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To Be in Your Company

by Les Copeland

Delta Blues legend David "Honeyboy Edwards" and his manager, Earwig CEO Michael Frank, recognized early on Les’ability to play—on a very high level—acoustic and electric blues, jazz, folk and Americana from many eras, as well as original tunes and an eclectic mix of covers. In 2010, Earwig released Les’ first album, Don’t Let The Devil In. Now comes Les Copeland's second album, To Be In Your Company, with the title cut being Les’s tribute to Honeyboy, his teacher, guru, working partner and traveling companion of 15 years. The remaining songs showcase Les’ talent as a fine, quirky songwriter, who offers here “songs about people I’ve known or know. Some of these people I love very much, some not so much. I write these songs with a mixture of humor and sarcasm.”
Genre: Blues: Finger-Picked Guitar
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  Song Share Time Download
1. To Be in Your Company
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2. Borderline
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3. Stealin'
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4. Why We Love Each Other
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5. Knucklehead
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6. Swamp Witch
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7. Somethin' Nice and Sweet
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8. Winin' Boy Blues
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9. Friend
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10. If I Was a Bad Man
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11. Bessie
4:58 $0.99
12. Ribbon of Darkness
2:59 $0.99
13. Moonshiner
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14. Sunny Afternoon
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15. I'd Be Lonely Too
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16. I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal
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17. Crosstown
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18. I Dream About You
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Album Notes
Notes from Les Copeland about his repertoire on To Be In Your Company

My Producer Michael Frank asked me to write some comments about the choice of songs that I wrote this time around. I will do so with zest and fervor. Most of the songs are about people I've known or know. Some of these people I love very much, some not so much. You'll get it.

If I have written about the ones I don't love so much, don't be offended, as I write these songs with a mixture of humor and sarcasm. The songs involving my loved ones are the opposite. They come from the heart and can even make a serious salt like myself get all teary-eyed. All of my songs are therapeutic and designed to help me move along in the right direction while I exist. Enough said!

To Be In Your Company
This is a love song and an ode to my teacher, my guru, my working partner and my traveling companion of fifteen years, Mr. David Honeyboy Edwards. Myself and my family dearly miss you Honeyboy. You were a trip, man Thanks for all you gave us. We love you so much.

This is one of those humorous (to me) mixed with sarcasm stories about time spent in the good old U.S. of A. border crossing holding tanks. Try to stay away from these special confrontations!

This song is written in a Tin Pan Alley old school style. It is about my relationship with my beautiful wife Sarah Graham.

Why Do We Love Each Other So (Cat Wells - background vocals)
This is a beautiful blues with knock-out lyrics that I stole from Henry Townsend.

This is pure Les Copeland and Sarah. This is a humorous love song. She and I share the same sense of Ha! Ha! Knucklehead is a true story, she and I are always calling each other goofy names. We call our kids goofy names too. For instance, if one of us does something stupid, we say "Nice one Jimmy." Jimmy is one of our favorite names. Why, because it's harmless.
The guitar part is interesting as well. I played it on my Aria Pro II Herb Ellis hollow body electric guitar in open D tuning. But I use the tuning on Knucklehead a little differently. I start with the V chord (A) and use the open D as the IV chord. That way I can run those low bass notes on the IV chord. The bass line on the IV chord sounds like the bass line Leadbelly uses on his song "Mr. Tom Hughes Town". Also, on this song, my guitar is running through a whammy pedal, giving me my regular guitar signal plus an extra signal an octave lower. It makes the guitar sound like a 12 string guitar.

Swamp Witch
Written by Jim Stafford, this is a knock'em down, drag'em up, punch'em around beauty of a song. I never get tired of performing this song. The lyrics are beyond brilliant. Basically it is about a town that gets a disease and the town folk blame it on the local witch Black Water Hattie. A couple of my favorite lines are (1)Snakes hang thick from cypress trees, like the sausage on a smokehouse wall." and (2) But the sounds got shackled by the howls and the cackles from the bowels of the black bayou." Incredible imagery and metaphors abound! Quite the imagination, Jim!

Something Nice and Sweet (Sari Schorr - background vocals)
Now, this one is a beauty too. This is one of my all time favorite long songs to my beautiful Sarah. I made her cry when I first played it to her. I'm sorry Sarah. I love, love, love you so much. Thanks for putting up with me and my antics.

Whinin' Boy
This is the clean version of a dirty song by the incorrigible Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton. He would write songs like this to cloak himself from the "sissy" stamp. He weren't no sissy. That's for shore!

This is a song about every man's buddy... the wife stealer, or in this case, the wannabe wife stealer. You've met him before.

If I Was a Bad Man
Slide guitar ... slashing slide guitar ... like getting cut by a knife. This is a blues. Three different stories rolled into one. Giddy up! Ride that pony!

It's hard to write about this song. I feel like crying when I envision this story. It is a love song that is written in a perspective of Honeyboy's love for his beautiful wife Bessie, whom he loved dearly. Before Honeyboy's passing, (about a month before) Honeyboy cashed in his frequent flyer points and he and my dear friend Michael Frank had me flown from my home in Vernon, B.C., Canada to Chicago to visit Honeyboy when he was sinking. When we visited Honeyboy in his home I went and sat down beside him on his bed. During our conversation (which was to be our last) I Looked up on his wall and saw two pictures. One was a picture of Honeyboy's old friend Charlie Patton. The second picture was smaller.. It was his Bessie, smiling down at him. So very beautiful. Listen to the song ... You will get the picture.

Ribbon of Darkness
Written by Gordon Lightfoot. I love the simple nature of this song. Pretty song lyric and lovely melody. The ladies love this song and so do I. I learned this song years ago from my longest standing best friend Tom Cahill. Tom is an excellent musician, friend and songwriter who has influenced me musically (and otherwise) since before we had hair on our chins. As always, my dear friend, Thank you!

Written by Bob Dylan. Bob writes so many good songs they are hard to keep track of. Moonshiner is another song I never get tired of playing. I get a perverse pleasure singing about whiskey and women and such. Imbibing on occasion, you know what I mean. It's the same kind of pleasure I get when I sing about Mr. Bojangles' statement to his cell mate. "Most the time I spend behind these county bars, 'cuz I drinks a bit." I mean, how much more honest can a man be! Ha!

Sunny Afternoon
A good ol' Kinks song. Great lyrics. I especially like the rag timey bridge in this song. It reminds me of the folk era revolution of the early 1960s.

I'd Be Lonely Too a love song for my Sarah! (Sari Schorr - background vocals)

I'm Just An Old Chunk of Coal
Written by Billy Joe Shaver. Another favorite of mine. Also taught to me by my Buddy Tom Cahill.

More or less a blues vamp ... the guitar vamp is straight Mississippi Fred McDowell. Vocal part is reminiscent of Bukka White. Another slashing slide Jack the Ripper guitar part, ending with a train slowing to a halt. I smell gun powder in this song.

I Dream About You
A rockabilly love song for Sarah. Makes me laugh.



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