- Bryon Harris
Billy Ray Deiz - 'Workin' "
"A Woody Guthrie for the 21st Century"
BWH Music Group’s Keepin' It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists, contains an eclectic mix of 17 songs by today's best independent Country artists and songwriters. With great storytelling and heart-felt performances at the core of each song, the album spans traditional and contemporary Country music. Off the compilation, Billy Ray Deiz' song "Workin" is a song for our times. A deep bass, drums and strumming acoustic guitar set the stage for Billy Ray Deiz’ song “Workin’. The social justice song sings the battle cry for working men and women with a strong folk-rock flavor recalling the great protests songs and freedom writers of the 60’s. Billy Ray commences the first verse with “On the road again, my American dream is fadin.' His voice is larger than life, warm and inviting. He sings with great passion and expression giving the song tremendous vibrancy.
Musically the song is highly melodic. The catchy chorus has a great hook that folks can join in and sing along. “Cause I'm workin', morning, noon and night Workin' trying to make it right Workin' for my company Workin' so my kids can eat.” Tasteful guitar leads pick up the melodic lines and soar with emotion.
With lyrics that too many can fully relate to, “Workin" covers today’s troubled balance of power and wealth through the story of an American truck driver who is missing his kids grow up and working overtime just so his family can eat. Billy's lyrics paint a vivid, heart-moving picture that you won't soon forget. Billy is a great story-teller and, at the heart of his song-writing, the small details stop you in your tracks and make you think. “Missy's braces broke, while my engine smoked, north of Fresno. Sally's holdin' on, while I drive this to L.A.” You can just picture a father driving across country, working as many hours as he can, and wondering how he will pay for his daughter's braces. The song ends with Billy saying, “Dam...missed Christmas again.” The price paid by today's working man/woman is more than material; it is not being able to spend, even one special day a year, with your family. Please take a moment to watch the stirring video of "Workin."
“Workin’” is a song that is long over-due. Billy Rae Deiz has introduced a song into the American social justice songbook that is timeless, heart-felt, and important. “Workin’” has guts, heart and soul and it’s delivered with passion and purpose.
Workin'" is featured on BWH Music Group's "Keepin' It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists." For more information, visit BWH Music Group.
About Billy Ray Deiz
Award-winning, singer-songwriter Billy Ray Deiz has written and published dozens of songs. In 2006, his song "Rather Have Sooner" was chosen as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriter’s Contest. Deiz performed it live at Merlefest in North Carolina where it was awarded #3 ( in the Nation) in its category. In 2008, his Nashville-produced song "Carolina Blue" was chosen as a finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition. In 2013, Blue Pie Records released Anthology of Blues, Vol. 2 featuring “Daddy’s Comin’ Home” by Deiz as the lead single. The Nashville-recorded tune features George Marinelli of the Bonnie Raitt Band on lead guitar with a vocal by Deiz and backing vocals by Britt Savage. His prolific music career started in the summer of 1965 with the soul band that Deiz helped form in his basement, The Harlequins. Their guitar player, Bob Welch, would later find fame with Fleetwood Mac. The band was signed by music publisher Larry Shayne who promptly named the band The Seven Souls. It became one of the preeminent soul bands in Los Angeles in the 60's and 70's. Also in the 1970s, Deiz sang a duet with Neil Sedaka as part of a TV feature Deiz produced on the music industry for KCBS TV News. Shayne guided the band to a record contract with Loma Records, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers. A song that Deiz co-wrote with sax player Henry Moore, “I Still Love You” has become a Northern soul classic in the UK. Deiz also appears with Bob Dylan singing background on the Leonard Cohen album, Death of a Ladies Man, produced by the legendary Phil Spector, who credits the performance in the liner notes.
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