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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2010-07-07T22:51:08+00:00 2010-07-07T22:51:08+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Ever wish you woulda been there?]]>
It has made me think more about actually learning a couple "standards" in a couple keys (I mean I can do 12-bar rhythm in several already) so that if I ever find myself on the spot again, though Son never said what the song was, just that it was in D! :? 8)

Statistics: Posted by bluejay — Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:51 pm

2010-07-07T17:44:24+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Ever wish you woulda been there?]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:44 pm

2010-07-06T17:12:53+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Ever wish you woulda been there?]]>
Considering our conversations in the past (long time no see, huh?) you'll be pleased to learn that I recently found myself playing in front of a bar crowd -- totally unplanned. But I had the opposite concern from yours on my part.

I was in Aberdeen, Scotland, listening "stage-side" to the Son Henry Band in the Globe Inn as Son and crew laid down a blistering set -- and as one song ended, Son turned to me and said, "I'm playing harp on the next song, you play guitar" and handed me his Gibson Goldtop LP. Well, I was several pints into the evening and more than a bit stunned, :blink: but he wouldn't hear my protests that, as a poet and solo songwriter-type, I don't have experience playing with others in a band setting. It was a 12-bar blues, so (no pick) I did my best to keep up with the combo -- thankfully there was another guitarist sitting in, too, already, but I couldn't hear a thing and was praying that he had me turned down far enough in the mix that no one could hear me above the drums, bass, horns and harp :roll: . He assured me as he took back his guitar for the next number that I had done fine. As for me, I have absolutely no idea what I did other than try to keep up.

But I will always appreciate the opportunity Son provided -- and the risk he took. 8)

Statistics: Posted by bluejay — Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:12 pm

2010-07-04T17:26:16+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Ever wish you woulda been there?]]> He was joking of course, but she was alot younger than him, so she took him seriously at first.

Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:26 pm

2010-07-04T12:50:20+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Ever wish you woulda been there?]]> we did 2 sets like that. just no stops, no filters, no anxiety or attitudes. we channeled. after the 3rd set the owner came over and told us he had to shut down, it was flooding outside and he and his folks had to get home to see if anything had washed away. he paid us double our agreed fee and told us we could play there any time.
and i remember almost none of the music. nor does Jolene. we had been transported, we were conduits. we think the spirits of those old blues men and women took us over for those 2 sets.

moments like that are so rare and fleeting. i stepped out to get our car pulled over so Jo could stay dry getting in- and was instantly drenched and ankle deep in water. the drive out of there, in an old honda accord, through water at least a foot deep in a lot of places and deeper where we didn't go, was an adventure all its own. all my attention was given to getting us to our room safely and dry more or less.

but later on, the next day, driving back to arkansas in the sunshine, she turned to me and asked if i remembered last night, on stage. i had to think a minute. i did, but just pieces and parts.. and i remembered everyone there coming over between sets and after and telling us how incredible we were. which felt really weird. but good. i could probably tell you most of what our set lists were but i really have no conscious memory of playing them that night.

that train station stand unused these days, the joint closed for whatever reasons. last time we were over there we took a peek inside and out on the rear platform. there is a feeling one gets there, just a glimmer, of all those folks on the move, coming and going, some staying a while, others passing through on the way to chicago, detroit, wherever. but we have a bigger slice of it, if we can ever remember.

Statistics: Posted by jbone1 — Sun Jul 04, 2010 12:50 pm

2010-06-22T16:51:34+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Ever wish you woulda been there?]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:51 pm

2010-06-22T16:44:27+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: Ever wish you woulda been there?]]> is a tough topic; my first thought was to go into one of my patented rants about "doing it for it's own sake", but that would be disingenuous - I'm an applause whore and there's no denying that I want people to like my music.

I will say that I listened to my own release, "Streetwise", recently for the first time in many months - and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. "This guy plays guitar like I like it!". And it doesn't really sound like I THINK I sound. It's better than that!

I'm always suspicious of praise from the audience that's verbal as opposed to applause and cash - people who butter me up scare me.

There is one show I played though that I would love to have been in the audience for. My musical partner at the time, Shakey - you cats know him as Bottleneck - booked a small festival in rural Pennsylvania. A hippy camp out sort of a thing, similar to the Meadow Muffin I've been playing in California in recent years.

The weather turned ugly, rain and high wind, just before our set. The stage crew tarped the stage over on all 4 sides to protect the gear and shut down power.

The tarps were blowing around - not enough rope! Not enough tie down points! So Shakey started convincing audience members to sit on the bottom edges of the tarps. We had asses all the way around the stage, facing center. Not the entire festival crowd - a lot of people were taking shelter elsewhere. We ran for pitchers of beer, passed them around . Then we got onto the center of the stage and did our show, unplugged. It was a space and a time like no other; the connection with the audience was immediate and close. Shakey played with more spirit and power than I'd ever heard him put out before. I gave my best effort as well. The faces ringed around us absolutely glowed. It was magic! Still one of my favorite experiences! And man, I know we put on one hell of a show.

Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:44 pm

2010-06-22T16:19:04+00:00 <![CDATA[Ever wish you woulda been there?]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Jun 22, 2010 4:19 pm