"Killing the Blues" is an old song, dating back to 1977. It was written by Rowland Salley, who is the bassist for Chris Isaak's band. He's been with Chris since 1985.
I've only heard this song done by the beautiful Julie Wolf. Julie is an accomplished musician who has toured with Ani Difranco, Erin McKeown, Melissa Ferrick and countless others. In 1997 she released her debut solo album Walk the Worn Out Floor. "Killing the Blues" is on this album.
I believe this album is long out of print and I've only been able to track down a couple of songs from it. I've had these songs for a few years now, but they only recently have grabbed my attention.
I think "Killing the Blues" has come into my life at just the right moment. With a chorus that goes: "Somebody said they saw me/Swinging the world by the tail/Bouncing over a white cloud/Killing the blues" it couldn't better suit my life than right now. I really feel things are changing for me. I feel happier than I have in a long time. I feel confident. I feel like everything is coming together.
Of course, my superstitious nature is telling me to shut up or I will jinx it. Maybe one of my resolutions for 2010 should be to throw my superstitions out the window?
Either way, it's a beautiful song and when Julie Wolf sings it, it makes my heart ache. I've read that John Prine and Allison Krauss have also covered it. I will have to check those out.