Category Archives: Country Music

Outlaw

This week I was on a story telling mood once again. It’s hard not to wonder from time to time where all these stories come from 😀 This weeks song is a story of a man who got into a bar room fight, defending the honour of his lady. But things get out of hand, blood is spilled and life is lost. Our character is not a bad person deep down, but has got himself enough small trouble in the past to get to know the local judge and he is sure this would not work to his advantage. So he decides to leave everything he knows, home, family, loved ones, even his country behind and become an outlaw on the run.

The thing is, there are people out there who are genuinely bad people. But at the same time there are those who just ended up in a bad situation that had life altering consequences. So let’s try not to judge people, before we hear their story. It is too easy to make someone look like they are a bad person, by only highlighting one side of the story. We all have made mistakes somewhere along the way.

And lets not forget this weeks song “Outlaw” is available for a download on my Bandcamp page HERE. Hit the play, download it and share it with the world.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Broke And Out Of Coffee

This week’s song for a change actually have a positive story to it. This is a good example of how sometimes the small struggles in life can be a good source of inspiration. As well as how the artist and music consumer relationship should be a two way street.

I got back from my holidays at the end of September. I’ve had a great time, but as often is the case, especially as an independent artist, the bills and rent had me short on cash. I was in a shop and realised I had to buy a different brand of coffee to my usual preference. Now before anybody gets on a “high horse” about posh coffee, lets just say my everyday coffee bean choice is very reasonably priced, well known and respected brand, which I will not name 😉 Sure, I was broke until my next paid job, but that’s the nature of the game. If you are not willing to be broke form time to time, you should not enter the music industry in the first place!

So I did what is the only sensible thing to do, I laughed. Now imagine me standing in the ail of a shop holding a cheap supermarket brand of coffee in one of my hands, shopping basket in the other and laughing (loudly) my head off. So when I got home I tweeted the the following line: “Being broke and running out of is not a good combination :-D” In a matter of minutes, a twitter friend of mine Mike form Colorado replied with: “What, there’s no country and western song about that already!”

That was it, that was all I needed. I dropped everything I was doing at that moment, picked up the guitar and wrote this weeks song “Broke And Out Of Coffee.” The song it self looks at how sometimes we make these small problems in life into bigger problems, while we are well able to keep some of the bigger problems in perspective.

So keep your eyes and ears open, you never know where the inspiration is hiding. So I was broke for few days (and had to endure some not so great coffee,) but I got a song out of it. That song will have life of its own and will last (hopefully) much longer than my misery 😉 And all it took was the ability to laugh at your own situation, willingness to share it and someone with outside perspective to point out the obvious. Thanks Mike!

If you like the song, you can download a copy of it from my Bandcamp page right now HERE. As always, you can choose to name or your own price, or download it completely free by setting the price to $0.00. Either way, the most important thing for me is that you enjoy the song 🙂

Thanks for listening and please share this post. As always, I have not budget for fancy PR, so you guys spreading the word is extremely important to me. You guys rock!

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

“Northern Boy” live at the rehearsals

It is a great feeling when after weeks of rehearsing you start to hear the set come together. This week we all could hear the sounds we had been working towards for months now and we had the video camera rolling, so we decided to make the most of it. This is the first video of a quite few we filmed during the week, and I’ll be posting these as I get them edited.

Northern Boy is a track from my first solo album and you can read more about the track it self HERE. It’s been a favourite of ours for a long time, and still puts me on a good mood when I sing it 🙂 This video really is starting to give you an idea what the live shows will sound like. So let us know what you think of it in the comments below, and feel free to share it with the world.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Who am I to You?

who am i to you single coverWe flow from day-to-day, more out of convenience than anything else. We are used to each other’s company, and even though what we had in the beginning is very different from what we have now, it still seems easier to just keep going. We so desperately try to please everyone else, just to be accepted. But if the only person who actually accepts us unconditionally is right beside us, why do we take them for granted? Because they are not enough? We need to please everyone, and the fact that the person next to us actually asks for some attention back just gets on the way of searching ways to please others. So we end up pushing them away.

And if we push them away, they become that inconsiderate piece of crap who broke our heart! Even though it might just have been us who kept chipping away their heart one small piece at the time. But to admit that would mean we would need to take a good deep look at our selves in the mirror, and maybe, just maybe face the fact that we are to blame…

It is never easy to face your demons from the past, but if we don’t we just end up wrecking our own life’s again and again, and in a worse case drag along with us. You need to learn to love your self to allow other to love you. Sometimes this can be harder to do than it sounds. Sometimes we have so deep-rooted baggage, that our self-defence mechanism hurried deep down somewhere we would not need to deal with it, and if we try to get close to it, every alarm bell in our body goes off. But for the sake of our loved ones, our happiness and the love it self, we need to do this.

This is what this week’s song “Who am I to You?” is all about. I hope it is a little bit of food for thought for all of us. Don’t take your loved ones for granted.

The change over from Soundcloud to Bandcamp seem to have gone much more smoothly than I expected 🙂 Many of you opted to download the song and some of you actually decided to even support the song by paying for it 🙂 You have no idea how much this means to me and I humbly thank you for this. So for now we are sticking with Bandcamp 🙂 And again you can download the song straight away. And whether you desire to pay for it, or can’t afford to, I still want you to have the song 🙂 Go to HERE and set a price for as much or as little as you want, or $0.00 if you can’t afford to pay. Thanks and let me know what you think of the song 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Let Me

fashionThis one is one of those songs few years back I would not have written. It just shows how writing a lot of songs can help you break out from those mental limitations we set for our selves. It is a subject that gets my blood boiling for several different reasons.

There are few things in this world of ours that have got out of hand. One of them is the world of fashion and how they portray body image. The other one is the food industry. Both of these have been allowed to feed us blatant lies for decades. Now we have children who are depressed because they are first of all overweight and looking at pictures in fashion magazines and all over the media, comparing them selves to the models. We are brought up to a society where our children have distorted body image.

It is so easy to blame the “modern society” and how the modern technology is keeping our children less active, but so is our jobs most of us adults do these days. I have had (maybe little bit strange) interest in nutrition for many years now. I might not be an expert, but one thing I know, being healthy starts from the nutrition. People are slowly starting to learn, that in the hopes of producing low-fat food products, we have been fed with sugar loaded products, that are slowly making all of us sick.

Everything in moderation they say, but most of us don’t know how much sugar our diet these days contain. I am not going to tell you what to eat and what not to eat. But I am asking you to educate your self with some resent information, not research funded by the multibillion dollar food companies (yes they have done that and have been getting away with it).

And I can’t change how fashion companies sell us distorted body image, but I can say this and I know I am not alone as a man to say this, most of us see the women in our life the real beauty as they are, not the image portrayed by the flashy magazines. You should never try to loose weight just to fit in to some stereotype designed by the fashion industry and media. The only good reason for weight loss is your own health and well being. It is all about small lifestyle changes, not on quick fixes. And for the love of anything good in this world, do not feed the scammers in the weight lost industry…

So that’s what this weeks song “Let Me” is all about, and that is the end of my rant 😀 But if you agree with me  and think we should talk more about the subject, do me a favour and share this post. Even if we get one person to open up their eyes, we have made a difference.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

The Edge of the time

The Edge of timeI know you probably are starting to worry about my mental health, “not another dark song!” But here’s the thing, I like digging deep in to those dark moments in life, where we are forced to rethink our life. To rethink our life is something most of us should do, but we are too busy… So unfortunately it usually takes a real shock to the system to teach us the value of the time we have been gifted on this planet.

Today’s song “The Edge of Time” is a conversation between a mother, who knows her time has nearly come to an end, and her son. The inspiration for this song came from many stories of people’s thoughts, who were at the end of their roads. We seem to value wealth and hard work when we are younger, but the common regret usually at the end seems to be just the opposite, most people wish they had worked less and spent more time with their loved ones.

The regular readers of my blog know I am a big advocate of life and making the best of it. I know from time to time it gets tough and it can be hard to appreciate the great things we have, I know, it happens to me all the time. But what I am trying to et through is that too often we have excuses of why we can’t do this or that. But if we really break it down, those excuses are actually very easy to overcome. In fact there are very few truly debilitating things n our life, death being one of them. The only way we can beat death, is by making the best of the time we have left.

So yeah, once again not the lightest of songs 😀 But hey, I need to stay true to who I am as an artist 😉 If you happen to like the song, please share it far and wide by hitting those buttons below. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on the song as well.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Flame

flameSometimes we get so wrapped up in building the “perfect life”, that we forget to take care of our relationships. This is a slippery slope, and once the damage is done, it can be hard to repair. I think many of us make the mistake of being so blindsided with our own dreams and desires, which by the way often are forced on us by the society, that we forget to ask if our partners have the same dreams. I think having similar ambitions and desires in life can be a key element in a successful relationship.

Too often I see one partner pushing for things in life they want, and the other just following. Ten years down the line, the partner who just followed their partners dreams find them self in a middle of a life the don’t feel in any way connected to. They might even lose interest working towards those dreams, as they are not really their dreams. This again can create more friction, where the partner whose dreams they are going after feels like the other half is not doing their part, all awhile forgetting to ask what it is they really want.

And here’s the thing, that art of asking is so important. We all say yes to things we really don’t want to every day. So sometimes you do need to read between the lines, try to truly understand what your partner wants. We get in to habits of behaving certain way in a relationship. And in time that behaviour might drift away from who we really are, but our partner asking us “why are you being like that” might just push us back to the same behavioural pattern, as we don’t want to hurt or upset them. But in reality, sometimes by pretending to be something we are not, we just end up hurting them more in the long run.

The “dating game” can be bit messed up, everybody tries too hard. We try to please another person, rather than being honestly who we are, and let them decide if that is what they want. And I think that goes for any relationship, not just romantic ones. I rather see you in all of your fuckedupness than some fake put on persona that is going to burst down the line. The sooner we get past the pretending, the sooner we can start building real relationships.

This weeks song “Flame” talks about someone who has ignored their partners needs over their own for years and now are left wondering what went wrong. Keep that “Flame” burning, once it is gone people tend to just move on…

If this weeks song hits home, please share it with the world. As you know I don’t have any record company financing my music or rambles, so you guys are my promoters 🙂

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

I Wanna Grow Old

pitchfork

When the western world plummeted in to recession in 2008, we all knew there were grim times ahead of us. Now we are told that things are getting better, but still people are getting evicted from their homes every day. I lived through some similar times on a more local scale. In the early nineties Finland went through the worst recession of the country’s history. I watched my father’s over extended business collapse, and his world crumble right in front of his eyes. I opened the door to more dept collectors than anybody should have in their teenage years.

Obviously it was not fun, but at the same time it has given me what I think is much more healthy relationship with money. Yeah, it can provide a certain amount of security, but it is not the key to happiness. Never have I seen wealth bring longterm fulfilment. I much rather concentrate in doing something good, than try to make “the big bucks”. Also in the wrong hands it can turn people in to greedy and twisted individuals. But even more so in our society, in large amounts it will create inequality.

And it is this inequality that is getting out of hand at the moment. We have heard it in the news, the rich are getting richer and the poor are worse off. This is not the first time this has happened in the history, in fact it seems the history has a funny way of repeating it self. Since the beginning of what we know as a society existed, every time the inequality has got out of hand, it has ended up badly.

Also my grandparents were born in to a world that was in a middle of a war. This was not a war that was played on our TV screens, this was a war that made millions of mothers bury their own sons, who were killed on a battle field. It crumbled countries, and farmers are still finding mines on their fields after all these years.

Is this really something we want to live through again in our or our children’s lifetime? Can we not learn anything from the past? I don’t have the answers or solutions, but I know by pretending like it is not happening again, we are only making things worse. And admitting we have a problem might just be the first step in doing something about it. So this weeks song, is my way to acknowledge the situation and maybe, just maybe make few of you to think what we can do.

So there you go. This took me much longer to write than I expected 😀 As to the musical side of things, I’d like to remind you that these versions of the songs will be acoustic, and for the album I will have bit more elaborate arrangements.

Anyway, as always if this weeks song hits home, please share it with the world. We might not be the solution, but we can be the little ripple that starts the wave.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

The Blood Red Mountain Band single launch

The Blood Red Mountain Band

The Blood Red Mountain Band

It was a sunny Thursday evening in Dublin town. I was just back from Poland the day before. I found a quiet corner at the back of the Kehoe’s Pub and treated my self to a nice pint of Guinness, my first one since my return 🙂 I was waiting on my friend who was stuck in a delayed train. And had few minutes to my self to write another blog post. It’s hard not to like sunny Dublin.

We were on our way to the Sugar Club, where The Blood Red Mountain Band were releasing their new single “All the Times”. I have little bit mixed thoughts about the Sugar Club as a venue. It is an old cinema, and has definite charm about it. The venue is fully seated, except the bar area. The sound system is little bit out dated and there was definitely some sound issues during the support acts. A night built around country and singer-songwriter acts you need clear vocals. But that’s just me being picky 😉

Andy Earley

Andy Earley

There were two support acts on the night, Andy Earley and the Dublin City Rounders. Andy has some great songs, and a “true Dublin deliver”. The Dublin City Rounders are a lively country duo of Guitar and double bass. Their energy is infectious.

The Blood Red Mountain Band was out in force. They are five piece band with two guest musicians on the night. Even though I know some of the members of the band personally, I am still surprisingly clueless on the details of the band. The Blood Red Mountain Band are: Mark Flynn- guitar, vocals; Joeby Browne- Bass, uke and vocals; Alison Byrne- vocals; Dave Keegan- Drums; and Sarah May Rogers- Fiddle and vocals.

The Dublin City Rounders

The Dublin City Rounders

To my understanding Mark is the main songwriter in the band. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of their new album that I believe is scheduled for September. So I was fully aware they have some well crafted songs in their repertoire. And what they are exceptionally good at are the harmonies. Four of the band members were singing all through out the night, and the harmonies were well-arranged and tight.

The Blood Red Mountain Band came well prepared and deliver very enjoyable night of music. And what topped the night was the fact that their new single reached the number one on the Irish iTunes country charts. Well deserved achievement, and I’m sure sign of things to come.

Check out their new single HERE

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Outside the Box

CansurvivingA while back I was requested to write a song for a website that supports people who choose an alternative path in cancer treatment. The www.cansurviving.com site explores healing across the spectrum of mind, body and spirit, including music (!) after people have suffered the trauma of cancer diagnosis – and it’s about a healthy life anyway, for all, cansurvivors or not… they are a growing thriving group, aiming to write their own scripts rather than having them written for them.

This is something I feel quite strongly about. I believe too often the western medicine concentrates on treating patients by the pharmaceutical catalogue and forget the power of our own body and especially what we feed it with, ie. nutrition.

For my research for the song “Outside the Box” I spent an afternoon reading people’s stories on the website, not a light read by any means. What really got me was how often the patient felt like just another case in a file. The lucky ones eventually came across some expert along the way, who looked at them as human beings, and in a way restored some of their dignity that was ripped away by this horrendous decease, and the system that failed to treat them.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not here to tell you to not listen to the doctors. But what a website like cansurviving.com can do is give you the information the doctors dismissed or overlooked. And I for one am very proud to be part of their journey 🙂 Let me just say a big thank you to Rose, Judith and Lorraine for taking the leap of faith with me and letting me write this song.

You can find out more about Cansurviving on their website: www.cansurviving.com

And you can find them on Twitter @ju_cansurviving

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE