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mtc_dave



Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Aug 23rd, 2016 12:47 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> Set 1<br /> ----------------------------------<br /> Guitars and Cadillics - Dwight Yoakum<br /> Long Line of Losers - Kevin Fowler<br /> Mexico or Crazy - Jason Boland<br /> Buy Myself a chance - Randy Rogers Band<br /> Thatâs How I Got to Memphis - Daryll Dodd version<br /> An Empty Glass - Randy Rogers version<br /> Neon Moon - Brooks and Dunn<br /> Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton version<br /> I'm learning as you go - Rick Trevino<br /> Getting you home - Chris Young<br /> Whiskey Days - JB and the Moonshine Band<br /> Tonight's not the night - Randy Rogers Band<br /> Trouble - Wade Bowen<br /> <br /> Set 2<br /> -----------------------------<br /> Amarillo by Morning - George Strait<br /> The Fireman - George Strait<br /> All my exes live in Tx - George Strait<br /> Unwound - George Strait<br /> The Cowboy Rides Away - George Strait<br /> <br /> Set 3<br /> ------------------------------<br /> Two More bottles of Wine - Rosanne Cash<br /> Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks<br /> Margaritaville - Alan Jackson version<br /> Luckenbach,Tx - Waylon Jennings<br /> Whiskey bent and Hell bound - Hank Jr<br /> It wont hurt - Dwight Yoakum<br /> Today I started Loving you Again - Merle Haggard<br /> Feels so Right - Alabama <br /> Wasted Days and Wasted Nights - Freddy Fender<br /> Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash<br /> the Joker - Steve Miller Band<br /> Pride and Joy - SRV<br /> Evil Ways/Oye como va - Santana<br /> Have You Ever Seen The Rain - CCR



Tony Wright



Stillwater, OK

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Aug 24th, 2016 08:33 AM        

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



mtc_dave



Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Aug 24th, 2016 09:02 AM        

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.



MLC

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Aug 24th, 2016 09:29 AM        

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



mtc_dave



Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Aug 24th, 2016 10:10 AM        

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        

I'd go see you with that set list. <br /> <br /> 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

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Aug 24th, 2016 11:03 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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)<br /> <br /> Back on topic...<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Good luck. Enjoy. <br />



MLC

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Aug 25th, 2016 10:04 AM        

"But it's just me getting out there and having fun."<br /> <br /> Nice - and I'm guessing by the end of the night that you won't be the only one having some fun.<br /> <br /> Good luck!



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Aug 25th, 2016 10:20 AM        

For a VFW gig (or any other gig) I'd sure add some Buddy Holly.<br /> <br /> 6



mtc_dave



Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Aug 25th, 2016 11:54 AM        

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.



mtc_dave



Here Nor There

51% mofo 49% sob
Sep 13th, 2016 06:52 AM        

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



shunka



Willoughby, OH , USA

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Sep 13th, 2016 11:12 AM        

I have noticed that in the past decade or so, 'jam" has come to mean different things to different folks.<br /> Upon hearing a favorite song, "That's my jam."<br /> asking the band before they perform, "What will you be jamming tonight?"<br /> 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        

Shunka: I am with you on the definition of a "jam".<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> I suppose that in some cases that may be true for any instrument...depending on the musician, of course.



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