hiking home tonight,
to see my girl

Night's Not The End

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

Soft daylight lifts the blues, of the moon,
I'm waking with you,
breathe in the winds of June, slowly love blooms,
waking with you

Verse 2

Past nights were so cruel,
I was dawn's lonely fool, leaving too soon,
I learn your kiss is true, and dark doubts withdrew,
waking with you

Bridge

And I know, that glow won't last forever,
but your eyes, ease twilight

Verse 3

As midnight's long hours wend, I know nights not the end,
we'll wake again,
nights not the end,
we'll wake again

It's You

Written By: Jinx

Verse 1

Maybe I give my heart, too easy it's true,
but love feels right, when I give it, to you,
and it may be risky, and I may be a fool,
but love's not wanting, and has nothing to prove,

Chorus

In the deep blue night,
you can think it through,
but for me . . . it's you

Verse 2

I wasted a lot of whiskey, waiting for someone to appear,
only to find out, it was me all these years,
if the good times didn't kill us, we can make it through the tears,
now when I wake up, I just need you near

Last Chorus

In the deep blue night,
you can think it through,
but for me . . . it's you, oooh,
when you come home, you will see it's true,
that for me . . . it's you

Discography

2006 - Revolution Of One
A 6 song EP featuring the best of Jinx's early material. Rockin' with a great band and some solo guitar songs.
Please listen at www.jinxtunes.com

Set List

I always tailor my set lists to the venue and the mood. I like to play mostly up and mid-tempo songs in my sets to keep people movin' and groovin'. For smaller venues and listening rooms I add in the slower and deeper songs accordingly.

I can play as little as 30 minutes or I can do four 50-minute sets.

Song List:

Americana:

Tumbleweeds
Search Goes On
In The End
River Runs Dry
I'm Coming Home
Too Much Livin Goin' Round
You Were Never Mine
Around The Bend
Three Long Weeks
If I Had A Song
Nuthin' Special

Country:

Three Long Weeks
Her Lullaby
Packed Your Heart
These Old Songs
Needs Me Around
Workin Tonight
Maybe's
Dancing Ghost
This Morning Feels Like Rain

Blues:

'Round And 'Round Blues
Suits Me Fine
Pawn Shop Blues
Sunday Morn'
Weight Of Your Sin
Freedom Train

Country/Rock:

Ain't Ready
Hit The Ground
Monday Morning
Walking
Cigarette Blues
Red Light Kiss
Faded Blues

Flamenco/Spanish:

Dig A Hole
Finding Love