Papa George

Papa George

BandBlues

Papa George’s emotive vocals and inspirational guitar playing lead two sterling musicians who deliver a unique style of blues. Playing blistering versions of original material and some classics, the Papa George Band’s improvisational skills and infectious performances captivate audiences world-wide.

Biography

Papa George is recognised as one of the top guitarists and vocalists on the British Blues Scene. Described as a mean axeman, he captivates his audiences playing Strat or bottleneck blues-style on Steel guitars with a vocal style that is delivered with conviction. Whether leading his band, performing solo, or as a duo, the consistent thread which runs through every performance is that distinctive Papa George signature sound.

Born in 1953, within a stone’s throw of London’s Tin Pan Alley, it isn’t surprising that George was virtually born with a guitar in his hands. For over 30 years Papa has dedicated himself to playing live shows around the blues circuits/festivals of the UK, Europe and USA.

The Papa George Band has built up a solid reputation for its great musicianship. They mainly use original material and their improvisational skills are second to none. In their music there are clear elements of soul, gospel, rag, rock, jazz – inspired by the likes of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn….

Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2) invited the PGB to record a selection of tracks from their recent CD, “DOWN AT THE STATION” (Pete Stroud: Bass/Sam Kelly: Drums). Since then, many tracks have been played on local BBC stations and also on international radio stations.

Pete Stroud plays fretless, fretted and acoustic bass. He has a melodic, rich, and smooth tone and is a very creative player. Pete also sings backing vocals. Toured with Peter Green’s Splinter Group for 6 years. 2001 received Platinum Disc for Gordon Haskell’s major hit “How Wonderful You Are”.

Sam Kelly. Voted British Blues Connection “Drummer of the Year” for 5 consecutive years, Sam is highly regarded for his natural sense of time and vast use of rhythms. Sam has an extensive drum history in film and television. He also received Platinum Disc for Gordon Haskell’s major hit.

In solo mode Papa George demonstrates his ability on steel guitar and has the reputation of transforming a gig into a “Deep South Bottleneck Blues Bar”. His solo album, “Being Free…ain’t no crime” features Hawaiian, Delta, Ragtime, plus some new renditions of PGB material.

Papa’s Guitars: Fender Stratocasters, Flying Finns, National Steels and an Amistar Stager. Amistar Resophonic Guitars recently endorsed him to flagship their new Duotone Tricone model.

NEWS, NEWS, NEWS…..
PAPA GEORGE is the MAIN FEATURE in May/June issue of MUSIC MAKER magazine. Further details: www.tradmusic.com.

PAPA GEORGE HAS JUST RECORDED A NEW LIVE SOLO DVD AT THE RAM JAM CLUB, LONDON BOROUGH OF KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES (UK) – FEATURING ALAN GLEN ON HARMONICA. IT WAS RECORDED ON 27TH-28TH APRIL 2006 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE LATER IN THE SUMMER.

Lyrics

BLACKJACK

Written By: PAPA GEORGE

I had a night on the Blackjack
It didn’t do me no good
I tried beating the system
There ain’t a hope in hell
If I’ve been cheating
It’s on my heart and soul

Another night on the Blackjack
Another night on the Blackjack
Another night on the Blackjack
Didn’t do me no good

I thought I had me a winner
I turned over an ace
And then the Queen of Diamonds
She put a smile on my face
If I’m in business
I need to break the bank

Another night on the Blackjack x3
Didn’t do me no good

Wasted all my money
Wasted all my time
I’m gonna need a doctor
To straighten out my mind

When the night is over
And all the chips are down
I’ll need a four-leaf clover
Quit my foolin’ around
If I’m a born loser
Will I ever learn?

Another night on the Blackjack x3
Didn’t do me no good

I’ve wasted all my money
I’ve wasted all my time
I’m gonna need a doctor
To straighten out my mind

When the night is over
And all the chips are down
I’ll need a four-leaf clover
Quit my foolin’ around
If I’m a born loser
Will I ever learn?

Another night on the Blackjack (repeat to end)
Didn’t do me no good

MAN WITH THE BLUES

Written By: PAPA GEORGE

There’s a hard rain, it’s been washing me down
It’s been along time since I had my feet on the ground
A little bit of love to keep the cold out
A little bit of happiness
That’s what I’m talkin’ about

I’m a man with the blues
I’m a man with the blues
Since the early hours of the morning
The rain just keeps on falling
I’m a man with the blues
A man with the blues

Maybe I’ve been mistreated
If I had my way
My wounds would be healing
I’ve been out all night
I got in trouble with the law
Looks like this/my boat
Won’t be comin’ ashore

I’m a man with the blues
I’m a man with the blues
Since the early hours of the morning
The rain just keeps on falling
I’m a man with the blues
A man with the blues

Maybe I’ve been mistreated
If I had my way
My wounds would be healing
I’ve been out all night
I got in trouble with the law
Looks like this/my boat
Won’t be comin’ ashore

I’m a man with the blues
I’m a man with the blues
Since the early hours of the morning
The rain just keeps on falling
I’m a man with the blues
A man with the blues

MOONSHADOWS ON COCONUT GROVE

Written By: PAPA GEORGE & ANNE MARSHALL

I don’t know, it could’ve been
Walking through the sand
His hair was black as night
It was the man
The moon was high
The stars were bright
That hound dog is a-howlin’ tonight

Moonshadows on Coconut Grove
Moonshadows on Coconut Grove

I looked over my shoulder
Hula girls on the rockin’ waves
I heard a voice from way back in the 50s
Seemed like only yesterday
It shook me up, it chilled my soul
I ain’t lonesome anymore

Moonshadows on Coconut Grove
Moonshadows on Coconut Grove

On my way back to Memphis
I still can hear sweet angels cry
It isn’t really any wonder his spirit’s still alive
The Mississippi Delta Blues
You’d better not step on my blue suede shoes

Moonshadows on Coconut Grove
Moonshadows on Coconut Grove

Discography

Papa George’s solo version of his self-penned “Broken Mirror” (“Being Free…ain’t no crime” PG – Solo CD) was selected for the “Artists in Resonance” CD, which forms part of the National Reso-phonic Guitars 2003/4 catalogue. Two songs (from “DOWN AT THE STATION” PGB) have attracted recognition: “Blues With A Feeling” was used as part of the soundtrack of “World Without Waves”, which won the Milagro Award for Best South-West Film, at the 2004 Santa Fe Film Festival and “Moonshadows On Coconut Grove” was included on a compilation album, “A Place Called Hawaii 3”, which won an Hawaiian Music Award for Best Compilation Album.

Set List

ORIGINALS:

BLACKJACK
CLEANSIN' MY SOUL
MAN WITH THE BLUES
THE STATION
HEADING SOUTH
BROKEN MIRROR
MOONSHADOWS ON COCONUT GROVE
IT'S FLOODING DOWN IN TEXAS
GUILTY
SOMEDAYS
DEADLINE BLUES
SUN GONNA SHINE
RAIN IN THE SKY

COVERS:
COLD SHOT
HONKY TONK WOMAN
OH WELL
WALKIN' BLUES
VOODOO CHILE
DUST MY BROOM
STRUT
DALLAS
ROLLIN' AND TUMBLIN'
MOONDANCE
I WISH