Thie weekend's performance(s): 6/18/2021 - Cottonwood & Shipwreck Bar @ Yankton SD 6/19/2021 - Primgar IA /w guest opener Cody Henson Hullinger 6/20/2021 The Green @ Wynot NE

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Behind the Songs: Confessions 

The final installment of our series, "Behind the Songs: Church or a Bar", is the 6th and final cut on the EP - a song titled Confessions. This song was written with Dane Louis and local musician Bruce Veneziani in the famed Red Room.

"This was a pretty quick write for us. I don't recall how it came about, but I had this lyric 'A church or a Bar, it's the same to some people' banging around in my head. And I sat down with those guys and we just started throwing ideas back and forth to each and with in 10 minutes we had written a song about how people view bartenders as their personal confidant.

I had a guy like Mac Dolan in mind, a local bar owner in Sioux City. He's a very likable guy, who has been behind a bar serving up drinks and advice alike for what seems like forever. So people have grown to like or trust him in a tell-all way. 

Bruce being such a multi-instrumental kind of guy is the reason we have mandolin on the track. It gives it such a cool feel in my opinion. And Stevee nailed the intro of the song, just all around my favorite cut on the EP."

- Team BG&BBs

 

Confessions (B.Grillet/ B.Veneziani/D.Louis) 3:14

Church or a Bar it's the same to some people • Them old neon lights shine like a steeple • Well I pray for forgiveness from a Sin • Before I ask the bartender to fill me up again • And I'm down on my knees asking won't you forgive these confessions • Confessing your Sins to a man of the cloth • As he pours your wine • If you wanna pray you've gotta pay for God's time • And I know it's the end of the line • Well I raise my Hell on Saturday • And I'll be damned on Sunday • And I'll pray for redeeming Grace • But that won't be the last time I swear I'm gonna change my ways • Confessing your Sins to a man of the cloth • As he pours your wine • If you wanna pray you've gotta pay for God's time • And if you wanna pray you've gotta pay for God's time • And I know it's the end of the line • Confessing your Sins to a man of the cloth • As he pours your wine • And if you want to pray you've gotta pay for God's time • And I know it's the end of the line • Church or a Bar • 

Behind the Songs: Confessions 

The final installment of our series, "Behind the Songs: Church or a Bar", is the 6th and final cut on the EP - a song titled Confessions. This song was written with Dane Louis and local musician Bruce Veneziani in the famed Red Room.

"This was a pretty quick write for us. I don't recall how it came about, but I had this lyric 'A church or a Bar, it's the same to some people' banging around in my head. And I sat down with those guys and we just started throwing ideas back and forth to each and with in 10 minutes we had written a song about how people view bartenders as their personal confidant.

I had a guy like Mac Dolan in mind, a local bar owner in Sioux City. He's a very likable guy, who has been behind a bar serving up drinks and advice alike for what seems like forever. So people have grown to like or trust him in a tell-all way. 

Bruce being such a multi-instrumental kind of guy is the reason we have mandolin on the track. It gives it such a cool feel in my opinion. And Stevee nailed the intro of the song, just all around my favorite cut on the EP."

- Team BG&BBs

 

Confessions (B.Grillet/ B.Veneziani/D.Louis) 3:14

Church or a Bar it's the same to some people • Them old neon lights shine like a steeple • Well I pray for forgiveness from a Sin • Before I ask the bartender to fill me up again • And I'm down on my knees asking won't you forgive these confessions • Confessing your Sins to a man of the cloth • As he pours your wine • If you wanna pray you've gotta pay for God's time • And I know it's the end of the line • Well I raise my Hell on Saturday • And I'll be damned on Sunday • And I'll pray for redeeming Grace • But that won't be the last time I swear I'm gonna change my ways • Confessing your Sins to a man of the cloth • As he pours your wine • If you wanna pray you've gotta pay for God's time • And if you wanna pray you've gotta pay for God's time • And I know it's the end of the line • Confessing your Sins to a man of the cloth • As he pours your wine • And if you want to pray you've gotta pay for God's time • And I know it's the end of the line • Church or a Bar • 

Behind the Song: (She Always Dreamed Of) California 

Welcome back! Today we are going to dive in to fan favorite and track 5 from 'Church or a Bar', the very heartfelt ballad (She Always Dreamed Of) California. 

"I had gotten home super late from a show and my fiance was already home from work herself and we just sat in bed doing what we do after work, just kinda catching each other up from our night. 

I had the tv controller and was scrolling through our movies and found Point Break. I hit play and we laid back in bed and watched it til we fell asleep. And somewhere around sunrise, I sat up from a dream and reached for the guitar I had sitting next to my side of the bed. 

The story and words just fell out on to the paper. It literally wrote itself in 10 minutes. I've never been apart of anything as easy as this song was. Every word, every line is all 100% true.

Kasia (Ben's fiance) had lived in San Diego near La Jolla Beach and abruptly had to move home for family related issues out of her control. And unfortunately, with the intention that she would be back soon, she didn't get to go back." 

Ben goes on to say that "When the day comes that I hang it all up and step away from playing, I think I will feel pretty damn good about what I've done. If I never write another "big" song, I'll be content knowing we have California and I have to thank Kasia for that. For the story. 

Now if only I could get a guy like Kenny Chesney or Jason Aldean to cut it - THAT would be huge! Haha" 

- Team BG&BBs

 

(She Always Dreamed Of) California (B.Grillet) 4:46

Up in the morning at the break of dawn • The animals are fed and the coffees on • She's staring out the window at our snow covered lawn • And she longs for the place filled with sand and sun • The west coast never seemed so far away • But 10 years later it gets farther every day • She always said she'd go back some day • Oh now in her heart she wishes she stayed • She always dreamed of California • San Diego sand between her toes • She went out west looking for something • Oh and why she left nobody knows • Nobody really knows • She lays awake at night and dreams about the surf • When she closes her eyes she watches waves crash the Earth • La Jolla Beach is so very far away • Now in her heart she's wishing she stayed • She always dreamed of California • San Diego sand between her toes • She went out west looking for something • Oh and why she left nobody knows • Nobody really knows • Now someday soon she'll be on the pier again • A different person, a different life with different friends • She'll take me to places she'd always go • But in her heart I'll know • She always dreamed of California • San Diego sand between her toes • She went out west looking for something • And why she left nobody knows • Oh why she left nobody really knows • She always dreamed of California • San Diego sand between her toes • 

 

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Newsom nuptials 6/12/2021 

Thank you to the brand new power couple, Mr and  Mrs Cody & Kirsten Newsom! An amazing time with amazing people was celebrated over the weekend! Such a treat!

Thank you for inviting us to be apart of your landmark occasion. We wish y'all nothing but love, health and happiness over y'all lifetime. Such an honor to be apart of it! 

 

- Team BG & BBs

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 •

 

Behind the song : Broken Crayons 

Track 3 Broken Crayons

"Broken Crayons has such a cool 90s like - Brooks & Dunn or George Strait feel to me. It's something I could see people in honky tonks and dance halls two-stepping along to. 

I wrote it after a conversation with someone whose girlfriend had broken up with him and had quickly started seeing a new person - only to have the guy break up with her and find herself back at my friend's door." 

Ben goes on to joke that "It makes shows a little more fun when I see them, and tell the story of how this song came to life. So I guess there is some art in sadness. Haha!" 

"I wrote this with Tucker (Long) & Eran (Ellerbeck) who have this awesome double solo thing they lay down - Tucker on guitar and Eran playing his mandolin. It has such a cool feel to it, it's quickly become a song people ask for  all the time. Super proud of it and the way it came out."

- Team BG&BBs

 

Broken Crayons (B. Grillet/ E. Ellerbeck/T.Long) 3:08

So your hearts been broken • That's why you're standing here tonight • You never saw the leaving coming • And you want my advice • Well ain't that some karma • It's funny how life worked out • I was standing where you are • My heart inside a jar • You shattered on the ground • Broken Crayons still color • Royal Blue is still Blue • I wasn't lonely from you leaving • I was alone when I found you • You stole the wind from my sails • So now I paddle like Hell • But this ain't the end of the line • You'll find piece of mind • One day at a time • So now I've got to admit • I kinda like that side of you • Tears filling your eyes • You're wondering what you should do • So take it from me • I've been where you seem to be • And it won't take you long • To find love strong • You'll never be alone • Flat tires roll albeit awful slow • You'll get there in time with piece of mind • But there's one thing that you should know • It's Broken Crayons still color • And Royal Blue is still Blue • I wasn't lonely from you leaving • I was alone when I found you • You stole the wind from my sail • So now I paddle like Hell • But this ain't the end of the line • You'll find piece of mind • One day at a time • It ain't the end of the line • You'll find piece of mind • One day at a time •

 

Big Hair Brewhaus / Hartington NE 

Had a great time performing for the great folks of Hartington Nebraska's newest hot spot, Big Hair Brewhaus! This place is awesome on all fronts - venue, staff & patrons! Thank you all for hanging out and making us feel so welcomed! We will see ya soon! 

Here is a fan video sent to us by Sue Becker playing our favorite acoustic cover, the always amazing Jamey Johnson's 2008 SMASH traditional country hit, IN COLOR. 

ENJOY! 

- Team BG& BBs

 

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Behind the song: It'll Be Alright 

Track 2 off of 2021's  "Church or a Bar" release is the 90's rock influenced, 'It'll Be Alright'. This has been a song hanging around Ben's notebook for over 10 years. Having written the open guitar line and not having much direction for the song itself, Ben says he put the song away for "quite a long time". 

"Almost 10 years ago, I had tried to write it with a couple other songwriters and of the attempts nothing really stuck." Ben goes on to explain, "I wrote the song lyrically from a voyeuristic perspective. It's about this man and woman who live in an area close to one another - probably neighbors, and it's tells the story of a guy who watches this woman deal with her husband sneaking out and running around on her and her can see how she "deals" with it nightly. 

"The story progresses into this guy becoming 'the new routine' in her life, with the woman ultimately leaving her husband. Once I got the story figured out, Eran (Ellerbeck) and I spent an evening working the music and chord structure out. This has such a cool feel to it and brings elements of 80s/90s power pop/arena ballads with this big key change in the last chorus. It's just a damn fun song." 

- Team BG&BBs

 

It'll Be Alright (B.Grillet/E.Ellerbeck) 5:14

Night after Night, I see you in your bedroom light • Waiting on him to come home and tell another lie • This ain't a new thing it's a routine in your life • But you let him run (away) • And you let him run (to stay) • And you let him run • I keep telling you it'll be alright • Morning, noon and night I'll be by your side • I keep telling you it'll be alright • Night after night, you watch me in that pale moon light • Waiting for me to come in and make it right • It's a new thing, I'm the  routine now in your life • When you let him run (away) • And you let him run (to stay) • And you let him run • I keep telling you it'll be alright • Morning, noon and night I'll be by your side • I keep telling you it'll be alright • You keep telling me it it'll be alright • Morning, noon and night forever by your side • You keep telling me it'll be alright • It'll be alright •

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Behind the song: 43 Days   

There is a long running joke that has been told during the introduction of this song at performances, and it goes, "Here's a song I wrote about going to jail, while being in jail." 

'43 Days' the opening track to our EP- Church or a Bar, is a throw back to the sounds of 80s country band, Alabama. With stellar harmonies, thundering drums and soaring guitars. 

The chorus belts "43 Days in this lock down. And when I get out, I'm gonna paint the town. Find me a juke joint and burn it down to the ground. Believe me when I say, you're never gonna see me down, ain't never gonna see me down." 

'43 Days' paints a movie in your mind of a guy who makes some bad decisions one night while out to a liquor store for a "6er of cans, when a pretty girl with a loaded gun, said to give me everything my friend - give me EVERYTHING my friend". 

- Team BG&BBs

 

43 Days (B. Grillet) 4:36

43 Days in this lock down • When I get out I'm gonna paint the town • Find me a juke joint and burn it down to the ground • Believe me when I say you're never see me down • You're never gonna see me down • Now let me tell you how it began • I was just a good timing man • So I stopped down to the liquor store for a sixer of cans • When a pretty girl with a loaded gun said give me everything my friend • Give me everything my friend • 43 Days in the lock down • When I get out I'm gonna paint the town • Find me a juke joint and burn it down to the ground • Believe me when I say you're never gonna see me down • You're never gonna see me down • Now this is where the fun kicked in • Shacked up at a Holiday Inn • Sheriff came crashing in with a warrant in hand • He said there's only one way it's gonna go • You'd better come with me my friend • You better come with me my friend • 43 Days in this lock down • When I get out I'm gonna paint the town • When I get out I'm gonna paint the town • Find me a juke joint and burn it down to the ground • Believe me when I say you're never gonna see me down • Believe me when I say you're never gonna see me down • You ain't never gonna catch me down •

 

Check out Church or a Bar by Ben Grillet & the Black Bloods on Amazon Music 
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Summer 2021 is HERE!   

We made it! Summer is officially here and in full swing! After a brutal 2020, we can't express how excited & thankful we are to finally be back to doing what we love to do and are booking like crazy. 

What an eventful year we have already seen! We released our debut EP, 'Church or a Bar' on all media platforms and y'all have been so amazing with streams and purchases! Our latest single, Confessions has exceeded our hopes & expectations - and it's all because of you! And for that we want to express a very heartfelt THANK YOU. 

The shows are coming back in a huge fashion and it's great to see our favorite venues opening back up for concerts. We are excited to say that we will be busy busy busy this year! Looking forward to getting back in to Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma this month - as well as a mini tour to Arizona, California and possibly New Mexico this fall! 

Make sure to check out our Facebook page for the most recent updates for shows! Much, much love to y'all! Buckle up, this summer is gonna be wild!

Cheers, 

- Team BG&BBs

BIO

Ben Grillet and the Black Bloods are a five piece, high energy, Rock/Country band out of Sioux City Iowa. Formed in 2014 under another name, the band is Frontman/Lead Vocalist Ben Grillet, Guitarists Tucker Long and Eran Ellerbeck, Bassist Eric Meek, and Drummer Stevee Cee. 

Outlaw Red Dirt Country mixed with a Hard Rock attitude! Powerful vocal melodies and driving, aggressive country sound keep audiences captivated from start to finish!

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