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Wish Me Well (Go To Hell): Ronan Keating, Bouncing Souls, Kenny Wayne Shepherd

MIKE'S DAILY JUKEBOX: Wish Me Well (Go To Hell): Ronan Keating, Bouncing Souls, Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Friday, May 25, 2012

Wish Me Well (Go To Hell): Ronan Keating, Bouncing Souls, Kenny Wayne Shepherd

"SHE BELIEVES IN ME"    RONAN KEATING
Yes, it's a cover of Kenny Rogers.  Yes, the original is as corny and sentimental as anything laid to vinyl in the 70's but Ronan Keating's version feels "fresh", original yet nostalgic, soulful.   Ronan Keating is Irish and best known for his song "When You Say Nothing At All" from the Julia Roberts film, Notting Hill.    Ronan is one of those artists who's a huge U.K. star (a host on X-Factor, multi-award winner, former boyband member) who is virtually unknown in the U.S.  You can find this song  on his 2003 "Turn It On" CD.


"WISH ME WELL (GO TO HELL)"   BOUNCING SOULS
One of the greatest kiss-off songs of all-time!    The interchange between guest vocalist Kara Weathington and Greg Attonito are hysterical! Here's one exchange:  "Love is supposed to make us happy, supposed to make us grow, but I just wanna punch you in your face, I Love You, I guess I needed space, Oh well, another time, another place".   Incidentally, Bouncing Souls refers to their Doc Martens shoes.

"BLUE ON BLACK"   KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD
The longest running CD on the Billboard Blues chart of all-time, 1995's Kenny Wayne Shepherd CD, "Trouble Is".   Think of all of the amazing blues artists who he surpassed!   "Blue On Black" is his masterpiece, his legacy.   The song was voted the #1 rock song on 1998 and the slide guitar requires you to crank up the volume and play air guitar along with Kenny.   It's a breakup song but Kenny realizing what's done is done, time to move on. 

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