Trigger and Some Dudes Named Roy

Trigger and Some Dudes Named Roy

 San Antonio, Texas, USA
BandCountryComedy

Trigger and Some Dudes Named Roy is a creation of the pleasantly-twisted mind of singer/songwriter Mike Trigg. Trigger and the dudes crank out satirical country music that has been described as "a pillow-fight between Monty Python and Sarah Silverman during a sleep-over at Slim Whitman's house".

Biography

Born in Brownwood, Texas, Mike Trigg was dubbed Trigger by classmates in the 1st grade and it stuck forever. Trigger’s early experiences with music involved 6 months with an abusive, migraine riddled piano teacher at age 11 and one year of middle school band with a verbally abusive band director. Trigger’s other early music experience was in singing fundamentalist church hymns in the second row on Sundays. That was pretty much it other than listening to his parents folk records and Broadway Musical soundtracks.

At age 30, a twist of musical fate came around for Trigger, as Glen Campbell’s long time bass player, Bill Graham, also from Brownwood, moved in next door. Suddenly there were musicians and songwriters everywhere. Trigger sat in Graham’s studio and observed the songwriting process without saying a word, though lyrics had started popping into his head. He felt he could maybe do this songwriting thing, but he had an urge to do it differently. From his earliest childhood days he had always been drawn to songs that made him laugh.

Trigger bought a guitar and a chord book, learned 3 campfire chords and started throwing words around. His earliest songs were sometimes crude and he found that writing funny and smart at the same time was not easy work. He listened to The Kingston Trio, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Smothers Brothers, Roger Miller, Ray Stevens, John Prine, Randy Newman, Monty Python, Broadway Musicals, and other stuff to see what humorous songwriters did and why certain things worked. Comedic rhythms, timing, and some verbally twisted senses of humor were the things that got him going.

Bill Graham’s studio was creatively rich. There, Trigger was able to tinker with some recordings of his work with the help of engineer Rick “Ratman” Carpenter, who ran FOH sound for the Bellamy Brothers on tours all over the world. Greg “Doc” Sikes, who played the rodeo circuit with Reba McIntire, was a killer guitar player and a studio regular. Trigger even sat in on songwriting sessions with the late Jerry Williams, who, as a teenager, played with Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix, and as an adult wrote hits for Bonnie Raitt and Eric Clapton, including Clapton’s incredibly beautiful “Running on Faith”.

Yada, yada, yada, Trigger moved to San Antonio, played parties, back porches, and barns, and won honorable mention in a songwriting contest or two, even though there was no genre that fit what he was doing. Nobody knew where to put him, but a couple of songs made their way to local radio. After that, regular life happened for a good long time with day jobs and such, far removed from music. Then up pops, W. Ross Wells.

Mr. Wells grew up in Brownwood, played guitar, and was a studio regular and Trigger fan before ending up in Houston, years later, as a highly decorated film-maker and co-owner of the hot little film production house, Zenfilm. Wells wanted to know “where’s the Trigger music and why aren’t we getting it recorded?”

With no good excuse, the deal was on and up pops Dan Workman.

Dan is President and co-owner of SugarHill Recording Studios and had begun doing some work with Ross Wells and Zenfilm. Dan’s resume is rich. He has worked on projects with Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, Lyle Lovett, ZZ Top and many more. So here’s W. Ross Wells walking into SugarHill one day with some messy bedroom demos of Trigger & Some Dudes Named Roy. Dan was kind enough to listen. He got it. He declared himself in on the project if for no other reason than it was going to be a heck of lot of fun. And fun it has been.

Lyrics

Congressman

Written By: Charles Michael Trigg

Congressman

I'm a liar I'm a cheater I'm a fraud
I'm a weasel I'm a buzzard I'm a dawg
I'm always your friend, but I'm always for sale
I'm a skunk, so don't get too close to my tail
I'm a lizard, I'm a worm, I'm a snake
I'll blow all the the smoke you can take.
I eat fancy food. I have lots of fun.
I am your Congressman.

Our fashion is always in style
No matter which side of the aisle
We're all lookin' good cause our wallets are fat.
You and our lobbyists take care of that
I'm a badger, I'm a bobcat, I'm a bear
If you're sufferin', I really don't care.
My secretary is pretty and pretty much fun.
I am your Congressman

I am your noble and steadfast and genuine
servant, a patriot, straight through and through.
Power and ego and kickbacks don't matter.
If you believe that, got some swampland for you.

I am from the north and the south.
I talk out both sides of my mouth.
I spoke out for justice already lost.
I spoke out for ethics, but my fingers were crossed.
I'm a phony I'm a fibber I'm a cheat
And pork is my favorite meat
So keep sending your money, cause your money is fun
I am your Congress...
I am your Congress...
I am your Congressman.

My Cousin Married A Chicken

Written By: Charles Michael Trigg

MY COUSIN MARRIED A CHICKEN

My cousin married a chicken
His folks ain't sayin' a word.
Got five hundred ninety six kinfolk,
but none of them married a bird.
He says, it's just platonic,
but he married her just the same..........
Not sure just what he said to make
that poultry take his name.

So I guess technically by marriage
that chicken is my cousin
and I ain't exactly thrilled
with what this does to me.
If your cousins marry chickens
they should have to get permission
fore you wake up with a bunch of chickens
up your family tree.

My cousin married a chicken
His folks ain't sayin' a word.
The town is full of gossip
cause everyone has heard.
They're asking me this question
that makes me wanna hide.........
Do I like my second cousins
scrambled, poached or fried?

I can't have a chicken for a cousin
and still call myself a man
so I stayed up late last night
and I hatched myself a plan
Gonna go down to that henhouse,
but I won't need a gun.
I'll just bust the locks, call up a fox
and call that chicken done.

My cousin married a chicken
His folks have disappeared
Turns out my cousin's just as crazy
as we all had feared.
There's still unanswered questions
and I'm not placin' blame........
But I still wonder what he said to make
that poultry take his name.
I still wonder what he said to make
that poultry take his name.

Drug Commercials

Written By: Charles Michael Trigg

Drug Commercials

EVERYDAY I SEE A MILLION DRUG COMMERCIALS
WITH ALL THE PRETTY PILLS THAT I CAN PICK
BUT THOSE PEOPLE THAT I SEE IN DRUG COMMERCIALS
HOW COME THOSE PEOPLE NEVER LOOK LIKE THEY ARE SICK
THEY TELL ME IT'S A MIRACLE OF SCIENCE
THEY TELL ME I SHOULD TAKE A PILL AND SEE
BUT WHEN THEY TELL ME THAT THIS PILL WILL MAKE ME HEALTHY
WHY DOES THE WARNING LABEL SAY THEY'RE KILLIN' ME.

DON'T TAKE THIS PILL IF YOU DRINK ALCOHOL
YOUR LIVER MAY JUST QUIT
OR IF YOU KILL YOUR FAMILY IN A HOMICIDAL FIT
IF YOU GET BLURRY VISION OR BITE YOUR TONGUE IN TWO
ASK YOUR DOCTOR TO FIND OUT IF THIS PILL IS RIGHT FOR YOU

EVERYDAY I SEE A MILLION DRUG COMMERCIALS
AND IT'S PLAIN TO SEE THOSE PEOPLE REALLY CARE
THEY CLEARLY DON'T WANT ME TO HAVE A SEIZURE
OR TO GO TO THE BATHROOM WHEN THERE IS NO BATHROOM THERE.
THE DRUG CORPORATIONS ARE OUR SAVIORS
WITH THE PILLS THEY SAY WILL KEEP US SAFE FROM HARM
AND I KNOW THAT I CAN ALWAYS GET A REFILL
IF I TAKE A SECOND MORTGAGE ON THE FARM

DON'T TAKE THIS PILL WITH BIG MACHINERY
OR JUST BEFORE A SWIM
OR IF RASHES POP UP WHERE YOURE NOT EXPECTING THEM
IF YOU COME DOWN WITH COMPLETELY UNFAMILIAR DEJA VU,
ASK YOUR DOCTOR TO FIND OUT IF THIS PILL IS RIGHT FOR YOU

AND IF YOUR DRUGS SHOULD BRING YOU TO AN UNTIMELY END
JUST TRY TO REMEMBER, THE FDA's YORE FRIEND.

I'm A Cowboy

Written By: Charles Michael Trigg

I'm a Cowboy

Had a great cow and his name was Dan
but it's all according to the master plan
I keep a good cow as long as I can,
but he's gonna end up in my frying pan.

Cause I'm a cowboy. I'm a cowboy
A life I think is pretty neat
I'm a cowboy, I'm a cowboy
cows are what I eat.

Had a great cow and his name was Clyde
a cow that I befriended
and though I had him chicken-fried,
no disrespect intended.

Cause, I'm a cowboy. I'm a cowboy
A life I think is pretty neat
I'm a cowboy, I'm a cowboy
cows are what I eat.

I knew trouble well when I was young
and all the trouble trouble brung.
Once or twice almost got hung
My life was headed South.
'Til I cowboyed up on my two feet
found the thing that can't be beat,
a half a pound of brisket
headed straight for my mouth.

Had a great cow and her name was Sue
a pure bred standard setter
And though she was good company,
as a ribeye she was better.

I'm a cowboy. I'm a cowboy
A life I think is pretty neat
I'm a cowboy, I'm a cowboy
cows are what I eat.

I'm a cowboy. I'm a cowboy
And sometimes life just isn't fair
I'm a cowboy, I'm a cowboy

Discography

Cowboy Logic (2010) LP
Congressman (2010) Single

Set List

I'm A Cowboy
Congressman
Drug Commercials
My Cousin Married A Chicken
She's Mine
You Stole My Horse
Hung In A Stirrup
Can't Shoot a Preacher
Feel a Little Guilty
Sittin' By The Horse Trough
Havin' a Party
The Hidden Brain Damage Scale
Beverly Sue