J the Savage

J the Savage

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

J. the Savage Band plays original, lyric driven music. The source of the songs come from my life experience: a West Virginia hippie kid from the 70's who's lived in New Orleans for almost 20 years. It is lyrically poignant and musically, it is a lot of fun!

Biography

J has been writing and performing songs, poetry and music for nearly twenty years. J grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, the heart of the Old Timey music scene, and some of the best known bluegrass artists in history. J has lived in New Orleans since 1996 and has written and produced albums with James Andrews and "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. He also has multiple appearances in Treme, 2nd season. In 2010-2011 he was nominated for an offbeat award for the "Best New Country Artist" and was nominated for "Best New Singer-Songwriter" in the New Orleans Gambit.

The Savage band is honored that Grammy winner, Jimbo Mathus, offered his expertise as a Producer and musician in their 2011 release "Very Same Dream." The album has already received some high praise. “So What” was reviewed in Billboard Magazine Songwriters contest, which said of it “Catchy melody, strong hooks, great song!!!”

J. the Savage Band currently plays in and around New Orleans. They regularly appear at The Maple Leaf Bar, DBA, The Old Point, and many more. They have traveled to Atlanta to Smith's Old Bar. They have also played the Pink Moon Festival in West Virginia.

The musicians:

Jamie Bernstein is the songwriter, lead vocalist and plays acoustic guitar. He grew up in West Virginia, in a cabin with no electricity or running water. He did however have a cassette deck hooked to a car battery- not joking! Jamie put his ear to work in New Orleans producing records and writing songs for local musicians. Most notably Trumpet player James Andrews and his younger brother Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews. In 2008, he formed the J. the Savage Band.

Bruce Tyner, guitar- Bruce has a Master's in guitar. He plays the Pedal Steel Guitar and the Fender Stratocaster. He wrote the harmonic dual guitar arrangements on “So What,” “Anyway,” and “They Programed the Machines.”

Willie Bonhan, guitar- Started out working in a jingle studio for corporate jingles in New York City. He has played for many years as a studio musician and is classically trained. Willie was an original member of the band, Dream Speak.

Walter Harris, drums- Comes from a New Orleans musical family. Walter is a Mardi Gras Indian and sews his own costumes. Detroit Brooks is his uncle and Betty Harris is his aunt. He has a prominent roll on the HBO series Treme. He also plays with the Dirty Dozen, Ingrid Lucia, and Derek Freeman's Smoker's World. Tracy Freeman, Harry Connick Jr.'s Producer commented "who is that drummer? He's like a human metronome."

David Hyde, bass -A native of Hammond, Louisiana, he was playing mostly black nightclubs by the time he was 12 years old. He played for President Bill Clinton while touring with famed rhythm and blues singer Delbert McClinton. In 1995 he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame when he was playing with the Boogie Kings. He appeared on Austin City Limits with Marcia Ball, blues singer Tracy Nelson and New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas. He was featured with Grammy Award winner Clarence Gatemouth Brown on "Jazz Central" on the Black Entertainment Television Network in 1997. David has played several festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. His experience and talent goes well beyond what is mentioned here.

Lyrics

Ruby

Written By: Jamie Bernstein

Ruby—
Written by Jamie Bernstein

Ruby don’t you sing that old song
Your Maamaw she is dead and gone
And the sweet shrill notes remind me
Of picking rocks out of her corn
No ruby don’t you sing that old song

When I was young I used to work her fields
I’d go by Maamaw’s house for my meals
You benieth the table
With the coal dust on the floor
No Ruby don’t you sing that old song

Your Momma she was wined and dined
Men from far and wide felt she was fine
Then she started into dealing
With things across the line
Your momma she was wined and dined

Why must the lord be so cruel
To play your poor mother for a fool
But, Maamaw she fed you
Well she put you through that school
Why must the lord be so cruel

So, Ruby don’t you sing that old song
Your Maamaw she is dead and gone
The Sweet shrill notes remind me
Of picking rocks out of her corn
Well, Ruby don’t you sing that old song…

So What

Written By: Jamie Bernstein

So What—
Written by Jamie Bernstein

So what, it’s just a thing, I just wanna belong, you just wanna belong
Then you find yourself doing things you don’t wanna be doing
And I can’t understand the scene I’m finding you in.

So you wanna be like the old folks,
you choose their poisons and smoke their smokes
Get wild for just a little while,
find yourself define your style

So what, it’s just a thing, I just wanna belong, you just wanna belong
Then you find yourself doing things you don’t wanna be doing
And I can’t understand the scene I’m finding you in.

Now you got just a little off track,
lost your fire start acting whack
Time to pull your game right back,
get on top, back on attack

So what, it’s just a thing, I just wanna belong, you just wanna belong
Then you find yourself doing things you don’t wanna be doing
And I can’t understand the scene I’m finding you in.

So what it’s just a thing, I just wanna belong, you just wanna belong.

That's All They Wrote

Written By: Jamie Bernstein

That’s all They Wrote
By Jamie Bernstein

I sung Luchambock Texas and Red Headed Stranger
And all of them Outlaw songs
The ones about do rights
The one’s about do-goods and those about them what done wrong
But, wanted to bring more, I wanted to sing more
But, the list, no it weren’t that long
I needed just one more to round out my set
So I sat down and wrote you this song

That’s all they wrote, Every last note
Well I wish that it wasn’t so.
I’d like to stand here all night and sing
But I can’t, ‘cause that’s all they wrote

I sung songs about heartache and songs about sorrow
And songs about drinking too much
The ones about feeling like nobody loves you
The ones about keeping in touch
And some fellow was listening
His eyeball’s a glistening and he made me sing that one about boats
But that was the last one it was after the fast one
‘Cause that song was all that they wrote.

That’s all they wrote, Every last note…..
Well I wish that it wasn’t so
I’d like to stand here all night and sing
But I can’t, ‘cause that’s all they wrote

Well thank you for listening to my music a glistening
Like water a dancing in light
Please sing this song often your mood it will soften
When you’re feeling beat down from the fight
And I hear you talking that you’ve heard this one before
It was written by one of the greats
But old Kris Kristofferson he must of lost this one
‘Cause that’s they wrote

That’s all they wrote, Every last note…..
Well I wish that it wasn’t so
I’d like to stand here all night and sing
But I can’t, ‘cause that’s all they wrote

Skippin' At The Mardi Gras

Written By: Jamie Bernstein

Skippin’ at the Mardi Gras—
Written by Jamie Bernstein

Sing with the big Chief,
Wild with the wild man
Spy with the spy boy
Sing with the Big Chief

We Skippin’ at the Mardi Gras gonna have a good time
We dancing at the Second Line drinkin’ that Sweet Wine
We dancing to the tambourine beat of the Indian Chief
Gonna get real loose on Mardi Gras Day, feel the spiritual release
We gonna jump, we gonna shout, 8 days a week
Wind up taking it to the street, well it’s Fat Tuesday gonna have a ball
Gonna holla, gonna shout, gonna show ‘em all, oh yea
Skippin’ at the Mardi Gras…

Gotta get up early Mardi Gras day see the Zulu Parade
Then dance real loose in a get free way like of god your not afraid
Gonna dance real sweet at the end of the street on Mardi Gras day
I hope this never fades away
We gonna jump, we gonna shout, 8 days a week
Wind up taking it to the street, well it’s Fat Tuesday gonna have a ball
Gonna holla, gonna shout, gonna show ‘em all, oh yea
Skippin’ at the Mardi Gras…

Here he come on Mardi Gras day C’est tu et Pocky Way
Oh, the Indians coming get or get out the way
Jacques-Imos fino hon na ney.
Big Chief coming with his band on Mardi Gras Day
Said Jacques-Imos fino hon na ney, tu et Pocky Way.
Sing with the big Chief,
Wild with the wild man
Spy with the spy boy
Sing with the Big Chief

They Programmed the Machines

Written By: Jamie Bernstein

They Programmed the Machines
Written by Jamie Bernstein

Well, they programmed the machines to program you
That’s what them programmers get paid to do
They’ve got your Internet and your television too
They programmed those machines to take control of you

They’ve got the onstar in your fancy new car
Gonna tell ‘em how to get to where your going from where you are
Got the GPS in their new Cell Phones
Let ‘em know where your at when you are not at home

They programmed the Machines, programmed ‘em good
Got you doing things
You never thought that you would

They programmed the machines they new just how to do it
They programmed ‘em so good that you never see through it.
Telling you what to talk and what to eat and what to buy
Those machines are deciding the very things that you try

Sex sells and money swells
when you buy those products oh so well
They make you feel so insecure about yourself
Have you buying everything that you put up on that shelf

They programmed that machine to program you
That’s what them programmers get paid to do
They got your Internet screen and your cell phone too
They programmed those machines to take control of you

They got that little man up there on your television set
Gonna tell you what to buy when you go out to get
All those things you don’t need but you buy anyway
They got you needing something new each and every day.

Discography

Very Same Dream, released Jan 18th, 2011
available online at Digstation.com and louisianamusicfactory.com.

Songs from the Tree of Life, 2009 available online from iTunes and at www.cdbaby.com
Songs from the Tree of life has been added to radio station playlists all over the country. "Black Santa" is already attaining cult status around the holidays, especially with Jamie's book of the same name released in 2010.

Goin' to Beckley digitally released by Quickstar Productions on the CD "Goin' Back Home vol.3" available on iTunes and emusic

Jamie Bernstein is also a producer and writer on James "12" Andrews and the Crescent City AllStars album, "People Get Ready Now". available online from iTunes and at www.cdbaby.com

Set List

Set List generally 3 1 hour sets or 2 hour and 1/2 sets
I.
Age of the Superstar
Land Of the Buffalo
Saint James Infirmary
Eye On the Sparrow
New River Train
Stormy Monday
16 Tons
Mack Cole
Still Had to do It
100 Proof

II.
Simple Twist of Fate
Barstow
12 Miles from Shreveport
Saint Anna's
Shady Grove
Ruby Don't Sing
Sorry to Say
Cry for Yourself
Blinders On
Cocaine Blues
So What----

III
Goin' Down the Road feelin' Bad
Got That Way
Big Brass
Oh Lord Don't Let Us dowm
Anyway
Whiskey Heaven
Jack a Roe
Same Dream
Big River
So What Reprise