I sing and play harmonica - think John Popper. I had a good run from 04-10' and have earned a very solid rep in the harp world (endorsements, convention performances, etc.). My blues-rock band broke up and I took some time off to finish grad school and have kids.
For the last year+, I've been trying to line up any sort of work - duo to full band, several genres. Nothing has panned out. I get invited to sit in all the time, but I want something real and steady (and I don't get paid to sit in!).
I have a nice, but small, PA and can handle just about all aspects of a group now EXCEPT booking. Calling and stopping in at clubs is too much (I commute to work and have a job where calling out isn't cool).
I really want to get back to playing, but am having a tough time finding a reliable guitar player for a duo let alone a full band. I am so bummed!!!!
Assuming I do find even a duo partner, my heart is in fun music with some jamming, sorta like Blues Traveler, I guess. Any advice on what to play or get things started? I know I am being vague, but I am stuck.
I've stopped at shows, done craigslist, etc, and I get the same responses. Bands aren't looking members or they totally don't get where I am coming from (they assume they know what I can offer on harp, but they don't really know).