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Tryout Gig

PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:21 pm
by jeffl
I haven't gigged in an amplified blues band for over 2 years now, steadily anyway. The frontman from a local band that I've been tryin' to hook up with for years gave me a call this week and asked me if I wanted to play a benefit gig with them. He told me they finally decided to see how I'd fit in with what they do. They've been playin' as a 4 piece: two guitars, bass and drums, and I guess they thought that mebbe a harper would liven up their sound. They play jus' straight dance blues. Their lead player is extremely tasteful and talented. I'm not even goin' to a rehearsal..I'm jus' gonna jump in. They're all older vets, so it oughta work out. The thing I like about this band is that they do alotta "supper hour" type gigs; 6-10PM shots at supper clubs, etc. They play outdoor shows in the summer, and basically cherry pick their gigs. It's probably time that I get a little exposure..I haven't been sittin' in with any bands for a while. I hope I don't fall on my face. Everything always works out in these situations, but there might be a first time for a train wreck.

Re: Tryout Gig

PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:38 pm
by allanlummox
Break a leg!

Sounds like it could be a good thing.

Re: Tryout Gig

PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 5:47 pm
by jeffl
allanlummox wrote:Break a leg!

Sounds like it could be a good thing.
Thanks Dan. I've always enjoyed both acoustic and amplified blues for harp, but I do miss the punchier experience of playin' amped. This bunch is a low volume, low-key outfit though...primarily due to the types of gigs they play. He wanted me to bring my keyboard too, but I told him I wouldn't, 'cuz I really don't wanna get stuck playin' boards most of the time.

Re: Tryout Gig

PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:12 pm
by 1armbandit
Sounds great Bubba. Hope it works out for you.

Jack

Re: Tryout Gig

PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:26 pm
by jeffl
Interesting experience playing with those guys : I found out that they've been together for 33 years. I jumped right in on the first set and things seemed to be going good, but not as tight as I'd expected, given their history. After about 5-6 tunes the drummer asked the front man why they weren't playing any tunes they knew, lol! He explained that it was "that kinda gig", and that seemed to satisfy the band. It turned out that the fundraiser was part of a classic car show/ pigroast. It was alotta fun...we got through all the tunes fine. The bandleader worked the crap outa me, even callin' for solos on tunes that really didn't call for 'em, so I scrambled alot and it all worked out. When it was over he told me I did a good job for 'em and they'd have me again, but I'd get paid the next time, ha! It always kills me when the bandleader finds out that you have ALL the keys. I know that when it comes to guest harpers, almost everybody expects the worst, which sure makes your job easier if you've got any experience, knowledge and chops. I surprised him by knowing some of the more obscure tunes they played, but I have to thank my weekly jam group for that, since we run a long gamut of tunes.