Terraplane Blues

Terraplane Blues

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Terraplane Blues defines diversity - Men and a woman, black/white, young/mature, electric/acoustic all meeting on a common ground, the blues. Think sweaty dancers, raunchy rhythm, mean slide guitar, heartfelt vocals from one superb blues diva, and gritty harp they take you back to juke joint times

Biography

Terraplane Blues defines diversity...Men and a woman, black and white, young and mature, electric and acoustic all meeting on a common ground ... the blues. Think sweaty dancers, raunchy rhythm, mean slide guitar, heartfelt vocals from one superb blues diva, gritty harp and loads of fun. Seasoned to perfection and cookin' just right, they take you back to those juke joint times.

NOTEWORTHY:

• July 2007- Terraplane Blues will perform for a prestigious festival event in Baltimore, MD, called Avenue Lake Marsh Concert Series.

• July/August 2006 - Lead vocalist Jennifer Wright is featured on the cover of "State of the Art" magazine, including cover story on Terraplane Blues and their successful audition for MUNY (MTA's Music Under NY Program). PDF of magazine can be found at this link:

www.monmouthartscouncil.org/state/JulyAug06.pdf

• June 2006 - Terraplane Blues selected by audition as a MUNY artist - Music Under New York, a program run by MTA to perform in the subways, train stations and parks of NYC.

• June 2006 - Terraplane Blues performs at the 20th Anniversary Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival (200,000 attendees) opening for TJ Wheeler. After the performance, a promoter offered a performance slot in FestiBlues (Montreal, Canada) for 2007.

• May 2006 - Terraplane Blues signs with prestigous Canadian booking agency to explore performance opportunities outside the U.S., including the Montreal Jazz Festival.

• July 2005 – Terraplane Blues opens for Tinsley Ellis at the Riverhead Blues Festival (NY). Attendance 30,000.

• January 2005 – "I've Got To Sing", track #12 on CD Jubilee Stomp, and written by Jennifer & Gary Wright, is a semi-finalist in the blues category for the International Songwriting Competition (over 11,000 entries).

• December 2004 - CD Jubilee Stomp chosen by Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation as "Best Self-Produced CD" and entered in the Blues Foundation's annual international competition (Memphis, TN).

• June 2004 - Jennifer Wright (Terraplane Blues) opens the show and sings with Grammy winner Koko Taylor at the Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank, NJ). Koko Taylor asks Jennifer to sing with her on tour at various prestigious festivals (details TBA).

• 2004/05 – 2nd release Jubilee Stomp receives rave reviews from the U.S. and around the world, including Blues Revue Magazine, The Groove (Austrialian publication) & Blues in Britain Magazine.

• 2004/05 – Jubilee Stomp receives regular airplay on radio stations around the world including Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, UK, and many states in the U.S.

• June 2004 – National recording artist Deanna Bogart wails on saxophone and sings harmony with vocalist Jennifer Wright at the show Women Who Cook.

• 2004 – Terraplane Blues releases 2nd CD Jubilee Stomp.

• 2003 – Gary Wright (Terraplane Blues) plays slide guitar and sings Howlin’ Wolf number with the Howlin’ Wolf Tribute Band at The Stone Pony (Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Vivino, Levon Helm, David Johansen, Southside Johnny). He also played guitar in the back up band for Lonnie Shields & Georgie Bonds at the same show.

• 2001 – Phil Proctor and Gary Wright sit in on harmonica with Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers.

• 2000 International Blues Challenge Finalist (largest battle of the band in the world). Produced by The Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN. Grammy winner Ruth Brown hears Terraplane Blues perform her song, Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean.

• 2000 – 2003 Asbury Music Awards Nominee for Top Blues Act, Top Female Vocalist, Top Blues Harmonica & Top Drummer.

• 2000 – Jennifer Wright sings with Handy Award winner Johnnie Bassett at Jason’s Jazz & Blues Club.

• 1999 Lehigh Valley Blues Network Competition Winner. Shemekia Copeland and Michael Cloeren (producer of Poconos Blues Festival) were 2 of the 5 judges.

• 1999 – Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) sits in on guitar with Terraplane Blues at Blues, Brews & BBQ (Jackson, NJ). Jersey Style quotes him saying “My daddy always used to reach out and help upcoming musicians. The Terraplanes seem like great people, and I’m going to go on over and jam with them now.”

• 1999 – Debut CD, Yesterday’s Blues, receives international attention on the radio airways in various countries including Germany, Poland, Australia, Denmark, Macedonia, England & Italy.

• 1998 – Terraplane Blues releases debut CD Yesterday’s Blues.

• 1996 – Terraplane Blues begins their juke joint journey as a sextet (female vocal, slide guitar, rhythm guitar, harmonica, bass & drums).

APPEARED AT:

The Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank NJ
Jazz In The Park, Red Bank NJ
Riverfest Jazz & Blues Festival, Red Bank NJ
The Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park NJ
The Stone Pony, Asbury Park NJ
PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ
The Priory, Newark NJ
Bloomfield Harvest Fest, Bloomfield NJ
Blue Fish Festival, Wildwood NJ
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Lyrics

Dirty Laundry

Written By: Jennifer Wright, Gary Wright

Bring me your clothes baby
I’ll wash them real real good
I said bring me your clothes
I’ll wash them real real good
Don’t be scared honey
Your dirty laundry done stained my blues

Number in your pocket
Perfume through the air
Lips smeared your collar
I know you’ve been there
So bring me your clothes
I’ll wash them real real good
Don’t be scared honey
Your dirty laundry done stained my blues

What’s your story this time
I’ll let you pick and choose
Tell me what’s your story this time
I’ll let you pick and choose
Don’t be scared honey
Your dirty laundry done stained my blues

Late nights at the job
Meetings out of town
Your pay ain’t no greater
Just not panning out
So bring me your clothes
I’ll wash them real real good
Don’t be scared honey
Your dirty laundry done stained my blues

Sundays on the field
Wednesdays at the gym
Body’s out of shape
And I know where you’ve been
So bring me your clothes
I’ll wash them real real good
Don’t be scared honey
Your dirty laundry done stained my blues

I've Got To Sing

Written By: Jennifer Wright, Gary Wright

Yes I’ve got to sing...
Got to sing about times I’ve had in my life

Let me tell you 'bout the time
I’ve been put away from life
outside
Let me tell you 'bout the time
I reflected & grew inside
Let me tell you 'bout the time, the time I had
In my life, oh I was real sad
About the time, the time, I had in my life

Let me holler 'bout the time
I hung in bars at parties or streets
Let me holler bout the time
The blues was after me
I was druggin’ all the time and sleepin’ all day
Knew nothing ‘bout myself
And want to keep that way
About the time, the time, I had in my life

Let me share that place in time
I took a man that was beating
me
Let me cry about a time
Disrespect didn’t trouble me
I was stuck on a time, that since long past
Want to make things right
Bring peace at last
About a time, the time, I had in my life

Let me cry about a time
A time when sickness came over me
Let me cry about a time
Constant pain while I plead
Please help me Lord, get a life to lead
Want to bring Your Word, can’t take this misery
About a time, the time, I had in my life

Let me preach about a time
I casted all my cares on the Most
High
Let me preach about a time
I transformed and renewed my
mind
Now I live that life, the life He gave me to live
Blessings in and
out, always positive
About a time, the time, I have in my life

Asbury Nights

Written By: © j. grande, j. wright, g. wright

Black paints a moonless sky
Bloodied hands, a perfect alibi
A broken tooth and a blackened eye
Where the truth meets an honest lie

These are the colors of an Asbury night
The city’s working on a plan to revive
These are the colors of an Asbury night
No more plague, but who's gonna thrive?

Dust rise from the fallen city
Didn't this place used to look pretty
You make the deal and you hit the road
It weighs you down, but you carry the load

These are the colors of an Asbury night
The city’s working on a plan to revive
These are the colors of an Asbury night
No more plague, but who's gonna thrive?

Desperate people want to be your friend
Here comes trouble runnin' round the bend
The siren sings and the cops give chase
I'm feelin' weary from the race

These are the colors of an Asbury night
The city’s working on a plan to revive
These are the colors of an Asbury night
No more plague, but who's gonna thrive?

When the Phoenix rises from the ash
Will it include the working class?
Empty promises and broken dreams
Same ol' story, different theme

These are the colors of an Asbury night
The city’s working on a plan to revive
These are the colors of an Asbury night
No more plague, but who's gonna thrive?

Discography

Jubilee Stomp (2004)
Yesterday's Blues (1998)

Set List

Below is just a sample list of artists and songs that we cover. Please keep in mind two things - First, that we listed the original artist only (but in many cases there are various blues and rock-n-roll groups that cover the same song); And second, that we constantly write and learn new material, thus our song list varies over time. Our style, however, always remains the same…Juke Joint All The Way!

MUDDY WATERS
Various including: Got My Mojo Working, Hoochie Coochie Man, Can’t Be Satisfied, I’m a Man, Sugar Never Was So Sweet, Standin’ Round Cryin’, Mean Red Spider

HOWLIN’ WOLF
Various including: Do The Do, In the Bottom, How Many More Years, Sittin’ On Top of The World

BIG BILL BROONZY
Stuff You Gotta Watch, Feel So Good

JIMMY REED
Baby What You What Me To Do, Honest, I Do, Bright Lights Big City

ETTA JAMES
Various including: I’d Rather Go Blind, At Last

RUTH BROWN
Mama, He Treat Daughter Mean, 5-10-15

ELMORE JAMES
It Hurts Me Too, Shake Your Money Maker