The Story Behind “The Bluesman” Chapter 3

The Story Behind The Song

Chapter 3

Another installment in the ongoing presentation of the musical works by:

Shane O’Brien

The Bluesman



Author               Shane O’Brien
Copyright            ©2003
Album                The SDT Session
Uploaded on          Sun Aug 07, 2011
Genre                        Blues : Blues Rock


"Tony Sena Guitarist for Shane O'Brien and O'Briens Edge"


As an extra added bonus I think right here is a great place to describe how good these musicians who accompany Shane are. Tony Sena and Danny Timms both were signed to Labels when they 18 years of age. Tony Sena was on Joshua and Danny Times had…


"God Spoke And Said Lead My People from Joshua album by Tony Sena"
“God Spoke And Said Lead My People” quote on the cover of Tony Sena’s 1973 1st signed album. Band was called Joshua

In this player is a track that absolutely is a great example on how

Tony and Shane complimented each others playing and creative styles.

“Think This One Over” ©2004, ℗2012 Shane O’Brien/Jungle Music Productions
Think This One Over




"Shane OBrien _ Friday Nights at the The Blue Cafe, Long Beach, CA"
Shane OBrien hamming it up on stage at The Blue Cafe, Long Beach, CA
"Shane O Brien and Danny Timms at a 2006 New Years Eve Show"
Danny Timms and Shane O Brien 2006 New Years Eve Show at Harold’s Place, San Pedro, CA


The actual musician line up for this particular recording consists of Tony Sena performing on a ¾ scale Yamaha acoustic guitar, Danny Timms jamming on an Estey Royal spinet upright piano and Shane O’Brien plucking a Martin D28 acoustic guitar and singing an improvised vocal line.

Now, about the song itself.  I am not sure about elsewhere in this great country, but here in   Southern California there are plenty of musicians of the highest caliber. To accommodate all this great talent there is many local establishments feature Open Mic jams in a variety of venues Monday-Thursday Nights

"Shane O'Brien at the Walkers Cafe Gig In San Pedro, California"
Shane O’Brien at the Walkers Cafe Gig In San Pedro, California



Many of us musicians, who are in between gigs, try our best to keep our chops up by attending these publicized open jams. For us, let’s say who play our own brand of Blues or variety of Blues Rock or whatever the Genre we fit in, things can get a little touchy emotionally. I mean to refer to those thin skinned types of Artist displaying his or her original written music especially. Imagine this: You show up early, sign in on a piece of blank paper if you can find it, and wait for your name to be called so you too can join on stage whom ever and what ever band situation the host puts you into. Also, we can’t worry about when, with whom, or who will direct the jam as it happens or even if we are called upon to participate. These gatherings tend to be very cliquish in nature and that’s just the way it is, always has been, and always will be too… Hence forth the creation of this song titled The Bluesman.

As you hear the lyrics to this song’s story line, you may notice the scene develops with a man who really can’t get along in life shining as a standout but he does accept his lot in life because he knows in the end he is blessed. “The Sun Shines on My Back Door …”

He is also dirt broke and most likely living from place to place. He can’t afford a phone call and wouldn’t know who to call for help anyway. and someone who plays the Blues. He performs his own brand of music; very personal to him are his blues stories…

The third verse is somewhat of a fantasy this self proclaimed bluesman dreams up. He acquires a Cadillac Coupe De Ville and together with his own brand of blues songs, he is now automatically   invited to participate on stage within the circle of the best bluesmen in the world. These Black Musicians are known as the Central Street Blues All Star Band from South Los Angeles. Innovators of this genre of American music, they are the stand out musicians of the West Coast blues world. He has a standing invitation to jam with them at every gathering and won’t have to wait or ever be disappointed by not being called up to play, or put in stage situations that won’t allow this guy to share his language of music. Satisfaction guaranteed every time… Ah, the life of The Bluesman…

The Bluesman” ©2003 Shane O’Brien

Track 1 on the album titled “The SDT Session” ©2005, ℗2012 Jungle Music Productions/Shane O’Brien


Shane O'Brien CD release titled THE SDT SESSION c2005"
The SDT Session CD refers to Shane, Danny, Tony in a session unplugged


Stay tuned for another installment of the ongoing series of the genuine music by

Shane O’Brien and O’Briens Edge

"SoundKingsUSA Tube Amps endorcement for Shane O'Brien"
SoundKingsUSA Open House March Jam Session

The Story Behind The Song

Since 2005 O’Brien has CD nominations to Award Shows for the last 7yrs

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