Got a country gig on Friday...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by StrangerNY, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    3,313
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    ...subbing for the guitarist in one of LI's big country bands. They do a nice mix of newer stuff (light on the obvious 'bro-country' stuff like FGL and such), plus some Hank, Eddie Rabbit, Dwight, Vince, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Lynn Anderson, Patsy, Pam Tillis, etc. - a really nice mix of tunes.

    They do a fair amount of stuff in drop D tuning, so I pulled out the bender Partscaster. I had put a GFS Lil' Puncher in it a while ago, but when I plugged it in it sounded pretty dark in comparison to my Danocaster. So I went looking and found a GFS Classic 50s bridge pickup and swapped it in. While it's a little bit brighter than the Budz pickups, it's nothing I can't adjust with the tone control.

    So now I'm pretty confident that this pair will get me through the gig without a problem.

    [​IMG]

    Now all I gotta do is remember all those songs...

    - D
     
  2. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    22,981
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Fort Collins, CO
    I can hear the TWANG from here!
     
    joealso, StrangerNY and blowtorch like this.
  3. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    7,252
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2013
    Location:
    Indiana
    I love it

    post the set lists!
     
    StrangerNY likes this.
  4. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    3,313
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    I got my Mooer GE-300 on Saturday, and I've only had minimal time to program it. But I gotta say, the Deluxe Reverb amp model in that thing has delivered me the best pure Tele tone I've ever gotten from a modeling rig.

    Between the Mooer and these two guitars, I'm loaded for bear for this gig.

    - D
     
  5. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    3,313
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    Here's the song list I'm working from. They're going to throw a few more at me before the gig.

    5150 - Dierks Bentley
    All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down - Mavericks
    American Kids - Kenny Chesney
    Any Man Of Mine - Shania Twain
    Baggage Claim - Miranda Lambert
    Beer Money - Kip Moore
    Blame It On Your Heart - Patty Loveless
    Boot Scootin Boogie - Brooks & Dunn
    Chicken Fried - Zac Brown
    Cleopatra - Pam Tillis
    Country Girl - Luke Bryan
    Crazy - Patsy Cline
    Dance The Night Away - Mavericks
    Down In Mississippi - Sugarland
    Drink In My Hand - Eric Church
    Driving My Life Away - Eddie Rabbitt
    Follow Your Arrow - Kasey Musgraves
    Folson Prison - Johhny Cash
    Fourth Of July - Shooter Jennings
    Guitars Cadillacs - Dwight Yoakam
    Hey Good Looking - Mavericks
    Honey Bee - Blake Shelton
    I Just Wanna Dance With You - George Strait
    I Like It I Love It - Tim McGraw
    It Happens - Sugarland
    Its A Little Too Late - Tanya Tucker
    Its Five O'clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson
    Jambalaya - Hank Williams
    Knee Deep - Zak Brown
    Liza Jane - Vince Gill
    Lonely Drum - Aaron Goovin
    Mamas Broken Heart - Miranda Lambert
    Man I Feel Like A Woman - Shania Twain
    Missing - William Michael Morgan
    Pontoon - Little Big Town
    Redneck Woman - Gretchen Wilson
    Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
    Save A Horse - Big & Rich
    Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
    That's What I Like About You - Trisha Yearwood
    Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker
    Why Haven't I Heard From You - Reba Macintyre

    ---

    - D
     
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2019
    JL_LI likes this.
  6. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,882
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Location:
    Big D
    Wow that is quite the list. How do you go about memorizing all of those songs?
     
  7. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    3,313
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    I already knew about half the list from either hearing them when I was a kid, playing them in jams and whatnot, and a few from playing with a country band out in Jersey for a couple of years.

    For the rest, I made a Spotify playlist and just listened to them over and over for about a wekk and making notes on keys, tunings and lead bits and intros.

    I started doing playthroughs on Monday and now I'm down to 3 or 4 that I'll need to make cheat sheets for and will refer to them as I practice tonight and tomorrow. If all goes right I'll have those committed to memory by Friday and I'll be able to leave the cheat sheets at home.

    - D
     
    Wildcard_35 likes this.
  8. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,511
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Location:
    meridianam altum centralis
    Standard play list. No amp?
     
  9. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    3,313
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    I run the Mooer into the effects return of a Two Rock Studio Pro 35. Gives it the necessary push, plus I hate hearing my guitar back through the monitors. Sound engineers don't get it right about 90% of the time.

    - D
     
  10. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,511
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2013
    Location:
    meridianam altum centralis
    Better than nice.
     
    StrangerNY likes this.
  11. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    2,307
    Joined:
    May 20, 2017
    Location:
    Long Island, NY
    Impossible!!! I couldn’t learn all those songs in a year and some of them I couldn’t listen to half way through. I like country music and I like playing it but that set list convinced me I made the right career choice. Mechanical and optical design doesn’t have to be memorized, just executed flawlessly and that’s easier for me than playing through just one song I know without making an obvious mistake.
     
    Matt G and StrangerNY like this.
  12. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    3,313
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    Well, part of the beauty of playing some of this stuff is that being a little loose with it and making the occasional slip-up is okay - it'll lead you down a slightly different path than you were originally going, and often leads to 'happy accidents.'

    I rarely get through a song without missing something. But someone told me a long time ago that in live performance, notes are here and gone, and what you or I might consider a mistake goes largely unnoticed by the people watching.

    You're out east on LI, right? You should bring the wife out to a show sometime. I'll show you how to make mistakes. ;)

    - D
     
    teletimetx and Wildcard_35 like this.
  13. Preacher

    Preacher Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,882
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2007
    Location:
    Big D
    Wow. I am in the same boat as @JL_LI as I could not remember half of those songs. Man I wish there was a way that I could gain that knowledge.
     
  14. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    7,252
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2013
    Location:
    Indiana
    so you've got a gal singer?
     
  15. Wildcard_35

    Wildcard_35 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    265
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2012
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Is the drop D tuning on some tunes to simulate a baritone, or to just make some chords easier to play?
     
  16. StrangerNY

    StrangerNY Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    3,313
    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2010
    Location:
    Long Island, New York
    Yeah, and she's really good. I've been playing in a 'party band' with her, doing a whole 'nother set of material from the list I posted, and she aces everything. I love working with her because she's a great vocalist and a really good performer.

    It's mostly to be able to play in D and get that bass note at the bottom. I learned it from a country guy years ago, but a lot of rock guys use it, too. Just a deeper tuning for guitar.

    - D
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.