I just got the most wonderful Christmas present... a song written about me! David Kuhn sent me the following letter that included lyrics to his song "The Shane Speal Blues (a.k.a. One Step Deeper)" He based all the lyrics from Chapter 1 of my book, Making Poor Man's Guitars in which I describe my quest for the deepest blues known to man.
Heartfelt thanks, David. Yes, I will do my best to put this to music and possibly on album someday.
I wanted to build a cigar box guitar for a friend of mine who plays guitar. I picked up your book as a reference. Invaluable! (I’m a novice at best at guitar).
Anyway, I read the Chapter One and wondered if you’ve ever written a song about how you got started. Please accept this as my gift for your help on my project (not perfect, but my friend loved it!).
Do with it what you will. Create a song or use it to start a fire.
The Shane Speal Blues (a.k.a. One Step Deeper)
By David Kuhn as a gift to Mr. Speal
Up on stage —
Cigar box guitar in hand
Going to take you on a trip
To where is all began
It was Jimi’s “Red House”
That first touched my soul
I knew that the blues
Was the only one way to go
A quest for deeper music
A deeper understanding — reaping what I sow
Yeah, it’s wonderfully dangerous
When the blues fill your soul
I was on a quest — to take it one step deeper
I was on a quest — to take it one step deeper, baby
A quest to Muddy Waters And braggadocio hollers
To Hound Dog Taylor and Howling Wolf
A quest to find the source of this seductive muse
A quest so deep I fell into the Delta Blues
Blind Willie Johnson’s hellfire and damnation
Crying’ Sam Collins sorrowful all the while
Mississippi John Hurt’s murder ballads
Sung with a devilish smile
I was on a quest to take it one step deeper
To a time of cigar box fiddles and guitars
One step deeper to the headwaters
The essence of who we are
One step deeper, baby
That’s how I got here today
Now, this song is starting to drag
Time to play