The Delta Flyers

The Delta Flyers

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

DuPree will be representing the Houston Blues Society and Southeast Texas at The 26th Annual International Blues Challenge being held in Memphis, Tennessee in January of 2010. The Delta Flyers endorse Republic Guitars. DuPree plays only Seydel Harmonicas.

Biography

The Delta Flyers are an acoustic duo featuring original Blues music woven around the different styles of ethnic music that are to be found as you travel along Highway 61 from New Orleans all the way to Chicago. Some of the songs relate to places and occurrences that are significant to the history of the Blues, some are drawn from personal experience, some are just tall tales, but all are enjoyable.

Stevie DuPree has joined forces with songwriter and guitarist, Travis Stephenson to form the core of The Delta Flyers. The combination of DuPree’s years of experience on the road and the consummate guitar work of Travis Stephenson, a true student of the Blues masters, resulted in a unit that delivers dynamic, memorable performances. Whether it’s gritty, Reso driven Blues from the Mississippi Delta or upbeat boogie straight out of the roadhouses of Texas and Louisiana, The Delta Flyers bring it every time.

2008 saw the release of their album, “On The Levee Road”, to good reviews and worldwide airplay. "On The Levee Road" was up for nomination for a 2009 Blues Music Award. The Delta Flyers have also represented the Houston Blues Society and Southeast Texas at both the 24th and 25th annual International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee.

Stevie DuPree's 2007 solo album, "Delta Flyer", has been nominated for Best Blues Album by the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards.

The Delta Flyers are indeed a fresh new face in the Blues community and their career is definitely on the rise.

Publicist - Betsie Brown of Blind Raccoon

Lyrics

Three Legged Dog

Written By: Stevie DuPree

One thing about them young girls, you can’t keep em round too long
They start messin’ and pokin’ they noses where it don’t belong
Just cause I like them city womens and my liquor when it’s strong
Ain’t no reason to accuse me of doin’ that little girl wrong

Now, she done gone and left me, left me sick and busted flat
All I got is a three legged dog and that damn crooked head cat
Left me all alone, sick and busted flat
Ain’t gon be messin’ with no more young girls
People, what you think of that

That dog, he get to howlin’, howlin’ on through the night
Girl ain’t around to feed him, he know that just ain’t right
Cat, he don’t know nothin’ cept how to spit and bite
Since that little girl left home, all he want to do is fight

That girl, she done gone and left me, left me sick and busted flat
All I got is a three legged dog and that damn crooked head cat
Left me all alone, sick and busted flat
Ain’t gon be messin’ with no more young girls
People, what you think of that

Gon find me a regular woman, one who done learned to cook and sew
One who don’t care bout knowin’ things she don’t need to know
Gon give that woman good lovin’, enough till she don’t need no more
Won’t be no fussin’ and fightin’ when I’m booked to go

Lord, that girl done left me, left me sick and busted flat
All I got is a three legged dog and that damn crooked head cat
Left me all alone, sick and busted flat
Ain’t gon be messin’ with no more young girls
People, what you think of that

On The Levee Road

Written By: Stevie DuPree

Woman, I must be going. Please fetch my walking cane.
I got to get over to Clebourne County before it starts to rain.
I’ll be traveling on the levee, take my chances as they fall.
Pray there ain’t no Highway Man put me down with a pistol ball.

On the levee road – There’s a storm a’brewing
On the levee road – You better hurry up some
On the levee road – Keep them feets a’moving
Don’t be caught out when the night time come

There’s plenty of bad men out there to bust you up and knock you down.
Left old Otha Turner’s boy lying half dead on the ground.
All he had was a dollar and Otha’s watch and chain.
Don’t seem enough for any good man to be dealt all that pain.

On the levee road – Don’t do no shufflin’
On the levee road – You better move along
On the levee road – Don’t greet no strangers
Look on down – Won’t come no wrong

On the levee road – There’s a outlaw hiding
On the levee road – With bad things in mind
On the levee road – You can meet your maker
Take your leave long before it’s time

These Blues

Written By: Stevie DuPree

When I woke up this mornin’ I had that fog runnin’ through my head
When I woke up this mornin’ I had that fog runnin’ through my head
Don’t know where I went last night and I don’t know what I said

My home has been this park bench since that mean woman threw me out
My home has been this park bench since that mean woman threw me out
I know she got mad with me but I don’t know what about

Now, all my luck has run out and trouble done come my way
Never thought that things would wind up the way they are today
And this pain that I’m feelin’, Man, it just won’t go away
Lord, and I know down deep inside that these blues are here to stay

Well, it seems that this whiskey bottle is now my only friend
Yes, it seems that this whiskey bottle is now my only friend
Always shows me a good time, Man, and never asks me where I been

You know, all my luck has run out and trouble done come my way
Never thought that things would wind up the way they are today
And this pain that I’m feelin’, Man, it just won’t go away
Lord, and I know down deep inside that these blues are here to stay

Double Down Junior

Written By: Stevie DuPree

Some mens work hard all their life
Get dealt nothin’ but grief and pain
Other mens have good luck fall on ‘em
Like springtime Georgia rain

Once, I had me some fame and fortune
But I let it all slip away
Busted out on a good hand
And it dogs me to this day

When you see that hole card comin’
Lord, you better double down
You better double down, Junior, if you can

Everywhere I went it was high times
I was livin’ big all over town
Whiskey and women come callin’
I kept spreadin’ that money ‘round

I was bettin’ on one last diamond
Got hit blind with a no good spade
All I could hear was my so called friends
Talkin’ ‘bout what a mess I’d made

When you see that hole card comin’
Lord, you better double down
You better double down, Junior, if you can

61 Highway Blues

Written By: DuPree/Stephenson

I backed on out of Edy Mae’s
Fearin’ for my life
Some fool done pulled a piece on me
For messin’ with his wife

I said, it ain’t me, man
I swear I ain’t that low down so and so
Lord, that 61 Highway
Sure can be a mean ol’ road

I showed up down at Boss Hall’s place
To play a song or two
Some fool was bent on fightin’
Cause he don’t like the way I do

I tried to run and hide, man
But I wound up toe to toe
Lord, that 61 Highway
Sure can be a mean ol’ road

One night as I was blowin’ harp
Down to Tompson’s Grocery
I noticed a fine lookin’ little girl
Smilin’ up at me

I told myself, you mess with that
You’re the biggest fool I know
Lord, that 61 Highway
Sure can be a mean ol’ road

Sunflower River Rag

Written By: DuPree/Stephenson

Pillowtop clouds up in the sky
Lazy ol’ river steady rollin’ by
Cotton needs pickin’ but not by me
I’m too busy nappin’ underneath my tree

Bossman’s yappin’ all livelong day
Lazy ol’ river gonna wash my troubles away

Ain’t seen my baby in a ol’ coon’s age
People tellin’ me it’s time to turn the page
She headed straight toward them city lights
Had to find herself – Had to see the sights

When she’s done feelin’ the need to roam
Lazy ol’ river gonna roll my baby back home

Woah, the river’s gonna wash me down

Hard times come and hard times go
Lazy ol’ river got to ebb and flow
I’m gonna let them hard times pass on by
Like the pillowtop clouds up in the sky

Baby’s in my arms and she’s here to stay
Lazy ol’ river done washed my troubles away

Woah, the river’s gonna wash me down

Aidie Jean

Written By: Stevie DuPree

Got a woman up the country
Her name is Aidie Jean
Best looking woman
I most ever seen
She knows how I feel about her, Man
But she treats me awful mean
Aidie Jean, why you got to be that way

She calls me Sugar Daddy
Every time I come around
But when I want a little taste
Ain’t no sugar to be found
I spend all my time, Man
Tryin’ to run that girl to ground
Aidie Jean, why you got to be that way

She says she’s got a yearnin’
For the city life
Sometimes she says she’d like to
Come along and be my wife
Other times, she says things, Man
That cut me like a knife
Aidie Jean, why you got to be that way

Dancin' With The Devil

Written By: Stevie DuPree

Darkness, darkness – Sallow moon
Dead man’s carriage – Be comin’ soon
Six black horses – Breathin’ fire
Carry me – To my funeral pyre

Took my chances – Rolled the dice
Winnin’ came – At a heavy price
Terms and conditions – Don’t matter none
Can’t undo – The damage done

In and out of shadows – dodgin’ satan’s grip
Lord, don’t let me stumble – Don’t let me slip
Deal was made but I ain’t goin’ down without a fight
Dancin’ with the devil in the pale moonlight

If the devils’ drivin’ – Don’t take that ride
See him comin’ – Better run and hide
Ain’t no good – Gon’ come about
He’ll steal your soul – And turn you out

In and out of shadows – dodgin’ satan’s grip
Lord, don’t let me stumble – Don’t let me slip
Deal was made but I ain’t goin’ down without a fight
Dancin’ with the devil in the pale moonlight

Travelin' Blues

Written By: Stevie DuPree

I ain’t got no steady woman – I am a travelin’ man
I ain’t got no steady woman – I am a travelin’ man
Some get mad with me – Some just don’t understand

Been down that highway from Chicago to New Orleans
Been down that highway from Chicago to New Orleans
And there ain’t enough time to tell everything I seen

I was born in Mississippi but the highway been my home
I was born in Mississippi but the highway been my home
Took my leave from Jackson ‘fore I was full grown

I tried my hand at farming, like my Daddy did before
I tried my hand at farming, like my Daddy did before
Made my mind up early, to not be broke and poor

I ain’t got no steady woman – I am a travelin’ man
I ain’t got no steady woman – I am a travelin’ man
Some get mad with me – Some just don’t understand

Railroad Bill

Written By: Stevie DuPree

Railroad Bill, he’s a mighty careful man.
He keeps a 44 pistol in his waistband.
If you’re gonna draw down, give it your best try.
Or, you’ll be pushing up daisies with a new third eye.
Roll on, roll on, Railroad Bill.

You know, Railroad Bill, he’s tall and lean.
He’s a sharp dressed, slicked back loving machine.
All them womens would fall down at his feet.
Every time Bill go down on to the street.
Roll on, roll on, Railroad Bill.

Roll on down through Memphis. Roll on to Gainesville.
Ride that train all day and night fore you have your fill.
Feel that engine hug the tracks. Hear that whistle trill.
You got to roll on, roll on, Railroad Bill.

Railroad Bill met a girl up in North Dakota.
She came equipped complete with a racing motor.
Motor’s steady purring from four till late.
She kept old Bill in a terrible state.

Roll on, roll on, Railroad Bill.
You got to roll on, roll on, Railroad Bill.

Delta Flyer Blues

Written By: Stevie DuPree

I’ll be standing at the turnstile when the ticket man come around.
I’ll be standing at the turnstile when the ticket man come around.
My baby’s in Mississippi and that train gonna take me down.

When I left home for Chicago, near broke that little girl’s heart.
When I left home for Chicago, damn near broke that little girl’s heart.
Going back down to Mississippi cause I can’t stand that we’re apart.

I’m gonna ride that Delta Flyer to the Vicksburg Station sign.
I’m gonna ride that Delta Flyer to the Vicksburg Station sign.
I can’t stand the thought, ya’ll, of having that little girl down there cryin’.

Delta Flyer, Delta Flyer, take this poor boy on back home.
Delta Flyer, Delta Flyer, please take this poor boy on back home.
Cause I can’t stand the thought of leaving that little girl all alone.
No, I can’t stand the thought, ya’ll, of leaving that little girl all alone.

Pony Dance

Written By: S

Goin’ up north of Lafayette
Watch them ponies dance around
If I see one steady twitchin’ they tail
I’m gon’ lay my money down

Some days it might be a dollar
Some days it might be ten
Some days I bet they gon’ place and show
Other days I bet they gon’ win

Well, I ain’t much of a gamblin’ man
But when I get the chance
I head up north of Lafayette
To watch them ponies dance
Just to watch them ponies dance

There’s dapples and grays and one brown stockin’
All lined up in a row
Starter man bring that flag on down
And off them ponies go

Ears on back and steady low runnin’
Headin’ for the other side
Jockey ain’t thinkin’ ‘bout nothin’, Man
But hangin’ on for the ride

Well, I ain’t much of a gamblin’ man
But when I get the chance
I head up north of Lafayette
To watch them ponies dance
Just to watch them ponies dance

Discography

Nothing But The Truth CD, w/ The Dudes, June 2004,
Soulbilly Music - Volume One CD, w/ The Dudes, November 2005
Delta Flyer CD, March 2007
On The Levee Road CD, January 2008

Set List

The Delta Flyers standard performance is two (2) 90 minute sets of
original Delta Blues, Urban Blues and Blues Rock, combined with selected covers by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Howlin' Wolf.