The Bluescasters

The Bluescasters

 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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The Bluescasters formed in 2004 in Ann Arbor, Michigan The band has released three albums...Five Dimes, Give Yourself the Blues, and LIVE. They play about 40 shows a year, over 300 total to date, and many festivals...Alpena, Jackson, Ypsi Heritage, Plymouth, Ferndale, and Tawas, just to name a few.

Biography

The Bluescasters (mailing address)
P.O. Box 42
Hartland, Michigan 48352-0042

A high energy blues band, The Bluescasters derive their unique style from the diverse backgrounds of it's member musicians. Elements of jazz, R & B, and rock, and are woven into the fabric of their songs. All four members have been active, professional musicians for over 30 years. In 2009 the group added Ann Arbor's legendary jazz guitar master, Brian Delaney. Bass player Doug Wolgat, originally from Detroit, has resided in Ann Arbor since 1987. Multi-instumentalist Phil Ryski supplies second guitar as well as keyboards and harp. Harry Rodman is a third generation drummer in his family. The Bluescasters, all skilled composers and arrangers, use vocal harmony over a groove oriented rhythm section to emphasize the instrumental solos and to drive the dance floor. The Bluescasters reached the 2006 finals in the Detroit Music Awards category of "Best Blues/R & B Artist". Performances since 2010 include the Alpena Blues Festival, Jackson Blues Festival, Tawas Blues by the Bay, Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, Plymouth Festival of Ice, Chelsea Summer Festival, WEMU Blues BBQ, Windsor Blues Festival, Ferndale Blues Festival, and many of the city summer concerts in SE Michigan. They have also shared billings recently with Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) and Jim McCarty (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels). Several well-known Ann Arbor musicians have sat in with them including Terraplanes frontman Jerry Mack, Al Hill of the Love Butlers, George Bedard of Kingpins fame, virtuoso blues man Chris Canas, former Terraplane Pete Bullard, Rick Humesky and the Xatiable Horn section from the Lady Sunshine Band, Al Jacquez from Savage Grace and Measured Chaos, and boogie-woogie harp man Chef Chris. The main focus of the band is entertaining their audience and filling the dance floor. Even the staff and management at the clubs they play enjoy the party atmosphere and great vibe at their shows.

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Lyrics

Going Nowhere Fast

Written By: D. Wolgat - The Bluescasters

I've got to walk, don't want to burn no gas
I've got to walk, don't want to burn no gas
Every time I drive, I'm going nowhere fast

I need some money, that's what I can use
A little money, to chase away these blues
All of this walkin'...is wearing out these shoes

Taxes are high
Economy slow
Too many people
Nowhere to go
Ain't got a job
Can't pay the rent
Most of the rich
Work for the government

I'll keep on walking, don't want to burn no gas
'cause every time I drive, I'm going nowhere fast
Every time I drive...I'm going nowhere fast

I found some money, walking down the street
A roll of twenties, lying at my feet
That's the kind of feeling...that really can't be beat

I spent the money, that ain't front page news
Spent the money, mostly on women and booze
The rest I just wasted...I got nothin' to lose

I'll keep on walkin', don't want to burn no gas
Walkin...just want to make it last
Every time I drive, I'm going nowhere
Every time I drive, I'm going nowhere
Every time I drive, I'm going nowhere fast

That's All She Left Me

Written By: H. Rodman - The Bluescasters

Five dimes, two quarters, three nickels...and a penny
Five dimes, two quarters, three nickels...and a penny
When my baby left out that door that's all she left me

She took my car and my dog, then she sold my boat
She took my car and my dog, then she sold my boat
All I got left is this raggedy overcoat

I worked hard for my money, gave her every dollar I made
I worked hard for my money, gave her every dollar I made
Now another man's workin' on making her memory fade

Five dimes, two quarters, three nickels...and a penny
Five dimes, two quarters, three nickels...and a penny
When my baby left out that door that's all she left me

Scrap of cheese, loaf of bread, stale beer and a sticky note
Slice of cheese, loaf of bread, stale beer and a sticky note
Left me here with nothin' except this mortgage note

Five dimes, two quarters, three nickels...and a penny
Five dimes, two quarters, three nickels...and a penny
When my baby left out that door that's all she left me
When my baby left out that door that's all she left me
When my baby left out that door that's all she left me

Wife Next Door

Written By: P. Ryski - The Bluescasters

Why...why oh why what for?
Why...why oh why what for?
Why would I need a wife, one living right next door

Early in the evening when the band don't come
Sneak right over and I'll get me some
Oh why...why oh why what for?
Why would I need a wife, one living right next door

I don't even mind if she's cheatin' on me
Got another neighbor lady right across the street
Oh why...why oh why what for?
Why would I need a wife with one living right next door

Well she send the old man out to the corner store
Come around knockin' on my back door
Well she like to hoochie coochie, right on my kitchen floor
Why would I need a wife, one living right next door

Why...why oh why what for?
Why...why oh why what for?
Why would I need a wife, one living right next door

Discography

Five Dimes - 2005
Give Yourself the Blues - 2006
LIVE - 2009
BC IV - Expected 2014 release

These albums have been played on local radio stations WEMU, WCBN, WFHR in Dearborn, WLEW in Bad Axe, various NPR stations throughout the state, as well as KCOR in Kansas and several stations throughout Europe, Japan and Australia. All songs are available through iTunes and the discs are available via CDBaby and at all Bluescasters' performances. Five Dimes and Give Yourself the Blues reached the finals of the Detroit Music Awards "Best Blues/R & B Recording" category for 2005 and 2006, respectively. The Bluescasters third disc, LIVE, was released on March 13, 2010. A number of tracks have been recorded for Bluescasters IV, with expectations of a mid-2014 completion.

Set List

The Bluescasters tailor their set lists to the venue. A typical set is 45 minutes to an hour long. Sets are generally a 50-50 mix of originals and covers. Based on the packed dance floors, the band's reputation proceeds them wherever they appear.
Here are some of the songs from a typical Bluescasters show:

High Off the Hog - Tommy Castro
Preacher - The Bluescasters
Nobody But You - Little Walter
Tears Upon My Pillow - The Bluescasters
Come on - Earl King
Hypnotize - The Bluescasters
Let's Straighten It Out - W. C. Clark
Read The Fine Print - The Bluescasters
First I Look at the Purse - The Contours
Nothing Lasts Forever - The Bluescasters
Can't Judge a Book - Bo Diddley
Flying Home - Lionel Hampton
One Last Time - The Bluescasters
Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers
Devil Done Raised Up - The Bluescasters
I Want to Love You - Delbert McClinton
Who Told My Wife - The Bluescasters
Jeepster - T Rex
Can't Get the Blues - The Bluescasters
Don't Do It - Little Char