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THE SONG:
I spent a lot of my early touring days traveling around with various Rock 'n' Roll bands, many of whom were also often my backing band. Playing the solo acoustic guitar + harmonica troubador gigs vs. fronting a loud & loose 4 or 5 piece rockin' combo gigs are very different things. Some nights when we were a little too loud I wished I could switch over to folk-mode. And some nights, when I was throwing out the heartfelt story songs and I knew all the ladies were just there to dance and have a good time, I wished I had the band and could just turn it up. I guess I wrote this after one of the latter nights.

THE BAND:
Ole Mossy Face was always one of my favorite local (Nashville) rock 'n' roll bands. My first drummer in town recommended Casey when he couldn't make a run of gigs and we all became fast friends and continued playing together off and on throughout the years. We always threatened to record a full album together, or at least a split lp. Luckily, Mason and Troy set up a recording studio in their house in Madison and we tracked a few songs before time slipped away on us all.

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND

I wanna be in a rock ‘n’ roll band
See the pretty girls shake their ass and clap their hands
I wanna be in a rock ‘n’ roll band
Come on pretty Mamma don’t you understand

For my twelfth birthday I got a pretty Guild guitar
Mahogany hollow body country folk star
Played it everyday till my fingers swelled and burned
Started getting pretty good at making up my own words

A band from the High School one day came around
Brought a bunch a gear and that electric sound
Mamma came in heard that noise and shut down our little jam down
Said “you ain’t gonna play in no rock ‘n’ roll band”

I wanna be in a rock ‘n’ roll band
See the pretty girls shake their ass and clap their hands
I wanna be in a rock ‘n’ roll band
Come on pretty Mamma don’t you understand

I went down to Memphis town
Playing my little songs and trying to find my sound
A naughty southern belle with a stiff drink in her hand
Came up on my set break started rubbing on my pants

Pretty little man with the guitar in your hands
You know we dig your songs but what you don’t understand
Me and all my girls just came out to get some drinks
So turn it up, let it loose, we wanna dance don’t wanna think

I wanna be in a rock ‘n’ roll band
See the pretty girls shake their ass and clap their hands
I wanna be in a rock ‘n’ roll band
Come on pretty Mamma don’t you understand

Now I’m all grown up and I’m on my own
And I can play rock ‘n’ roll all night if I want

I wanna be in a rock ‘n’ roll band
See the pretty girls shake their ass and clap their hands
I wanna be in a rock ‘n’ roll band
Come on pretty Mamma don’t you understand
Come on pretty Mamma don’t you understand
Come on pretty Mamma don’t you understand
credits
released June 28, 2024
Rock 'n' Roll Band was written by Stephen Simmons
Shiny Geode Music / SESAC / copyright secured / asll rights reserved

Recorded by: Mason Vickery & Troy Daugherty
Stephen Simmons: vocals, electric guitar, keys.
Casey Sanders: drums and percussion
Mason Vickery: lap steel & electric guitar
Troy Daugherty: Electric guitar
David Kirkpatrick: Bass guitar
Photo by Stephen Simmons
Mixed by Joe Martino
Mastered by Alex McCollough at True East Mastering
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