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Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Aug 23rd, 2016 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So i'm doing an acoustic gig at the VFW in a couple of weeks. Need some advise on my setlist. Any advise would be appreciated.

Set 1
Guitars and Cadillics - Dwight Yoakum
Long Line of Losers - Kevin Fowler
Mexico or Crazy - Jason Boland
Buy Myself a chance - Randy Rogers Band
That’s How I Got to Memphis - Daryll Dodd version
An Empty Glass - Randy Rogers version
Neon Moon - Brooks and Dunn
Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton version
I'm learning as you go - Rick Trevino
Getting you home - Chris Young
Whiskey Days - JB and the Moonshine Band
Tonight's not the night - Randy Rogers Band
Trouble - Wade Bowen

Set 2
Amarillo by Morning - George Strait
The Fireman - George Strait
All my exes live in Tx - George Strait
Unwound - George Strait
The Cowboy Rides Away - George Strait

Set 3
Two More bottles of Wine - Rosanne Cash
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
Margaritaville - Alan Jackson version
Luckenbach,Tx - Waylon Jennings
Whiskey bent and Hell bound - Hank Jr
It wont hurt - Dwight Yoakum
Today I started Loving you Again - Merle Haggard
Feels so Right - Alabama
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights - Freddy Fender
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
the Joker - Steve Miller Band
Pride and Joy - SRV
Evil Ways/Oye como va - Santana
Have You Ever Seen The Rain - CCR

(This message was last edited by mtc_dave at 01:51 PM, Aug 25th, 2016)

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Aug 24th, 2016 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't know all the songs, but recognize the majority. Looks like a decent set list for many of the country bars I have played in the past.

Well, except for the last three in the third set. Nothing wrong with them...but Pride and Joy is a Texas blues song...(still, it is well received in country saloons)...the Santana medley is good music that tends to fit into the Latin format or the 60s rock genre, but I love his work, so don't throw it out....and who doesn't like Creedence/Fogerty? While he marketed to the rock audiences, there is perhaps a fair amount of country in most of his material.

The above is not suggesting you drop those songs, just bringing my thoughts to your attention and letting you consider and move on. Personally, if I like the songs and if I think the audience will enjoy them, I would gladly play those songs at any venue.

I realize the use of terms like acoustic jam mean different things in different parts of these woods. Locally, that would imply a group of people taking turns calling the next song, with the understood protocol having all who know the song to play and the person who called the song is the vocalist for that song.

I have also been to a "jam" where the house band allowed one person to sit in and "jam thru a song" with them. Local protocol is up to the local musicians or the venue.

Regardless...looks like a fun set, wish I was there to listen or join in.


Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Aug 24th, 2016 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

it's a gig, I talked to the post commander about letting me setup and do an acoustic session for a bucket of beer. he was cool with it. It's usually around 7 or so old vets talking smack to each other and drinking. It will be on a wed night so it should be fun.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Aug 24th, 2016 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm assuming you know your audience and all these songs will work for those people.
So, following Tony's comments, I'd also add "The Joker" to the list of "not quite fitting the genre" - but as Tony also said, I think it could still work in the overall scheme.

The only concern I might have is that you've grouped those last 4 all together at the end and it may feel like you've changed gears at the end.
Maybe sprinkle those 4 throughout the rest to avoid the shift in feel. Or not...they might actually work as a good way to close out the evening.

Other than that, a couple questions come to mind:
Why is Set 2 so short?
What do you mean by "acoustic jam"?
-- Is this list for the 'house band' to play while various people come and sit in on the songs they know?
-- Do you already have players lined up for certain songs?
-- Or does "jam" mean you've put together a group just for this gig and this is the set list for that group?


Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Aug 24th, 2016 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Set 2, will turn into a long medley for George Strait songs. There are a couple of more songs that i will add once i'm comfortable enough with them to add them. It's not a jam, it's a gig. The post commander said it was ok for me to setup my stuff to entertain the small crowd on weds and if things go ok, we'll see about a friday or saturday. But it's just me getting out there and having fun. not looking to make a living of it. Just an old guy with a day job trying to keep the dream alive lol. thanks for everyone's input. Much appreciated.

Martin G
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Aug 24th, 2016 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd go see you with that set list.

I agree it might be wise to separate those non-country songs at the end. Then again the old guys might have left by then and you'll be playing for a different crowd.

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Aug 24th, 2016 11:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Knowing it is a gig satisfies my biggest question. I like the idea of a "tribute set" but you might want to work up a similar tribute to a second artist and trade those out every couple of gigs...and eventually, maybe a third tibute set??? Rotate them as well as set 1 and set 3...and that new set you will work on over the next few months. We do something similar and the audience kind of enjoys it.

Keep that up, you will probably pick up some old fat bass player (you can call me collect if you don't have a local "old fat bass player" and you need one...have bass will travel) and maybe a drummer who gets it and plays quiet...or do like we did...take your friend who can count but is not a drummer...and buy a cajon or djembe and let him keep time...1-2-3-4- Works great for us when he is available. (family health issues right now)

Back on topic...

Set lists are kind of road maps... not mandatory that you do those songs at all...and not mandatory that you play them in that specific order at that specific point in the performance. Always feel free to juggle as you want.

So, your mini set for George Straight and your up tempo at the end may very well be the right thing at the right time. If not, well, you can always drop one or two songs after you realize you are losing the audience...or add them at a different place in the three sets.

This could be the start of your fame and stardom. Why (dare I say it?) you could become a local star. Or maybe someone will buy you a bucket of beer.

Good luck. Enjoy.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Aug 25th, 2016 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"But it's just me getting out there and having fun."

Nice - and I'm guessing by the end of the night that you won't be the only one having some fun.

Good luck!

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San Francisco, CA

Aug 25th, 2016 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For a VFW gig (or any other gig) I'd sure add some Buddy Holly.



Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Aug 25th, 2016 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for all of your input. I'm really looking forward to it. I've done a few open mics and a couple of open jam sessions and i'm ready. I'll post the exact date once it's confirmed with the post commander.


Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Sep 13th, 2016 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's all setup
Sept. 16, Friday - 8-10 pm.
Pearland VFW Post 7109.


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Sep 13th, 2016 11:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have noticed that in the past decade or so, 'jam" has come to mean different things to different folks.
Upon hearing a favorite song, "That's my jam."
asking the band before they perform, "What will you be jamming tonight?"
I always think that most of those uses are not from people who play an instrument. To me a jam is several musicians, who may or may not have ever played together before, playing songs that some of them know and some are just joining is as best they can. Usually also includes passing the improvised solo around.

Tony Wright

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Sep 17th, 2016 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Shunka: I am with you on the definition of a "jam".

However, as a bass player...PLEASE do not extend those improvised solos to the bass player or drummer. In my NOT so humble opinion-keeping in mind I play bass- "I" think bass and drum solos are simply musical masturbation.

I suppose that in some cases that may be true for any instrument...depending on the musician, of course.

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