Majors Junction

Majors Junction

 Saint Charles, Illinois, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

“Plush Lonesome Western Blues.” Majors Junction transcends genres, producing a diverse meld of country-rock and honky-tonk blues with folk undertones and hints of bluegrass, rock & roll, and reggae.

Biography

**Biography**

Rich textures created by the quintet have been described as “Plush Lonesome Western Blues.” Attracting listeners who embrace the roots, Majors Junction produces a diverse meld of country honky-tonk blues with folk undertones and hints of bluegrass, rock & roll, and reggae. It’s a unique sound that celebrates individuality and hard work, two qualities the band shares with its home town of Chicago.

The band came together in the fall of 2002 to elaborate on a recording project of award winning singer/songwriter's, Mike Mulcahy and Marc Johns. Johns continues to contribute to Majors Junction but has passed the lead guitar role on to Jim Croke and/or Brian Wilke. They, along with singers Heather O’Brien and Kiley Ruggiero, drummer Colin Williams and stand-up bassist Ira Sussman create a unique brand of roots music that will keep your toe tapping.

Majors Junction can be regularly seen and heard around Chicago playing clubs like Martyrs’ and the Hideout as well as honky tonks and bowling alleys like Lincoln Square Lanes and The Horseshoe. MJ also performs at festivals like the Taste of Chicago and Greeley Stampede in Colorado.

Their recently completed their third CD, Good vs Evil and are in the studio working on their 4th coming album. Their music tells the stories about life, love, death, mental struggles and triumphs. So put the top down on your ’72 Eldorado and cruise a stretch of road that hasn’t been touched in a while.

A recent review dubbed catching a Majors Junction show as, “A lot like robbing a Louisville bank, then escaping on a Harley through the back hills of Kentucky." It went on to note, "Audiences in both a beat joint in San Francisco or a Broadway bar in Nashville would tip their hat to Majors Junctions' fun-loving vibe – a vibe that could run away straight from Chicago all the way to Folsom Prison."

Melding organs, horns, fiddles, banjos, mandolins and working with some of the best musicians in Chicago Majors Junction will soon complete its fourth album scheduled for release late winter.

Lyrics

Downtown Sin

Written By: Mike Mulcahy

I’m going downtown
Gonna get me some sin
I said I’m going downtown
Gonna get me some sin

They don’t have the sin at the corner market
Gotta get it downtown, and get me some sin

My baby was takin the train
She was going for a ride
She walked by a Honkey Tonk baby
And she went inside, to get her some
sin gotta get her some sin

They don’t have the sin at the corner market
Gotta get it downtown, and get me some sin

Take me to the promise land baby j!!!!

~solo

my baby was hopping at the honky tonk
having a real good time
she hopped on the bar
danced and screamed and hollered for some sin

Cause they don’t have the sin at the corner market
Gotta get it downtown gonna get me some sin

~solo

I’m going downtown
Gonna get me some sin
I said I’m going downtown
Gonna get me some sin

They don’t have the sin at the corner market
Gotta get it downtown, and get me some sin

They don’t have the sin at the corner market
Gotta get it downtown, and get me some sin

Through Chicago

Written By: Jeff Bartlett

You left for the station at 3 after 4
Packed you're bags and left the places
you hoped you could ignore

Its a long road home
And its heading straight through Chicago
You got a long way left to go, long way left to go
until you get back home

As the train left the station
as those rails went west to sky
you let you're mind wander
there's still things you can't disguise

Its a long road home
And its heading straight through Chicago
You got a long way left to go, long way left to go
until you get back home

Have you reached you're destination
Are you feeling less alone
Did you have the time to call you're Mamma
To tell her you didn't die alone
Wish I had the time to call you
Wish I had the chance to tell you 3x
I think I understand

Its a long road home
And its heading straight through Chicago
You got a long way left to go, a long way left to go
until you get back home

Its a long road home
And its heading straight through Chicago
You got a long way left to go, long way left to go
until you get back home

Gunslinger

Written By: Mike Mulcahy

Got a bottle of whiskey and I'm ready to roll
Got a hangnail and a cockroach
But baby I'm ready to roll, baby I'm ready to roll

Downtime makes me feel funny
I've got a lot to do but not a lot of money
But baby I'm ready to roll, baby I'm ready to roll

My mind is dusty but my will is strong
Believe me mamma I can get along
'Cause baby I'm ready to roll, baby I'm ready to roll

I'm going to steamroll my way past that fountain of youth
I'm gonna pick axe my way on through to the other side
It's gonna be alright

Death march is coming to my town babe
I got to stand up straight, so it can knock me down
It's gonna be alright

I've got a lot on my mind
I'd better let it pass
get on that quick draw honey
Or honey I won't last
It's gonna be alright

I've got a lot on my mind
I'd better let it pass
And get on that frieght train honey
Or honey I won't last
It's gonna be alright

Drinking Hat

Written By: Mike Mulcahy

I can’t do this anymore
I can’t do this anymore

Gonna grab my hat and move it on down the road

When I was sixteen I cracked the bottle cap
Sipping and a drinking in my daddy’s Cadillac
I didn’t think I’d live to see twenty ?drinking on the highways out of Illinois

Well I hit twenty and said what do ya know
I’m still cruising God didn’t stop the show
Sipping and a driving it’s all bad
C’mon baby j play that rag (yee-haa!)

I can’t do this anymore
I can’t do this anymore
Gonna grab my hat and move it on down the road

I can’t do this anymore
I can’t do this anymore
Gonna grab my hat and move it on down the road

Well I was out on that highway late one night
Sipping and a driving all right
When I hit a tree but to my surprise
I killed all my friends but I survived

Driving and a sipping
Sipping and a drinking
That ain’t no way to go on living

Cruising on down when the train came
Hit me and sent me to the lord above
The lord said son get out of here
You’re a bad bad boy
And you know how to sin

You go talk to the devil boy
There ain’t no salvation here
And the Lord said something
To my surprise and finally made me realize

You can’t do this anymore
You can’t do this anymore
You can’t hang up your hat and move it on down the road

You can’t do this anymore
You can’t do this anymore
Why don’t you grab your hat and move it on down to hell

The Other Side

Written By: Mike Mulcahy

So leave your keys beside my bed
Don't worry honey I'll turn my head
So you can leave slowly on your own terms
It's been a long time honey and its time we moved on

In my mind its got to be fine
Just like the other side
Where all of my lost friends wait for me
on the other side of what we see

Life is short and we'll see them soon
So try not to hang on the gloom and doom
Take someone's hand and start again
And walk through this world as best you can

In my mind its got to be fine
Just like the other side
Where all of my lost friends wait for me
on the other side of what we see

In my mind its got to be fine
Just like the other side
Where all of my lost friends wait for me
on the other side of what we see

Discography

Majors Junction: A Desert Oasis
Majors Junction: Confluence
Majors Junction: Good Vs Evil

Set List

Majors Junction's "typical" set list includes some covers but mostly originals written by Mike Mulcahy. Covers are of the Classic Rock, Blues or Country genres. Majors Junction's sets range from 45 minutes to over an hour, depending, and they perform 2-3 sets. Covers include music by: Johnny Cash, Waylon & Willy, Bonnie Raitt, Janice Joplin, Rolling Stones, Traveling Wilburys, etc.
Sample Set:
Downtown Sin, Through Chicago, Dead And Gone, On the Road Again (W. Nelson), You Ain't Going Nowhere (B. Dylan), Orange Blossom Special (J. Cash), The Other Side, It's You, Break My Mind (G. Parsons), Wasted Time, Waymore's Blues (W. Jennings), Handle With Care (Traveling Wilbury's), Drinking Hat, Woman Be Wise (S. Wallace), Brighter Day