Port City Blues Society

Blues in Pine Bluff Arkansas

Music | Port City Blues Society

Songs Recorded using Social Distancing.

All proceeds from the streams and downloads of the track will be donated to “Blues for A Cause, A Helping Hand”, a charity organization operated by Joe Powell of Pine Bluff. “Blues for a Cause, A Helping Hand” was created to help the families of cancer patients through difficult times.

The track was recorded by six musicians at five socially distant Arkansas studios located in Pine Bluff, Bryant, Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas. “Pine Bluff Arkansas Blues” is the first of a series of tracks being produced entitled “Socially Distant Blues Sessions.

The musicians on this track are members of The Port City Blues Society, a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status operating exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Port City Blues Society’s mission is to educate the public and perpetuate the Delta Blues art form on a local and regional level. Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, Arkansas have a rich Delta Blues heritage. It is a story that needs to be preserved and kept alive for future generations.

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“I Love How You Used To” was recorded by six musicians at six socially distant Arkansas studios located in Pine Bluff, Bryant, Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas. The track is the second of a series of tracks being produced entitled “Socially Distant Blues Sessions.

All proceeds from the streams and downloads of "I Love How You Used To" will be donated to “Black Lives Matter”, an organization dedicated to combating and countering acts of violence against Black citizens everywhere.

The musicians on this track are members of The Port City Blues Society, a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status operating exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Port City Blues Society’s mission is to educate the public and perpetuate the Delta Blues art form on a local and regional level. Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, Arkansas have a rich Delta Blues heritage. It is a story that needs to be preserved and kept alive for future generations.

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“Port City Blues” was recorded by four musicians at three socially distant Arkansas studios located in Pine Bluff and Bryant, Arkansas. The track is the second of a series of tracks being produced entitled “Socially Distant Blues Sessions.

"Port City Blues" is the result of the creative collaboration of Debra Bell-Willis and Roscoe Willis. The track is a unique blend of Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Southern Soul R&B and Gospel. The lyrics during the vocal break-down tell the story of how the Blues began:

"It started down in the Delta in fields as white as snow
Had to find a way of talkin’ so that everybody wouldn’t know
It turned into a feeling you just can’t keep inside
But once it grabs a hold of you it’ll take you for a ride
You can say what you want to, but ain’t nothing like the Port City Blues
Hush, hush, somebody’s callin’"

All proceeds from the streams and downloads of the track will be donated to “The Children's Advocacy Center of Southeast Arkansas”, an organization dedicated to providing support and crisis intervention for children who have been victims of abuse.

The musicians on this track are members of The Port City Blues Society, a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status operating exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Port City Blues Society’s mission is to educate the public and perpetuate the Delta Blues art form on a local and regional level. Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, Arkansas have a rich Delta Blues heritage. It is a story that needs to be preserved and kept alive for future generations.

Released Worldwide July 14, 2020

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“Livin on the Street” was recorded by seven musicians at five socially distant Arkansas studios located in Star City, Pine Bluff, Bryant and North Little Rock, Arkansas. The track is the fourth of a series of tracks being produced entitled “Socially Distant Blues Sessions”.

The track is the result of the creative collaboration of George Scaife (writer, guitar) and Jerry McCoy (vocals, guitar). They are joined by Ben Arrington, Dave Sadler, Bill “Bluesboy” Jagitsch, Steve Massengale, Debra Bell-Willis and Roscoe Willis in various musical and production roles.

The track is a form of one chord Delta Blues featuring vocals and dynamic improvised instrumental phrases provided by the musicians. Many early blues songs and chants were of the one chord form. Later, musicians such as Robert Petway, Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker often incorporated the one chord Blues form in their recordings. The vocals and instrumental improvisations on this recording add a flavor that may also remind you of Elvin Bishop or The Grateful Dead. The lyrics are the lament of a homeless man telling of his attempt to get by while living on the street.

All proceeds from the streams and downloads of the track will be donated to “The Van”, an organization dedicated to providing support services to the homeless in the central Arkansas area.

The musicians on this track are members of The Port City Blues Society, a non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status operating exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Port City Blues Society’s mission is to educate the public and perpetuate the Delta Blues art form on a local and regional level. Pine Bluff and Jefferson County, Arkansas have a rich Delta Blues heritage. It is a story that needs to be preserved and kept alive for future generations. 
lyrics
Done lost my home, Ain’t got no car
Livin on the Street, In a cardboard box
I’m holding out my hand, Can you spare me a buck
Just trying to stay warm, And wishing for some luck
I’m livin’ on the Street, I really need some shoes
I’ve got the homeless blues, The homeless blues
credits
released August 7, 2020
Musician Credits:
Jerry McCoy – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Guitar Fills
Ben Arrington - Bass
George "Butch" Scaife - Rhythm Guitars
Dave Sadler – Lead Guitar, Diatonic Harmonica
Bill “Blues Boy Jag” Jagitsch - Lead Cigar Box Guitar, Lead Guitar
Debra Bell-Willis – Backing Vocals
Steve Massengale - Drums

Writers/Composers:
George Walter Scaife, BMI

Final Mix and Mastering Engineer: George “Butch” Scaife, Spiraling Media Studios (501) 690-3981
Background Vocal Engineer: Roscoe Willis

Record Label:
Major 3rd Records
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