Domestic Blues

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Domestic Blues
Studio album by
GenreCountry / Blues
ProducerSteve Earle & Ray Kennedy
Bap Kennedy chronology
Orchardville (with Energy Orchard)
Domestic Blues
Hillbilly Shakespeare
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
cluas.com8/10 stars[2]

Domestic Blues was the first solo album from Northern Ireland based singer-songwriter, Bap Kennedy, and was released in 1998.[1] The album was generally well-received, with allmusic calling it "an exceptionally intelligent recording"[1] and Uncut saying that "[Domestic Blues is] a fine collection of songs"[2] and reached number 8 in the billboard Americana chart[3]


The album was recorded in Nashville, TN.[3] Kennedy had received a phone call from country music legend Steve Earle inviting him to come to Nashville and record an album,[3] to be released on Earle's short-lived record label E-squared.[1] The album was produced by Earle and Ray Kennedy,[1] and featured several renowned session musicians, such as Peter Rowan and Jerry Douglas.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Long Time A Comin'" - 2:38
  2. "The Way I Love Her" - 3:30
  3. "Unforgiven" - 3:37
  4. "Domestic Blues" - 2:57
  5. "I've Fallen In Love" - 3:21
  6. "Vampire" - 2:36
  7. "Angel Is The Devil" - Steve Earle - 2:50
  8. "The Backroom" - 3:20
  9. "Mostly Water" - 3:20
  10. "The Ghosts of Belfast" - 2:51
  11. "My Money" - 3:15
  12. "The Shankill and the Falls" - 2:46

UK Special Edition version[edit]

The album was re-released in a "special edition" form in the UK in 2000. The special edition had a different album cover, featuring a photograph of Kennedy's mother as a child, and contained 2 extra tracks, Lowlife and Dream of You.[2] The latter included Kennedy playing the Ewan MacColl song Dirty Old Town as a hidden track.



(Please note that this Hank Williams is of no relation to the singer-songwriter Hank Williams)

  • Alan Messer - Photography[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Pendragon, Jana, Domestic Blues – Overview,, retrieved 2010-04-02
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-04-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-12. Retrieved 2010-04-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Alan Messer".