Wagon Wheel Gang

Wagon Wheel Gang

BandAmericanaBluegrass

The Wagon Wheel Gang is an eclectic group of artists from diverse musical backgrounds with the common goal of spreading joy. The Wagon Wheel Gang has been known to perform at rodeos, campfires, docks, porches, barns, ranches, bait shops and anyplace the magic of music can be appreciated.

Biography

The Wagon Wheel Gang is an ever-growing, eclectic group of artists from diverse musical backgrounds with the common goal of spreading joy through music. Members of the Wagon Wheel Gang have been known to congregate and perform at picnics, beaches, rodeos, campfires, hootenannies, farms, crowded vehicles on long family trips, docks, porches, barns, back yards, cook outs, ranches, church bazaars, ice cream parlors, bait shops, old folks’ homes and anyplace the magic of music can be appreciated even if only by the performers themselves.

The CD contains boot stompin', beer guzzlin', party startin' music featuring banjo, mandolin, guitar, jew's harp, washtub bass, ukulele, harmonica, fiddle, drums and much more.

The WWG is the brainchild of Big Donald (banjo, drums) and his brother Slow Water (ukulele). They started playing together on the dock of their lakehouse in Michigan. Playing children's songs and sing-a-longs at local ice ceam parlors quickly led to attarcting "real musicians" to join them for informal jams and parties. Big Donald began writing some songs about drinkin', skinny dipping and such and decided to get some of them down on a CD. Since the Wagon Wheel Gang is really only a band when there are a few folks together with their instruments, they do not tour together regularym but can occaisionly be seen performing together in South Florida, Northwestern Michigan and other weird places. Most musicians on the CD have their own bands and projects that do generate a lot of attention. Information about some of those projects can be found at:
willthomas.com
bigfinbluesband.com
18wheelers.org
johnnysansone.com
debloismusic.com
kingbeehive.com
wagonwheelgang.com

Lyrics

Skinny Dippin'

Written By: Donald Lutton

Skinny Dippin’

Verse 1:
The party got started in the usual way
Cocktails and good friends following a long, hard day
Everybody cut loose around when midnight came
We had gotten pretty tight, playing those drinking games,
We started skinny dippin’, skinny dippin’ ‘till dawn.

Verse 2:
Three kinds of beer and four bottles of rum
By five o’clock on Friday, happy hour had begun
Maybe it was the weather, maybe we needed a break.
Folks just took their clothes off and jumped into the lake.
We were skinny dippin’, skinny dippin’ ‘till dawn.

Solo Verse (trombone solo)

Verse 3:
Oh, but when the sun came up, the sheriff was on the scene
He said, “you kids get back in your clothes, before I start to get mean.”
We climbed out the swimming hole and put our duds back on
Sheriff put us in the paddy wagon and drove us all downtown.
Booked us for skinny dippin’, skinny dippin’ till dawn.

Verse 4: (BRIDGE)

Now I like swimming with my trunks on, just as much as the next guy
But swimming raw in the moonlight, is something I can’t pass by
People think I’m crazy and that I’m a big show off
But I think I just need to cool off… Man, it gets hot down here

Verse 5:
Now there are signs at every swimming hole in town
They’re at the pools and lakes, man, them signs is all around
“Proper Attire Required, Punishable by Fine”
You could pay a hundred dollars y’all or maybe do a little time
Just for skinny dippin’, skinny dippin’ til dawn.
Repeat: But I still love skinny dippin’, skinny dippin’ ‘till dawn.
…aint nothing but swimming with your clothes off

New Old Bar

Written By: Donald Lutton

New Old Bar

Verse # 1
This old bar is closing down, it was the last good watering hole in town.
Old bar. I need a new old bar.
A place to shoot a rack, toss a few back, old bar.

Verse # 2
Need a good juke box with lots of old songs, for the next round I can’t wait too long.
Old bar. I need a new old bar.
A friendly crowd all talking loud, old bar.

Bridge:
I’ve thrown punches and been thrown outta bars time and time again
The only kind of place that will stay in business is that kind that lets you back in.

Verse # 3
Got lots of drinking money to spread around, just need a place that won’t turn me down.
Old bar. I need a new old bar.
Not a wine room or martini club, old bar.

Solo verses (#1 guitar, #2 fiddle)

Bridge (same)
I’ve thrown punches and been thrown outta bars time and time again
The only kind of place that will stay in business is that kind that lets you back in.

Verse # 4
Don’t need flashing lights, dancing girls or bands, just cold beer served up in cans
Old bar. I need a new old bar.
Not too dirty or clean, know what I mean?, old bar. (repeat last line w/words below)
A place to cut a rug or bust a mug, old bar.

Weekend Warrior

Written By: Wagon Wheel Gang

Weekend Warrior
Weekend Warrior, boy he likes to play
Down in Miami, South F. L. A.
Works all week from nine to five
Come Friday night he really comes alive
And, his candle at both ends does burn.
Yes, his candle at both ends does burn.

Inside four walls he wears a coat and tie
Pushing papers from Mon through Fri
Sings with a rock band on Saturday night
Lives two lives, man, and does it right.
And, his candle at both ends does burn.
Yes, his candle at both ends does burn.

[solos]

In the office he is quite a square
Gets ‘round on weekends, let’s down his hair
One day he’s selling insurance for your house and cars
Next day he’ll be swinging through all the bars
And, his candle at both ends does burn.
Yes, his candle at both ends does burn.

I don’t think he eats, ain’t got time to sleep.
Weekend Warrior’s got a busy schedule to keep.
A brown paper bag with a sixteen-ounce can
That’s what makes him like Superman.
And, his candle at both ends does burn.
Yes, his candle at both ends does burn.

Weekend Warrior revs up Friday night.
Goes straight through to Sunday’s light.
Then “Sunday is Saturday” he says with a grin.
Makes it to work Monday, on time again.
And, his candle at both ends does burn.
Yes, his candle at both ends does burn.

Yes, his candle at both ends does burn.

Discography

Wagon Wheel Gang 2006
Rollin' at the Road (LIVE) 2007

Set List

In addition to the original songs, the WWG often adds songs by:
Hank Williams
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Marshall Tucker Band
Woodie Guthrie
much, much more...