Swing Soup

Swing Soup

BandCountryBluegrass

Swing Soup is an eclectic blend of Western Swing, Blues, Honkytonk, Bluegrass, Jazz And Doo Wop. ….one thing is certain, “your feet will be tappin’ to the groove when you hit Swing Avenue”.

Biography

Thanks everyone who attended last night's show at Gage Hall. Wow! It was standing room only! We can't thank our fans, the folks at Gage Hall and the local media for all their support!
Check us out on Calling All Cowboys Radio
KPOV 106.7 FM in Bend, Oregon with Chuckaroo the Buckaroo - www.KPOV.org
Other stations include Desert Highway Radio, Joe Baker’s Backforty Bunkhouse Show in Ruidoso, NM and The Critic's Choice on The Bridge 107.5 Charleston SC
Recent shows include Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ. Upcoming shows include Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ, The Johns Island Jamfest '08 and Gage Hall in Charleston SC.
SWING SOUP from Charleston, SC released their first CD to national acclaim in 2002. It continues to sell in a worldwide market. The Academy of Western Artists nominated this band for Album of the Year, Best New Group of the Year, Song of the Year (Cowboy State of Mind), and Best New Male Vocalist and again the following year for Best Group of the Year.
Swing Soup was initially formed in 1998 when a corporate client was looking for a bluegrass band. The members of the popular party band, Sneakers, took the job and put together a great toe tappin' show. Band Leader Ted McKee saw an opportunity to keep moving in a direction completely different from what anyone else was doing. Inspired by some western swing bands, McKee, guitarist and lead vocalist, wrote a collection of songs with western style melodies and colorful lyrics. Ted teamed up with local musician Rodney Stone, and the two arranged the songs with Mills Brothers like harmonies and a little doo-wop flavoring added in. The band features lead vocalist and guitarist, Ted McKee (known locally as “The Dr. John of John’s Island”). The veteran musicians of Swing Soup listed below have played Bluegrass, Jazz, Country, Rock, Cajun and alternative with innumerable bands such as local groups Grace, Sin County, Boss Hawg, and Sneakers. At one time or another they have been on the road with Marshall-Tucker, Kansas and BTO to name a few. Together they are a force to be reckoned with.
The bowl of music will bring you back for seconds and that’s just what you’ll get when Swing Soup heads back to the studio for what promises to be the hottest soup yet. "Take songs with colorful lyrics, add two helpings of Western Swing, simmer over precise Doo Wop harmonies, and fiddle marinated in hot sauce and you've got a soup that swings!"
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Lyrics

Cowboy State of Mind*

Written By: By Ted McKee

I recall those old memories
When I was just a boy of ten
Every Saturday morn with my TV on
My heroes would be riding in
One by one they would save the day
Their six guns by their side
Then they'd rear their horse
And with one last wave
Down the trail they'd ride
After the shows were over
My boots were waiting at the door
The trail was my street
My bike was my steed
I was wasting desperadoes by the score

Chorus
Then I would ride off in the sunset
With my sweetheart by my side
I would rope the moon
And vow my whole life through
I'd keep that cowboy state of mind

Now the years have flown
Like a tornado's run across the western plain
Childhood dreams and make-believe
Don't seem to fit the game
But I start to feel like a tumbleweed
When I stare down an endless road
And in my heart a fiddle plays the Mexicali Rose
If I find me some spurs and a saddle
A horse and a ten gallon hat
I'd hit the trail like a northern wind
And I never would look back

Then I would ride off in the sunset
With my sweetheart by my side
I would rope the moon
And vow my whole life through
I'd keep that cowboy state of mind
I would rope the moon
And vow my whole life through
I'd keep that cowboy state of mind

*This song was nominated for Song of the Year in 2002 by The Academy of Western Artists.

Desert Moon

Written By: By Ted McKee © 2005

I ramble on back to the days of my youth,
California bound
A high flyin' drifter with no fear of danger
A tumbleweed covering ground
Shooting stars down from western skies
With lovesick lullabies
Catching echoes off canyon walls
Dancing with the fire as shadows fall

CHORUS:
Call it a fantasy, call it dream,
Call it a campfire tune
Riding along singing cowboy songs
Howlin' at the desert moon

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
I still hear it calling to me
With landscapes painted as big as the sky,
The clouds are horses with wild in their eye.
The soft scent of a cactus flower,
Blends with the still of the wind,
The melody of a coyote's call
Haunts me like a long lost friend

Call it a fantasy, call it a dream
Call it a campfire tune
Riding along singing cowboy songs
Howlin' at the desert moon

Now I'm not talking commitment or responsibility
Give me a hand at no man's land
And a paradise you'll see
I muster that place down deep in my heart
And I break into "don't fence me in"
A buckaroo minstral hawkin' the standards,
And anything that comes around the bend.
If I could ride on a sandstorm, I’d saddle up real soon.
Make the badlands my ultimate glad-lands,
Barren of the big town blues

Call it a fantasy, call it a dream
Call it a campfire tune
Riding along singing cowboy songs,
And howlin’ at the desert moon
Howlin', howlin’ at the desert moon

Keys to My Heart

Written By: By Ted McKee ©2001

You got a way of stirring my emotions
You know where and when not to take a chance
You give me such a rush with the buttons that you push
And when you sing you know I have to dance
When the sunlight’s fading into moonbeams
Your loving takes me right up to the stars
I say a little prayer for everyday we share
Honey you hold the keys to my heart

I got no time for idle conversation
Cause I could sit and talk with you for years
I know it to be true
Those little things you do
Make me want to tell how much I care
You don’t have to worry ‘bout me leaving
I love you baby just the way you are
And if I have to say why I’ll always stay
Darlin’ you hold the keys to my heart

You’ve got the power to really turn me on
You keep me spellbound
Am I coming or have I gone
Up to heaven cause with you,
Heaven’s never very far
Honey, you hold the keys to my heart

By Ted McKee ©2001

Where the Blue Heron Flies

Written By: Ted H. McKee ©1999

The best of times, how we characterized them so
Like the ebb and flow
of a lazy river creeping to the eastern shore
We made a pact that our hearts would never age
Our souls would fall in line like that pelican parade
That cuts through the cloudless sky
The love that we were looking for in each others eyes
We found it where the blue heron flies

The jasmine still makes me crazy
Those sweet julep afternoons
The old oaks bend to the sound of the wind
Whispering an old southern tune

Now and then when I think back to those days
We held each other tight
The moon lit up the night
Guiding us to just where we belong
So if you ever need me
There’ll be no surprise
You can find me where the blue heron flies

The jasmine still makes me crazy
Those sweet julep afternoons
The old oaks bend to the sound of the wind
Whispering an old southern tune
Over time there have been some other dreams
that taunt me with their charms
But we walk arm and arm
destined to be where love has wings
So if you ever need me
There’ll be no surprise
You can find me where the blue heron flies
I’ll be there where the blue heron flies

SOMEWHERE ACROSS THE BLUE

Written By: By Ted McKee ©2001

I REALIZED THE NIGHT THAT I MET YOU
THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE STARS
AND IF WE HAD THE CHANCE
UNDER DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCE
WE COULD TAKE THIS AFFAIR REALLY FAR
BUT MY HEART BELONGS TO ANOTHER
RIGHT NOW THAT’S WHERE I'M GONNA STAY
BUT I KNOW THAT THERE'S A PLACE
WHERE TIME IS ALL ERASED
AND YOU CATCH UP WITH THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY CHORUS
SOMEWHERE BEYOND LOVES HORIZON
SOMEWHERE DREAMS ARE COMIN' TRUE
SOMEWHERE ALL OF YOUR REGRETS GIVE UP ANOTHER
CHANCE OR TWO
SOMEWHERE ACROSS THE BLUE
YOU MIGHT THINK I'M ACTING CRAZY
FOR THINKIN' LIKE I DO ABOUT THE PAST
A SENTIMENTAL FOOL
WITH NOTHING ELSE TO DO
BUT PONDER ON THE FATE THAT WE HAVE CAST
BUT I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK ABOUT YOU
AND ALL THE THINGS THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
I KNOW THERE'LL COME A TIME
IN A PLACE WHERE WE WILL FIND
A WAY TO START US OVER ONCE AGAIN

SOMEWHERE BEYOND LOVES HORIZON
SOMEWHERE DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE
SOMEWHERE ALL OF YOUR REGRETS
GIVE UP ANOTHER CHANCE OR TWO
SOMEWHERE ACROSS THE BLUE

Discography

Swing Soup

Set List

Sets are usually 50-60 minutes. The Swing Soup Band plays primarily original songs but can also mix in covers depending on the event.

Keys to My Heart
Closing Time
Moonlight Waltz
Cowboy State of Mind
Where the Blue Heron Flies
Desert Moon
Hummingbird express
Senorita Caliente
Swing Avenue
Ain't Gonna Take It
Somewhere Across the Blue
Wild Horses in Your Eyes
Covers include:
Lyle Lovett
Willis Alan Ramsey
Jesse Winchester
Asleep at the Wheel
Jerry Jeff Walker
Guy Clark
Hayes Carll
Marty Stuart
Dwight Yoakum
Bob Wills
and many many more!