I am a singer-songwriter with genre trouble.
I need a genre!
Roy, Jimmie Roger's Imitator,
OK, in truth, I am calling for this genre so that I
can better explain the kind of music I do.
Singing About Life genre, means: songs that come from the lives of ordinary people, people who have good times and bad times. They have car trouble, money trouble, and sometimes love trouble, but they do the best that they can.
The washer it's broke, the pickup it quit, last week little Johnny he came down real sick, And sometimes I'm scared and lonely at night, but that is the way of a truck driver's wife.And it's hard to be a truck driver's woman, the wife of a long-hauling man, but when he gets home blues his sweet love's my own, so I'm doing the best that I can, I'm the wife of a truck driving man."
"Wife of a Truck Driving Man"by Penelope Torribio
album, Headed For a Good Time
Singing About Life music can be sung by ordinary people, with ordinary voices. In fact, this is what the singer-songwriter strives for. They don't want to wow people with vocals that can not be sung by their audience. They want people to sing their songs, to be one with them, to share emotions and life's ups and downs musically.
Even their sad songs are meant to make one feel better, like you are less alone, like music is a tool for getting through life.
"I love how country people they
can lay their troubles down,when they get out on the dance floor, they
just stomp 'em into the ground."
Click titles to hear some of
was introduced to traditional country blues by Otis Roy, the Pomona Blue
Yodeler. Otis heard Jimmie on
the radio when he was a young boy, a young cotton picker, in a poor family
of eleven children. He fell in love with Jimmie Rogers' songs and
even heard him perform,in person,1928.
"I got the blues so bad the whole
wide world looks blue.
I got the blues so bad, the whole wide world looks blues. I
ain't got a job and I don't know what to do." yodel lay he oh, yodel
lay he oh, yodel lay he.
Otis was not alone
in his appreciation of Jimmie Roger's and his songs. Up until 1995, Babe Sims and a whole
group of people, who knew Jimmie Roger's songs, would meet, every Thursday
night, at the Holt Radiator's shop to sing the olds songs, I learned these
songs and for eight years backed Otis at festivals and events all over
Southern California. I also sang my own songs, many in the Jimmie
Roger's tradition, and I could do a mean Minnie Pearl imitation.
You can also view some of the show on youtube
click on the titles.
and Otis Part 1
and Otis Part 2