My Sunday Song – “Blue On Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

For My Sunday Song #111, we are going to examine “Blue On Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.  The song was released in 1998 and was off their album ‘Trouble Is”.  “Blue on Black” was #1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart where it stayed for 6 weeks and it stayed on the charts for around 42 weeks.  It also won the Billboard Music Award for Rock Track of the Year.  Not bad for a Blues song.

“Blue on Black” as a song can mean anything to the listener.  Kenny won’t say what it means, but people interpret it as either losing someone whether by death or end of a relationship or that the relationship was abusive.  For me, I view at as the end of a relationship.  I don’t see it as abusive but it ended badly with things were said that shouldn’t have been and maybe anger got the best of them and someone was push and shoved.  But you interpret it as you want.

Another interesting thing about the term ‘Blue on Black’.  The idea for the song came from Kenny wearing a shirt and those two colors were the main colors of the shirt.  Tia Sillars, one of the songwriters, thought how when you take those two colors and put them together you actually don’t get a new color.  The dominance of the black just absorbs the blue and still makes black.  I take that to mean when things are dark and you are blue, you can get consumed by it and things just get bleaker.

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The song itself is a blues song and Kenny’s guitar work is sensational as always.  He was only 20 years old when the song was released.  You take that guitar wizardry and add Noah Hunt’s vocals and it is no wonder you have a blues song that has crossover appeal.  The lyrics are well paced and it is that catchy chorus that really draws you in.  It is repetitive, but just enough to where you are singing it at the end as you feel like you know the song and it speaks to you.  It was this song that turned me on to Kenny and even helped me discover Jonny Lang as they both came out around the same time.

Give the song a listen and tell me what you think.  If you aren’t familiar with Kenny, then you are missing out.  Go back and check his earlier albums and work you way forward.  You won’t be disappointed.  Thanks and have a Happy Sunday!!

“Blue On Black”

Night, falls, and I’m alone
Skin, yeah, chilled me to the bone
You, turned and you ran,
Oh yeah
Oh slipped, right from my hand[Chorus:]
Hey
Blue on black
Tears on a river
Push on a shove
It don’t mean much
Joker on jack
Match on a fire
Cold on ice
A dead man’s touch
Whisper on a scream
Doesn’t change a thing
Don’t bring you back
Blue on black
Oh yeah, blue on blackBlind, oh, now i see
Truth, lies, and in between
Wrong, cant be undone
Oh slipped, from the tip of
Your tongue

[Chorus:]
Hey
Blue on black
Tears on a river
Push on a shove
It don’t mean much
Joker on jack
Match on a fire
Cold on ice
A dead mans touch
Whisper on a scream
Doesn’t change a thing
Doesn’t bring you back, yeah
Blue on black
Oh, blue on black
Oh, yeah

[guitar solo]

[Chorus (2x):]
Blue on black
Tears on a river
Push on a shove
It don’t mean much
Joker on jack
Match on a fire
Cold on ice
Is a dead man’s touch
Whisper on a scream
Doesn’t change a thing
Don’t bring you back
Blue on black
Oh yeah, blue on black

Hey
Blue on black
Tears on a river
Push on a shove
It don’t mean much
Joker on jack
Match on a fire
Cold on ice
Is a dead mans touch
Whisper on a scream
Doesn’t change a thing
Doesn’t bring you back
Blue on black
Oh, blue on black
Oh wha oh, blue on black
Oh, blue on black

Written by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tia Sillers and Mark Selby

9 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Blue On Black” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

    1. You have bad luck with shows getting cancelled. This is the second one you have mentioned, Ozzy being the other one.

      The vocals were by Noah Hunt and I can see that it might not be to everyone’s liking. I really dug this song though (obviously or it wouldn’t be on this post).

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      1. Yeah that was the VH 3 Tour with Cherone, VH was playing two places in Wisconsin in which ticket sales took a hit and they played one show canceled the other…
        Let’s see other cancellations…
        Ratt/Kix/Great White-1989 Cancelled …
        Poison/Tesla-1989 cancelled…
        yeah I think about 4 shows…
        Skid Row cancelled Thunder Bay Back in June of 92 but showed up a week later which I couldn’t believe as they stuck to there word…
        It happens man….

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