The Porkroll Project

The Porkroll Project

 Exton, Pennsylvania, USA
BandBluesRock

The music is blues, but it's done up Porkroll style. Little bit of grease, good dose of funk, whole lotta drive and grind. Throw that together with some dangerous lead guitar and harmonica, powerful organ, and rippin' piano, and you have a recipe for a night where anything can happen!

Biography

The Porkroll Project is hard rocking 6 piece contemporary blues band from the Philadelphia area. The band is known for its high energy blend of original blues tunes and fresh covers.

The band has a collective experience that runs deep and wide, having played together in various other projects for over ten years. They've shared the stage with such notables as Bo Diddley, Los Lobos, Mem Shannon, Michael Hill's Blues Mob, Bobby Radcliffe, Albert Castiglia, John Primer and Billy Branch, just to name a few. They are well seasoned veterans with main stage appearances at events such as the Philadelphia Jam on the River, the Red Bank Jazz and Blues Festival, the Riverfront Blues Festival, Billtown Blues Festival, and the Paoli Blues Festival. The band has won several local Blues competitions to earn the right to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. They'll be making their 3rd appearance in January 2014, having won the Billtown Blues Association's IBC competition.

Lyrics

Shake It Twice

Written By: Neil Taylor

Verse 1
Tonight I’m gonna, go downtown,
What’s on my mind, is gettin’ down,
Gonna meet up with my baby, and all my friends.
Funky little place, down through the alley,
Run by a woman, they call Aunt Sally,
Gonna have us a time, until the night time ends.

Chorus
I’m gonna shake it twice, I’m gonna shake it twice,
I’m gonna shake it twice for all the world to see.
I’m gonna shake it twice, I’m gonna shake it twice,
Once for my baby, and one time just for me.

Verse 2
We hit the door, at half past nine,
The band is jumpin’, sounding fine,
The beer is cold, the drinks are flowing free.
The dance floor’s gettin’, full of folks,
Carryin’ on, and telling jokes,
And all at once, the urge comes over me.

Chorus

SOLO Section (verse and chorus)

Verse 3
Fun is fun, let’s have our share,
Kick up our heels, let down our hair,
Put all of our worries, right out of mind.
Let’s shake it loose, and get real tight,
The joint is jumpin’, tonight’s the night,
Good time straight ahead, trouble’s far behind.

Chorus play thru w/o I/IV vamp

My Daddy Was the Postman

Written By: Neil Taylor

VERSE1
My daddy was the Postman, carried his mail all over town.
My daddy was the Postman, carried his mail all over town.
He’d walk the streets from house to house, spreadin’ his mail around.

VERSE2
He’d start in early morning, at the coming of the dawn.
He’d start in early morning, at the coming of the dawn.
He’d work until the evening,
When the streetlights be comin’ on.

BRIDGE
You can talk about the coal man, with the hottest stuff in town,
You can talk about the fireman, how he can cool you down,
You can talk about the butcher, the banker and the cop,
But rain or sleet or dark of night won’t make the Postman stop!

My daddy was the Postman, carried is mail all over town.
He’d walk the streets from house to house, spreadin’ his mail around.

VERSE3
He’d start up on the eastside, end up on the west.
He’d start up on the eastside, end up on the west.
He’d hit the north and south side,
South side’s what he liked the best.

VERSE4
My daddy was the Postman, carried his mail all over town.
My daddy was the Postman, carried his mail all over town.
It was the love of my sweet mother,
Made him lay his mailbag down!

Discography

Their self-titled debut CD, "The Porkroll Project", includes a collection of Porkroll original blues along with a few great cover songs thrown in, all performed "Porkroll style."

The long awaited second CD, "Shake It Twice", features good time grooves and everyday life lyrics. Guaranteed to move your body, make you feel good, and maybe even give you a laugh or two. This CD was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Best Self-Produced CD Competition sponsored by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.

"Three Legged Dog" is the third CD from the Porkroll Project, and reflects the band's range and versatility. Five members contributed songs for the recording, and the diverse styles have been woven into a seamless aural experience. This CD was nominated for 2012 Best Self-Produced CD Competition.

Set List

Porkroll sets are comprised of 60% originals and 40% covers. Sets are 60-90 minutes long. A typical 60 minute set might include:

Blues Is My Business (cover)
My Daddy Was the Postman
Three Legged Dog
Dyin' Is The Easy Way
What More?
Party 'Til The Cows Come Home (cover)
Evil Woman Blues
I'll Drink Your Bathwater (cover)
Shake It Twice
Chill and Thrills (cover)
Born Ready
Walkin' the Dog (cover)
Can't Turn My Back

The porkroll Project's repertoire is comproised of originals from three CD releases, covers of blues standards, and blues treatments of some old favorites.