The Staff Blues

The Staff Blues

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The Staff Blues is composed, primarily, of Chicagoland and St. Louis natives who study at Eastern Illinois University's School of Music. Genres include Classic Rock, R&B, Disco, Funk, Blues and Jazz.

Biography

Biography:
Since arriving on the midwest music scene in mid 2008, The Staff Blues has quickly become known for their high energy performances, pulling from a multitude of genres including blues, rock, jazz and funk. With one completed CD of original works, the group is currently writing material for their second EP. The Staff Blues is currently made up of eight members. The band has been able to draw inspiration from past members as well as a variety of guest musicians. The group is well known for bringing a variety of guests musicians including vocalists, violinists, and even auxiliary percussionists. At any venue featuring The Staff Blues, one is sure to see energetic front man, Sean Walker in his fedora hat dancing and getting the crowd to dance and move. But, as one looks past the front man, the band holds seven other amazing musician. Led by Band Leader and saxophonist, Mike Block, The Staff Blues features a 3 piece horn section and a 4 piece rhythm section. The horn section includes tenor saxophonist, Mike Block, trumpeter, Tim Cocagne, and trombonist, Blake Ozier. The rhythm section includes Jamie Mauck on drums, Connor Davis on Bass, Chris Hastings on Guitar and Dan Hoffman on Keyboard/Piano. This collaboration creates a tight sound that blends the rock and groove of the 60' and 70's with the youthful creative edge of modern contemporary. The Staff Blues has just begun to tap into their musical potential. They continue to gig and write heavily as a band.
After hearing The Staff Blues live, one is sure to “Catch the Infection.”

Lyrics

Sounds of Grass

Written By: Lyrics by Sean Walker of The Staff Blues

As I lay my ear below
I can’t help but hear
A million years of footsteps
And a thousand more of tears
Drop by drop they make their way
Feeding all the green
The green grows up to get me high
Or so that’s how it seems
You hit me from above
And I’ll hit you from below
Or so that’s how it seems
As I light this cigarette,
I can’t help but see
Cherry’s burning bright red
Fire so close to me
Ashes falling to the ground
Smoke grows to a screen
Fire ignites the cancer
Or so that’s how it seems
You hit me from above
And I’ll hit you from below
Or so that’s how it seems
As this rain falls over me
I can’t help but feel
Reminisce the night before
The burden that won’t heal
Pound by pound the weight still builds
Bigger that you can dream
But I still party every night
Or so that’s how it seems
You hit me from above
And I’ll hit you from below
Or so that’s how it seems

Watcha Do?

Written By: Lyrics by Sean Walker of The Staff Blues

All the bright lights in the city
Tend to hypnotize me.... and mesmerize me
So what do you do?
When the page is turned to you

Walking down all the streets in the city
I try to redefine me so it can satisfy me
So what do I do?
When the road leads back to you

Here’s what I'll do now

Take me down
Take me down
What I likes in the city

Anything But Nancy

Written By: Lyrics by Sean Walker of The Staff Blues

the way she moves
dancin over to me
makes me sweat
she just brings me to my knees
oh nancy b
why won't you set me free

the art she makes
oh baby the paint just moves
each and every stroke
just ties the noose
around the staff
she makes me scream

nancy, it's so important to always remember the time that one has in relation to the experiences in life. no matter how short of a time you may know someone, never forget how one single conversation can completely change the essence of a person. life is all about reaction what you make from these experiences.
and in our 3 short years, my life has been durastically changed by the things you've said to me in passing or conversation.

Higher Times

Written By: Lyrics by Sean Walker of The Staff Blues

Don’t tread on me little queen
You know I got to be free now
You think control is everything
But I know power means nothing
Fuck what I know, and all I do
All I want to never feel lonely
You kept me clean for a while
But now I know, I only feel dirty

And I’m going to make it without you
And I’m going to take myself to higher times
And I can't hate myself for loving you
Still I can't take myself to higher times
Your purple dreams are killing me
Royalty never dies easy
I treat you like you're a queen
But then you go, you commit treason
So now, what do, we got to do
Got to go, got to be free now
Cause you think control is over me
But I know your power's deceiving
And I’m going to make it without you
And I’m going to take myself to higher times
And I can't hate myself for loving you
Still I can't take myself to higher times
Purple queen I’ve paid my debt
Purple queen I can't forget
And I’m going to make it without you
And I’m going to take myself to higher times
And I can't hate myself for loving you
Still I can't take myself to higher times

Bakers Dozen

Written By: Lyrics by Sean Walker of The Staff Blues

12 Girls to the Dozen
Ain’t that the trend to keep?
Take it down to 6 or 7
I exaggerate you see

A third of these well they were something
But I had to set them free
But you're the one my bakers dozen
The one I am yet to see

When I come home every night
To see a smile shine so bright
Talked up, sexed up
Trying to get things made up
Every single step I take
Is another step to making
Loves now talk later
Trying to get that key behavior
So lets go expand your mind
Just one taste and I’ll make you mine

Mary Jane you'll break my heart
But that's just what I need
After you I will exceed
My unlucky thirteen

Now I know I’m over-rated
I kind of lie you see
But I know my baker's dozen
Will come again for me
Talked up, sexed up
Trying to get things made up
Every single step I take
Is another step to making
Loves now talk later
Trying to get that key behavior
So lets go expand your mind
Just one taste and I’ll make you mine

Cadillac

Written By: Lyrics by Sean Walker of The Staff Blues

Running on steam heat
Getting busy in the back seat
Of a 58 Cadillac
Wishing she could take it all back

You could tell she wasn't thinking
For whatever many reasons
I swear he got the best of her
And now she's feeling

I’ll be your beater
You’ll be my Cadillac
I’ll keep on running
If you'll keep rolling
I may turn over
When
My mind is not flooded
So I’ll be your beater
You be my cad-lilac

I could never tame her
Swear I want to claim her
For my own all night
Get it right on the flight

Baggage got packed up
Poison from another cup
Never ever coming back
Left it in a Cadillac

Discography

The Staff Blues (EP) Now Available on Itunes!

Set List

Anything But Nancy - The Staff Blues

Baker's Dozen - The Staff Blues

Brick House - The Commodores

Battery - The Staff Blues

Cadillac - The Staff Blues

Cantalope Island - Herbie Hancock

Cocaine - Eric Clapton

The Devil went down to Georgia - The Charlie Daniels Band

Everybody (Needs Somebody to Love) - The Blues Brothers

Higher Times - The Staff Blues

Hold On I'm Comin' - Sam and Dave

Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters

I Got You (I feel Good) - James Brown

It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan

Jungle Boogie - Cool and the Gang

Layla - Eric Clapton

Low Rider - War

Purple Queen - The Staff Blues

Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaugn

The Man with the Hex - Atomic Fire Balls

Money - Pink Floyd

Mustang Sally - Mack Rice

Rainy Day Women - Bob Dylan

She Caught the KT - The Blues Brothers

Sounds of Grass - The Staff Blues

Sugar - Bobby Hebb

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Sweet Ho