The Great White Shark

The Great White Shark

 Oakland, California, USA
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

The Great White Shark.

Biography

The Great White Shark is Matthew "Shark" Shartsis. An avid performer and songwriter from Oakland, CA, Shark brings a simple, unpretentious style to the stage, that will leave you with a simple thought: "Yeah, that was great."

Having played in the USA and internationally, his live performances feature his deep soul, blues & jazz style vocals and acoustic guitar and piano.

He is the leader and songwriter for San Francisco band GENERAL JONES. He still leads and plays with this outfit in the San Francisco Bay Area, but has branched out on his own beginning this year with a North West Tour of California, Oregon, Washington and Montana.

Currently, Shark is recording his first solo album under The Great White Shark name. Look for it in early 2011.

Lyrics

Blues On My Mind

Written By: Matthew "Shark" Shartsis

I can't look you, baby, in the eye
Even after all this time
Now I think I know The Reason why
It's cause I've got those blues on my mind

When I see you walkin' down the street
Just sauntering on those laze feet
I know that's someone that I've got to get to meet
But now I've got those blues oh so deep

And when I see you in the afternoon
Humming that same old blues tune
I know that's someone that I've got to get to know
But now I've got those blues all for you

Then I see you in the middle of the night
Lookin' at me through those blue eyes oh so bright
I know I want you for the rest of my life
And now I've got those blues just right

So when I look you, baby, in the eye
I'm hoping that you'll notice next time
If I held you I'd never let you down
But now I've got those blues all around this town.

The Dusty Road Blues

Written By: Matthew "Shark" Shartsis

I've been walking down this dusty ol' road.
Nowhere to run to I've got nowhere to go
It's beginning to wear on my soul
But I keep walkin' down this dusty ol' road

And I've been climbing up this raggety old hill
There's nothing left for me they've taken all my thrills
They even took my license to kill
So I keep climbing up this raggety ol' hill.

I keep on climbing
The Road keeps winding
I'm just trying to find my will

There's only one thing
left for me to do
that's to pay my dues

Nothing to win, now
Nothing to lose
Ive got the dusty road blues

Nothing to live for
Nothing to lose
I've got the dusty road blues

The River

Written By: Matthew "Shark" Shartsis

As I sit down here by the river
Waiting for good things to come
I wonder if it really matters
What is lost and what is won

I've ridden through those rugged mountains
And seen the waves crash on the shore
If you leave someone behind you
Are they remembered in your soul?

All this time I've been waiting
Trying to lift the setting sun
The River's waves begin fading
Soon the water is gone

Blue skies on the horizon
Very quickly turn to storm
We may lose the ones who love us
But they will guide us while there gone

The only news is of destruction
Death, starvation and the lord
But I don't see a god among us
We must find our way alone

All this time I've been waiting
Trying to lift the setting sun
The River's waves begin fading
Soon the water is gone

As I sat down there by The River
The water ran 'til it was dry
Soon, there were no more creatures
No green forest no blue sky

If everyone loses there feeling
Without a care for something real
Soon this world will be over
No one to love nothing to feel

All this time I've been waiting
Trying to lift the setting sun
The River's waves begin fading
Soon the water is gone

Find Your Way (Album Version)

Written By: Matthew "Shark" Shartsis

You've walked down that road
Through light and shadow
You don't know when you come or where you go
But you will find time, now

You may find yourself runnin'
You may find yourself tryin' so hard
You may find yourself hiding away
But you always find your way back home

Your standing at a crossroad
Asking which way to turn
If you go north you may not find your love
And sout, you may burn

You may find yourself runnin'
You may find yourself tryin' so hard
You may find yourself hiding away
But you always find your way back home

Is there an end of the line?
Is there a way to stop losing time?
Is it ever too late?
Take to the sky, Find your own fate

You may find yourself runnin'
You may find yourself tryin' so hard
You may find yourself hiding away
But you always find your way back home

Discography

GENERAL JONES | ALBUM 1 - 2007, available on iTunes.

Set List

The Great White Shark plays short sets, long sets, wedding sets, party sets, but really enjoys a medium venue with a good sound system and respectful, appreciative patrons.

Set times can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Varying from guitar and vocals to piano and vocals.

Sometimes, he is accompanied by guitarists or backing vocalists, and on more rare occasions, a percussionist.