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Postby grady » Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:22 am

for a Professional Full-Time Musician whose nearest gig is a 100 miles away is his Car.
Mine broke down on me last night on the way home from a gig.

Raining and Cold as hell, I was forced to flag down a Police Officer and have him help me out.
I got home with my Gear and left the Car where it sit.
Went back and got it Today, took it to my local Garage.

I had put a Alternator in it last Thursday and it didn't last.

Sitting here debating whether to cancel my Gig Tomorrow night or not.

Needless to say, I caught a Cold out in that Weather last night.

It's a Bummer of the utmost Degree.

At least Football Season has started and I can always relax at home and watch Football until my Car is repaired.
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Postby stumblin » Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:23 am

Bummer Grady.
Sounds like it's time to spend some quality-tume with your couch & TV.
And canine, offspring & Mrs. of course!
I'm lucky, I live within walking distance or a cheap taxi-ride from most of my gigs.
Mind you, carrying all the gear is getting to be a major head-(and back)-ache!
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Postby allanlummox » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:59 am

...Whereas I hosted the open mic at SLABTOWN tonight.

Set up the PA, Played a SHORT opening set, introduced acts of various skill levels, played a rather longer set and then called the rockabilly guy and his friend back up.

There were live acts coming in throughout the evening - and a lively bunch around the bar, too.

The house sound guy is cool. The regulars are cool.

Sold a CD, got paid.

Diagonally across the street from our building.

I'm thinking in terms of Taxis for shows on the other side of the river.
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Postby grady » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:04 am

I hear ya Man,

Sometimes I think it would be nice to live a little closer to a Big City but then, I walk outside on the front porch, look at those Mountains and realize I can do whatever the heck I want here, make as much noise as I like, shoot guns, play Sports in this big ole yard, and no one can say or do anything about it and it's all paid for in full.

Makes me thankful to have what I've got.
Even if I do have to drive 2000 miles or more a month.
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Postby allanlummox » Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:29 pm

I can dig it.

There's been times when, if I didn't get away from the urban environment, I'd have gone ballistic - that's why I go backpacking.

But Portland is still new, still an adventure.

One thing, last night, one of the acts, some local Dead Heads, were giving me some good advice - letting me in on the fact that Portland is a fun place to play, but there's no money to be made off music here...

Heh.

I nodded.

So far, I seem to be finding gigs...There's always work if you're looking for it.
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Postby allanlummox » Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:56 pm

'course, those last 2 posts DO kind of sound like a Hank Jr. song...


The preacher man says it’s the end of time
And the Mississippi River she’s a goin’ dry
The interest is up and the Stock Markets down
And you only get mugged
If you go down town

I live back in the woods, you see
A woman and the kids, and the dogs and me
I got a shotgun rifle and a 4-wheel drive
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I can plow a field all day long
I can catch catfish from dusk till dawn
We make our own whiskey and our own smoke too
Ain’t too many things these ole boys can’t do
We grow good ole tomatoes and homemade wine
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Because you can’t starve us out
And you cant makes us run
Cause one-of- ‘em old boys raisin ole shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We came from the West Virginia coalmines
And the Rocky Mountains and the and the western skies
And we can skin a buck; we can run a crop line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

I had a good friend in New York City
He never called me by my name, just hillbilly
My grandpa taught me how to live off the land
And his taught him to be a businessman
He used to send me pictures of the Broadway nights
And I’d send him some homemade wine

But he was killed by a man with a switchblade knife
For 43 dollars my friend lost his life
Id love to spit some beechnut in that dudes eyes
And shoot him with my old 45
Cause a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive

Cause you can’t starve us out and you can’t make us run
Cause one-of- ‘em old boys raisin ole shotgun
And we say grace and we say Ma’am
And if you ain’t into that we don’t give a damn

We’re from North California and south Alabam
And little towns all around this land
And we can skin a buck; we can run a crop line
And a country boy can survive
Country folks can survive...
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Postby ricochet » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:03 pm

allanlummox wrote:And we can skin a buck; we can run a crop line
That should be "a trot line." You set it out to catch a bunch of fish.

Bummer about the car, Grady. I agree, though, you've got it made where you are.
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Postby jeffl » Fri Sep 01, 2006 5:27 pm

I too live in a place where you can jam outdoors,or have a band outside,and nobody gives a darn. In our wooded subdevelopment out in the country,if a neighbor bitches about dogs running loose,he is subjected to anonymous notes in his mailbox, suggesting that he find a place to live that is more civilized. Grady,I've been in the car business for about 30 years,and I can tell you that nothing causes people more grief than car trouble. It's always a temptation to live in a condo downtown,where you can walk to bars and restaurants,but then I remember how nice living in the country side is. I hope you get over your cold soon,Grady; it's hard to have a good nite giggin' when you're feelin' sick.
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Postby allanlummox » Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:33 pm

Yea, Ric, I just cut-pasted those lyrics without proofreading them.

But you get the idea.

I like getting out in the countryside; I like cities.

Heck, I seem to get along OK most places.

Lucky for me, there's still a world full of countryside and cities for me to explore...

You know, my High School English teacher saw me through the beginnings of my "Jack Kerouac - Woody Guthrie " marvels of the wide open road period, and he wrote on one of my papers that he'd be interested to see if I still had the same outlook years down the line.


Heh. Thinking about that makes me laugh from deep inside.


One more good thing about Portland - REAL tomatoes. With all the great produce in California, I never had a tomato there that wasn't a dud. But the ones I'm finding here are the real deal.
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Postby bosco » Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:40 pm

Grady- Hope your car gets better real soon.

I ran out of gas last Monday when my gas gauge malfunctioned. It still showed I had an eighth of a tank...the float must have gotten stuck. I was only 2 miles from my exit but it might as well have been 200 as it was pouring rain and no one would pick me up. Had to call the State Police on my cell for a lift. Luckily I had a good parka with me and didn't get sick, only embarrassed.

Dan- Have you hooked up with Rollie yet? Apologies if you posted elsewhere and I missed it. Thx.

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Postby allanlummox » Fri Sep 01, 2006 7:44 pm

We've been exchanging emails, but we haven't met up yet.
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Postby grady » Fri Sep 01, 2006 8:55 pm

Just called the Garage.
My Car won't be ready till Tuesday, if I'm lucky.

That thing is costing me a lot of Money and some good gigs while it's in the Shop.
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Postby jeffl » Fri Sep 01, 2006 9:03 pm

grady wrote:Just called the Garage.
My Car won't be ready till Tuesday, if I'm lucky.

That thing is costing me a lot of Money and some good gigs while it's in the Shop.
If you lived in California,you could prob'ly sue yer own car,for costing you your living,lol!
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Postby grady » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:02 pm

LMAO !!!
I hear ya Bubba.

I guess I really shouldn't complain.
I've had the Car for 5 years and this is the first time this has happened.

The Weather is Horrible here because of Ernesto.
Cold & Rainy.
A good Weekend to just sit at home and watch Football.
I need a rest anyway.
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Postby jeffl » Fri Sep 01, 2006 10:09 pm

I got an idea Grady: record all your sets,send some ex-dj to the gig to play your tunes. They'll pay him twice as much as you,and you can peel off a 50 for him and keep the rest. You could call him Grady on Wheels, or Classic DJs,or sumpin'.
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