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digiboy

New York City

May 12th, 2016 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Blues bands in NYC are sort of floating entities. People get gigs and often hire whoever is available out of the pool of players they like and that becomes a band for the gig. Sometimes the band continues sometimes it changes again with another gig. So what happened here is technically not that unusual:

I play bass in a particular blues band for many years and recently the drummer had to leave. So I hooked the leader up with another drummer friend of mine. Then before we even gigged together, another bass player got a gig and hired these guys to play with him including the new drummer, obviously without me.

That in itself is OK with me but now they are continuing to gig together with the drummer that I brought in.

On one level this is all just the way things go, nothing really wrong, no drama. On another level, it really bugs me.

I know, just get over it. Well I needed to whine a bit so there it is...


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So. Cal. USA

May 12th, 2016 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's the way it happens. The guy who books the gigs chooses the players. So go book some gigs and get the "band back together" brother.

digiboy

New York City

May 12th, 2016 05:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah I know. The part that stings is that I played with these guys a long time, helped them get the new drummer and then immediately got frozen out.

Mick Reid
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May 12th, 2016 06:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So go book some gigs and get the "band back together" brother."

Yeah, The Digiboy Blues Band!

"It's good to be the King"

according to Mel

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North Gnarlyington

May 12th, 2016 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Remember, it's not personal,

it's strictly business..

mirrorboy

Yorkshire, England

May 13th, 2016 04:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That sucks, but you could try taking a leaf out of the usurper's book and cast around for a superior band for hire to undertake your own engagements.

Every cloud had a silver lining.

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Repeat
May 13th, 2016 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you and the band are ever sitting around and the conversation starts about how every band has a player that really doesn't fit in, and you're thinking, "hmm, no, I tend to disagree with that postulation," then you're that player!

:o)

digiboy

New York City

May 14th, 2016 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't generally book gigs myself. I probably should try. It's OK. I have plenty of other gigs lined up. I happened to like playing with these guys and just helped them find a new drummer, so I'm feeling a bit burned.

needed to vent a bit.

"That which doesn't ki....yada yada"

reverendrob
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When I sin

I sin real good
May 15th, 2016 01:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So poach any talent they may have down the road as you need to as well.

If there's no formal "This is our band" and it's just a swing of pick-ups (even long-running ones), it's an open relationship.

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