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  • #16
    I'm doing something kinda like blues/rock, but it's really more like blues/R&B. Does that count? This band is about half covers and half originals, but the covers tend to be fairly obscure R&B tunes that we really like - anyone besides me remember the Soul Children, Smiley Lewis or Mable Johns?

    Currently I'm playing a reissue 60s P Bass (with flatwounds) through an SWR Super Redhead, though for the next gig I'll have my 54 reissue P Bass out of the shop.
    Dave Martin
    Nashville, TN
    Java Jive Studio

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    • #17
      I play quite a bit of original blues on a Regal Resonator and a Taylor played through an acoustic amp with just a little reverb. Very simple.
      I play with just a drummer and love the freedom it gives me to take off in the middle of a song and go where I want musically without screwing up the rest of the band.
      This last year I got to open for John Lee Hooker Jr. and it was a wonderful experience. I love the blues although my music wouldn't be considered straight blues. But there's somthing about the resonator tuned to E that gives just about everything I play with it that bluesy sound.
      I'm really thankful that my friends in school were into the blues and gave me an education in it. It's taught me so very much about the language of music...
      ____________________________________
      Originally posted by gtrbass.....

      I'm such a big fan of ME that I signed myself to an exclusive 7 album deal. Of course since I'm both the artist and the label, I promised myself the world up front and then I totally screwed ME in the fine print of the contract. I'll never see sh*t as the artist, but I'm gonna make a killing as the label...._______


      www.myspace.com/strangerbytheminute

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      • #18
        Originally posted by superiorparts
        i live in the heart of the mississippi delta...[snip]...what a shame. the youth today.

        kevin james

        www.monkeyboneband.com


        That's sad. You'd think that region would have a thriving blues scene.

        I think a lot of blues appreciation comes from musicians, but for many/most in the general public, it's a novelty. Years ago this group of friends who were about 10 years older than me would get together every few months and go see a blues band. But none of them owned any blues music or listened to it otherwise. Similar to "let's go see a jazz band". It's a diversion for a night, like going to see a movie or something.

        I love blues - everything from old-timey acoustic stuff to SRV, and I especially love live blues, if it's done well. My band does a few blues songs, but we're mostly funk/rock/r&b. I'd do more blues if it was up to me, but the rest of the band isn't into it as much.

        I'm also a big reggae fan, and I think blues has a similar problem - I hear "it all sounds the same" pretty frequently. That can be true to a point, but the more you immerse yourself, the more you can appreciate the subtleties within the formulas of the genres. To me it doesn't sound the same, but if someone's not a fan, or only a casual fan, there's not much you can do.

        Hey lazarga, have all of your 6000+ posts been so insightful? Keep up the good work.
        We need to talk about your flair.

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        • #19
          peace

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          • #20
            I'm in a Blues band.

            We play a little rock and want to incorporate some soul but these guys pretty much wanna play blues and not much else. Must be a Chicago thing...

            I'm not much for playing blues but I like to play so here I am. I can't bring a song to our playlist no matter what I put on the table so far. I don't know much about traditional blues so there's not much I can offer there, classic rock is frowned on in this band.

            Though it might seem I'm a bit discouraged, to the contrary. The live gigs are a blast! I basically get the freedom to go as long as I want or wherever I want to go on quite a few solos, I have a solo on almost every song and the reception we've gotten so far has been decent.

            I've also convinced these guys that it's feasable to introduce new songs through email and rehearse them for the first time at soundcheck. So as long as we're gigging, there's no rehearsal. Pretty sweet setup really. I'm diggin' it so far!

            Oh and my rig is:
            Marshall AVT150 combo,
            ext cab if needed, rarely needed,
            AKG Guitar Bug wireless,
            I'll bring two guitars of a dozen or so that I rotate. Just whatever two I feel like grabbing, usually one will be active, the other passive, usually. Everything fits in the trunk of my car except the ext cab but like I said, I rarely need it.

            I also bring a Behringer V-Amp2 as a backup.
            "Born to Play" MP3 album at iTunes & Amazon.

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            • #21
              Our band's byline is "Houserockin' Rhythm & Blues", and we play a good number of old R&B tunes, along with a couple of SRV standards and pile of funky rockin' stuff. So we're not really a "blues" band, but something more fun.

              HOWEVER...that's all people see when they look us over. We've been turned down for gigs because they didn't want an old blues band. "People at our club don't want to hear blues."

              I'm thinking of changing the byline, simply to avoid that reaction. I think it sounds cool, but it's not working that well for us. I need something that represents while avoiding the pitfall dug by bad blues bands in the past.

              Ironically, every time I've been in a straight-up ROCK band, the SRV stuff gets the crowd wound up better than anything else. Go figger.
              It doesn't matter if it's broken or not, take it apart and fix it anyway.

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              • #22
                I play keyboards for a local blues band here in Rochester called Steve Grills & The Roadmasters. We do a lot of the traditional Chicago-style blues ranging from Albert Collins to Earl Hooker. I've been with the band for about 12 yrs and over the years, we've opened for a variety of big-name acts, like Leon Russell, Robert Cray and Shemekia Copeland.
                http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...m?bandID=73567
                Soul On Tap
                The Coupe De Villes
                Chris Beard Band

                current gear list:
                Yamaha MOX8, Korg Triton, Korg CX3, Korg X2, QSC K12, Rhodes Stage '73(needs new tines), Ventilator, Reason 3

                "Leave the ego, play the music, love the people.." - Luther Allison

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                • #23
                  I've noticed that the blues popularity has cycles.At times it's hot, other times not so hot.But it's always there to a degree.It's been around for a long time.It ain't going anywhere.If you love it,you won't mind the wait. I play the blues for me first,other folks second.
                  The fewer notes you play ,the more you make per note.
                  Give yourself a raise.

                  Danelectro + Ampeg=Bass

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                  • #24
                    It really is overrated. It's nice, being that everything came from blues, but there's too much of it around where I live, in cover bands, at open mics, etc...
                    You may not want a "lead bassist," but I'm giving you one anyway.

                    Everything from Peter Gabriel to Days of the New to NOFX to Depeche Mode to Killswitch Engage to Lonely Island to Gregg Allman...

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by tucktronix
                      I play keyboards for a local blues band here in Rochester called Steve Grills & The Roadmasters. We do a lot of the traditional Chicago-style blues ranging from Albert Collins to Earl Hooker. I've been with the band for about 12 yrs and over the years, we've opened for a variety of big-name acts, like Leon Russell, Robert Cray and Shemekia Copeland.


                      You heard of a band called Buford & Smokin Section? They play up around Rochester sometimes at the Dinosaur Barbeque. Buford lives near Rochester. Although I live in South Carolina I played several gigs with them up that way in 1999.

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                      • #26
                        lol

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                        • #27
                          Never too much of the Blues.....
                          ____________________________________
                          Originally posted by gtrbass.....

                          I'm such a big fan of ME that I signed myself to an exclusive 7 album deal. Of course since I'm both the artist and the label, I promised myself the world up front and then I totally screwed ME in the fine print of the contract. I'll never see sh*t as the artist, but I'm gonna make a killing as the label...._______


                          www.myspace.com/strangerbytheminute

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Roy Brooks


                            You heard of a band called Buford & Smokin Section? They play up around Rochester sometimes at the Dinosaur Barbeque. Buford lives near Rochester. Although I live in South Carolina I played several gigs with them up that way in 1999.


                            Oh yeah... I know those guys. Buford sat in with us on numerous occasions.
                            http://www.soundclick.com/bands/page...m?bandID=73567
                            Soul On Tap
                            The Coupe De Villes
                            Chris Beard Band

                            current gear list:
                            Yamaha MOX8, Korg Triton, Korg CX3, Korg X2, QSC K12, Rhodes Stage '73(needs new tines), Ventilator, Reason 3

                            "Leave the ego, play the music, love the people.." - Luther Allison

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by superiorparts
                              i live in the heart of the mississippi delta. i live 24 miles from highway 61, 20 miles from bb king hometown of indianola, 15 miles from robert johnsons grave memorial in sidon(yes there is another in money, ms), ive played at ground zero blues club(owned by morgan freeman) bunches of times, played at 308 blues club in indianola, i know super chickan, paul wine jones, and countless other blues artist. two of my band mates live in clarksdale(where 61 meets 49 or crossroads). we play nothing but rock music. you can take the best blues act in our area and play any club you want and you might get 25 people there. a good rock band will pack the house. i dont think the youth give a rat's ass about the blues. they say that blues come from african americans, well they dont give a **************** either. they dont go to the shows. the black youth would rather listen to crap or rap than any blues artist. i have a lot a friends that are deep rooted in the blues and i hate it for them. you had better do it because you love it because the money aint there. i personally don't care much for the blues but i do believe it has its place. morgan freeman has tried real hard to promote the blues. we can't play his club ground zero anymore because we dont do any blues but if we did we would draw 10 times the crowd the blues act will. his club is strictly a blues club, thats what he wants, thats what he gets. i know there is a bigger market somewhere for the blues but it sure is sad that it is not here. i had a friend with me and we went through sidon and i showed him the robert johnson memorial. he didnt know who robert johnson was. what a shame. the youth today.

                              kevin james

                              www.monkeyboneband.com


                              I believe that is the saddest post I have ever read.
                              Professor Tom

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by santos

                                a thriving blues scene.

                                Now there is a 21st Century oxymoron...

                                I play in a blues/R&B/swing/Jump combo, covering music from the late 1920s through the early 70s, plus originals. We are generally overlooked in our market by the blues promoters because we are 1) not a 'fronted' band (we are not the Joe Blowjob Blues Band or Dick Head and the Semen Squirters... ), 2) we are not 'guitar dominated' (I'm not the second coming of SRV/Jimi/Clapton/whoever) and 30 we have 3 lead vocalists who rotate throughtout each set.

                                That said, when people do hear us, they almost immediately realize that we are 1) having fun 2) pretty good at being entertaining 3) not boring/monotonous 4) worth rebooking. For instance, the first time we played BB King's Hollywood, we were rebooked as a regular Saturday opener before we hit dressing room after our set.

                                Other local blues bands ask where we are playing, mainly to steal material from us , since we are very eclectic, from Cab Calloway to Nat Cole, from Louis Jordan to Louis Armstrong, Muddy, Wolf, T-bone, the 3 Kings, Booker T and the MGs, James Brown, Sam and Dave...and we intentionally avoid the standard blues covers that most bands do, or we go back to the original source material rather than cover a cover, so we get a fresher take.

                                There are unfortunately only a few viable blues clubs left in the Los Angeles area that can pay us what we expect, and they are too busy booking the fronted bands and the touring acts...so we do private/corporate work, fairs, general arts festivals...

                                It is a sad state of affairs that one of America's indigenous art forms has been relegated to the back corner of the shed because no one understands its true nature...
                                "We are currently experiencing some technical difficulties due to reality fluctuations. The elves are working tirelessly to patch the correct version of reality. Activities here have been temporarily disabled since the fundamentals of mathematics, physics and reason may be incomprehensible during this indeterminate period of instability. Normal service will be restored once we are certain as to what 'normal' is."

                                Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting '...man, what a ride!'
                                "The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively" ~Bob Marley

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