Behind the Song: Shakin' Hands With The Devil

Welcome to the 4th installment of our 'Behind the Song' series. Today we highlight the 1st solo track of Ben's to have been played on County radio (Brown Bottle from his Red Dirty Turkeys days was his 1st official  radio cut). 

"I wrote this song with Dane (Louis) and Eric Tompkins in the Red Room at my house. It was the easiest, most organic of songs I've ever been apart of. 

The boys were already tuned up in the back, and I had run in to the main house to grab something and when I hit the door, I looked at Dane and Eric and said to stop whatever it was they were doing and to just start writing "this" down. " says Ben.

It turned out that after that 15 minutes of catching lighting in a bottle, 'Devil' was born. A little known fact is that there are actually two different recorded cuts of Devil. The 1st, was recorded at TWO BIRD DOGS Studio with Steve Bankey behind the console. 

"The original track is very...southern rock. It gives off a very Allman Brothers feel to it. I love how it turned out. That recording was what initially was released to country radio." After having formed 'The Black Bloods', the debut single was re-recorded and has since become a crowd favorite. 

Thanks, enjoy! 

- Team BG&BBs

 

"Shakin' Hands With The Devil" (B. Grillet/D. Louis/ E.Tompkins) 4:23

Was it late at night walking down a dirt road • All by yourself trying to get back home • Was standing in the moonlight with a deal in his hand • He said now "Put pen to paper and you'll be in man" • Cause you better run you better take cover • You better find shelter in the arms of your mother • You signed it in blood now your fate is sealed • But when you shake hands the Devil can't change the deal • Was it a good idea throwing stones in your glass house • Don't you know? I see your yard from here • It's the wrong tree if you're barking at me • You just mind your own yard don't worry 'bout me • Cause you better run you better take cover • You better find shelter in the arms of your mother • Signed it in blood so now your fate is sealed • When you shake hands with the Devil you can't change the deal • When you shake hands with the Devil you can't change the deal • Now if I found out you're still running your mouth • I might have to knock your loud ass out • These words here they ain't no idle threat • If you look at me wrong again you gonna wind up dead • Cause you better run you better take cover • You better find shelter in the arms of your mother • Signed it in blood now your fate is sealed • When you shake hands with the Devil you can't change the deal • You better run you better take cover • You better find shelter in the arms of your mother • We signed it in blood now your fate is sealed • When you shake hands with the Devil you can't change the deal • When you shake hands with the Devil you can't change the deal • Now that you've shook hands with this Devil you can't change the deal • You can't change the deal •