I need songs!

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I need songs!

Postby jellyroll baker » Tue Nov 07, 2006 3:29 am

A friends managed to hook up a gig for me in a rather nice little country pub only problem is that I have an inkling that the locals are expecting a set of hits & favourites rather than the bottleneck blues that I'm going to give them. In an attempt to find a happy middle ground I'm frantically trying to rearrange some standards to suit my style. I'm on my well to building up a full set list but I'm suffering brain freeze and could do wiuth a few me suggestions.

On the bright side, Australian crowds never ask for Freebird.
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Postby allanlummox » Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:02 am

A few tunes that I play arranged for my guitar style that are more familiar to many than Delta Blues;

Bob Marley - "No Woman No Cry" (key of C, G tuning)

Tom Waits - "Way down in the hole", (Key of Bbm, open Gm tuning, capoed at the third fret)

Social Distortion, "Ball and Chain", (open G, key of G)

Bob Dylan, "Knocking on Heaven's Door", (key of G, open G tuning)

Jimmy Cliff "The Harder They Come", Open G tuning, key of D. Capo at the second fret)

Grateful Dead, "Scarlet Begonias", (key of G, open G)

Not to mention things like Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues", in A, with a capo at the second fret in open G.

BUt I always do wind up playing plenty of Blues; and there are always people who prefer the Blues, even in the unlikeliest crowd. I just try to keep my sets from sounding too "samey".
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Postby lightninboy » Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:18 am

Its quite sad what people like to hear in Aussie pub's.
You don't even have to be good it seems, just play the right stuff.
To my dissmay, the right stuff is any thing by Jimmy Barnes, or any old rubbed into the dirt overplayed piece of crap old hit cover song that you personally never ever want to hear again!

However, maybe try some Bernard Fanning, ie "Song Bird", or some Pete Murray. That stuff's not so bad really, and can lend it's self to slide.
Paul Kelly has some songs that are easy to sing. "Dumb Things".etc.
The Church, "Under the milky way", is a great song, easy to play and sing.
Maybe even try some Midnight Oil. "Short Memory" sounds great on acoustic.
I've played these songs in pubs, and they work well.
Australian music, the punters love it!
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Postby jellyroll baker » Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:21 pm

Thanks guys. Good food for thought. I'm working on practising some songs now.

You're right about the Australian stuff Lightnin' Boy! I'm very tempeted to arrange some AC/DC stuff for solo slide guitar. Rose Tattoo stuff should also go down well. Dare I cross the line and perfrom a bluesed-p version of Khe Sahn?
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Postby NEONMOONY » Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:43 am

I find "Dead Flowers" (I do it in D) works pretty well in slide and it is pretty popular even with the kids. Resist the temptation to do it real slow.
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Postby lightninboy » Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:27 pm

jellyroll baker wrote:Thanks guys. Good food for thought. I'm working on practising some songs now.

You're right about the Australian stuff Lightnin' Boy! I'm very tempeted to arrange some AC/DC stuff for solo slide guitar. Rose Tattoo stuff should also go down well. Dare I cross the line and perfrom a bluesed-p version of Khe Sahn?



Khe Sahn on slide? I think not grasshopper. Once you give em a taste they’ll want
“Baaarnsie” all night! :lol:
But the Tats might be the G O .(Bad boy for love)
And Acca Dacca are right on the money.
Have you heard that band called “Hayseed Dixie”?
A bunch of hot American bluegrass pickers ripping up AC/DC covers that’ll rock ya
sox off and have you tappin barefoot!
I’ve noticed acts like Hat Fitz and The Back Sliders do well playing just blues, BUT,
they really get it pumping, almost ferral like.
I’ve had to rub off some of my polish recently, and get down and dirty.
Picking up the tempo helps too.
Seems bogans are inheriting the earth!

Good luck with the gig J-Ro.
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Postby dcblues » Thu Nov 09, 2006 5:58 pm

"Jambalya" by Hank Williams is always a crowd pleaser.
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Postby ricochet » Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:08 pm

I love Hayseed Dixie!

They recorded a live album not long ago in a local place, "Down Home" in Johnson City.
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Postby jellyroll baker » Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:48 pm

I've been saved!

Just found a copy of The Little Black Aussie Songbook. Chord and lyrics for Crowded House, Cold Chisel, The Easybeats et. al. This little ripper is the ultimate gigsaver (for Australians anyway).
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Postby bosco » Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:40 pm

So when is / how was the gig?
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Postby guitarslim101 » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:41 am

I'd say go with the AC/DC.
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Postby ricochet » Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:44 am

"These Boots ARe Made For Walkin'." :lol:
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Postby jellyroll baker » Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:15 pm

bosco wrote:So when is / how was the gig?


The gig has been and gone and it went down very, very well. I did a few standard pub-rck type songs but that stuff isn't my forte and the audience could sense. I managed get people moving and singing along once I switched to Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters and Bo Carter tunes. Add a dash of "Midnight Special", a bit of George Thorogood and a bit of Bo Diddley and I think I've got myself a formula that can please the Australian pub crowd. I've been asked back for a repeat gig in a couple of months time so that's got to be a good thing.
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Postby hashtaff » Tue Nov 28, 2006 6:28 am

Good on yer Jro.
Use a stompbox, racked harp?
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Postby jellyroll baker » Thu Nov 30, 2006 1:54 am

hashtaff wrote:Good on yer Jro.
Use a stompbox, racked harp?


Still can't get a sound I'm happy with on the rack harp so it was just solo electric with the stomp.
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