Teddy Midnite (ted mckee)

Teddy Midnite (ted mckee)

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Teddy Midnite on Piano - Think Van Morrison and Tom Waits, a splash of Cole Porter and the dash of Sinatra...

Biography

Ted Haynsworth McKee (AKA Teddy Midnite) is the son of SC born parents, Elizabeth Yeadon of Sumter and Edgar Stanton McKee of Darlington. Born in Atlanta, the middle child of 7 children, Ted grew up traveling the world during his father's career as an Army officer. Ted started playing guitar at 13 in a folk duo with his brother, Bill before the boys progressed to rock and roll. He played his first club gig at age 14 at The Branding Iron, a notorious dive in Ft. Smith, AR. After he finished high school in Atlanta, Ted attended college in Georgia and did a stint in the Army. Still playing music, Ted moved to the Lowcountry in the 70’s after much time on the road in the band "Grace" with John Brannen. The band had occasion to play with another Lowcountry great, Jack Williams. The influences of these two powerful songwriters show themselves in many of Ted's early works. Today Ted McKee heads up 8-10 different acts of various genres including Sneakers (Variety), Swing Soup (Western Swing), Teddy Midnite (Solo Piano), McKee & Stone Island Duo, Wing Walker (Jazz), Moon Dawg (Reggae), Blue Skye Band (Country), Bojama Blues and Boss Hawg (Bluegrass). In addition to playing live gigs 6 to 7 nights a week (sometimes 2 or 3 in one day), he finds time to write songs, arrange music, record in his own studio and keep a slight hand in the financial planning business that allowed him to ditch the coat and tie. Through his career, Ted has developed an intricate style of composing in different musical genres. Primarily a guitarist, Ted taught himself to play piano several years ago. With his boundless talent he was soon booked as "Teddy Midnite", a name given to him by the late sax player, Robert Pfaeler. Along the way Ted’s natural curiosity about music has allowed him to dive headfirst into a variety of projects. In 2002 The Academy of Western Music nominated Ted and his western swing band “Swing Soup” for multiple awards including Best New Male Vocalist, Best Group (again in 2003), Best Song of the Year for “Cowboy State of Mind”, and Album of the Year. Ted’s album, “Ritual” (2005) is an endeavor into the Spiritual energy of the Universe. "Ritual" is a compilation of songs about Mother Nature, the 4 Elements, the Man in Green and a variety of beliefs considered to be New Age. The Celtic & Native American rhythms are a slight departure from his 2001 release, “The Restless Ones” which is a jazzy rock album. All 3 of these CD’s are also available on CD Baby or direct from the artist at www.teddymidnite.com.
The line of musical notes doesn’t stop with Ted. His niece is pop diva Bonnie McKee, who signed a multi-million dollar deal with Reprise when she was still in her teens. His recent performances include The Lowcountry Blues Bash, The Red Light Café in Atlanta and the famous George’s Majestic Lounge in Arkansas. In 2007, Ted was selected by Narrative Music as a featured songwriter in the tradition of Van Morrison. Last spring, his song “Blues in My Pocket” was picked up for airplay on BLUZZRADIO heard worldwide. You can hear Ted’s band regularly on the Portland, Oregon radio show, “Calling All Cowboys”. Currently Ted resides on John’s Island, SC with local writer, Skye Ocean. He spends his time creating new music with friends in his studio or performing live for private events at Kiawah, Bull’s Bay, Wild Dunes and Seabrook. He plays publicly at Charleston venues like BLU at Folly Beach, Queen Anne's Revenge, Home Team BBQ, Carolina's and DD Peckers Wing Shack. When he’s not playing 6-7 nights a week, Teddy enjoys hiking, boating and traveling with Skye. The next project on his radar is a follow-up to the highly acclaimed “Swing Soup”.

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Lyrics

Hope For Romance

Written By: Ted McKee ©2007

Walkin’ down the center of the boulevard
A face like an angel just a little bit hard
I got a wild sensation when I caught her in my rearview
Fingers wrapped around her high heel shoes
A tight red dress full of sensuous ooze
Couldn’t take my eyes off her I just had to make an offer
What’s a poor boy supposed to do?
I slowed and I asked her if she wanted a ride
She said I’ll take you for one if you got a couple of dimes
She had baby back lips, a creamy delight
A cherry ripe tomato you just wanted to bite

Chorus
And I love the way she plays me like a wind up guitar
And keeps my heart dangling on a string
I’m a fool for love if there’s a hint of a chance
Still hope for romance

She jumped right in
I didn’t have to say please
She had a teasing taunting tartness that could titillate a priest
I’m thinking this could be my ticket to anywhere I want to be
I took her back to my place serendipity dance
My heart was wide open like an obvious trap
I knew where I was falling when I heard her eyes a calling
With a heap of lord have mercy and a touch of razzle dazzle

Chorus
And I love the way she plays me like a wind up guitar
And keeps my heart dangling on a string
I’m a fool for love if there’s a hint of a chance
Still hope for romance

I woke the next morning
my true love was gone
My head was ringing,
no that was the telephone
It was my sour apple ex
she said she needed a fix
She had a case of the lonely’s too
I was burning rubber in my brand new shirt
I couldn’t wait to see her and get back in the dirt
What’s a lovesick love burnt out shell of a man supposed to do?
What’s he supposed to do?

Chorus
And I love the way she plays me like a wind up guitar
And keeps my heart dangling on a string
I’m a fool for love if there’s a hint of a chance
Still hope for romance

Something Happens to Me

Written By: Ted McKee

I don't know about this thing called love
Maybe it just ain't for me
Every time I get close to someone
Something happens to me

I got my doubts and I got my fears
You seem to push them away
Every time I get close to someone
Someone pushes away

Every taste of life is sweet
When true love abounds
But every taste has its bitter side
When the blues start to come around

I ain't sayin' that I’m through with love
I got my sights on you
Every time I get close to someone
Something happens to two

I ain't sayin that I’m through with love
I just want you to see
Every time I get close to someone
Something happens to me

Words & Music by Ted McKee ©2005

If You Ever Wanted Someone

Written By: By Ted McKee ©2005

If you ever wanted someone, want me
And I will be there for eternity
I will find a way to open up your every day
Anything you need to get through it all

If you ever needed someone, need me
I will try to be your everything
Close enough to perfect you could ever hope to see
There at every stumble every fall

Time passes so fast
Just when you want every moment to last
If you wanted someone you could surely have, want me

If you ever love someone, love me
You will see there’s truth there in your dreams
Together we can find a way to satisfy
And keep our love alive through the years
If you ever wanted someone I’m here

Time passes so fast
Just when you want every moment to last
If you wanted something you could surely have, want me

If you ever loved someone, love me
You will see there’s truth there in your dreams
Together we can find a way to satisfy
And keep our love alive through the years
If you ever wanted someone I’m here

If you ever wanted someone I’m here

Hangin’ on Time

Written By: By Ted McKee ©2005

Fools for love dangling on a string
With pangs of passion and the hopes they bring
Making withdrawals from an ATM
From a heart-soaked lip-locked bank of sin
Traveling down a boulevard with no end in sight

Hearts a flutter with dream hope sighs
As restless emotions color the sky
While a Vodka drenched dragon breathes a song of desire
Collapsing in arms that can't get any tighter
Tangled in white and playing round with the blue
Two stars burning out of control
Need a little charge to get ‘em by
One for two and two for the road
It’s a long way home when you're hangin’ on time

Staring at the world behind bedroom eyes
Pools of cool sensuous pleasure inside
Tasting the hunger of two jackals in heat
Running down a lustful laden late night street
With a destination no one can say

Two stars burning out of control
Need a little charge to get ‘em by
One for two and two for the road
It’s a long way home when you're hangin’ on time

Midnite Skye

Written By: By Ted McKee aka Teddy Midnite

A ring around the moon
I'm singin' blues tonight
Got a buzz for a friend I’m tryin’ to get tight
My heart is restless as it squeaks out a tune
Full of blood red passion with a velvety croon
I reach for your ripeness
And I don't know why it all comes together
‘Neath the midnite sky

My piano is drunk with a flat middle C
And the rapture of flight has grounded my key
But I fly with my pen with a vision of you
On wings of desire coming out of the blue
I call out your name still don't know why
It all comes together ‘neath the midnite skye

Looking for demons that run out of sight
While I try to confront the blistering light
The poets that move me have all died in their sleep
Leaving helpings of turmoil piled at my feet
I look for your smile
I still don't know why
But it all comes together ‘neath the midnite skye
Yea it all comes together ‘neath the midnite skye

Woman is Her Name

Written By: Ted McKee

Lady of the mist in waiting
A vision in a glistening pool
Quench your thirst from her perfect lips
And all paradise is doomed

The moon is her nourishing sister
The sun's only reason to shine
She's the goddess of the flame
That burns inside the heart of every man alive

Mystery in a dozen roses
Black cat at her feet
Her magic flies and stars are all I see
She's the queen of contradiction

Madonna of the drivin' rain
Mother of man and every thing that’s holy
And woman is her name

Innocence in a veil of passion
Blood begins to heat
Spells cast are never wasted
When hearts begin to bleed

She's soft and cool collected
A beauty no man can claim
She's the fire in the belly of all temptation
And woman is her name,
The siren of Venus
The crone of the raven,
Woman is her name

By Ted H. McKee AKA Teddy Midnite © 2007

Discography

1999 – THE RESTLESS ONES
2000 – TED & EDDIE LIVE
2002 – SWING SOUP
2003 – MCKEE& STONE
2005 – RITUAL
2007 – TEDDY MIDNITE

Set List

A typical set is 45-60 minutes depending on the venue and the audience. In addition to originals, Teddy can also cover a wide variety of covers.
Covers include:
Blues
Rock
Standards
Sample Cover List:
Bob Dylan
Cole Porter
Tom Waits
Van Morrison
Eric Clapton
Bonnie Raitt
Randy Newman
Frank Sinatra
The Beatles
And many many more...