Big City Back Country Blues

by Tim Williams, Kenny Wayne, Brandon Isaak

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It was October 16, 2014 and Kenny Wayne, Tim Williams and Brandon Isaak were all performing at The Klondike Roots & Blues Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon. This is a 2 day festival produced by Brandon in his home town. The idea struck Brandon to keep the hotels room for a couple extra nights and hit the studio with producer Chris Isaak. For the next 2 days the guys hung out in Blue-Star Studios and recorded 12 impromptu, live off the floor songs featuring 4 songs from each performer. Most of this session is straight off the floor except a few bells and whistles that the Isaak brothers added after the guys left town. It's one of those rare times when the stars just line up and everything just seems to fall into place. This recording is the result of 3 bluesmen crossing paths and having a conversation in the blues.

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released April 4, 2017

Kenny Wayne - Piano and Vocals.
Tim Williams - guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin, and vocals.
Brandon Isaak - guitar, harmonica, ukulele bass, drums, back up and lead vocals.

Front cover art - Chris Kruse
CD layout and design - Brandon Isaak
Produced by - The Isaak Brothers

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Brandon Isaak Vancouver, British Columbia

What separates Brandon from the rest of the pack besides his world-class musicianship and song writing, is his ability to connect and involve the audience in his live shows.

Brandon has just released his first solo album entitled; “Bluesman’s Plea”. This album was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for 2012 Best Blues Album Of The Year.
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Track Name: China Doll Blues
Been around the world, guitar in my hand
Seen a lot places, don't understand

     Why baby... I got these China Doll Blues

I tried sleeping, all day long
I drank my whiskey, dusk till dawn

    But baby...I still got these China Doll Blues

I'm a bad boy, you know I been around
And I know girls in almost every town

    (Chorus)

    Not sure what happened, just one of those things
    I got a bad, case of the blues, when I left Ol' Nanjing.

I tried so hard, to keep my cool
It just don't matter, I'm a love sick fool

   (Chorus)

I can take em, or leave em, it's dis or dat
I can love and leave em, at the drop of a hat

   But not you... (Chorus)

    Not sure what happened, just one of those things
    I got a bad, case of the blues, when I left Ol' Nanjing.
    Somebody call the Doctor, and tell her the news
    That I've come down with a real bad case, of them China Doll Blues
Track Name: Miss Jane Kitty
Miss Jane Kitty, she gave me the blues
Miss Jane Kitty, she gave me the blues
Miss Jane Kitty, she gave me the blues
Ain't life funny, Lord I got my walkin' shoes.

If I could turn back the hands of time
If I could turn back the hands of time
If I could turn back the hands of time
I'd love Miss Jane Kitty one just more time.

Lord knows I'm just a ramblin' man
Lord knows I'm just a ramblin' man
Lord knows I'm just a ramblin' man
Tryin' to make in this world, the best I can.

I'm sitting here wonderin' why I'm all alone
I'm sitting here wonderin' why I'm all alone
I'm sitting here wonderin' why I'm all alone
I guess it's cause I'm just a rolling stone.

I can hang my hat, anywhere I choose
I can hang my hat, anywhere I choose
I can hang my hat, anywhere I choose
Miss Jane Kitty, she gave me the blues
Track Name: Funny, I'm In Love
Honey, ain't life funny,
Got no bread, got no money,
Got nobody, funny, I'm in love

I know, I gotta go,
But baby, I want you to know
I ain't got nobody, funny how I'm in love

I never knew, you would break heart
Now me and you, we must be apart

Baby, you drive me crazy,
And some, some day maybe
You'll see, it's funny, but I'm in love.

- Solo - Bridge -

Why, why oh why, do I
I try to define
This funny thing, I'm in love

One day, one day baby,
You say, one day maybe,
It's funny, funny but were in love
Track Name: Gimme That Thing
Your water needs toting', from the well.
Hand me that bucket, or pass me the pale...

Give me that thing… Give me that thing…
Ya got ta give me that thing, If you wanna do this right.

Yer wood need a chopin', I'll cut it by hand,
I'll split yer wood, as long as I can…

~Chorus~

That fence needs a mendin', she's fallen' down.
I'll pound them post down in the ground…

~Chorus~

If yer bread need a bakin', I'll give it a try.
I'll kneed your dough, till your bread rise…

~Chorus~