SOUKIS

SOUKIS

BandBluesRock

ROCKIN' BLUES WITH GREEK SOUL!! Soukis is a power trio that plays original, high-energy, rockin' blues spiced with funky grooves, shuffle beats and rock elements enlivened with European style and the freshness of Mediterranean breezes.

Biography

Spiros Soukis, a native of Athens, Greece, began his love affair with the blues filtered through the British Invasion and guitar masters Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Robin Trower and Jeff Beck.

In time he learned about American slingers like Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Duane Allman and Harvey Mandel.

Reading liner notes and credits led him to discover the original men behind the music--Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, etc. In the early '80s, Soukis started to perform and tour with Greek rock legend, Pavlos Sidiroupolos.

He studied guitar, piano and harmonica and eventually earned a degree in Music Theory and Harmony from the Athens Conservatory.

Soukis moved to Stockholm in the mid '80s where he performed live, taught guitar and earned a degree in Musicology from Stockholm University.

Back in Athens in the early '90s he formed the band, That's Why, which performed widely, recorded regularly and toured extensively. That's Why was the opener for a diverse group of musicians ranging from The Pixies to Peter Green himself.

The self-produced FOTA TOU ILIGGOU (LIGHTS OF VERTIGO), that was released in 1996; it received overwhelmingly positive reviews and was voted 'CD of the Month.' Reissued in September, 2000, many of its songs can be found in various compilations.

The U.S. Congress declared 2003 'Year of the Blues,' so Soukis arrived to live in New York City--from where he released TRANSBLUES a CD recorded in both Athens and his newly-adopted home. The recording consists of eight original songs Soukis wrote and on which he sings and plays guitar; two smokin' blues covers captured live in the heart of Manhattan round out this auspicious American debut.

Soukis regularly performs throughout the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey in clubs, concerts, music festivals and private events. He plays often at Scotland Yard in Hoboken, NJÑa premier blues venue where the top musicians in the region appearÑand B.B. KingÕs LucilleÕs in Manhattan.

A regularly featured guest on radio shows dedicated to the blues, Soukis has performed on ÒAntique Blues,Ó WPKN-FM, in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Montauk, New York; and "Something Inside Me," WKCR-FM, at Columbia University in Manhattan.

SoukisÕs instrumental, ÒKathleen,Ó is included in ÒGuitars of Tomorrow, Vol. 1,Ó an October, 2007, release by the Chicago indie label, K.T. Recordz.

http://www.myspace.com/soukis
http://www.ktrecordz.com


Lyrics

TIME WAS

Written By: Spiros Soukis

It`s been so long without
your loving arms around me
I can still taste the tears i cried
when you left without me

Looking at these pictures
bringing back sweet memories
The times we spent together
they will always be precious to me

Time was when i had you near
When you were constant part of me
Time was when our love was for real
The only place we would rather be

Taking your love for granted
was not enough to keep you satisfied
And then one day you left me
standing in the rain wondering why

You walked into my life
and turned my world upside down
You gave me love for real
and helped me a better man

Time was when i had you near
when you were constant part of me
Time was when our love was for real
the only place we would rather be.

A MILLION YEARS

Written By: Spiros Soukis

My soul is hurting
Can`t stop the tears that drown me
My soul is hurting
Can`t see my eyes on fire

She`s been gone for an hour
It seems like a million years

Times are good when we`re together
Bad times come when we are apart
Times are good when we`re together
But twice as hard when we are apart

I don`t know what i will do baby
But that`s the last time you break my heart.

Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you
Every time you go away
You take a piece of me with you

You got to pick up the pieces baby
And bring them back home with you.

SUSPICIONS

Written By: Spiros Soukis

Tell me pretty baby what time
did you get home last night
Tell me pretty baby what time
did you get home last night
Was on the look out for you baby
Until my eyes could not see right

You were gone this evening
And the night before
Seven nights a week baby
You are walking out the door
Though I got suspicions
You know I keep them to myself
`cause I only want you baby
Don`t ever want nobody else

The way you say you love me
Well I believe it`s true
But I spent nights alone baby
Wondering what you do
Though I`ve got suspicions
You know I keep them to myself
`cause I only love you baby
Will never love nobody else

Discography

* GUITARS OF TOMORROW, VOL. 1: US compilation featuring the instrumental, "Kathleen," (K.T. Recordz, 2007)
* TRANSBLUES: American debut (SoWell Music, 2004)
* LEGEND ROCKS 5: Greek compilation featuring four previously released songs (Legend, 2001)
* I MAGISSA TIS ARAPIAS: Greek release (Legend, 2000)
* LEGEND ROCKS 4: Greek compilation featuring five previously released songs (Legend, 2000)
* LIGHTS OF VERTIGO: Greek release, (Helios, 1996)

* I MAGISSA TIS ARAPIAS has streaming/radio airplay in Greece, throughout Europe and in the US including WKCR-FM, at Columbia University in NYC; WPKN-FM, Bridgeport, CT/Montauk, NY
* I MAGISSA TIS ARAPIAS is currently featured all over the world on websites with MP3 downloads, under: Spiros Soukis, Spyros Soukis and Spyros Soukhs
* TRANSBLUES has streaming/radio airplay throughout the world

Set List

Live shows usually consist of 3 forty-five minute sets
A mix of my own originals--and some smokin' covers!

ORIGINALS:
1. TIME WAS
2. SUSPICIONS
3. I'VE MADE UP MY MIND
4. MY BABY'S COMING BACK
5. A MILLION YEARS
6. MAD RAIN
7. URBAN EMBRACE
8. KATHLEEN (instrumental)
9. MIXED EMOTIONS (instrumental)
10. SHE FEELS SO GOOD
11. INSIDE OUT
12. LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW
13. PRECIOUS LOVE
14. LOOKING FOR A TRUE LOVE
15. SWEET THING
16. NOT FADE AWAY
17. EVERY NIGHT AND DAY
18. I WANT YOUR LOVE
19. BECAUSE OF YOU
20. A FOOL FOR LOVE
21. I MAGISSA TIS ARAPIAS (Greek lyrics)
22. AN (Greek lyrics)

COVERS:
1. BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME
2. TORN DOWN
3. HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN
4. CROSSCUT SAW
5. RECONSIDER BABY
6. DUST MY BROOM
7. I`LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU ANYTIME
8. KILLING FLOOR
9. BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
10. MESSIN` WITH THE KID
11. SUGAR MAMA
12. WATCH OUT
13. RUMBLIN`ON MY MIND
14. CROSSROADS
15. I CAN'T HOLD OUT
16. SPOONFUL
17. I'M A MAN
18. HELP ME
19. AI