Up Against It

by Woody Russell

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Make It Tough On Me Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell (10/07) © 2007, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP ______________________________________________________ I’ve got two strong arms A good bit of muscle in my back I’m quick on my feet My mind is sharp as a tack So go ahead and make it tough on me to win your love Make it tough on me to prove what I’m made of Make it tough on me Go ahead and make it tough on me I’m a full grown man I know how to stand my ground But, just for you, honey It might be fun to let you push me around So go ahead and make it tough on me to win your love Make it tough on me to prove what I’m made of Make it tough on me Go ahead and make it tough on me I have already been somebody’s stepping stone I’m not afraid of going it alone My friends say, “Man, she’ll just tear you up”, but my heart has a mind of its own So make it tough on me Go ahead and make it tough on me
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That’s Just The Way My Wheels Roll Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell (10 /07) © 2007, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP ______________________________________________________ I hate to see it, to see you go, baby But you’ve got to leave for the things you’ve done You run that old game on me, honey And I once was a sucker for the game you run Now I’m busting to make ends meet You’re out playing with some other heart and soul I changed the locks, took your things to Goodwill ‘cause that’s just the way my wheels roll That’s just the way my wheels roll You throw your arms up and cry foul You should take the next exit and pay the toll It’s the end of the line for us, darling ‘cause that’s just the way my wheels roll That’s just the way my wheels roll
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They Won’t Know What Hit Them Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell (11/09) © 2009, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP ______________________________________________________ Bring ‘round the car, yes we’re ready; we’re ready, ready, ready to roll We’re gonna cross that bridge like some kind of dawn patrol I’ll steal some hearts, you take the souls And we’ll escape in the afterglow They won’t know what hit them The very first move has got to be, has got to be, got to be bold Stay on the prowl, leave the trail; leave your trail cold I’ll grease the wheels, you shovel coal And we’ll escape down the rabbit hole They won’t know what hit them I’ll keep an alibi close at hand You keep the key to the mini-bar We’ve got a solid exit strategy plan Just keep the motor running on the getaway car I’ll steal some hearts, you take the souls And we’ll escape in the afterglow They won’t know what hit them I’ll grease the wheels, you shovel coal And we’ll escape down the rabbit hole They won’t know what hit them
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Under My Door Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell 2008, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP ______________________________________________________ Slip a little salvation Slip a little salvation under my door Slide a big change of heart Slide a big change of heart under my door I’m gonna keep it locked up tight ‘Til the wolves ain’t hanging ‘round anymore Slip a little salvation under Under my door Don’t mind the neighbors They don’t believe that I’m living here anymore Just slip a little good fortune Slip a little good fortune under my door Don’t worry when I don’t answer Those wolves kept me up ‘til quarter past four I appreciate the good things you brought Just slip them under my door Under my door I’m gonna keep it locked up tight ‘Til the wolves ain’t hanging ‘round anymore Slip a little salvation under Under my door
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The Right Side Of The Grass Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell © 2010, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP ______________________________________________________ Sometimes I feel Like moaning and crying Sometimes I feel Like lying down and dying But I know this feeling Is going to pass If you ask me “How you doing, brother?” I’ll tell you I’m alright Still on the right side of the grass I’m alright, still on the upside of the grass I’m alright, still on the right side of the grass Too many times it feels Like nothing comes together Too many mornings greet me With the same old stormy weather If yesterday was just another Half empty glass I’ve got to put my feet back on the street And remind myself, I'm alright Still on the right side of the grass
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Moonshine (For My Wounded Heart) Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell © 2009, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP ______________________________________________________ Oh now, baby, you saw that I was hurting Oh yes, baby, you know life had been unkind Oh now, darlin’, one thing’s for certain Oh yes, baby, your love is like moonshine Your love is moonshine For my wounded heart You hold me together When I feel like coming apart Your love is moonshine For my wounded heart Oh now, baby, should you be moving on Oh my, baby, please don’t leave me behind It’s 24/7, what you got me drunk on Oh baby, your love is like moonshine
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Don’t Bring It Home Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell © 2008, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP ______________________________________________________ Change your address, change your name Nothing here needs to stay the same Change your shirt, change your mind Cover any tracks you leave behind Just don’t bring it home Don’t bring it home, don’t bring it home Don’t bring that stuff to my door, you won’t be welcome ‘round here no more Don’t bring it home Change your hair color, change your email Sell your car, start riding light rail Change from well done to medium rare Reinvent the wheel, see if I care Just don’t bring it home Don’t bring it home, don’t bring it home Don’t bring that stuff to my door, you won’t be welcome ‘round here no more Don’t bring it home
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The Things We Do Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell © 2002, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP I’ve got an old friend He lives on West 64th He thinks he’s a cowboy Sleeps with one eye open out on the porch He says it’s heaven on earth with you living right next door But, he doesn’t have a clue He doesn’t know ‘bout the things that you and I do The things we do He doesn’t know how much I’m in love with you And the things we do So I gave him a call He thought I sounded insane And over a beer at his kitchen table I tried my very best to explain Just as I found the courage who should come knocking but you at the window pane He still doesn’t have a clue He doesn’t know ‘bout the things that you and I do The things we do He doesn’t know how much I’m in love with you And the things we do I know exactly what he sees in you I know he’s hoping that you love him, too I’ve just got to tell him the whole ugly truth ‘Bout those things that you and I Those things we do He doesn’t know how much I’m in love with you And the things we do
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Between Nowhere and Goodbye Lyrics and Music by Woody Russell (9/06) © 2006, Woody Russell, Cats Up The Street Music, ASCAP ______________________________________________________ I don’t expect you to understand The way it moves in me The way it worries my My troubled mind I want to provide for you And I need to follow my heart But there ain’t no map for following a dream On faith I travel blind And at what cost, am I lost somewhere between Nowhere and goodbye Between nowhere and goodbye Between what’s wrong, what’s right What’s enough and what’s it gonna take to make this thing fly Oh Lord, don’t leave me drifting between nowhere and goodbye I do the best I can Some days just trip me up Forgive me when I begin to fall To fall apart And at what cost, am I lost somewhere between

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RHYTHM AND BLUES AND BEYOND FROM THE HEART OF TEXAS (2010)
The critics are weighing in and they agree that Woody Russell’s latest release, “Up Against It” (CUTS Music Group – July, 2010), is an exceptional album; proof positive that he is an artist to watch. A vibrant blues/soul outing, this recording highlights Russell’s musicianship as an “inventive”, “exemplary” guitarist, as well as, a vocalist and songwriter of the highest caliber. He shades a note and pours on the soul with the best of them. “Up Against It” celebrates, aches, rocks and soothes; his most thoroughly potent recording to date. Here’s evidence that modern blues is thriving and in good hands.

What They're Saying:

"Woody Russell has crafted a lovely collection of original blues and soul music… appealing guitar tones; his crisp, inventive lines blend funk and blues with Jeff Beck’s fearlessness.” – Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue(Jan/Feb issue 2011)

"There's a fine legacy of Texas blues and Woody Russell is well up there alongside many of his heroes. His guitar playing on this album is excellent, his hard-edged vocal style is perfectly suited to his self-written songs and the whole thing has the feel of an album that is part of the man and not just a project… sounds like the work of a man whose life revolves around his music and he writes and plays well enough to put him well ahead of most of his peers." - Andy Snipper, Blues Matters (UK) (Feb/Mar 2011)

"Russell’s guitar work is exemplary and his vocals alternate between fiery and soulful… a strong composer with a unique perspective on the blues. If you like your blues with a touch of soul and rock, Up Against It will be a satisfying purchase." - Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

"Kick ##$ blues from Texas!" – Weston Jarrett, Radio Submit

"…an excitingly fresh, diverse and dynamic approach to the blues. Pick up a copy and give it a spin...you'll be glad you did." - The Blues Hound, 90.1 FM KPFT Houston

"...a very good musician, an exceptional singer and let's not forget Woody’s songwriting that seals the deal for this total package artist." - John Vermilyea, The Blues Report

"Pure genius in the form of Texas blues." - Doug Morrisey, Muzik Reviews

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released July 23, 2010

CUTS Music Group 0710-4

Produced by Woody Russell

Featuring:
Jose Ruiz - harmonicas
Doug Marcis - drums

Recorded at Green Shoe Studio - Austin, TX
Mastered by Marc Guenther @ Seattle Disc Mastering - Seattle, WA

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Woody Russell Austin, Texas

Award winning vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, Woody Russell, has released a body of recordings that span from the folk infused fare of his first album, As Simple As That, to the highly praised blues release, Up Against It and pop-jazz shades of Delicious Days. Now, Carry It Up delivers a stunning collection of sophisticated "jazz adjacent" songs, further expanding Russell's superb song-craft. ... more

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