The Uncle Roy Show

The Uncle Roy Show

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

The Uncle Roy Show is an eclectic mix of roots rock and roll, hardcore honkytonk and soul country rhythm & blues plus the samba and bossa nova of Brazil with ethnic folkloric styles of Mexico, The Caribbean, and Hawaii.

Biography

As a self taught musician with too many styles to name, we’re calling it “folk music”. As the template for the folk boom of the 60’s were murder ballads, civil rights and work songs of the past … the new folk music is everything that’s happened since. Uncle Roy is folk music for the 21st Century with his own drinkin’, cheatin’, killin’, truck drivin’, love songs.
On the road at 8 years old with long haul truck driving father, the truck stops and the jukebox was the savior, the holy grail … that old Mac was so loud you could barely yell over the racket, nobody even bothered with radios, way before CB’s and freeways, but the jukebox was alive with neon and chrome and the love affair was on.
Moving from the ice and snow of Minnesota to the beaches of southern California with the promise of his own set of drums for helping in the move they arrived in Oceanside, Ca. in April of ’65, his 14th birthday … his lifes mission could now begin … he had his tools! Bouncing around the west coast in bands (and trucks) in the 70’s the road led from LA to Hawaii and a full time gig in Waikiki and a serious musical adventure began … His future wife joined the band on keyboards and vocals, got a record contract with Honolulu’s Lehua Records, recorded Front Burner Country with Julie & the Electric Rangers in Hawaii, toured Japan, Korea , The Philippines, Okinawa & Guam and Western U.S. to promote their album … toured Orient again with Freddy Fender. … performed and toured with The Opry’s Jack Greene and Little Jimmie Dickens, sax great Ace Cannon, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Junior Brown … appeared in a Magnum PI episode and recorded with Hawaiian artists Bla Pahinui and Warren Johnson.
During the 80’s, toured Western Canada up the Alaska Hiway to Whitehorse in the Yukon to East Tennesee and Nashville … back to the Pacific Northwest … where Julia, wife and mother passed away with lymphoma cancer in 1988 after a 2 year battle at age 35. Widowed with a 2 year old son, the adventure really got interesting. Forgoing “day care” and “day jobs” he continued to lead their band Melody Ranch around the Northwest opening for Jimmie Dale Gilmore at the infamous 3B Tavern in Bellingham, Wa … watching neighbor kids during the day while neighbors watched son Jonas at night. Throwing caution to the wind they sold their little house in the Custer raspberry fields. and moved to Austin, Tx.,in ’92 … playing the blues on Austin’s 6th St. and the honkytonks around town at night while being Mr. Mom by day … Hooked up with brother and sister act Ramblin Rose out of Houston … performed throughout East Texas.
Moved to Auburn, Al. in ‘96 The Uncle Roy Show was born … realizing a pro drummer wasn’t really needed in this college town, tired of waiting for the phone to ring he reinvented himself as a one man band, with a bass drum and tambourine, cowbell, harmonica and guitar. Being a closet guitar picker for 30 years and as most drummers are frustrated front men, the transition wasn’t that difficult. After recording “The Uncle Roy Show Vol. I in 2000 “ he retired the bass drum doing a more standard singer songwriter thing. But keeping “the Show” flexible it can be anything from a solo to one man band to acoustic duo or trio or full band. Also as a “Show “the door is open for the jugglers and dancers and other surprises.
Since arriving in Alabama he has recorded and toured with rock & roll band, Pretty Beat Up …appeared in 3 separate productions of “Always, Patsy” at The Dixie Theater in Apalachicola, Fl… toured Brazil twice, most recently with son Jonas on Tenor sax. And as a professional folk artist he has had two “One Man” Art Shows at Auburn University showcasing original folk art including paper mache sculptures, paintings and furniture. Uncle Roy was the drummer in the orchestra for the Auburn University Production of “The Little Shop Of Horrors” April 2008
He has also visited Costa Rica twice since ’06 expanding his world music repertoire
Uncle Roy is proud to celebrate 40 years in showbiz with the release of “The Uncle Roy Show Vol. II”, employing the trio “The Twang Thang”, with Roy on drums, guitar, and harmonica, Dave Swanger on Guitar and Derek DeLamar on Bass plus Jonas Schultz who is now a Berklee College of Music Graduate on Tenor Sax and Keyboards on 15 original songs.
Using guerilla tactics in this new age seems to be the only way one can survive, full bands are expensive so the goal is to have a big sound with as few people as possible, without gadgets and electronics but with real instruments, warts and all. The Uncle Roy Show has proven to be an organic process rather than a destination, evolving as the songs take shape and the musicians come and go, a marathon not a sprint, the one constant is Uncle Roy too ornery to quit but still a whole lot of fun!
Now performing with Jonas & The Snakefarmers.

© 2008 UNCLE ROY

Lyrics

NOW/HERE

Written By: ROY SCHULTZ

IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN
IF NOT HERE, THEN WHERE
I WAS WONDERIN'
DO WE REALLY CARE

IF NOT US THEN WHO
IF NOT ME AND YOU
THEN WHO'S GONNA DO
ALL WE NEED TO DO?

CALLIN' TO MY GENERATION
DID WE DIE OR JUST GROW OLD?
LOVE IS STILL THE ANSWER
AND IF IT'S NOT TOO LATE
MAYBE WE CAN SAVE OUR SOULS

CALLIN' TO THE GENERATIONS
THE ANSWER STAYS THE SAME
WE WERE SO MUCH OLDER THEN WE'RE SO MUCH YOUNGER NOW
LET'S ACT OUR AGE

I WILL NOT GO QUIETLY
INTO THE NIGHT
WITH ALL MY MIGHT I'M GONNA RAGE
ARE THE CHIMES OF FREEDOM STILL FLASHING?
WELL THE TIMES MY FRIEND ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE

IS THE SCREWIN' THAT YOU'RE GETTIN', WORTH THE SCREWIN' THAT YOU'RE GETTIN'?

Written By: ROY SCHULTZ

IS THE SCREWIN THAT YOU’RE GETTIN’
WORTH THE SCREWIN THAT YOU’RE GETTIN’
IS WHAT MY DEAR DADDY USE TO ASK
CHECK OU THE FUZZ ON THAT TOMATO BUS
THE FIRST LIAR HERE HE AINT GOT A CHANCE
YOU CAN JUST AS SOON MARRY
A RICH ONE BUSTER
TO THINE OWN SELF BE THUE
IS THE SCREWIN THAT YOU’RE GETTIN’
WORTH THE SCREWIN THAT YOU’RE GETTING
IS ALL THAT I’M GONNA ASK YOU

EIGHT YEARS OLD WHEN I JOINED HIM ON THE ROAD
HAULIN’ BED BUGS IN THAT ’51 MACK
COAST TO COAST NORTH AND SOUTH
SOMETIMES GOT A MOTEL AND A SIX PACK
WELL I GOT CAUGHT BY THAT OLD ASPHALT
AND I NEVER EVER DID LOOK BACK
BUT THRU THE YEARS AND THE BLOOD SWEAT AND BEERS
I REALIZE DAD WAS ON THE RIGHT TRACK

HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO DRINK
AND HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO THINK
ABOUT LIFE AND LIVIN’ON THE HIGHWAY
HOW TO DRIVE A TRUCK HOW TO GIVE A FUCK
ABOUT LIFE AND LIVIN’ IT THE RIGHT WAY
TAUGHT ME HOW TO ACT AND TAUGHT ME ‘BOUT THE FACTS OF LIFE BUT HE DID IT IN A SLY WAY
HE WAS JUST LIKE ME AND WE NEVER COULD AGREE
HE KNEW I HAD TO GO AND DO IT ALL MY WAY

10 FT. TALL & BULLETPROOF

Written By: ROY SCHULTZ

TEN FOOT TALL AND BULLETPROOF

LIT MY PIPE ON THE RAILROAD TRACK
IT WAS 4 A.M. I WAS HEADIN ON BACK
FROM THE BORDER
THERE WERE 2 COORS TRUCKS
AND A MIGHTY LONG FREIGHT TRAIN
RACIN EACH OTHER
DOWN THE OLD 4 LANE GOIN THE OTHER WAY
AS I WAS HEADIN HOME
FROM A BAR I WORKED AT IN THE POURING RAIN

THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE THE BRIDGE SHOULD BE
BUT MY HEADLIGHTS QUIT AND I CAN BARELY SEE
THIS OLD HI WAY

I THOUGHT I KNEW WHERE I WAS HEADIN
SEEMS I DIDN’T HAVE A CLUE

ITS FREEZIN COLD HERE IN EAST ALABAMA
I’M STILL IN BED IN MY PAJAMAS
PLAYIN MY GUITAR
THE CAR WON’T START
BUT THE PIPES DIDN’T FREEZE
I’M SITTIN HERE ON BENDIN KNEES
TRYIN TO WRITE THIS SONG
WITH MY KITTY CAT FRIEND
WHO’S THE ONLY ONE
EVER LISTENING

I THOUGHT I KNEW WHERE I WAS GOIN
THEN I FOUND YOU

THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE THE BRIDGE SHOULD GO
I’M LOOKIN OUT MY WINDOW WATCHIN IT SNOW
THINKIN ‘BOUT LONG AGO

WHEN I LIT MY PIPE ON THE RR TRACK
IT WAS 4 A.M. I WAS HEADIN ON BACK
FROM THE BORDER
FROM A BAR I WORKED AT
IN A ROCK & ROLL BAND
IN THE POURING RAIN

BACK WHEN I KNEW WHERE I WAS GOING
TEN FOOT TALL AND BULLETPROOF

Discography

Recorded Album "Front Burner Country" with Julie & The Electric Rangers in 1982, single "Hurry Novermber" 1983 both on Hawaii's Lehua Records, recorded with Warren Johnson & The Gator Creek Band also in Hawaii.
Recorded cassette Melody Ranch, in Custer Washington, 1989.
2 solo CD's "The Uncle Roy Show" in 2000 and "The Uncle Roy Show Volume II" in 2006.

Set List

A truly eclectic set list drawing from originals and covers that include classic country, blues, roots rock & roll, folk, reggae, tex mex, old school r&b and latin jazz. Diggin deep in the well and not doing the usual "hits' but expanding on the notion that we must entertain but also educate by sharing some of the forgotten treasures that await a new audience.
BB King said "we have a whole generation that doesn't know who The Coasters were" It's time to remedy that .... I try!