Joe Whaley and The Benders

Joe Whaley and The Benders

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Great band. Great music. 'Nuff said.

Biography

Joe Whaley and the Benders, comprised of multi-talented members from the Puerto Rican Rum Drunks and the Maxwell Lummus Band, have combined forces to backup newcomer Joe Whaley, a local singer-songwriter from the band's home base of Columbus, Mississippi. The band came together as singer-songwriter Joe Whaley began work in the studio to record a solo album. The studio, Music Alley – owned and operated by brothers Robert and John Staggers, is located in Columbus, MS. After enlisting help from John, Robert and former PRRD band mate Lee Graham, the group decided to give it a shot as a band. Joe Whaley and the Benders made their public debut on the Coca-Cola stage at the 2006 City Stages Festival in Birmingham, AL. Since then, they have steadily gained attention and fans in their local area, as well as nationally and internationally - thanks to the availability of digital distribution of music via the Internet. "We like to play to crowds that consist of music lovers…people that are there for the music, and hopefully we give them good music to listen to in return." The band is currently writing and recording new songs for a tentative 2007 album release.

Lyrics

Intermission

Written By: Joe Whaley

would you give it a second thought
study all my faults
and think of all the lives i'm living
it's not me, it's intermission
i'll show you that i'm willing and able
and lay my cards out on the table
it's your eyes only that i'm looking in
you saw right through me from the beginning
i'm not here to question
or approve your ill-acquainted actions
though i shroud my innocence
i'd be happy to share my ignorant bliss
and just once i'd like to pull the blankets from my eyes
and see the way you view the world
my forever standing pedestal girl

we've been here before
you've slammed all my doors
and you call me insincere
expect my to live my life in fear
and for what, my hands are tied
and you can spare me your goodbye
i've got a letter to remind me
of all the pain you left inside me
and i know this is not
the end of your brown eyes
i'll hang my head in shame
over a tear-stained picture frame
and i'll move on, i guess
and learn to be a man, more or less
and i'll take what i'm given
but that's not me, that's intermission

Joe Whaley - vocals, guitar
John Staggers - bass
Lee Graham - guitar
Robert Staggers - drums

Lullaby

Written By: Joe Whaley

you should hear the conversations floatin' in from the blvd
in this smoke filled, gin soaked, dim lit corner bar
maybe it was me who turned this into reality
but baby it was you who taught me how to live
maybe i'm just too drunk to take a stand
and climb out of this early grave i've been sinking in...

it seems everyone's so happy, everyone but be
has got someone to hold onto, someone to feel you breathe
there could be an answer for what's killing me
could be a cure, i'd like to believe
it doesn't have to be this hard, this way, this night, this day...
not today...not today...
don't let me go, don't let me fade away

it's just a lullaby for two brokenhearted strangers with too much time
it's just a lullaby from me to you, that's all i can offer you...

Joe Whaley - vocals, guitar
Lee Graham - bass, guitar
Robert Staggers - drums

Drive

Written By: Joe Whaley

late at night i take a drive
sidewalk preachers curse my eye
i roll on by as a second thought
crosses my mind
the city sleeps and no one's home
no one around to answer the phone
no one to call and no one to talk with tonight
so i drive...

these quiet streets are making me
wish i was holding my baby
i'll let the rain wash my misery
until i'm dry
and every moment that passes by
i can't help but wonder why
i've got nothing better to do than drive
so i drive...

Joe Whaley - vocals, guitar, bass
Robert Staggers - piano, organ

Everything's Been Up

Written By: Zach Siron/Joe Whaley

I jumbled up my indecisions
Thought about the life I’ve been living
And realized you're all I'll ever need
Drank the water from your roots
Discussed minor attitudes
And bread the love I’ve come to realize
Everything’s been up not down
I’m falling forward happy as a clown
I crumbled up the letters I sent
Heading south these thoughts I vent
Send me closer... down to you
This starving sickness in my gut
Smiling eyes breaking from my rut
Gentle voice... and I can say no more
Everything’s been up not down
And I’m falling forward
Can’t you hear the sound
The words you sing make me seem out of place
Lord knows how long since I’ve seen your face
Bed sheet wrinkles in the shape of you
And it don’t matter what I do
I know that you’ll come back to me someday
I crumbled up the letters I sent
Heading south these thoughts I vent
Send me closer... down to you
This starving sickness in my gut
Smiling eyes breaking from my rut
Gentle voice... and I can say no more
Everything’s been up not down
I’m falling forward happy as a clown
Everything’s been up not down
And I’m falling forward happy as a clown
Everything’s been up Not down
And I’m falling forward
Can’t you hear the sound

February

Written By: Joe Whaley

walking towards the wind and the snow
in february, the streets of philly are too cold
to hide from the monsters that control
the thoughts that lead me on
on down that road
that's been covered so many times before
and now you might find me in the gutter
between the ruins and the souls who once roamed
and now you might find me in the gutter between the ruins and the souls who once roamed
it's like a dream i've never had before
i wake up, palms are sweaty
and i'm breathing heavy
oh no...
i look for you to calm me, but you're gone
you left many years ago
but it seems you've only just stepped out the door
like so many times before
and now you might find me in the gutter
between the ruins and the souls who once roamed
and now you might find me in the gutter
between the ruins and the souls who once roamed
walking towards the wind and the snow
in february, the streets of philly are too cold

Dancing on the Boulevard

Written By: Joe Whaley

So many times I've tried to let go
And find myself falling back in love with you
And I may never find another way to start over new

And everyday I stare outside my window
Hoping to get a glimpse of you
Why am I always the last to know
When it's over
And it's over...

But, oh, I wanna see you now
Dancing on the boulevard
Breaking every young man's heart
Including mine
I loved the way you looked that day
With your hair falling in your face
I know you're the right one, babe
But it was not the right time

If I could control it, it would never end
Cause giving up is so hard to do
All I have are these memories
And they're getting old
I don't want to hurt this time
And I don't want to let go of you

And everyday I stare outside my window
Hoping to get a glimpse of you
Why am I always the last to know
When it's over
And it's over...

But, oh, I wanna see you now
Dancing on the boulevard
Breaking every young man's heart
Including mine
I loved the way you looked that day
With your hair falling in your face
I know you're the right one, babe
But it was not the right time...

Discography

Currently recording.

Set List

Over 2 hours of original material.