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Swing Set

by Eight O'Five Jive

High energy Jump Blues/Swing
Genre: Blues: Jump Blues
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1. Make Mine a Double
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2. Ragged
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3. Get Away
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4. Put It Back
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5. Never
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6. I Won't Wear Flats (To Your Funeral)
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7. One More Glass of Wine
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8. My Mumblin' Baby
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9. Watch out for Their Wives
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10. Back of My Hand
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11. A Little Bit of Bourbon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Recorded at The Jive Hive in Nashville, TN and produced by Eight O'Five Jive, "Swing Set" features 10 band originals plus a creative re-imagining of Rudy Green's "My Mumblin' Baby". The band -- a tight, inventive ensemble -- includes Lee Shropshire (vocals), Andy Scheinman (guitar), Bill Bois (bass), Duane Spencer (drums) and Patrick Mosser (sax) (On "Swing Set", Mosser overdubbed multiple saxophones into a 'virtual' section the band calls the “Horn Stars!” -- additional applause - Mitch and Jenny Ross).

The music, birthed in bars during an era where a favored theme is drinking like the opening track, “Make Mine a Double,” inspired by a water glass with embossed cocktail-making instructions on it,” says Shropshire, “is timeless and universal. There may be no better time to draw the past into the present, than now”.

“Some of these songs portray men as philanderers, while strong women protagonists stand their ground,” said Shropshire. Other themes include the need for time on your own, and the desire to take a break and leave the grind behind to get away from it all.

The grooving rhythm and witty, tongue-in-cheek lyrics of swing tunes and jump blues on "Swing Set" can be counted on to infect some controversy, humor and joy.

Since 2013, Eight O’Five Jive has been delivering this feeling in spades, with tunes that not only launch audiences onto the dance floor, but also tickle the funny bone of those who stop and catch the words.

Live or in the studio, when Scheinman and Mosser step out front, their solos combine classy lines with electrifrying raw tone and energy. And fun. This is a band that local Nashville and regional audiences, festival and event organizers, and dance organizations, have raved about.

Dressed in period gowns and cat-eye sunglasses, the band’s chanteuse, Lee Shropshire, melds the sauciness of Ruth Brown with the sophistication of Ella Fitzgerald. Shropshire initially connected her style of writing with jump blues “while catching Nashville Jumps on WRVU”, in the early part of this century. “I love the comedic and satirical themes played on the show. Fits in to some of the upward downfalls that I’ve also written about. I have a lot of fun doing that. And I dig that style of music because it was the way many jazz and blues artists made their mark during and after the dark era of WWII.

The late 1940s to the late 1950s were hip, blending the sounds of artists such as Louis Jordan, Ruth Brown, Nat King Cole, Big Jay McNeely, Esther Phillips, Rudy Green…. There was also bebop and scatting, and beat poetry, all before we got Buddy Holly.

“There were all these hot session players burning up the speakeasys with strong and dynamic vocalists. It didn’t take much convincing… I elbowed Andy to ‘jump’ on the guitar stylings of jump blues, he dug it, and we put a band together.”

Andy is husband Andy Scheinman, whose varied musical background includes rock, blues, country, and even punk, which he sees as having some common ground with swing. “Early punk had melody. Punk bands also play short songs and go from one song right into the next—no waiting. If you stop, they stop dancing. We keep their feet on the floor.” His many songwriting influences include Leiber and Stoller, Wynonie Harris, and Louis Jordan.

In drummer Duane Spencer, bassist Bill Bois, and tenor saxophonist Patrick Mosser, the couple found their musical soul mates who complement, and exhuberantly expand this unique style of music.

Eight O'Five Jive's ability to deliver the goods has garnered them the Nashville Industry Music Award (NIMA) for ‘Best Live Blues Performers’ two years in a row (2014, 2015), Best Blues Band (2016), a Blues Blast Magazine award nomination, as well as the Nashville Blues Challenge top prize for both 2016 and 2017's International Blues Challenge. Their debut album, "Too Many Men", showcased the band’s first take on some lively jump blues by legends including Little Esther Phillips, Big Jay McNeely, Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Liggins, Big Maybelle and more, as well as two hot originals, ‘Young Enough To Be My Son’, and ‘Misery Loves Company'.

“Our material covers music from a time in American history when blues, jazz, doo-wop, swing, big band and various other styles got mixed up into one big pot before it became rock ‘n’ roll,” said Scheinman.

Jump forward to today, and you’ll see a resurgence of raucous swing, jump, blues, and jazz fusion in dance clubs, blues & whiskey bars, and massive flash-mobs on the city streets by talented national dance troups.

Eight O’Five Jive’s gourmet combination of these classic ingredients proves their mix of sophistication and irreverent fun to be a tasty, irresistible recipe.


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