: Andy Scheinman
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Jump Blues Torchbearers Eight O’Five Jive
Come Out Swinging with Their National Debut Album
"Eight O'Five Jive plays it with panache in their debut album 'Too Many Men'...will propel audiences out of their seats and on to their feet."-Rainey Wetnight, Blues Blast Magazine
"We need to catch our breath with this energetic ride dancing to the music from Eight O'Five Jive." -Liz Aiken, Blues Matters
Nashville-‐based quintet’s TOO MANY MEN
is a 12-‐song “operetta” about the search for true love.
1. I'VE GOT A FEELING
(S.Wyche) Regent Music Corp/BMI
Call it female intuition or third-‐eye instinct, but when you know, you know. Beware a girl’s best friend—or a guy’s! There’s a reason for that red flag. This song gave the vocals real emotional range and a soul-‐ searing depth. The drum beat at the beginning was true foreshadowing of what’s to come.
2. HAVE MERCY BABY
(B.Ward) Drive-In Music Co.,Inc/BMI
This song asks for no small mercies, so much so it needs be repeated. This is repentance at its glorious best, and we’ve all asked for forgiveness at one point or another in our lives! We loved laying down the harmonies on this one, and hand-‐clapping really added to the sound.
3. BABY I'M DOIN' IT
(Weismantel/Glover/Mann/Freed) Fort Knox Music, Inc./Trio Music/BMI
Anyone who has ever been under-‐appreciated in a relationship can relate to these lyrics. It’s (always) empowering to take out the trash, pick up your esteem, be done with it and move on. Go mooch off some other sucka’! We loved bringing the slow funk on this tune. The last line says it all.
4. MISERY LOVES COMPANY
(L.Shropshire) Red Rudy Too Tunes/BMI
Q: What’s better than drinking away your sorrows?
A: Drinking with someone who is just as down-and-out as you are!
Save me a barstool, Wanda, where ever you are. A true ode to an old friend.
(J.Liggins) Sony/ATV Songs LLC/BMI
We’ve all had a memorable blackout. Oh, my head … It was so much fun to include this Jimmy Liggins cover. The lyrics are a scream (but not too loud, please!).
6. YOU WAS RIGHT BABY
(P.Lee/D.Barbour) Universal Music Songs/Denslow Music, Inc./Michael H.Goldsen Inc./ASCAP
Some people can spin a good yarn, and some people can’t. This song has busted written all over it. (Of course, none of us can relate to it personally … not!) Patrick’s sax arrangement is super sultry on this rendition, and it gives the project some musical breadth and crossover where jive meets jazz.
7. FEED THEM MONKEYS
(S.Monick) Dancing Zebra Music/BMI
The instant this song went in one ear and out the tail, we knew this was a must on our first CD! It was more fun to record than, well, you know … ! It totally fit the band like a sock. We heard Susie Monick perform it at Nashville’s treasured Brown’s Diner, and are thrilled to include one of our friends in our artist credits. Plus there’s nothing like four grown men standing around a mic making monkey noises!
8. INSECT BALL
(McNeely) Bug Music/Of Hoppin' Deacon Music/BMI
It’s a party and everyone’s invited. This song definitely had wings and was a frequent spin on Pete Wilson’s ‘Nashville Jumps’ radio show. That’s where we heard it first, and there’s no DDT about it. One of the best things about local community radio is that you are bound to hear gems like this being brought back to life. Bill’s bass line goes full steam on this track from top to bottom!
9. KISSING IN THE DARK
(E.Lawlers) Embassy Music Corp/BMI
Break out the penicillin and bring the Blistex! Memphis Minnie recorded this song, and we loved the taboo aspect she so often brought to her audiences back in a time when innuendo colored lyrical wit. She was a brilliant singer and had great talent on the guitar. Andy does her picking style
10. YOUNG ENOUGH TO BE MY SON
(L.Shropshire) Red Rudy Too Tunes/BMI
This is a true story, written in the gay nineties. Ok, twenty years have now come and gone. Hello? Anyone? It’s great to have a little laugh about yourself now and then, and even much later on. Please note, this is about escaping the advances of a young man in an after-hours club. No, really! Check out the video as well!
11. TOO MANY MEN
(J.Stone) Unichappell Music Inc/BMI
Is that a good thing?! Keeping in line with the humor and tone of this project, we added this song and title track, first heard sung by Ruth Brown, who was nobody’s fool. Instrumental in fighting for writers’ royalties, she worked tirelessly for the rights of others, and was a brilliant lyrical interpreter. She set the bar for strong women in her era.
12. MARKET PLACE
(S.Johnson/R.Darnell/R.Stanley) Warner-Tamerlane Pub. Corp./BMI
When it’s all said and done, who doesn’t love a good shopping spree and a happy ending? It all begins and ends with Duane’s cocktail drum kit and his expert timing. The vocals have lots of room to play with a dreamy weave around the melody at the close of the lyric.
— Award-‐winning jump blues fire starters Eight O’Five Jive reignite that classic style with their debut album Too Many Men, due April 14 on the Red Rudy Too Tunes label. The dozen-‐song set is a jump blues operetta, drawing on vintage and original tunes that swing and rock to tell the story of one woman’s search fortrue love within the demimonde—with plenty of humor and hot performances along the way.
Led by vocalist Lee Shropshire and guitarist Andy Scheinman, Eight O’Five Jive has earned a reputation for upbeat, high-‐energy concerts, winning the 2014 Nashville Independent Music Award for “Best Live Blues Performers” less than a year after first taking the stage. Bassist Bil Bois, drummer Duane Spencer — who plays standing ata stripped-‐down cocktail kit — and saxophonist Patrick Mosser complete the high-‐octane line-‐up.
Too Many Men kicks off with Big Maybelle’s early ’50s hit “I’ve Got a Feelin’,” with Shropshire’s warm and ebullient singing setting the album’s sassy, savvy tone. By the time thealbum serves up Big Jay McNeely’s hilarious “Insect Ball,” Shropshire’s hard-‐honking “Young Enough To Be My Son,” her woozy boozer “Misery Loves Company,”and the mambo-‐flavored finale “Market Place,” the disc’s upbeat journey from lost love toredemptive romance is complete. “Young Enough To Be My Son,” which Shropshire wrote after getting hit on ata Toronto bar, is also Eight O’Five Jive’s first video, viewable athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhdzk1gLJUQ .
Although Eight O’Five Jive’s music has a timeless exuberance, they are the torchbearers of a style that is rooted in the ’40s and ’50s, whenthe jump blues genre was minted by artists like Louis Jordan, T-‐Bone Walker, Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris and Bill Doggett. In keeping with the music’s pre-‐digital-‐age origins, Too Many Men will also be released on vinyl.
“We cover and expand ona sound and a time in history when blues, jazz, doo-‐****, swing, big band and other styles from all over the country gotjumbled up together in one big pot before it became rock ’n’ roll,” says Scheinman.
“Our songs have attitude and lots of character,”Shropshire adds. “Blues has as vast a paradigm as jazz, classical, rock ’n’ roll or folk. And we love being able to present a strong, tightly arranged and diverse selection of music every time we take the stage.”