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Killing the Blues

by Rowland Salley

Solid lyrics with classic folk-rock backing band from long standing bassist with Chris Isaak and Silvertone reveals Rowland as a first rate songwriter and singer.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tumbleweed
4:45 $0.99
2. Closer
3:38 $0.99
3. Blue Rainbow
4:22 $0.99
4. Killing the Blues
4:04 $0.99
5. Sugar Blues
4:32 $0.99
6. Impression
5:43 $0.99
7. Memphis Girl
8:00 $0.99
8. Midnight
4:20 $0.99
9. Destination
5:24 $0.99
10. Wrecking Ball
5:17 $0.99
11. Pocket
2:47 $0.99
12. Don't Let the Rain
4:56 $0.99
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A smooth and touching collection of folk songs with a classic backing band from the bassist with Chris Isaak and Silvertone, "Killing the Blues" reveals Rowland Salley as a fine songwriter and singer.
"I'd always wanted to record versions of a few of my own songs but there never seemed to be time until we started filming 'The Chris Isaak Show' in Vancouver. Because actors don't generally shoot on weekends, I finally had a chance to go in and make the record," he says. I almost called the record "A Month of Sundays".
Rowland comes from the northern Midwest not far from where the Mississippi River starts to flow. As he puts it, his musical education was formally informal. "There was blues on the radio out of Chicago, jazz and R&B on the stations coming up from down the river, pop and country music everywhere. There was rock and roll in local clubs and on television, and in the movies you could hear everything from bluegrass to big bands. Stephen Foster songs were there as a fixture and a backdrop right from the start," he remembers. "All the people in my family played an instrument. I started out playing the french horn and soon switched to bass, but my musical outlook changed dramatically when I began to make up songs of my own."
Embarking on a career as a bassist who writes songs as well, he has played or recorded with Lucinda Williams, Joan Baez, Ian and Sylvia, Bobbie Gentry, Jim Stafford, John Prine, Shawn Colvin, Maria Muldaur and more. He is recognized today as the long standing bass player with Chris Isaak and Silvertone. Recorded by both John Prine and Shawn Colvin, his "Killing the Blues" is the definitive title track in this collection of twelve original songs.

"It's somewhat of a travelogue from my hometown out into the world of people and places," he says. "Discoveries are made along the way. The value of being able to discern... though not always employed... prevails. Even when things fall apart... love is always on the rise! You might call this roots music or folk...there's even a touch of blues. It's an original combination of traditional elements. The sound comes from growing up along that river, listening to music in the park and hearing it bounce off the red bricks in my hometown. The lyrics come from the people I've met, the places I've been, and the stories I've either heard about or been a part of."
A collection of songs both literal and heartfelt, filled with images and lyrically accessible to everyone, Rowland Salley's first recording, "Killing the Blues", is an effective combination of words and music.



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Marsha MacAllister

Killing the Blues
I heard this song many years ago on a radio station in California and loved it. When I heard it on the Penneys commercial I couldn't believe it and had to find it. One of the best songs ever

Jane Lowenstein

Killing the Blues
Heard the song "Killing the Blues" recently at a folk music festival, where it was (wrongly) attributed to John Prine as the author. Then heard it a week or so later when the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss CD came out. Did a little online research, found out that Rowland was the author, got directed to this site, listened to a couple of other tracks, decided to buy the CD. Have been listening to it numerous times on some long car trips and really like it a lot. His voice is kind of gravelly, and that gives authenticity to these heartfelt lyrics, with familiar feelings expressed with some new images. My favorite tracks, besides Killing, are Closer, Don't Let the Rain, and Impression.


Any listener would be lucky to hear such a combiniation of soulful lyrics, music and delivery. I was unable to turn this off and still find something new in the songs every time i listen. It's a relief to know that there is still some great music being created.

Lee Duffield

Beautiful.I was only familiar with Rowland playing himself in 'The Chris Issak Show'.I bought the CD on the strength of Plant & Krauss covering Killing The Blues on 'Raising Sand'and I am not dissapointed.Great lyrics,quality vocals and musicianship-what more do you need?More please Rowland!


This is definitely one of the best cds that I own. Listening to the lyrics, the listener can visualize everything that Rowland is singing about. The cd's not all folk though...if you like country, you'll love this cd! I highly recommend it!!

Annie Wimbush

Killing the Blues
I hadn’t heard of Rolland before trying to find out who had recoded my favourite track on Raising Sand. What a gem of an album this is. Killing the Blues is the outstanding track but all the others come very close. How long before the next album?

Desmond Butler

Killing the Blues
Not a duff track on the CD. He should certainly write and release more of his own stuff. Thanks to Plant and Krauss for making me dig out who wrote my favorite track on Raising Sand. Trouble is how long will we have to wait for a follow up release? How about releasing it in the UK!!

Saffy from Launceston!

Great moving lyrics sung with a warm soothing voice. Easy Listening
A soft sexy and heartfelt mix reminicent of Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie and sung in a warm soothing voice with moving lyrics.

Christine Ryan

LOVED THIS CD! Great Music! Great Lyrics! Great Vocals! .....real nice!
Loads of thought provoking lyrics on this album! Very easy listening .... Found this album relaxing with beautiful music......The more I listened to it the more I liked it! My favourite track is 'Impression'.... Loved the cd insert too! Write more songs Roly!