Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

Singled Out: Zamora Rose Project's Painting It Blue

07/05/2013
.
Today Zamora Rose Project tell us about the song "Painting It Blue" from their brand new album "Stand True". Here is the story:

The song "Painting It Blue" originated in a vignette from the autobiography of Keith Richards. In his book entitled "Life", Richards tells about the Rolling Stones going to visit Chess Records in Chicago on their first tour of the US. Chess had been the home of many of their idols including Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters. So they wanted to check it out.

Apparently, when they walked in to the recording studio at Chess they saw a man on a ladder painting the ceiling. Richards did a double take when he recognized the painter as Muddy Waters. At the time, Muddy's career wasn't going too well. And apparently he had to earn his keep by doing work around the studio, including painting it. His career would later pick up when the Stones and other British groups would re-introduce the blues back to the American public.

Muddy Waters also had a special connection to the Rolling Stones as they took their name from one of his songs "Rollin' Stone" (also known as Catfish Blues). By reading the book, you got Richards' impression of that awkward meeting.

I wondered what Muddy Waters thought about the whole thing. Here was this young group of white, British musicians and they were getting a lot of press, radio play, and big sold out concerts by playing a version of the blues, when he had been playing the blues for over forty years, and was one of the pioneers of the genre and yet he had to paint the studio to earn his keep. To add insult to injury this group had lifted their name, the Rolling Stones, from one of his songs. It had to be a tough pill to swallow.

So, on a Sunday I started writing some lyrics. Writing from Muddy's perspective:

I'm painting the ceiling

Painting it blue

I decided to have him "painting it blue" as simile to the blues. And in some ways it is a takeoff on the Stones song "Paint It Black".

Records ain't sellin'

Got nothing to do

It was a fact that the early 60's were a low period in Muddy's career as he hadn't had a hit record since 1956. And Chess was undoubtedly less than thrilled with his production. Thus his

maintenance duties to stay on the roster.

In roll the stones

Lookin' so new

The Rolling Stones at the time were still teenagers, while Muddy was in his late forties.

They borrowed the name

They borrowed the blues

This references the Stones taking their group name from his song Rollin' Stone. And co-opting the blues, which had been born in the Mississippi Delta and went electric in Chicago. And then was resurrected like a phoenix in the clubs of London. It must have sounded strange to Muddy to hear white British musicians playing his music back to him.

I know they are trying

To help where they can

The Stones, Eric Clapton and other British Invasion musicians did serve to bring more attention to black blues musicians like Muddy Waters and helped them revitalize their careers.

But I'm up on this ladder

Brush in my hand

But it wasn't helping Muddy at that point in time.

White boys are makin'

A ton off the blues

Sure makes you wonder

The path that you choose

No doubt the Stones, Animals, Cream and countless other white British groups have made way more money from blues songs than all of the black blues pioneers combined.

Forty long years

Of paying the dues

Writing the songs

And playing the blues

Hoping my songs

Will carry me through

Get down from this ladder

And start playing the blues

In the end, it was Muddy's songs that did ultimately carry him through. His song Manish Boy was covered by many other artists including the Rolling Stones and Muddy played it with Paul Butterfield at the Band's last concert immortalized in the famous film "The Last Waltz." He died a successful and revered artist.

Musically, "Painting It Blue" started with a chromatic bass line that I had written to match the lyric. I played it for Phil Zamora and my daughter Heather Scarlett Rose who was just back from Boston. She had just graduated from the Berklee College of Music and had moved back to California the week before. At the time I only had the first few lines of the lyrics, "I'm painting the ceiling, I'm painting it blue". We recorded a quick demo in Garageband, with Phil playing the bass, and Heather playing a rhythm guitar part, with both of them singing. We just made up further nonsense lyrics as a place holder. The demo only ran about 40 seconds or so, but we had the basics for the bass line and the rhythm guitar chord progression. That helped me fill out the rest of the lyrics. Heather and Phil later helped with a bridge and the choruses. The lyrics gave all of the needed clues to develop the melody line for the lead vocal. The demo of the song was done in about 2 week's time.

Phil Zamora then told me that his old band mate, James Petrella was a good blues guitar player and he would be a good person to play the lead on it. After we had recorded the basic rhythm track we sent it down to James via FTP down in Santa Maria, which is about 200 miles south of our studio in Half Moon Bay. I told James the whole story of Keith Richard and Muddy Waters and asked him to play his guitars parts as if he were channeling Keith Richards. I wanted the song to sound like a Stones song, a la "Jumping Jack Flash," "Brown Sugar," etc. Doing things remotely on musical tracks is a bit scary. You never know what you are going to get back; sometimes it is great. Sometimes it is a train wreck.

James recorded both a rhythm and lead guitar track and sent them back to us via FTP. We were thrilled with the results and didn't ask for any changes. We dropped them into the Pro Tools session, and they fit quite well with the drums and bass tracks. We did a few overdubs and had it mixed, bounced to tape, and mastered by Justin Weis.

Thus is the story of Painting It Blue.

I later sent a copy of the CD to Keith Richards' attorney Peter Parcher asking him to send it on to Keith. Richards' book had mentioned that Parcher had previously been a go between on another song for Richards with Hoagy Carmichael. I figured "Painting It Blue" may have some interest to Richards, as it came from that vignette in his book. But Parcher sent it back to me unopened saying he wasn't authorized to accept things on behalf of Richards. More likely he was just doing his gate keeper job, perhaps too diligently. Then again, I'm not exactly in the same songwriter zip code as Hoagy Carmichael.

In any case, maybe Richards will hear it someday...most probably not, but at least we were able to honor Muddy with the song. I am sure, that he no longer has painting duties in that big studio in the sky.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

Zamora Rose Project Tour Dates/Tickets

Zamora Rose Project CDs, DVDs and MP3s

Zamora Rose Project T-shirts and Posters

Zamora Rose Project CDs, vinyl and rarities


Share this article


.


...end




.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Robert Plant May End Career With New Album- Ray Davies Denies Kinks Reunion Report- Def Leppard To Rock NFL Game- Jack White Carries On Tour Despite Injury- more

Day in Pop LMFAO's Redfoo Injured In Bar Attack- Woman Killed By Bus At Burning Man- Katy Perry Helps To House Homeless Veterans- Jay Z and Kanye West Sued- Ferrari Vs. Deadmau5- more

B-Sides: Sammy Hagar Issues Challenge To Van Halen Brothers- Stevie Nicks Reveals New Song 'Lady'- Henry Rollins Shares More Thoughts On Suicide- Lenny Kravitz Teases Video- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

Kyle Hollingsworth - Speed of Life

Meridian - The Awful Truth

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick - Live in Iceland

ZZ Top - Live at Montreux 2013

Helstar - This Wicked Nest

Get To Know... 21Octayne

AUG - Be Careful What You Wish For...

Hot In The City: Best Dog Award- Consider Me Dead- Mallevs

Prong - Ruining Lives

On The Record: The Steady As She Goes - Dangerous & Dead

Rob Decoup - Pain

James Brown - Get On Up Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Echo And The Bunnymen Live

Peter Gabriel - Back to Front

Marco Minnemann - Eeps

Lollapalooza 2014: Day Three

Lollapalooza 2014: Day Two


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

Robert Plant May End Career With New Album (top story)

Ray Davies Denies Kinks Reunion Report (top story)

Def Leppard To Rock NFL Game (top story)

Jack White Carries On Tour Despite Injury (top story)

Avenged Sevenfold Release Unholy Confessions Video (top story)

Billy Idol Sets Release of Kings & Queens Of The Underground Album (top story)

Iron Maiden Reissuing Classic Albums On Vinyl (top story)

Pitch Black Forecast Release New Song Featuring Randy Blythe (top story)

AC/DC In The Studio For Highway To Hell 35th Anniversary (top story)

Bob Dylan and The Band's 138-Track Basement Tapes Complete Coming (top story)

Slash's Band Upped Their Game Because Of Aerosmith Tour (top story)

Classic Genesis Concert Film Getting DVD and Blu-Ray Reissue (top story)

Joe Bonamassa Discusses Making Of New Album (top story)

Coheed And Cambria Frontman Shares Song For New Born Son (top story)

John Lennon's Killer 'Sorry For Being Such An Idiot' (top story)

Martin Scorsese Making Ramones Movie (top story)

Led Zeppelin Preview Unreleased Version of Black Dog (top story)

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

LMFAO's Redfoo Injured In Bar Attack (top story)

Woman Killed By Bus At Burning Man (top story)

Katy Perry Helps To House Homeless Veterans (top story)

Jay Z and Kanye West Sued for Copyright Infringement (top story)

Ferrari Vs. Deadmau5 (top story)

Glen Campbell Documentary Coming To Theaters (top story)

Justin Bieber Appears on Khalil's New Mixtape (top story)

Lil Kim Freestyles Over Iggy Azalea's Fancy (top story)

John Legend and Lee Ann Womack Headed To CMT Crossroads (top story)

The Neighbourhood Recruit Danny Brown For Hate Machine (top story)

Phillip Phillips Launching North American Headline Tour (top story)

Duran Duran To Headline New Car Launch (top story)

.
.
Latest B-Sides News
.

Sammy Hagar Issues Challenge To Van Halen Brothers (top story)

Stevie Nicks Reveals New Song 'Lady' (top story)

Henry Rollins Shares More Thoughts On Suicide (top story)

Lenny Kravitz Teases The Chamber Video (top story)

SIXX:A.M's DJ Ashba Release Guitar Lesson For New Song Stars (top story)

Ghost's Biggest Influences Are ABBA and The Beatles (top story)

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Makes Dallas TV Appearance (top story)

The Beatles Voted America's Favorite Band (top story)

A Look Back At AC/DC's Back in Black (top story)

Paul Di'Anno Says He Hits Notes Rob Halford Can No Longer Hit (top story)

Opeth Feel No Affinity With Metal Bands (top story)

Slash's Live Performance Of World On Fire Goes Online (top story)

Kamelot Release Live Falling Like The Fahrenheit Video (top story)

Counting Crows Release Scarecrow Video From New Album (top story)

Me Vs Hero Challenge Fans For Access To Album Stream (top story)

Jon Allen's New Video Made By Teenaged Film Student (top story)

Abysmal Dawn Stream New Song Inanimate (top story)

Queen Perform Another One Bites The Dust With Lady Gaga (top story)

Johnny Winter's Duet With Billy Gibbons Goes Online (top story)

Dillinger Escape Plan Team Up With Jarren Benton For New Song (top story)

Prong Release Remove, Separate Self Video (top story)

Skeletonwitch Release Creepy Unending, Everliving Video (top story)

Obituary Streaming New Song Visions In My Head (top story)

Jack White, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Simon Epic Pic at Mariners Game (top story)

Robert Plant ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video Goes Online (top story)

Semisonic Looks Back At Closing Time (top story)

Christopher Whitehall Discusses The Griswolds Quick Rise To Fame (top story)

Prince Releasing Two Albums Next Month (top story)

Why Paul Di'Anno Called Off Retirement (top story)

Rob Halford Reveals The Albums That Changed His Life (top story)

Aerosmith Take Ice Bucket Challenge Onstage (top story)

Papa Roach Releasing Most Positive Record Of Their Career (top story)

The Haunted Release Cutting Teeth Video (top story)

Pendragon Stream New Song Beautiful Soul (top story)

White Hills Release Spirit Of Exile Video (top story)

Butcher Babies Hint At October Release (top story)

MTV VMAs Recap and Winners List (top story)

Henry Rollins Apologizes for Suicide Comments (top story)

Ace Frehley Didn't Want To Do New York Groove (top story)

Obituary Preview New Album (top story)

Queen Release Classic Keep Yourself Alive Live Video (top story)

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Continues To Learn (top story)

Sanctuary Release New Song Arise And Purify (top story)

Classic Interview With The Who Gets Animated (top story)


More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
AudioNationRadio.com The Screen Door A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five thecopycat.biz Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!



 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2014 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.