MISSION BLUES

MISSION BLUES

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Serious, passionate, rockin' blues with a spiritual message.. Classic, in the sense that it's traditional 12 bar progressions, with sweet guitar riffs and a great B3 player with over 40 years of experience on the instrument.. Contemporary, in the sense that the backbone is soulful driving rock...

Biography

Why do they call it the blues, when it makes you feel good every time you listen to it?
2008 has been another great year for the band, having received a total of 5 'Kingcat Music' award nominations this year. Along with another 'Best Blues' recognition, Mission Blues was nominated for 'Best Live Performance', 'Songwriter of the Year', 'Best Male Vocals', 'Album of the Year' and 'Best Group'. In addition the band had 5 songs from the new album chosen as finalists for the monthly 'Song of the Year' contest.
Mission Blues has been around since 1991 but has seen many changes in personel and has re-created itself several times through the years... The one constant throughout all the changes has been an addition of really fine players... The 'new' band features a solid rhythm seciton, with gritty vocals, excellent guitar leads, amazing b3 Hammond solos, blues harp, tenor sax and trumpet for just a bit more flavor...
Having received multiple 'KingCat Music' awards for 'Best Blues Band', in 2007 they added the award for 'Best Live Performance'... This band is fun to watch, as well as listen to...
But what sets this band apart is the approach to the lyrics... It's solidly blues, with lyric writing that is mature and 'real world', raising questions along with providing some answers... In a genre' that has been a favorite for a wide range of ages throughout the years, Mission Blues has a fresh take, that is positive and encouraging without being overly religious or 'preachy'...
Musically, the band has been compaired to ZZ Top, Govt' Mule, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Cream, to name a few... Bottom line, the music is just fun, with an appeal that reaches across age barriers and social groups... It's feel good music, so enjoy, and besides, life's too short not to dance!

Lyrics

Hour of the Storm

Written By: Gary Pycior

You feel the pressure rising
You don’t know why
Can’t you see the color
…. of that angry sky

All the time it’s building
Now see the wall cloud form
Don’t you know you are a witness
To the hour of the storm

You’ve heard Him call your name now
Since you were a child
But your eye was set on other things
And your heart was crazy wild

All your days are known by Him
Since before you were born
And He’s brought you here to witness
The hour of the storm

And in the day when nations rage
And demons rule the night
When hope seems lost a new man will arise

With words of peace, a holy sage
Like an angel of the light
But in his mouth are only poisoned lies

And now the choice is yours
Who will you believe
But beware of the darkness
Ands it’s power to deceive

So when they say “peace and safety”
Hear and be warned
Don’t be fooled, you are a witness
To the hour of the storm

You Belong to Me

Written By: Gary Pycior

Three o’clock in the morning, the TV’s on
Your eyes are closed but you’re not asleep
Tryin’ to figure out where your money’s gone
Like quicksand you’re sinkin’ deep
You know, the bank may own your key
But you belong to Me

Well the weekend’s finally here at last
A little time for you to play
But the boss says there’s a deadline past
Ya gotta work again on Saturday
Ya know your boss may not agree
But you belong to Me

You belong to Me when the world says you won’t
You belong to Me when you feel like you don’t
Know it is for freedom that I have set you free
Ain’t it clear to see child you belong to Me

Well you’re wonderin’ where time has gone
So many things you meant to do
You had good intentions and you tried to be strong
Still you struggle with this truth
I am and will always be
But you belong to Me

You belong to Me when your deadline is past
You belong to Me when you’re breathin’ your last
Know it is for freedom that I have set you free
Ain’t it clear to see child you belong to Me

Been Here Before

Written By: Gary Pycior

I been thinkin’ I been here before
Well I been thinkin’ that I I been here before
And I hear somebody knockin’ at my door

Don’t know these faces they’re familiar just the same
I do not know these faces, they’re friends of mine they claim
Say buy me a drink now buddy won’t you help relieve the pain

All the smilin’ faces say c’mon inside
But they’re lost and desperate
can’t ya see it in their eyes
I been thinkin’ I been here before
And that old familiar knockin’ at my door

Done it all the amazing and mundane
Been at this so long that I’m just tryin’ to maintain
And I hear that voice callin’ He’s callin’ out my name

All the smilin’ faces say c’mon inside
But they’re just as desperate
can’t ya see it in their eyes
I been thinkin’ I have bee here before
And that old familiar knockin’ at my door
Can you hear Him knockin’ knockin’ at the door

Better off Dead

Written By: Gary Pycior

I got a friend, he said to me
there is a gift you can give
it's locked inside you but heres the key
you gotta die if you wanna live
every hour you try to get ahead
if you want power follow me instead
he said... you're better off dead

the farmer knows ya reap what you sow
it helps him thru the time of need
though he might keep the precious
he gotta let it go
aint nothin gained til you bury the seed
every hour you try to get ahead
if you want power follow me instead
he said... you're better off dead

to love with all of your heart
this is the place that you start
to love with all of your mind
if you comit to the grave
he's got the power to save
and you can walk in the light

he said to follow take up your cross
walk with me all of your days
got joy like heaven but theres a cost
ya gotta die if you wanna be raised
every hour you try to get ahead
if you want power follow me instead
he said... you're better off dead

Punchline

Written By: Gary Pycior

This world breaks her like a hammer
Her life takes a beating like one big bruise
She tries to rise above the noise and the clamor
Tries to sing a song of freedom but she can't shake the blues

Her mental state is undecided
She go with the flow ya know her lifes on cruise
Off on a mind trip she's head on collided
With a wall of darkness and a truckload of the blues

Somebody tell me what's supposed to happen... I think I missed the punchline... Went over my head, was I passed out or just nappin'... Gotta be more than just the daily grind...

She went to her shrink for a session
Lookin' for answers but he's got no clues
Don't know the solution he don't even know the question
But he'll take her money and leave her with the blues

Tell me again now what's supposed to happen... I'm sure I missed the punchline... Went over my head was I stoned drunk or just nappin'... Must be a way to get some peace of mind... How did I miss the punchline

Secret Place

Written By: Gary Pycior

In the morning I will meet You in the Secret Place... Just to know You Jesus and Your sweet grace... My eye can't see Your beauty but my heart can behold You... You and I face to face in the secret place...

In the morning You will meet me in the secret place... You wanna hear my voice and see my face... My eyes can't see Your beauty but my heart can behold You... I will know Your embrace in the secret Place...

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has ever conceived... No eye has seen, no ear has ever heard... We can't imagine what He has fashioned for those who love Him...

It doesn't come from the soul of man... It's not some cosmic energy... Can't be defined & measured by time or space... It's greater than our greatest plan or finest fantasy... The heart of God revealed in the secret place... It's Jesus, He is the secret place... Heart to heart face to face in the secret place...

Discography

CDs: 1999, 'Blues on a Mission'
2003, 'Voices'
2007, 'I Don't Live There Anymore'... This was released in August of '07 with some of the songs receiving airplay on radio stations in the U.S. as well radio programs in Germany and Norway... It has been streamed on Cygnus radio, Christian Blues.net and Mark Kerr's Christian Blues, radio program...

Set List

Mission Blues typical set lasts 2 hours, although we could do longer if neccesary... We are currently featuring songs from the new release, 'I Don't Live There Anymore" but will soon be adding some of the new songs we are writing for our next project... Our set list is almost all original songs with just a few covers thrown in...
Our current set list would be something like this:
1. Been Here Before (new CD)
2. Punchline (new CD)
3. Some Kinda Wonderful (Grand Funk cover)
4. He's the One (new CD)
5. You Belong to Me (new CD)
6. Never Seen Nothin' (new CD)
7. Crossfire (SRV cover)
8. Gotta Fall (2nd CD)
9. Stand by Me (tradtional)
10. Daddy's Love (unrecorded)
11. Secret Place (new CD)
12. Psalm 130 Blues (new CD)
13. Victim of Compromise (new CD)
14. Hold On (old Sam & Dave tune cover)
15. Don't Live There Anymore (new CD)
16. Better off Dead (new CD)
17. Hour of the Storm (new CD)