Welcome to the world of Drifting Cowboy Music.

This is the home of my life long passion of song writing. I have been writing songs for over thirty years influenced by my  love of roots rockabilly music,  blues, rhythm 'n' blues, vocal group sounds, and country  music. I take my inspiration from all of these styles of music.  There are some samples of songs I have written and co-written that you can listen to at the foot of the page.

From a very young age I found the lyrics to obscure 1950s  rockabilly and blues  songs fascinating, the different outlook on life, the humour, the male chauvinism,  songs about devils and trains,  sinners and angels, little green men and hot rod cars, big fat mamas and skinny mamas, long gone daddies  and wild wild  women . Listening to these songs  was like peeping through a hole into another world, the records themselves that I still collect also fascinated me with their  colourful and creative labels,  the amazing music provided by field hand men and wannabe Elvis Presleys.   I was addicted from a very young age and I am still a junkie for the music.

Chuck Berry's ' Down Bound Train' was a big influence on me, the lyrics to that song are fantastic, a tale about  a man that dreams he is going to Hell on a train with the Devil. The descriptive words that Chuck Berry  used could have come straight from the pen of Edgar Allan Poe :

'The engine with blood was sweaty and damp
And brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp,
And imps for fuel were shovelling bones
While the furnace rang with a thousand groans.' 

When you couple that story to the driving music provided by Chuck Berry and the Chess label session men, you have a masterpiece. The music perfectly provides the feel of a runaway train, it is far more than a song, it's a few minutes of drama and theatre presented on a magical disc. It is still to this day easily one of my  favourite records.

Hank Williams is second to nobody when it comes to song writing, the man was a poet and the tag the 'hillbilly shakespeare' is very fitting in my opinion.  He wrote so many fabulous songs and many are saturated in pain and emotional torment and sorrow. I think Hank Williams is the benchmark for all aspiring song writers. Listening to Chuck Berry & Hank Williams recordings there is no end of  inspiration.  Buddy Holly is another musical hero of mine and a fantastic artist whose life was way too brief! He wrote so many fabulous songs in his short life it is staggering. I love the simplicity of Buddy's lyrics. He said it all in a few lines.  These three artists more than any others have inspired me and continue to do so.

My musical influences are many but I am  inspired by people like : Sam Phillips, Hank Williams, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry,Charlie Feathers, Johnny and Dorsey Burnette, Buddy Holly, amongst others.  I got the idea for my first song 'Meteor' from the Meteor Record Label in 1987, it was a Charlie Feathers 45 called 'Tongue Tied Jill' . I wrote the song and  took it to a friend of mine ( Hugh Thomas) who had a rockabilly combo  called 'The Drag Strip Trio', Hugh liked the idea and  added his input and arranged it, they included the song in their set and it was a big thrill hearing that idea come to life and belted out. I haven't stopped writing songs since.

I am fortunate that some of my oldest  (and newest) friends are talented and creative musicians, people I have been able to share ideas with and then see those ideas come to life.  I was founder member  and rhythm guitarist with the 'Bop Shack Stompers' along with Craig Shaw , Adam Wakefield, Roger Van Niekerk in the 1990's. I was afounder member and rhythm guitarist with the 'Excellos'  up until 2010 with Craig Shaw , Trev 'TC' Collins, and Adam Wakefield.  I am songwriter and rhythm guitarist with the 'Sirocco Bros'.  I  regularly pitch songs to other musicians and I have collaborated with  Darrel Higham, Bill Fadden, Al Willis, Marcel Bontempi, Lee Gocher, Craig Shaw, Adam Wakefield,Elliot Jones and Richard Hawley.

If you are a musician and have ideas you would like to share,  or need ideas for original songs, please contact me for possible collaboration.

Thanks for looking in.

Paul Sheahan

Drifting Cowboy Music Co.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE SONGS THAT  I HAVE WRITTEN AND CO-WRITTEN

The Drag Strip Trio - 1980's

Meteor........Sheahan / Thomas

The Sun Doesn't Shine Any More ...Sheahan / Thomas

The Bop Shack Stompers -1990's

Meteor...Sheahan / Thomas

Daddy-O...Sheahan

Jekyll & Hyde...Sheahan

Call Of The Wild...Sheahan / Shaw

50 Miles From Judgement Day...Sheahan / Shaw

Dangerous Blonde...Sheahan / Shaw

Kitty Rocks The Cradle... Sheahan / Shaw

The Excellos - 2008

You Don't Care...Sheahan

Jekyll & Hyde...Sheahan 

The Sirocco Bros. - 2010

I Put A Hex On You...Sheahan / wakefield

Devil Angel..Wakefield  / Sheahan

Flyin' Saucers...Sheahan / Wakefield

Stomp...Sheahan / Wakefield

Lightning Bolt..Sheahan / wakefield

Devil Bones...Sheahan / Wakefield

Shake ..Sheahan / Wakefield

Davey Jones Locker..Sheahan / Wakefield

Sirocco...Sheahan / Wakefield

Cat...Sheahan / Wakefield

Vortex..Sheahan / Wakefield

Get Behind Me Satan..Sheahan / Wakefield

Move Out ...Sheahan / Wakefield

El Diablo..Sheahan / Wakefield

Devil's Guitar ..........Sheahan / Wakefield / Hawley

Bop.......Sheahan / Wakefield

Hoo Doo ....Sheahan / Wakefield

The Beat Of Love....Sheahan / Wakefield

Mooch Around........Sheahan / Wakefield

Hobo Jump......Sheahan / Wakefield

Come On In..................Sheahan / Wakefield

Rock and Roll.......Sheahan / Wakefield

Cryin' Cat Blues .......Sheahan / Wakefield

Lone Wolf.........Sheahan / Wakefield

Alcatraz ..........Sheahan / Wakefield

Mean Old Sky ...... Sheahan / Wakefield

Dead Bandidos ..........Sheahan / Wakefield

The Skull........Sheahan / Wakefield

My Pretty Witch .........Sheahan / Wakefield

Chicken Bone ...........Sheahan / Wakefield

On The Mountain.......Sheahan / Wakefield

Tiki Head............................Sheahan / Wakefield

The Devil's Music........Sheahan / Wakefield

Knocking n The Devil's Door....Sheahan / Wakefield

Goliath Tiger Fish.....Sheahan / Wakefield

Spellbound..Sheahan /  Wakefield

I Don't Hold Anything But The Blues....Sheahan / Wakefield

Twilight...Sheahan / Wakefield

Bewitched...Sheahan / Wakefield


Lee Gocher & The Sundowners

Suddenly.........Sheahan / Gocher

Haunted heart .......  Sheahan / Gocher

Lonely Man ......  Sheahan / Gocher

Let the Creek Run Dry......  Sheahan / Gocher

Lonesome Drifter ...Sheahan /  Gocher

Outlaws Ride  ...Sheahan / Gocher

Wedding Bells .........Sheahan / Gocher

Right Time for the blues ...Sheahan / Gocher

Blue Train...Sheahan / Gocher

Forget about You...sheahan / Gocher

Blind to Me...Sheahan / Gocher

I find it easy to cry...Sheahan / Gocher

Marcel Bontempi

Apache Cry..........Sheahan / Sala- Kelkel

Boss Eyed Cat......Sheahan / Sala-Kelkel

Woman of Cemetary Hill.......Sheahan / Sala- Kelkel

Skid Row Joe......Sheahan / Sala- Kelkel

Psycho Path ........Sheahan / Sala- Kelkel

Don't you Put Flowers on my Grave.......Sheahan /Murphy/ Sala-Kelkel

Black Cat.... .....Sheahan / Sala-Kelkel

Run Little Rabbit......... Sheahan / Sala- Kelkel

Bury All My Troubles.....Sheahan / Sala-Kelkel

Haunted House.......Sheahan / Sala-Kelkel

Mambo Voo Doo ......Sheahan / Sala-Kelkel  

Lone Wolf........ Sheahan / Sala-kelkel

Darrell Higham

Lucky Lou......  Sheahan / Higham

Mean Blue Saturday Night .......Sheahan / Higham

Run Tough Run Hard ........ Sheahan / Higham

Bill Fadden and the Rhythm Busters

Money in my hand ..Sheahan / Fadden

Al Willis and the Swingsters

Sock Beat Bop...Sheahan / Willis

Craig Shaw

Killin' Time........Sheahan / Shaw

Hollywood Gas....Sheahan / Shaw

Falling Down ......Sheahan / Shaw

Secret Garden.....Sheahan / Shaw

Jimmie Dale Wilcoxson

Please don't Play The Jukebox ....Sheahan / Dale Wilcoxson

Elliot Jones.

Haunt My Heart

To Be Continued..........

                                                                                             


*************************************************BELOW ARE SOME SAMPLES OF SONGS  I HAVE WRITTEN / CO WRITTEN**********************************************



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