Singer Songwriter Cigar Box Guitar

By playing a gut-bucket slide on his 3-string Cigar Box Guitar or by picking on his a beat up Taylor Acoustic Guitar while singing and stomping on a tambourine and an old trunk, Singer Songwriter Jeff Powers creates his own fiery “gumbo” indie styled brand of Roots, Blues and Americana. Sounds like Neil Young joined the Black Keys to play some blues.

 

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Song A Week #23 "Down In New Orleans" Jeff Powers 

I lived in New Orleans years ago and it's in my heart now...I love the MUSIC, food, architecture, the people and the party....it's the most unique and fun place in all of the USA. This song originally was written as a protest song about the things that were happening in New Orleans right after Katrina but I rewrote some of the lyrics to have a more fun upbeat song since the city is doing great now. The original version of the song is available on my CD https://jeffpowers.bandcamp.com/album/jeff-powers

Down In New Orleans© 2008 music/lyrics Jeff Powers

The mighty Mississippi
Rolls on down stream
Pass the Crescent city
Known as New Orleans

And the spirit can't be broken
On the banks of Ponchertrain
Not by gov'ment warplanes
By no hurricane

   Gonna get up in the morning
   Gonna head out to the street
   Gonna meet up with some old friends
   Gonna keep some company
   Down in New Orleans
   On Bourbon Street

Yes, the levee was broken
But now we're dancin' in the rain
A little herb we're token
Partyin' all day

Gonna listin' to the meters
Jammin' at Tipitina's
Zydeco, Bounce, Funk, Blues and Jazz
In every part of the city

   Gonna get up in the morning
   Gonna head out to the street
   Gonna meet up with some old friends
   Gonna keep some company
   Down in New Orleans
   On Bourbon Street

Gonna sing and play my music
Right out on the street
Don't worry bout no gov'ment
It's a place where people dream
And every place you go to  
You can always feel that beat
And all those gumbo faces
Smile and make you complete
Down in N.O.
On Bourbon street

   Gonna get up in the morning
   Gonna head out to the street
   Gonna meet some old friends
   Gonna keep some company
   Down in New Orleans
   On Bourbon Street

Song And A Beer #11 Long Hammer IPA "I'm In a Bad Mood" Jeff Powers 

Long Hammer IPA from Redhook Brewery



I’M IN A BAD MOOD©2011 music/lyrics Jeff Powers

I'm in a bad mood
Didn't have my morning coffee
And I know you're talkin'
Cause I see your lips movin'

 It's a crazy life And you're in it
Not sure how we got here But it happened
Faded dreams Lie on a suburban lawn
And my soul is buried In the back yard
The flowers' been watered With my sweat and blood
And a SUV sit's in a mortgaged garage

I'm in a bad mood
Didn't get anything naughty
I know you're in my bed
Cause I hear you snorin'

It's a crazy life
And you're in it
Not sure how we got here
But it happened

Faded dreams
Lie on a suburban lawn
And my soul is buried
In the back yard
The flowers' been watered
With my sweat and blood
And a SUV sit's in a mortgaged garage

And I missed my flight to Rio
To the Mardi-Gras of my dreams
The dancers and the Carnies rage since Epiphany
And they won’t give me pancakes on Ash Wednesday

I'm in a bad mood The traffic ain't movin'
I wanna grab my gun And start-a-shootin'
It's a crazy life And you're in it
Not sure how we got here But it happened
Faded dreams Lie on a suburban lawn
And my soul is buried In the back yard
The flowers' been watered
With my sweat and blood
And a SUV sit's in a mortgaged garage I'm in a bad mood (repeat)

Student Showcase at Coda in Tremont...a lot of fun!  

It was a really great evening with my student showcase. I got up and performed with 6 of my students who all did great...some even sang. Then someone I taught years ago and is now a 2x grammy winner (Jose Alvarez) got up with me and smoked the house! The atmosphere at Coda is really cool and there were a lot of enthusiastic people in the audience.






Song A Week #22 "Can't Even Get Revenge" Jeff Powers 



CAN”T EVEN GET REVENGE© 2011 music/lyrics Jeff Powers


I can’t say “I told you so”                                          
Or look at me now gonna miss me when I’m gone
I got no pot that I can piss in
(well) It’s the kiss of death if I can’t make you mad  
Can’t even get revenge                                              

Jealousy, insults I’ll go to no end
Sleep with your sister I'd be her man
I don’t even have a Fair chance
It’s the kiss of death if I can’t make you mad 
Can’t even get revenge

I try every way every chance I get
But I can’t go on only pretending
I know you don’t give a damn
It’s the kiss of death if I can’t make you mad              
Can’t even get revenge

BRIDGE
Revenge is dish best served cold                               
But I can’t seem to get you to notice
I want to get even but I really can’t                              
I can’t get revenge                                                        

This one way street is a real dead end
But I keep driving right on down it
It's really sad the way I am
(and) It’s the kiss of death if I can’t make you mad 
I can’t even get revenge

Song And A Beer #10 Torpedo Extra IPA "I Miss My Ball And Chain" 






I Miss My Ball And Chain© music/lyrics Jeff Powers


I woke up this morning and I looked around
You know what I found? My little girl left town
I woke up this morning and I looked around
Everything I tell you everything I say is true
(and) Everything I tell you everything I say is true

You know she felt like a ball and chain
Every time I turned around there she was again
You know she felt just like a ball and chain
Everything I tell you everything I say is true
(and) Everything I tell you everything I say is true

   And now I miss my ball and chain
   You know I miss that ball and chain

Every time I tried to get away
There she was right in my face
You know I tried...I tried to get away
Everything I tell you everything I say is true
(and) Everything I tell you everything I say is true

   And now I miss my ball and chain
   You know I miss that ball and chain

Song And A Beer #9 Hopsecutioner IPA "Trainwreck" Jeff Powers  

High on the "Buzz Factor" is Hopsecutioner IPA from Terrapin Station in Athens Georgia...I had the fun experience on a tour last year of performing at their brewery. "Trainwreck" is the latest song I've released. It's basically about coping in this crazy world.


Trainwreck © music/lyrics Jeff Powers

Chorus
Somedays I'm OK                                                                                                              
Some days I'm a train wreck
Some days I ride the rails
Some days I fly off the tracks
Verse 2
Worn out converse Beat leather jacket
Duct taped guitar Strung (a)cross my shoulder/back
Rock 'n' roll Ain't here to stay
But I still got This ball and chain
Verse 3
Freedom Is not so great
When you got nothing To celebrate
One day I'll just walk away
Never gonna look back
Chorus
Somedays I'm OK
Some days I'm a train wreck
Some days I ride the rails
Some days I fly off the tracks
Bridge
You don't like This new generation
You're so sure Yours was better than that
The good old days I hate to say
Were never All that (great)
Verse 4
You can go back To that my friend
And I'll try my luck With a new hand
Segregation Woman's pain
Long hoursAnd bad wage
Chorus
Somedays I'm OK
Some days I'm a train wreck
Some days I ride the rails
Some days I fly off the tracks

Song And A Beer #8 Progress Pilsner "Picasso's Feeling Blue" Jeff Powers 

Song and a Beer #8 is a nice light lager Progress Pilsner from the Market Garden Brewery in hip beautiful Ohio City...I like a beer like this when I'm taking it easy...The song is Picasso's Feeling Blue and is about getting blindsided finding out from your friend that your woman left you.

PICASSO’S FEELING BLUE© Jeff Powers music/lyrics Now I'm seeing red I'm feeling blue Everyday I paint a picture in my head of you Seems the other day we were walkin' hand in hand And now I find out from a friend your with another man Another day in this mood Another book I will chew Another walk in these shoes Another night without you Picasso's Feeling Blue Picasso's Blue Walkin' like zombie without a meal The World is floating by it feels surreal Bragging how we had it good but now I hear it second hand I guess that's my karma now I find out from a friend Another day in this mood Another book I will chew Another walk in these shoes Another night without you Picasso's Feeling Blue Picasso's Blue All night long I'm wrapped up in my sheets Callin’ your name out in my sleep Reaching out just to kiss your cheek Now I'm grabbing at the air like some horror freak Another day in this mood Another book I will chew Another walk in these shoes Another night without you Picasso's Feeling Blue Picasso's Blue Another day in this mood Another book I will chew Another grave I'll visit Another sleep in casket Another walk in these shoes Another lonely adieu Another black rose on my chest Another forlorn freak/grief fest Another loving tattoo Another hoodoo voodoo Another arrow through heart Another day that we're apart Another night without you Picasso’s Feeling blue

Song And A Beer #7 Hop Nosh IPA "Cup Of Shut The Fuck Up" Jeff Powers 

This is a special song for someone special...maybe it should be a sing a long.







Cup Of Shut The Fuck Up© 2010 music/lyrics Jeff Powers

You've been babblin' on and on            
Talkin' shit we can't understand            
Can't get a word in
I've had enough                                  
How bout a nice big cup                       
Of shut-the-fuck-up                             

You don't care If I really understand
You just want to feel your lips moving
Communication you don't give a damn
I've had enough
I bout a nice big cup
Of shut the fuck up?

I never know what you're talking about
You go on and on just to hear yourself out
Can't get you to shut your big mouth
I've had enough
How about a nice big cup
Of shut the fuck up?


Song And A Beer #6 French Ridge IPA Millersburg Waitin' For The Axe To Fall 

Song And A Beer #6 French Ridge IPA Millersburg Waitin' For The Axe To Fall I spent a lot of time in Millersburg when I was young cause my family had a lot of land near there. Nowdays the town is more modern with this real cool brewery downtown. The song I wrote and play in the video is on my Jeff Powers CD. https://jeffpowers.bandcamp.com/ Brewed by: Millersburg Brewing Company Ohio, United States millersburgbrewing.com Style: American IPA Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50% Availability: Year-round