Sunshine Blues

S2017 E2 | FULL EPISODE

Beth McKee

From the Modernism Museum in Mt. Dora, FL, Beth McKee performs her unique version of roots music. McKee offers fiery-sweet songs of tenacity and purpose, sung to a deep southern groove. A former member of the New Orleans country pop band Evangeline, Beth has collaborated with song-writing legend Bobby Charles, and toured with Jimmy Buffet.

AIRED: April 06, 2017 | 0:27:59
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♪MUSIC

♪PIANO

>>SUMMERTIME TAKES ME TO

THE RIVER AFTERNOONS IN A FARGO

VAN

FISHING POLE STANDING ON THE

WATER LINE CAN OF WORMS IN MY

HAND

I NEED THE WATER

I LOVE IT FOR ITS HEALING TOUCH

I GO FOR THAT

FEELING

I GET HIGH ON THE RIVER,

HIGH

ON THE RIVER RUSH

THE TREES ARE

MUDDY FROM A FLOOD BACK IN APRIL

WASHED AWAY AN OLD RUSTY CAR

RIVER TAKES WHAT SHE WANTS

Y'ALL THAT'S WHY SHE TOOK MY

HEART

I NEED THE WATER

I LOVE

IT FOR ITS HEALING TOUCH

I GO FOR THAT

FEELING

I GET HIGH ON THE RIVER,

HIGH ON THE RIVER RUSH

♪PIANO AND GUITAR

EVERY TIME I FEEL MY

BURDENS ARE TOO MUCH FOR ME TO

STAND

PACK IT UP TAKE IT TO THE

RIVER

THAT'S HOW I GET BACK TO

WHO I AM

I NEED THE WATER

I LOVE

IT FOR ITS HEALING TOUCH

I GO FOR THAT

FEELING

I GET HIGH ON THE RIVER,

HIGH

ON THE RIVER

I NEED, I NEED THE

WATER

I LOVE IT FOR ITS HEALING TOUCH

I GO FOR THAT FEELING

I GET HIGH ON

THE RIVER,

HIGH ON THE RIVER

RUSH.

LA-LA-LA-LA-LA.

LA-LA-LA-LA-LA.

>>SO MY NAME IS BETH MCKEE.

PLAYING GUITAR WITH ME TODAY IS

GRANT PEYTON AND WE'RE DOING

SOME OF MY SONGS FOR YOU GUYS.

THE NEXT ONE IS CALLED "AND

EVERYTHING CHANGED".

♪PIANO

>>SOMETIMES SOMETHING

HAPPENS

LIFE TAKES AN

UNEXPECTED TURN

AND IT ALTERS

EVERYTHING

FOR EVERYONE

CONCERNED

TAKE ADAM AND EVE THEY

HAD IT ALL

LIVING IN PARADISE

'TIL ONE MORNING

EVE DECIDED

SHE WANTED MORE OUT OF LIFE

THE TREE

OF KNOWLEDGE LOOMED

TEMPTATION OVERRULED

EVE ATE FORBIDDEN FRUIT

GOD DISAPPROVED

AND EVERYTHING

CHANGED IT WAS A

WHOLE NEW GAME

THE JOURNEY HAD

BEGUN

GAS HAD HIT THE FLAMES

ONCE THE VEIL WAS LIFTED

DARKNESS FELL AWAY

THE WHOLE

WORLD LOOKED DIFFERENT

FOREVER, FROM THAT DAY

LET'S TALK ABOUT MOSES

AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL

FLEEING ACROSS THE DESERT

PHARAOH WAS HOT ON THEIR TRAIL

MOUNTAINS TO THE LEFT

RED SEA ON THE RIGHT

ALL THE PEOPLE CRIED

"LORD, HAVE MERCY.

WE'RE GONNA DIE TONIGHT."

MOSES SAID

"BE STILL!"

AND RAISED HIS STAFF ON HIGH

WHEN THE WATERS PARTED MOSES LED

HIS TRIBE

AND EVERYTHING CHANGED

IT WAS A WHOLE NEW GAME

THE JOURNEY HAD BEGUN

GAS HAD HIT

THE FLAMES

ONCE THE VEIL WAS

LIFTED

DARKNESS FELL AWAY

THE WHOLE WORLD LOOKED DIFFERENT

FOREVER, FROM THAT DAY

♪MUSIC

WELL HOW ABOUT EZEKIEL

WHEN HE SAW THAT

WAGON WHEEL?

"LET ME FLY," HE SANG OUT

I WANNA SEE HOW FREEDOM FEELS."

AND EVERYTHING CHANGED

IT WAS A WHOLE NEW GAME

THE JOURNEY HAD BEGUN

GAS HAD HIT THE FLAMES

ONCE THE VEIL WAS LIFTED

DARKNESS FELL AWAY

THE WHOLE

WORLD LOOKED DIFFERENT

FOREVER,

FROM THAT DAY

FOREVER, FROM THAT DAY

AND EVERYTHING CHANGED

NOTHING WAS THE SAME-AME-AME.

EVERYTHING CHANGED.

>>SO I THINK I WANT TO SHARE A

LITTLE BIT OF MY LOUISIANA ROOTS

WITH YOU GUYS TODAY AND AGAIN,

THAT'S GRANT PEYTON ON THE

GUITAR.

WE'LL GET HIM TO PLAY A LITTLE

ELECTRIC AFTER THIS.

THIS IS CALLED "NEXT TO

NOWHERE".

♪ACCORDION PLAYING

>>RIDIN' DOWN THE HIGHWAY

ON THE ROAD TO

LAFAYETTE

THINKIN 'BOUT MY LIFE,

RE-LIVING MY REGRETS

TIRED OF

TRYING TO FOOL MYSELF, NOBODY TO

BLAME BUT ME.

WHY'D I EVER TURN MY BACK ON WHO

I WAS BORN TO BE?

RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER,

JUST AROUND THE BEND

ALMOST NEXT TO

NOWHERE,

THAT'S WHERE I'VE

ALWAYS BEEN.

HOW'D I LET THINGS GET THIS WAY,

DID LIFE JUST PASS ME BY?

IF I HAD ME A FORTUNE TELLER,

MAYBE SHE COULD TELL ME WHY

WHY I QUIT THE ONLY THING

THAT EVER

MADE ME FEEL WORTHWHILE TO CRAWL

UP UNDER THE COVERS, LIKE A

FRIGHTENED CHILD

RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER,

JUST AROUND THE BEND

I'M ALMOST NEXT TO NOWHERE

I COULD REALLY USE A FRIEND

♪ACCORDION AND GUITAR

AINT NO

POINT IN DWELLING ON THE CHOICES

I HAVE MADE I'M WEARY FROM THE

DREAMIN' AND ALL THE DUES I'VE

PAYED I SEE WHAT'S IN THE

REARVIEW BUT NOT WHAT'S UP AHEAD

BUT I'LL PUT ASIDE MY DOUBTS FOR

NOW, FOUND MY FAITH INSTEAD

RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER,

JUST AROUND THE BEND

I'VE BEEN NEXT

TO NOWHERE

BUT I'M ON MY WAY AGAIN

RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER,

JUST AROUND THE BEND

I'M LEAVING

NEXT TO NOWHERE,

'CAUSE THAT'S

SUCH A BITTER END.

THINK AGAIN.

YES I CAN.

FEEL GOOD AGAIN.

1,2,3,4

YOU SAY THAT'S ENOUGH,

I WANT SOME MORE

YOU GO TO SLEEP

WHILE I WALK THE FLOOR

LOVING YOU BABE

IS A TUG OF WAR

AND I KNOW YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME

BUT I COULDN'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE

WHEN A WILLFUL WOMAN

HAS A STUBBORN MAN

THEY'LL BE BUTTING HEADS

BEEN THAT WAY SINCE TIME BEGAN

LOVING YOU

IS A TUG OF WAR

AND I KNOW YOU DON'T

BELIEVE ME

BUT I COULDN'T LOVE

YOU ANYMORE

GO GRANT!

♪GUITAR

HERE WE GO AGAIN, ABOUT

TO DISAGREE I'M ALWAYS BLAMING

YOU AND YOU KEEP BLAMING ME

LOVIN YOU BABE,

IS A TUG OF WAR

AND I KNOW YOU DON'T BELIEVE

ME BUT I COULDN'T LOVE YOU

ANYMORE

HERE I GO.

♪PIANO

LET'S SWAP 'EM OFF

GRANT.

YOU READY?

♪GUITAR AND PIANO

TAKE ONE.

GO AHEAD NOW.

♪GUITAR AND PIANO

SEARCHIN FOR A WAY

TO KEEP THE PEACE

I'M TIRED OF FIGHTING,

I NEED ME

SOME RELIEF

LOVING YOU BABE,

IS A TUG OF WAR

AND I KNOW YOU

DON'T BELIEVE ME

BUT I COULDN'T

LOVE YOU ANYMORE

LOVING YOU BABE

IT'S A TUG OF WAR

AND I KNOW YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME

BUT I COULDN'T LOVE YOU ANYMORE.

>>THIS ONE'S CALLED UNRAVELED.

♪PIANO

I AM UNRAVELLED

MY LINES ARE FRAYED

I CAME UNGROUNDED

DRIFTED AWAY

I LOST MY COMPASS

I CAME UNDONE

I WAS FLYING INTO

THE SUN

I CANNOT TELL YOU WHERE

I HAVE BEEN

I DID NOT FOLLOW NO

PARTICULAR PLAN

I DO NOT KNOW

HOW LONG I BEEN GONE

I TRIED TO RIDE

BUT I GOT THROWN

BUT I AM

ON MY WAY BACK HOME

ON MY WAY

BACK HOME

ON, ON MY WAY HOME

WHAT ELSE COULD I DO BUT SELL

KISSES AT THE BUS STOP

WHAT ELSE

COULD I DO

BUT LANGUISH AND PINE

WHO ELSE COULD I TALK TO

IN THE

MIDDLE OF A DARK NIGHT

WHAT ELSE

COULD I DO IF I DIDN'T HAVE YOU

♪GUITAR AND PIANO

AM UNABLE TO

SPEAK MY MIND

BUT I'M UNWILLING

TO LEAVE YOU BEHIND

I HOPE

YOU'VE WAITED

I HOPE YOU CARE

I HOPE THAT I AM GONNA FIND YOU

THERE

'CAUSE I AM ON MY WAY BACK

HOME

ON MY WAY BACK HOME

I'M ON,

ON MY WAY HOME

WHAT ELSE COULD I

DO BUT SELL KISSES AT THE BUS

STOP

WHAT ELSE COULD I DO BUT

LANGUISH AND PINE

WHO ELSE COULD

I TALK TO IN THE MIDDLE OF A

DARK NIGHT

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO

IF I DIDN'T HAVE YOU

>>THIS NEXT

SONG IS I GUESS SORT OF MY

COMMUNITY ACTIVIST SONG.

IT'S CALLED TROUBLE THE WATERS.

IT'S ABOUT GETTING OUT THERE AND

MAKING A DIFFERENCE, HELPING OUT

WHERE YOU CAN.

MAKING A LITTLE NOISE WHERE YOU

NEED TO.

♪PIANO

DAY AFTER DAY,

ON THE HIGHWAY

I WITNESS THINGS I DON'T

WANT TO SEE

SKINNY DOG STANDING

ON THE ROADSIDE

AN OLD MAN WITH

NO SHOES ON HIS FEET

MY MOMMA

TAUGHT ME WELL TO KNOW RIGHT

FROM WRONG

LEFT ME A CONSCIENCE

WON'T LEAVE ME ALONE

WHEN ALL I

WANNA DO IS GET BACK HOME

I HEAR

IT CALLING TO ME

I CAN'T BELIEVE

WHAT I READ IN THE PAPERS

THE SAME NEWS EVERY DAY

SO MUCH HUNGER

NEIGHBORS HATING NEIGHBORS

WHO BROUGHT US UP TO

ACT THIS WAY?

I KNOW I WASN'T BORN TO BE NO

POLITICIAN

I'LL GO DOWN AND HELP

OUT AT THE MISSION

MAYBE I'LL

DROP THE MAYOR A LINE

TELL HIM

WHAT'S BEEN ON MY MIND

REACH OUT

YOUR HANDS SONS AND DAUGHTERS

GET TOGETHER, GO AND TROUBLE THE

WATERS WE MAY BE GONE BEFORE IT

GETS DONE BUT REVIVAL IS GONNA

COME

YES IT IS

SO MUCH TO DO,

MANY NEED HELPING

THIS AINT NO

TIME TO ROLL WITH THE TIDE

WHAT'S THE USE WATCHING AND

WAITING

STAND UP CHILD,

SPEAK YOUR MIND

A PEBBLE MAKES A

RIPPLE,

THAT GETS IT STARTED

GET ON OUT AND

THROW A SEED ON THE GARDEN

MY DADDY ALWAYS SAYS "YOU

WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW"

CULTIVATE WHAT YOU WANT TO GROW

REACH OUT YOUR HANDS SONS AND

DAUGHTERS GET TOGETHER

TROUBLE THE WATERS

WE MAY BE

GONE BEFORE IT GETS DONE

BUT

REVIVAL IS GONNA COME

REACH OUT

YOUR HANDS SONS AND DAUGHTERS

GET TOGETHER, TROUBLE THE

WATERS

WE MAY BE GONE BEFORE IT

GETS DONE

BUT REVIVAL IS GONNA

COME

REVIVAL IS GONNA COME

YES IT IS.

WE'RE GONNA DO ONE MORE FOR YOU

FOLKS.

THIS ONE'S CALLED NOT TONIGHT

JOSEPHINE AND IT'S WRITTEN FROM

THE VIEWPOINT OF NAPOLEON

BONAPARTE ON A VERY, VERY BUSY

DAY.

♪PIANO

NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE,

I'VE GOT A LOT TO DO

GOT A RIVER

FULL OF TROUBLE

DOWN AT WATERLOO

I KNOW YOUR HEART WAS SET ON

SOME ROMANCE

AND I DON'T MEAN TO BE

MEAN

BUT NOT TONIGHT, NOT

TONIGHT JOSEPHINE

I HATE FOR MY

JOB TO COME BETWEEN US

BUT LIFE

IS HARD WHEN YOU'RE A TACTICAL

GENIUS

BUT HANG ON TO YOUR

LANGUID CHARMS

TOMORROW I'LL BE

RIGHT BACK IN YOUR ARMS

NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE,

I'VE GOT A

LOT TO DO

GOT A RIVER FULL OF

TROUBLE

DOWN AT WATERLOO

I KNOW

YOUR HEART WAS SET ON ROMANCE

AND I DON'T MEAN TO BE MEAN

BUT NOT TONIGHT,

NOT TONIGHT

JOSEPHINE

I'VE NEVER BEEN ONE

FOR MAKING EXCUSES

BUT IF I

COULD JUST NEGOTIATE THIS LITTLE

BITTY TRUCE

WE'D SIP MINT JULEPS,

EAT CHERRY PARFAITS

WE WON'T COME HOME

FOR A HUNDRED DAYS

NOT TONIGHT

♪PIANO

WELL, OLD

DUKE AND THE BOYS THEY WANNA

CARRY ON

BUT I'LL WRAP IT UP

BEFORE TOO LONG

GRAB SOME WINE

AND I'LL TELL YOU WHAT

YOU AND ME

CAN CELEBRATE THE COUP

D'ETAT

BUT NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE

I'VE GOT A LOT TO DO

GOT A RIVER FULL OF TROUBLE

DOWN AT WATERLOO

YOUR HEART

WAS SET ON SOME ROMANCE

I DON'T MEAN TO BE MEAN

BUT NOT TONIGHT,

NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE

I GOT TOO MUCH TO DO

GOT A RIVER FULL OF TROUBLE

DOWN AT WATERLOO

I KNOW YOUR HEART WAS SET ON

SOME ROMANCE

I DON'T MEAN TO BE MEAN

BUT NOT TONIGHT,

NO, NOT TONIGHT,

NOT TONIGHT JOSEPHINE.

>>MY FAVORITE PART OF A MUSICAL

PERFORMANCE, FOR WHEN I'M

PERFORMING IS THE COMMUNICATION

WITH THE AUDIENCE.

WHEN THERE'S AN AUDIENCE THERE

THAT APPRECIATES WHAT I'M DOING,

THEIR ENERGY FLOWS BACK TO ME

AND WE HAVE A GREAT TIME AND

THAT'S SUPER SPECIAL TO ME.

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