Domestic Blues

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Domestic Blues
Studio album by
StudioRoom & Board Recording, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreCountry / Blues
ProducerThe Twangtrust (Steve Earle, Ray Kennedy)
Bap Kennedy chronology
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Hillbilly Shakespeare
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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]

All tracks composed by Bap Kennedy; except where noted.

  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 two 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 2 April 2010
  2. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 April 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 2 April 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Alan Messer".