I Can't Stand Still

Jacen Bruce

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I Can’t Stand Still is dedicated to the memory of my hero Elvis Presley. Elvis passed away on my 11th birthday, the 16th of August 1977; he has had a profound impact on my life. When I was five years old I was given my parents’ record player and their Elvis records, I couldn’t stop playing the King Creole album and a few years later discovered The Sun Sessions. This was the start my love of Elvis’ music and his work has had a major influence on my own songwriting.

R.I.P. Elvis Presley. January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977.

I Can’t Stand Still. There were two interviews in the 50s where Elvis Presley talks about rock ‘n’ roll and how he can’t stand still and I’ve used these quotes in the song, meaning that the lyrics are, in effect, written by Elvis. His sentiment and the words were perfect for a brand new rock ‘n’ roll song and so I wrote the music to accompany them.

The lyrics for I Can’t Stand Still are taken from following interviews:

The Truth About Me: August 29, 1956. Hollywood, California.

Elvis Sails: September 22, 1958. Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Many thanks to all the musicians involved. It has been a great privilege to work with you all.

If it Hadn’t Been for Love, Jumping from 6 to 6 and Mother of Lies were recorded live at Blue Barn Studios on November 5, 2016 by Chris Taylor with the Memphis Underground band: Craig Fillbrook lead guitar, Donny Brown double bass, Rob Watson drums and David Hartley on pedal steel. Many thanks to you all for an excellent job with your playing and co-producing of the tracks.

To Bernie Keith, thank you for your continued support and for playing my music on your BBC Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven radio show.

Rich Young, this is the fifth album you’ve worked on with me. As always, an amazing job throughout, many thanks mate, very much appreciated.

Jacen Bruce: Vocals on all tracks. Backing vocals 2,6,7,11. Acoustic guitar on all tracks. John Stannard: Lead guitar 3,12. Craig Fillbrook: Lead guitar 1,2,5,6,7,9,10. Tim Slater: Lead guitar 4,8,11. David Hartley: Pedal steel 5,9,10. Len Black: Drums/percussion 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,11,12. Kurt Replais: Double bass 2,4,6,7,11. Adam Miles: Double bass 3,12. Bill Martin: Double bass 1. Donny Brown: Double bass 5,9,10. Rich Young: Piano 7. Mouth organ 4,11. Lana Bruce: Backing vocals 6. Romy Gensale: Vocals 11. Swervy World: Saxophone 1,11.

Tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,11,12. Recorded at Sunningdale Lodge and Phaff Studios. Produced and arranged by Jacen Bruce and Rich Young. Mixed and mastered by Rich Young. Tracks 5,9,10. Recorded at Blue Barn Studios by Chris Taylor. Produced and arranged by Jacen Bruce, Craig Fillbrook, Rob Watson, David Hartley and Rob Watson. Cover artwork by Vince Ray. Album artwork and design by Steve Gilmour.

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