Romi Mayes

Romi Mayes

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandRockRoots

If you haven't heard Romi Mayes' music yet, it's time you do.

Biography

If you haven't heard Romi Mayes' music yet, it's time you do.

Hailing from the prairies of Canada, Mayes is one of the hardest working independent musicians touring the globe today.

Devil On Both Shoulders', her 6th full-length release, is another testament to why Romi Mayes’ past albums have garnered three Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year, two Western Canadian Music Awards for Album of The Year, a Juno nomination for Album of the Year, and various Canadian Music Award nominations.

Mayes is known for her powerful lyrical ability that gives life to the words she sings. Her insightful sweet and edgy vocals paint pictures of heart on her sleeve sincerity and a road well travelled. The talented players that surround her are another confirmation of how her honest abilities draw the best of the best toward her authentic brand of roots music.

She has relentlessly toured Canada, US, Europe, UK, and has shared the stage with the likes of Levon Helm, Derek Trucks, Ricky Skaggs, Jim Cuddy, Gordie Johnson, Guy Clark, Sue Foley, Fred Eaglesmith, Corb Lund, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, and many more.

Mayes continues to bring her brilliant songs, impressive guitar skills, and passionate performances to stages across the globe. With no intention of burning out or fading away, Romi Mayes has proven she is here to stay.

Lyrics

Ball and Chain

Written By: Romi Mayes

Ball and Chain

You can turn your back to the coldest wind
You can play the saint when you know you’ve sinned
You can hang on tight when the rope grows thin
But you can’t hide the tracks of where you’ve been

You can ride the wave in a broke down boat
You can hold on tight and hope you float
You can fight the cold without a coat
But you can’t get back the soul you sold

CH:
I’m no hero, no I ain’t
Here I go again, standin in the rain
I’m no hero, not today
I’m my own ball and chain
I’m my own ball and chain

You can wait your turn and stand in line
You can take what’s yours and what’s mine
You can change your mind upon a dime
But you can’t return your borrowed time

You can fight your demons tooth and nail,
You can wait on court to set your bail,
You can try again on those you fail,
But you can’t change the writings of your tale

(CH)

-Romi Mayes
2010

Devil On Both Shoulders

Written By: Romi Mayes

What do you do when the world starts calling your name
What do you do when everybody’s feelin the same
What can you do when you wanna shake it up
But your time to shake is out of luck

What do you do when the weight can’t carry her
What can you say when language is your barrier
Where you go when they wanna bring ya down
You live where you’re from, you ain’t never leaving town

Na, na ,na, na, na, na you’re getting older
Na, na, na, na ,na ,na you’re growin colder
Na, na, na, na, na, na devil’s on both shoulders
Devil’s on both shoulders

Everybody’s born and everybody dies
You think the picture’s bigger when you see it through your eyes
Just one time before it’s over
Say something that you mean, say it when you’re sober

(Bridge:)
Well you wanna be tough but you ain’t near enough
And you think that it’s love but you ain’t got the stuff
I promise you’ll suffer
Devil on both shoulders

What do you do when the world starts calling your name
What do you do when everybody’s feelin the same
The only one believing on the story that you bought
You’re not the one who’s guilty if you’re not the whos’ caught

Na, na ,na, na, na, na you’re getting older
Na, na, na, na ,na ,na you’re growin colder
Na, na, na, na, na, na devil’s on both shoulders
Devil’s on both shoulders

-RM 2014/15

Discography

Devil On Both Shoulders - May 2015
Lucky Tonight - 2011
Achin In Yer Bones - 2009
Sweet Somethin' Steady - 2006
Romi Mayes and The Temporarily Employed: The Living Room Sessions VOLUME ONE - 2005
Mayes and Carmichael - 2004
On The Road - 2002
Off The Wagon - 1997

Set List

Crankin out a couple hours of original electric rootsy giv'er blues and straight up rock n' roll with a sweet side of country roots and sexy ballads to keep the lovers happy.
Flexible to turn down the amps, grab a couple stools and play a soulful soft seater acoustic set when necessary.
Beyond the originals, there are choice obscure covers by Sam Cooke, Carole King, Lucinda Williams...

Over 40 original songs including:

Monkey of A Man
You're Gonna Miss Me
Lucky Tonight
Easy On You
Don't Mess With Me
Heavy Heart
Ball and Chain
Make You Love Me
After The Show
I Will
Styx and B.T.O
Bible
Sweet Somethin' Steady
Long Way Home
Smoke More Than I Drink
The Other Dame
How I Roll
Angeline
Mercy On Me
Can't Get You Off My Mind