Open road

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We are proud to present to you "Open Road" – the debut album of The Blues Rebels.
The Blues Rebels began in 2012 as a one-time friendly jam between two veteran Blues artists – guitarist Andy Watts and singer/harmonica player Dov Hammer – but the immediate chemistry between the two and the powerful stage show that resulted was undeniable. The Blues Rebels soon became one of the hottest Blues bands on the Israeli scene, playing with world-class Blues artists such as Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson and Bernard Allison. The band was also chosen to open for the legendary Johnny Winter, who told the band how impressed he was by their performance.
After 2 years of burning up stages with their incendiary live show, the Rebels began work on their first album, a compilation of 14 original songs by Dov Hammer and Andy Watts. The band set up in the studio at Kibbutz Ma'abarot and tore through the songs in three days, capturing the live energy and passion of their infamous live show. The songs feature unique and heartfelt songwriting, blazing powerhouse Blues guitar and harmonica and soulful singing. The rhythm section is funky and in the pocket, with a groove that never quits
We hope you enjoy "Open road"!

Reviewers loved it!

"Fans of hard blues-rock and electric blues rock will crave their intense energy and high-octane instrumentation….Dov Hammer’s harmonica roars and charges like his first name: “bear” in Hebrew….With more exposure at home and abroad, the Blues Rebels will conquer the Open Road! - Blues Blast magazine

"They catch a groove, work it well, adding to that gritty vocals, tasty harp and neat guitar…"Open road " is as gorgeous a piece of music as you will ever hear …A super album. I am sure we will hear more from this band , and I , for one, will look forward to that" – Frank Leigh, "Blues Matters" (UK) August 2015

"Tugs at the heartstrings" – Barry Davis "The Jerusalem post"

The blues in Israel has the real ambassadors with The Blues Rebels. VERY GOOD. – Vicente Zumel "La hora del Blues", Radio PICA , Barcelona

The rhythm section swings and keeps the everything tightly in order, guitar and harmonica decorate the whole. … excellent musicianship, the songs are raw and melodic and these gentlemen know how to convey the right emotion. My favorite songs here are the boogie 'Devil By My Side" , "Turn Back The Clock " with an exciting bass line and the quiet instrumental title track' Open Road 'with a leading role for Watts' guitar…An excellent debut album and proof that this band has everything necessary to be very big outside of Israel. - Eric Capfens "Blueszine", Holland



For further info about The Blues Rebels, see our website:
www.blues-rebels.com

Dov Hammer- Tel: 050-6236684
dov@dovhammer.com

credits

released March 14, 2015

PRODUCED BY THE BLUES REBELS

Dov Hammer – Vocals and harmonicas
Andy Watts – guitars
Amos Springer – bass guitar
Avi Barak – drums and percussion

Fender Rhodes piano on "open road" – Matan Ashkenazy

All songs written by Dov Hammer & Andy Watts except "Secret smile" (Dov Hammer and Ronnie Katz) and "Open road" (Andy Watts)

Recorded mixed and mastered by Matan Ashkenazy at "Ozen Musicalit" studio, kibbutz Ma'abarot, Israel, Jan-Feb 2015

Cover art and design: Betty Maoz
Photos by Dubi Roman
Blues Rebels logo by Steve Moors

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The Blues Rebels Israel

"The Blues Rebels are one of the best bands anywhere - look for their new album, out now!" - Joe Louis Walker, member of the Blues hall of fame.
Featuring the virtuoso guitar of Andy Watts and the soulful vocals and harmonica of Dov Hammer, this Blues-Rock supergroup, who played with Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson and opened for Johnny Winter really rocks - check out the Blues Rebels!
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Track Name: All I want
All I want
(By Dov Hammer & Andy Watts)

All I want is a little patch of sky
For the moon to shine on my way
All I want is a glass of whiskey
To drink in silence at the end of the day


The world is tumbling down Darkness all around
Can't get no release
And all I want – is just a little bit of peace

All I want is one quite minute
While the sun sets into the sea
All I want is to see her smile
Just before dawn as she dreams

The world is tumbling down Darkness all around
Can't get no release
And all I want – is just a little bit of peace

A white cloud on a mountain top
Wishing that song would never stop
Sunset on a lonely beach
A pretty woman just out of reach
Eagles soaring high on the breeze
Drops of rain falling from the trees
The sound of Blues, a shuffle beat
My baby's voice calling for me
Track Name: Before the jubilee
Before the Jubilee
(By Dov Hammer and Andy Watts)


Feel like a stranger, travelling in my land
Feeling in danger, fighting god and man
Times are hard, people fear to speak their minds
Grab what they can, leave the rest behind

I know where I'm coming from
I know where I want to be
I know all this will change before the Jubilee

Drunken fool singing songs to the midnight breeze
Running through red lights, feeling lost at sea
Broke up the band, future's in a haze
Missing old friends, take a leap of faith

I know this is the time
I know I will be free
I know all this will change before the jubilee

You left me burning, slashed to the core
My soul is yearning, crying for more

She's the best thing ever happened to me
Soothes my soul, sets my spirit free
Rock'n'roll, ain't for the weak of heart
Cut the lifeline, make a brand new start

I know what I want to do
I know who I want to be
I know all this will change before the jubilee
Track Name: Seen the light
Seen the light
(By Dov Hammer and Andy Watts)

Running down this road turning left and right
Chasing a dream, just beyond my sight
They told my I can't, I said I just might
But I’ve finally seen the light
But I’ve finally seen the light


I thought I had it covered, almost had it right
But I lost my connection at the edge of night
Couldn't see no colors, only Black and white
But I’ve finally seen the light
But I’ve finally seen the light


There were dark clouds
All around my soul
But you blew them all away
I get evil thoughts
In the dead of night
But you bring the light of day


Taking one more breath, ready for the fight
I can see the darkness becoming bright
Those birds of prey, they have taken flight
But I’ve finally seen the light
But I’ve finally seen the light
Track Name: Devil by my side
Devil by my side
(by Dov Hammer & Andy Watts)

I was born on the eve of the seventh day
The first song they taught me to sing was a prayer
Tried to keep me in line but I wouldn’t stay
Well, you know how the road to hell is paved

Running with the devil by my side
Breakin’ up the party, pouring fuel on the fire
I’m too mean to live and too wicked to die
Running with the devil by my side

I’ve been scratching the walls, pacing the cage
Shake off my Blues, gonna break these chains
Gonna kick in the windows, Blow out the doors
Getting smacked in the face, But I come back for more

Running with the devil by my side…


I’ve been walking the walk, talking the talk
Shucking and jiving, and punching the clock
I want to feel the bone, and taste the blood
I want to feel the bruises, as I wrestle the gods


Running with the devil by my side…
Track Name: Turn back the clock
Turn back the clock
(By Dov Hammer and Andy Watts)

Everybody's talking about the way things used to be
They say today it's all about money, corruption and greed
But you and me, baby, we've heard this all before
The past is always golden, nostalgia evermore

We're gonna turn back the clock tonight
We're gonna kick back and rock, that's right


People always saying the music's gonna die
Nobody knows just when, but they know just why
But you and me, baby, don’t pay that no mind
We just walk the walk, we leave the talk behind

We're gonna turn back the clock tonight
We're gonna kick back and rock, that's right


We're gonna boogie like it's 1955
So pump up the sound and hit the overdrive

We're getting funky like it's 1975
We ain't too old to Rock'n'roll as long as we're alive
Track Name: What if
What if
(By Dov Hammer & Andy Watts)

Mad dogs roaming through the streets
Ground is burning beneath our feet
People lashing out in fear
Screaming louder so they won't have to hear

What if we're all wrong
Hard times coming, Must stay strong
What if we're all wrong?

Freedom comes at such a cost
No easy answers, you feel lost
I try to smile when someone speaks your name
But I still think about you night and day

What if we're all wrong
Hard times coming, must stay strong
What if we're all wrong?

The streets are empty, can't hear a sound
Feels like I'm dreaming in this ghost town
People playing games of piety
Look in the mirror tell me what do you see

What if we're all wrong
Heaven help us, hear my song
Where did we go wrong?
Track Name: Reason to live
REASON TO LIVE
(By Dov Hammer & Andy Watts)

I met her the night I came off the road
I felt like I'd been kicked from door to door
She said "Honey I'm as good as they come"
Since that night she's been my good luck charm

I need her every night and every day
I give her all that I can give
She heals my soul and keeps my demons at bay
She is my reason to live

This whole world is going up in flames
Sometimes it's hard, feels so insane
She make my nights so sweet, brightens up my days
That woman has cured me of my evil ways

I need her every night and every day…

I love to see her eyes shine like diamonds in the sun
I get chills all down my spine when she says that I'm the one


Hounds of hell barking at my door
Turn out the lights; don't want to see any more
She takes me in her arms, tells me it's OK
Somehow we'll make it through another day

I need her every night and every day….
Track Name: Don't want you back
Don't want you back
(By Dov Hammer & Andy Watts)

Walking through town just the other night
I thought I saw you just beyond my sight
Spun around real fast, looked from left to right,
Couldn't see nothing for the tears in my eyes

It's been that way for quite some time
Ever since the day that we said goodbye
I don't want you back but I can't get you out of my mind


I gave you everything but you wanted much more
I tried to hold on but you wounded my soul
Treated me so bad 'till I let you go
But I still think about you every night when I'm alone

I know I was right to leave you behind
I have no regrets most of the time
I don't want you back but I can't get you out of my mind
I don't want you back but I can't get you out of my mind



When the sun came up my eyes were red
My glass was half empty and so was my head
You said one word as you shut the door
My ears are still ringing with the sound of that "NO"

Last night I dreamed that you came to me
Asked to get back like we used to be
Promised it'd be better just wait and see
Woke up in a sweat, thanking god that I'm free

I tell myself just to give it some time
I'm happier now, I'm doing just fine
I don't want you back but I can't get you out of my mind
Track Name: Looking in
LOOKING IN
(By Dov Hammer & Andy Watts)

I've been in exile since I was born
Always preferred it that way
Like an outlaw I travel at night
Avoiding the light of day
Blending into the crowd, watching,
Spreading disinformation
On the far side of the mirror
On the outside looking in

I thought I won her heart that night
But she was playing to win
I stole her from a friend of mine
But it was she who took me from him
She hadn't seen me in some time
Asked me where I'd been
She did not seem too surprised when I said
"On the outside looking in"

Teachers, preachers, rabbis and cops
All want to have their say
Telling me how it really is
And how I should play the game.
Politicians and beauty queens
Flashing prime-time grins
I ain`t really that far away
I`m just outside looking in.

I still see it when I dream
Hear it in the southern wind
But when day breaks I'm still out here
On the outside looking in
Track Name: Secret smile
Secret smile
(By Dov Hammer & Ronnie Katz)

She's got a secret smile that she saves for me
She's got a secret smile that she saves for me
She's got a secret smile that she saves for me
A movement of her lips that only I can see

She's got a secret song that she sings for me
She's got a secret song that she sings for me
She's got a secret song that she sings for me
There's something in her voice that only I can hear


She's got a secret walk, delicate and fine
She's got a secret walk, delicate and fine
She's got a secret walk, delicate and fine
A movement of her hips that tells me that she's mine
Track Name: Living the dream
Living the dream
(By Dov Hammer and Andy Watts)

Everyone is getting old
Everybody's growing bald
So am I – but I'm living the dream

Everybody's leaving town,
But the turkeys can't keep me down
Not me – I'm living the dream

Sometimes I feel like I'm still at school
Some people think I'm just a fool
Taking my time, spilling the wine
Step out of line, committing a crime
But look at me – I'm living the dream

I'm not sitting on top of the world
Can't buy you no diamonds or pearls
This is it – living the dream

Got no platinum credit card
No frequent flyer or company car
Not a mega star – but I'm living the dream

Don't have much, got nothing to lose
Spending my lifetime paying my dues
See me grin while singing the Blues
Everyone wants to be in my shoes
Don't cry for me – I'm living the dream


Don't have much, got nothing to lose
Spending my lifetime paying my dues
See me grin while singing the Blues
Everyone wants to be in my shoes
Don't cry for me – I'm living the dream
Track Name: I don't mind
I don't mind
(By Dov Hammer & Andy Watts)

Rumors flying around the town
People trying to get me down
I don't care if they think I'm a clown
'cause I got a woman who's fine and brown

I don't mind about what they say
I don't care about what they do
All my troubles just seem to fade away
When I spend my time with you

Everyone's pushing, trying to score
Always grabbing for some more
I might end up scratched and sore
But you always smile when you open your door, so

I don't mind about what they say
I don't care about what they do
All my troubles just seem to fade away
When I spend my time with you

I don't mind if I lose my job,
Don't care if I have to steal and rob
And if I ever lose my way
I know your love saves me every day

I don't mind about what they say
I don't care about what they do
All my troubles just seem to fade away
When I spend my time with you
Track Name: Trying to get paid
Trying to get paid
(By Dov Hammer & Andy Watts)

I've been pounding the phones all night and all day
I've been pounding the phones all night and all day
I have done my job – now I'm trying to get paid

Don't tell me your problems, we ain't that kind of friends
Don't tell me your problems, we ain't that kind of friends
When you were riding high you didn't remember my name


Now my car won't start and my rent is due
I'm getting real tired of chasing after you
I've been pounding the phones all night and all day
I have done my job – now I'm trying to get paid
Track Name: Open road
(Instrumental)