Preacher Boy

Preacher Boy

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An "Alternative Delta Blues/Americana artist" armed with a powerful voice and vivid lyrics who performs on a national steel guitar. Rolling Stone says "Preacher Boy is like Keb’ Mo’ in his jazzing up of Delta blues styles, with a more contemporary sound akin to Kelly Joe Phelps or Chris Whitley."

Biography

Preacher Boy is an "Alternative Delta Blues/Americana" artist recently relocated to Chicago from Brooklyn. "Demanding To Be Next" is Preacher Boy's fifth album, and his first solo acoustic disc. The album recently debuted in the Top 100 on the Americana radio charts. Preacher Boy is currently touring, performing solo with his 1936 National Steel Guitar, and other vintage acoustic instruments. Blues Revue Magazine says "Demanding To Be Next demands attention instantly."

Preacher Boy's previous releases are featured in The Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide. He has toured all over the US and Europe as a solo artist, including opening for Grammy-winning multi-platinum artist Eagle-Eye Cherry in 17 countries. Preacher Boy's lyrics and guitar playing can be heard on Eagle-Eye's new album Sub Rosa, as well as on his previous release Living in the Present Future, including the international hit "Long Way Around." Preacher Boy's vocals are also featured on the song "An Area Big Enough To Do It In" by Prophet Omega, from the Queer Eye For The Straight Guy soundtrack on Capitol Records.

Lyrics

A Little Better When It Rains

Written By: Christopher Watkins

a little better when it rains

ain't nobody here
knows how to face the ruination of time
but everybody here
can be repaired with a bottle of wine

ain't nobody 'round
carryin' a map or a mirror
and there ain't so many 'round
who want to hang around anybody here

but we ain't so crazy
that we still believe in trains
it just so happens we're the only ones
who feel a little better when it rains

ain't so many left
rememberin' on the spoils of a better day
and there ain't so many left
who can remember how it ended up this way

there ain't so many more
comin' down the road demandin' to be next
and there ain't so many days
left for us, no, there ain't so many left

but we ain't so crazy
that we still believe in trains
it just so happens we're the only ones
who feel a little better when it rains

ain't nobody talkin'
and there ain't a sound goin' in my ear
except the sound
of the rain fallin' down all around here

and we ain't so crazy
that we still believe in trains
it just so happen we're the only ones
who feel a little better when it rains

Nehemiah James

Written By: Christopher Watkins

nehemiah james

i seen a heavy-headed crow
big enough to break my neck
i seen a young old man learn anew the gift of fire
in the belly of an old train wreck

oh, and he said he'd rather be the devil
but i never could make him explain
i'll leave the dead to the cypress trees
i'd rather be nehemiah james

i seen brick burned black by fire
i seen a man beat a man with a crutch
i came down in the morning with my keys in my hand
and found a man dead in my truck

oh, and he said he'd rather be the devil
high and ghostly like a leaving train
i'll leave the dead to the cypress trees
i'd rather be nehemiah james

the sky's been boilin' like a black kettle
a cloud's belly threatenin' to break
i seen a fragile young girl waist deep in the mud
prayin' over a wheelchair in the lake

oh, and he said he'd rather be the devil
and the sun went and came up lame
i'll leave the dead to the cypress trees
i'd rather be nehemiah james

i seen somethin' goin' on on the corner
i seen a shadow lie down flat
i seen a bullet go in just over the brim
and come out the other side of the hat

oh, and he said he'd rather be the devil
and in the distance, a whistlin' train
i'll leave the dead to the cypress trees
i'd rather be nehemiah james

the lord gives back what he kills off
a king passes his wealth down
a plant bleeds green in a false spring
and a man bleeds red year 'round

oh, and he said he'd rather be the devil
and the moon was on the wane
i'll leave the dead to the cypress trees
i'd rather be nehemiah james

Jackson Street

Written By: Christopher Watkins

jackson street

this one-eyed beast of a train
she burrows through this red clay land
leakin' smoke from the holes in her crown
she stretches sixty cars long
and chews tobacco like a nun
and she's bound for some railyard town

and there's nothin' else but nothin'
as far as i can see
oh, what i wouldn't give to be…

sittin' on my front porch
smellin' the new fallin' rain
comin' down on jackson street
and smellin' sweet as a young pony's mane

oh, these crazy wet mountains
with their evil and their scars
people get buried nightly in these canyons
and i feel just like an elk
standin' stoic and alone
the twitchin' of my nose my only motion

and there's nothin' else but nothin'
as far as i can see
oh, what i wouldn't give to be…

sittin' on my front porch
smellin' the new fallin' rain
comin' down on jackson street
and smellin' sweet as a young pony's mane

sixty coaches long
and every one a flat-bed
like a snake's shadow crawlin' low and slow
and the time change goes un-noticed
by all save for a hawk
who glides in circles decidin' where to go

and there's nothin' else but nothin'
as far as i can see
oh, what i wouldn't give to be…

sittin' on my front porch
smellin' the new fallin' rain
comin' down on jackson street
and smellin' sweet as a young pony's mane

Discography

albums:

Demanding To Be Next 2004, Coast Road Records/Redeye Distribution

The Devil's Buttermilk 2000, Wah Tup Records/Manifesto Records

Crow 1998, Wah Tup Records/2000, The Orchard

The Tenderloin EP 1997, Blind Pig Records/Wah Tup Records

Gutters and Pews 1996, Blind Pig Records

Preacher Boy and the Natural Blues 1995, Blind Pig Records

compilations/collaborations:

Queer Eye For The Straight Guy: Soundtrack 2004, Capitol
(preacher boy on vocals for prophet omega's "an area big enough to do it in")

Miller's Farm: Eponymous 2004, One Finger One Thumb
(preacher boy co-writes two songs)

Eagle-Eye Cherry: Skull Tattoo (single 2003, Universal/Polydor
(preacher boy co-writes and performs on two bonus tracks)

Eagle-Eye Cherry: Sub Rosa 2003, Universal/Polydor
(preacher boy co-writes and performs on four songs)

Dusty Wright: Elevened 2003, PetRock
(preacher boy sings, plays national and banjo, on two tracks)

Blind Pig 25-Year Anniversary CD 2002, Blind Pig Records
(preacher boy video included on enhanced CD-Rom, also features tommy castro, john
mooney, deborah coleman, roy rogers, popa chubby, norton buffalo, and more)

Kreg Viesselman: Eponymous 2002
(preacher boy sings, plays national and banjo, on two tracks)

Eagle-Eye Cherry: Present/Future (US release) 2001, MCA Records
(preacher boy co-writes and records 6 songs)

Eagle-Eye Cherry: Promises Made (single) 2001, Superstudio/Diesel Music AB/Sony
(preacher boy co-writes and records)

Eagle-Eye Cherry: Long Way Around (single)
2000, Superstudio/Diesel Music AB/Polygram International
(preacher boy co-writes and records)

Eagle-Eye Cherry: Living in the Present Future (world release)
2000, Superstudio/Diesel Music AB/Polygram International
(preacher boy co-writes and records 6 songs)

New Coat of Paint: The Songs of Tom Waits 2000, Manifesto Records
(preacher boy contributes one track, also features screamin' jay hawkins, lydia
lunch, neko case, andre williams, knoxville girls, floyd dixon, and more)

Joe Louis Walker Presents Mean Street Blues 1998, Mean Streets Records
(preacher boy contributes one track, also features alvin youngblood hart, lavay
smith, mark hummel, and more)

Blind Pig 20-Year Anniversary CD 1997, Blind Pig Records
(features one preacher boy track, also features tommy castro, john mooney, deborah
coleman, roy rogers, popa chubby, norton buffalo, and more)