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ron aJun 06, 2010 1:23 AM GMT
Ha! My band has gradually fragmented over the last two months. We lost the bass player, lead singer and probably the drummer..although he hasn't admitted how busy he is yet.
It turns out, another local band also lost their lead singer and lead guitar player around the same time. Two of them hear me and my lead guitar buddy at the local jam night. they approached him about lead guitar to replace their guy. He went once to their practice and it all lay dormant for a couple of weeks. This past wednesday they called Mark and asked him to come to a meeting, which was last night. He asked them if I could come along and said he really didn't want to do anything without me. Nice guy. They were very enthustiatic about that idea and we all got together.
We had a 1 1/2 hour meeting, sharing our personal philosophies of band life and it turns out we are all on the same page that way. We didn't play a note and hit it off great as people. If this clicks, we will combine our bookings and be very active. The band will be a rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, drums, percussion/mandolin/trumpet/harp (those are all me) with lead singer duties shared by the rhythm guitarist, drummer, bassist and myself. We haven't chosen a primary frontman until we play some together.
Again, it may or may not click musically, but if it does..off we go! They have a three day Labor day gig booked that pays $4000 and hotel expenses in a neighboring state...a repeat for them..new for us. They also have a $1200 New year's Eve gig not far from here and several gigs on hold for the restructuring. We have some local gigs on hold for the same reason..."as soon as you get back up, let us know!" is what we hear every thursday at jam night from the host venue and some others later this summer who aren't aware we are broken up.
We will be "auditioning each other" on Monday night.
Just wanted to share.
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Well, practice last night went fine. We are going to give it a shot and work up a set list. For a first practice it was pretty good, with elements of jam night mixed in with stopping and going back over rough areas. Exactly what i would expect from five guys who never played together and want to get it right. The lead singer was actually prepared. The drummer was on time for practice and everybody got along, even when someone needed work on an area and someone else called their attention to it.
Good start. I'm excited about the possibilities. Or fist gig is July 10th, so we have time to get a set together and tight.
drummer on time... could the bass player groove? what more could you ask for? hope it works out.
Oh yeah, the bass player can groove. Sorry i forgot about him. He and the drummer have worked together a long time, so they lay down a good groove. It isn't primarily a blues band, though. More rock and southern rock covers, including some with me on mandolin again. Been awhile since a band I was in wanted that.
Thanks Walter, i'm pretty stoked about it. SInce I posted earlier, we have a gig on the 24th of July now too. If we can get tight this month there is more we can do too. It's going to be fun.
Good on ya Ron, You gotta keep plugging even when it looks all looksdoomed. You don't know whats just around the corner. My band has not broken up but I feel we have made some bad desicions lately. Mostly a function of the some of the members inexperience. Oh well you can lead a horse to water but you cant make them play great blues.
Well, it turns out the band isn't going to work out. The musicianship was not all on the same levels and my guitar player quit right after a disaster at jam night. we had decided..or so i thought..not to play together as a band that night because we were'nt ready. When we all got there, i missed the whole process, but before i knew it we were all up there and being announced! It was the disaster i expected it to be and i also decided we couldn't operate that way. We agreed at the first practice not to do it, for crying out loud.
Oh well. As it turns out, another harp playing singing multi-instrumentalist who runs the jam invited my guitar player to join a blues/rock/funk band and he did! So, I am under the bus i guess. There is still the country duet who was asking around about me...who knows. They also play blues. That would be a pretty good gig for me. They are about my age and musicianship level. Id doesn't matter. i'm not doing it if it feels like a chore on stage and that is what it was thursday night. Even jamming with three other guys before that was tighter and more musical than my "new band." I almost had to quit just to remain credible to the venue owner. They like me sitting in on the jam every thursday night and i don't want that to change by playing with guys who aren't at the level of my old band....not that I'm anything special. Just that I've seen good musicians push each other to excellence and mediocre ones drag each other lower. I am a musican in several instruments for many years. I have had no trouble being in demand, so i guess this just wasn't meant to be. I was willing to ride it out a little longer after the first practice because it went well as a group dynamic, but the jam showed impatience and killed the deal for me.
I'm playing my last gig with my present band on friday after deciding to move on. And the two other acts I've been playing with have not done much for a while. So Ive gone from three working acts to none! A good reason to get stuck in toDavid Barrets lessons. And start songwriting again. Next!
makes me appreciate the band i am in!
We haven't killed each other yet, and at least can still stand each other's company. :)