Union Street Blues

Union Street Blues

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Union Street Blues delivers original contemporary blues built on a powerful rhythm section, creative and accomplished instrumentation, and solid vocal performance. Our original songs speak to today's listeners and the contemporary situations in which we all find ourselves.

Biography

Union Street Blues got its start in the Spring of 2007 when Buddy Cleveland simply wanted to record a collection of original blues songs he'd written. He recruited 5 other musicians he'd worked with before to help him with the project. His first recruit was Neil "Porkroll" Taylor, not only because of Porkroll's outstanding blues guitar but also to enlist his help to produce the recordings. Soon, Steve Cocchi and Paul Cleveland, who play with Buddy in the Voodoo DeVille band, joined the project. Finally, Matt Del Collo (who Buddy met while playing with Dave Mell Blues Band) and Ted Ryan (who occasionally filled in with Voodoo DeVille on bass) joined the project to complete the group. From the very first rehearsal, everything just "worked." It was immediately clear that this was going to be much more than a few straightforward recording sessions. There was such a high degree of collaboration and energy that the project quickly moved to another level and the band was created.

Harp player and vocalist Buddy Cleveland grew up in Rockville, MD. In college, he got turned on to performers like Hendrix, the Stones, Cream, and the Allman Brothers. At the time, he thought these groups had invented the music they were playing until he was exposed to Muddy Waters at a live show in the late '70's. It was immediately clear that Muddy was the real deal and he started down the road with the blues and hasn't looked back. He picked up the harp shortly after that but didn't get too serious until he got to know the outstanding DC area blues guitarist Mike "Junior" Tash of the Bad Influence Band. Mike gave him lots of encouragement and even invited Buddy sit in with his band on occasion. In 1999, after moving to the Philadelphia area, Buddy joined some guys he worked with and this group ultimately became the Voodoo DeVille band. He still performs regularly with Voodoo DeVille, now as the lead vocalist and on harp. After writing a few original songs for a Voodoo DeVille CD in 2005, Buddy continued to write until he'd written more than a dozen original songs he wanted to record. He met Neil Taylor through mutual musician friends (Doc White & Joe Stout) and Neil agreed to play guitar and co-produce the recording project, which became Union Street Blues' first CD - By Any Means Necessary.

Neil “Porkroll” Taylor comes from a long line of watermen and pirates. He grew up in Media, PA. He has two basic loves -- playing guitar and cooking. His BBQ is well known throughout the Delaware Valley, as is his tasty blues playing. His musical influences range far and wide, but credits Buddy Guy and Luther Allison as his most recent inspirations. As a young teenager, his heart was turned to the blues by the likes of Duane Allman, Eric Clapton, and Johnny Winter. Porkroll has been performing in the Greater Philadelphia area for the past 15 years, most recently as the founder, guitarist, and head chef of the Porkroll Project, which continues to play in the area. Previously, he co-founded the well-known MudBoy blues band which played around the Southeast Pennsylvania for nearly a decade. For a time, he also performed with Melissa Martin and the Mighty Rhythm Kings, a smoking jump blues act, where he played on their critically acclaimed debut CD, On the Mark. In the Spring of 2007, Neil teamed up with Buddy Cleveland to co-produce the recording project. It was Neil who insisted that the project be taken to the "next level" and the result was Union Street Blues' debut CD. His mastery of the blues guitar and his significant blues sensibilities are evident on every track.

Steve Cocchi, originally from Folsom, PA, started his musical career as drummer, but as a teenager in the late '70's, he followed in the footsteps of his older brother Bob (an accomplished guitarist and Berklee College of Music graduate) and took up the guitar. He's been playing in bands ever since. For a number of years after high school, he worked as a full time musician and during that period also learned to play keyboards. Soon he was playing keys more than the guitar. During this time he played in just about every type of band imaginable -- Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Motown, Pop, and even Country & Western. During that time, the bands he played with opened for groups such as Jan & Dean as well as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. In 2001, Steve joined Voodoo DeVille, his first foray into the blues. He plays both keyboards and guitar with Voodoo DeVille and also performs both lead and backing vocals. When Neil and Buddy began the recording project that was to become Union Street Blues, Steve was the first person they recruited.

Ted Ryan, a Phoenixville, PA native, taught himself how to play bass at 18 and has been playing for over 20 years. His significant influences include The Beatles, Steely Dan, Weather Report (Jaco Pastorius), and 70’s funk and dance. He loves tight vocal harmonies, funky bass lines, syncopated rhythms, and fat chords. In fact, he was dri

Lyrics

Butter Your Biscuit

Written By: Buddy Cleveland

Here’s somethin’ I learned a long time ago,
It works for me so you need to know,
You got to butter your biscuit, yeah, you got to butter that biscuit
You got to butter your biscuit man if you want that dough.

If there’s somethin’ that you need but you have not,
You better be real nice to someone who’s got,
And butter your biscuit, oh yeah, you got to butter that biscuit
Keep butterin’ that biscuit man don’t ever stop.

When the boss man he says jump (Jump!), you need to ask how high (How high?)
It’s what you got to do, man if you want to get by, yeah

Now and then we all have a need
So if you want some help that’s guaranteed
You got to butter your biscuit, yeah, you got to butter that biscuit
Keep butterin’ that biscuit man if you want to succeed.

When times get tough and the money’s tight
If you’ve buttered your biscuit things will be alright

Here’s somethin’ that I learned a long time ago,
Lawyer man calls it - the quid pro quo,
You got to butter your biscuit (butter your biscuit), butter your biscuit (butter your biscuit)
You got to butter your biscuit man if you want that dough

You got to butter your biscuit (butter your biscuit)
You got to butter your biscuit (butter your biscuit)
You got to butter your biscuit (butter your biscuit)
You got to butter your biscuit (butter your biscuit)
Keep butterin’ that biscuit man if you want that dough.

Depression Blues

Written By: Buddy Cleveland


It's way past noon and I'm still in bed
I think about getting up but just lay here instead
I earned the right to sing the blues
But I'm sick and tired of payin' the dues
For these depression blues, everyday these depression blues

It's way past midnight and I can't get to sleep
Tried every trick I know, I even counted sheep
I'm tossin' and turnin', I can't stop my brain
I got too many worries for my head to contain
I got the depression blues, every night these depression blues

All my thoughts are dark and black,
now I'm on a dose of prozac
But there ain't magic in that little pill,
if depression don't get you,
The side effects will

When I go to work I'm always late
Sit at my desk but can't concentrate
I try to get busy with no success
I know that it's more than just laziness
It's these depression blues, I can't work with these depression blues

I'm lookin' for something to compensate
Got no appetite but I'm still gaining weight
Doctor, Doctor what's the cause of my distress
It's plain to see I'm a clinical mess

I can't feel a thing, no pleasure or pain
I might have to hurt myself, to feel something again
I'm lookin' for something that will motivate
Anything to help me tolerate
These depression blues, worn out by these depression blues

I know that one day, this crisis will pass
But I'm just as sure, my relief won't last
I got a condition that I didn't choose
And I'm fightin' a battle I'm bound to lose
To these depression blues, beat up by these depression blues

Depression blues
I got - the depression blues
I can't take - these depression blues
I can't shake - these depression blues
I earned the right to sing the blues
But I'm so damn tired of payin' the dues
For these depression blues,
These mean old depression blues
Everyday these depression blues
Every night these depression blues
I can't work with these depression blues
Worn out by these depression blues
Beat up by these depression blues
I can't shake these depression blues
I can't take these depression blues

Sinking Down

Written By: Buddy Cleveland

Out of sight and out of mind
Don’t try to tell me no more that you’re color blind
Water comin’ up, can’t leave town
I’m sinking down

No bank account, no credit card
No health insurance, I ain’t got no car
Water comin’ up, can’t leave town
I’m sinking down

You can see on TV, so much black and brown skin
Ain’t nothin’ new, this original sin
Our kids been hungry since I don’t know when
But now they’re starvin’ on CNN

You might call it looting, you might call it theft
But it’s just surviving when you got nothing left
Livin’ on the edge, right on the brink
I don’t give a damn what you think

Too poor to leave, no help on the way
I hear that your pets got out but we got to stay
Water’s comin’ up, can’t leave town
Yeah, the water’s comin’ up, and I can’t leave town
The water’s comin’ up,
And I believe I'm sinking down

Killing Me

Written By: Buddy Cleveland

You stay out all night long, and it’s killing me
You act like nothing’s wrong, it’s killing me
Stay out all night long and act like nothing’s wrong, lord, it’s killing me

You’ve broken every rule, you know you done me wrong
You played me for a fool, yeah, you done me wrong
Broken every rule and played me for a fool, you know you done me wrong

You’ve taken all my pride, I can’t stand the pain
You hurt me deep down inside, and I can’t stand the pain
Taken all my pride and hurt me deep inside, I just can’t stand the pain

You own my very soul, oh baby, please set me free
You know I can never go, why don’t you set me free
Own my very soul and never let me go, why won’t you set me free

You stay out all night long, and it’s killing me
You act like nothing’s wrong, it’s killing me
Stay out all night long and act like nothing’s wrong, lord, it’s killing me

Well Enough Alone

Written By: Buddy Cleveland

It was such a small idea, just your preconceived notion
But it came between us, just like a great big ocean
You couldn’t leave well enough alone
So long, I got to go

You said I need to change, but not too much
Said all I needed was your gentle touch
Just couldn’t leave well enough alone
So long, I got to go

You want me to change, but not to grow
Your hidden agenda is startin’ to show
What you’re tryin’ to fix, it just ain’t broke
I see writing on the wall so I’m headin’ down the road

It was such a small idea, just your preconceived notion
But it came between us, just like a great big ocean
You couldn’t leave well enough alone
So long, I got to go

Another Man

Written By: Buddy Cleveland

It just don’t make sense to me why your sight is too short to see
It just don’t make sense to me why you deny the reality
That what before you stands is the figure of another man

I just don’t understand why you can’t talk to me man to man
I just don’t understand why you turn your back whenever you can
I'm still knockin’ at your door, it's gettin’ harder for you to ignore

In your world I just don’t exist, that’s a comfort you can’t resist
In your world I just don’t exist, so when I'm gone I won’t be missed
But I'm another man, why can't you see, I just lives in a different reality

You’re puttin fences ‘round where you dwell, hidin' out in your protective shell
You’re puttin fences ‘round where you dwell, now your castle's a prison cell
You’re gonna find out in the end, what’s locks me out is just lockin’ you in

It just don’t make sense to me why your sight is too short to see
It just don’t make sense to me why you deny the reality
That what before you stands is the figure of another man

(He’s a man) I'm just like you
(He’s a man) And I got nothin' to lose
(He’s a man) And it's overdue
(He’s a man) It's time you knew
That what before you stands is the figure of another man

Discography

Union Street Blues released its debut CD, "By Any Means Necessary," in August of 2007. The CD includes 12 new original songs by Union Street Blues. These songs were written speak to issues, problems and situations faced by 21st century adults. In composing these songs, we drew on personal experiences as well as events witnessed in today’s increasingly connected world. Some of these experiences, and the emotions they evoke, are timeless. Others are unique to today’s world. These songs were written speak to issues, problems and situations faced by 21st century adults. In composing these songs, we drew on personal experiences as well as events witnessed in today’s increasingly connected world. Some of these experiences, and the emotions they evoke, are timeless. Others are unique to today’s world.

The styles in which these songs are delivered range from high energy jump blues to laid back swing; from gut wrenching Chicago blues to exhilarating electric blues; and including even a little Delta and Latin blues forms. Each song builds on rock solid groove that is the foundation for creative and well executed rhythms and solos from the keyboards, guitar, horns and blues harmonica. The vocals are delivered in a voice and style that comes from real world experience.

"By Any Means Necessary" is available at CDBaby.com and a number of online sites.