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Mean Guitar

by Mean Gene Kelton & The Die Hards

Pure rockin' Texas Blues, with some swamp ballads mixed in.
Genre: Blues: Texas Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mean Guitar
4:43 $0.99
2. Even Meaner
4:59 $0.99
3. Give Blues A Chance
4:11 $0.99
4. Ghost In My House
6:18 $0.99
5. Two Thangs
2:54 $0.99
6. Sweet Mother Blues
4:46 $0.99
7. Guess Who
3:53 $0.99
8. If Everybody Loved The Blues
3:59 $0.99
9. Why Do You Punish Me
5:05 $0.99
10. I Love My Job
3:07 $0.99
11. Prince Of The Blues
6:48 $0.99
12. So Wrong... So Right
3:12 $0.99
13. These Blues Are Kickin' My Ass
4:51 $0.99
14. Runnin' from The Law (Instrumental)
4:13 $0.99
15. Party On The Levee
4:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mean Guitar - the second CD from the houserockin', Texas Blues rock Band - Mean Gene Kelton & The Die Hards!

About Mean Gene Kelton - RIP 12.28.2010

Gene Kelton was "born in Mississippi on the wrong side of the tracks", just as his song Too White To Play The Blues states.
In his early years, he was greatly influenced by the old black blues musicians he heard performing on the street corners, dirt floor juke joints, and on the cotton plantation just outside of Charleston, Mississippi where his grandfather was a sharecropper.

During his teenage years, his family migrated to the oil fields of Liberty, Texas where Kelton was further influenced by Texas Swing, Country, Cajun swamp-pop and zydeco music that was prevalent in the southeast Texas region. Like all teenagers, Kelton was also listening to the rock 'n roll hits of the day. He was often caught skipping school, sitting by his Mom's old record player where he "studied" everything from Chuck Berry to the Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed and dozens of other classic, old blues albums. "I knew what I wanted to do with my life", says Kelton, "I wanted to play music for a living!"

By the time he was 20, Kelton achieved his life's dream... he was making a living playing music, and packin' the houses all over southeast Texas. However, it was a short lived dream. In 1974, when Kelton's first wife announced that she was pregnant with their first child he gave up his dream, quit the music business and got a day job. He drove trucks, worked in the oil fields and sold everything from vacuum cleaners to cemetery plots door to door. For nearly ten years, Kelton did little more musically than write songs and occasionally get his "music fix" by performing with weekend warrior bands at local VFW's.

In 1983, Gene Kelton was laid off from his job... "for being a dreamer" as his lyrics in Mean Guitar suggest. The entire country was in a depression, and jobs in Texas were few and far between. Kelton was desperate for any kind of work to support a wife and now two young sons. "Our house was repossessed, cars were repossessed, we had our lights turned off more than once. I used to have to walk down to a gas station a half mile away just to use the pay phone... then hitchhike to whatever little job I could get".

Out of sheer desperation and economic necessity, Kelton took his old guitar out of the closet and started hitting local bars and playing for tips. "It was not much money, but at least it bought groceries and basic necessities", says Kelton.

Kelton's talent, style and "mean" guitar playing soon had the club owners paying him a decent salary, and bidding for his open dates. His calender filled up. As a result, Kelton NEVER WENT BACK TO A DAY JOB! Being asked back to perform time and time again year after year speaks for itself. The rest is history.

Today... some 20+ years, two successful CDs, and a five thousand gigs later, Mean Gene Kelton has become a veteran road warrior, and a force to be reckoned with in the music business. His bluesrock singer/songwriter, guitar-slinging style crosses the musical spectrum from down-home dirty blues to country/rock, americana, juke joint boogie-woogie, and southern fried rock 'n roll. Legions of faithful fans and a high energy stage show has put Mean Gene Kelton and his band The Die Hards in great demand at major entertainment venues, music festivals and motorcycles rallies around the country.

The "BUZZ" of being one of the most successful bands in Texas prompted a recent phone call from the Austin City Limits television show. Kelton was informed that he had been placed on "the list" of bands now being considered for next seasons tapings.
"It only took twenty years to be an overnight success", says Kelton, "but man, what an adventure it has been"!

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Mike Barrios - Okla. City

You have to live it to write it, and Mississippi is the birthplace of blues
I have the first and this is another addition to his great talent and experiences. I would buy every CD he produces. This is the best style I've heard since ZZ Top.

Tami in Vegas

I love this CD ~ Great Stuff Mean Gean

Ken Masten

If this doesn't move you, you're dead !
Gene Kelton is a really great guy. Besides that he has issued two great CD's of hard pounding Texas Blues.
If you like real music, no matter what part of the country you're in, get a copy of Mean Gene Kelton and the Die Hards I can't imagine you will be sorry.

Joe Vitale of

I love it!
I love it! This stuff rocks and roars and sets my soul aflame. I've been looking for a new guitar slinger and a new band to follow and rave about. Here it is!

Jeff Segers

Awesome footstompin Blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The best of Texas blues is spreading far and wide.Up here in
Washington state not a day goes by when we dont listen to Mean Guitar.

Richard Amery Kenora Daily Miner and News

Really mean guitar
Houston’s best kept secret, Mean Gene Kelton is a great blues guitarist and isn’t afraid to tell you so right from the title track of his CD, Mean Guitar even if it does borrow shamelessly from Johnny B Goode. He amplifies it tenfold though. In addition to being a fantastic guitarist, Mean Gene, backed by his band The Die Hards, also has a way with a keen turn of phrase and unforgettable melody.
He approaches well worn subject matter (falling in and out of love) from out of the world angles, like the UFO imagery on the super singable Sweet Mother Blues, or fairy tale frogs on Prince of the Blues.
If Everybody Loved The Blues makes an excellent point, perhaps there would be no more war if everyone was having so much fun listening to the blues. It is no surprise Mean Gene sings I Love My Job. I would too if I were him. He has an excellent selection of uptempo rockers (I Love My Job, Give Blues A Chance, Two Thangs all stand out) and slower material, but either way, the listener doesn’t mind if These Blues Are Kickin’ My Ass. It is a sweet listen. Mean Guitar came out in 2003, let’s hope Mean Gene will have new music for us soon. Check him out on