Ok, so whats your next gig and gear...

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  1. rebelwoclue

    rebelwoclue Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    Well, I just picked up another band (or I guess, they picked me). I helped start a weekly jam session at our local nursing home recently (great audience) and one of the singers asked me if I'd be interested in joining her family band as their lead guitar player. They've laid off playing for the last few years after the father passed away and now they've been requested to resurrect the band and play for a large fall festival in Falmouth, KY. So, they are quite serious, starting a FB page and posting the band photos and a write up in the festival website. We've got some rehearsing to do. Mainly Gospel and traditional positive country music is their theme. (They do know I'm a Honky Tonk man, though :twisted:)
    Great to see people get back in to music and its really nice to see the professionalism- quite different than my other band's philosophy.
    Oh, it'll be an outdoor gig, so i'll be taking my Twin Reverb, '52 AVRI and my '68 Paisley as it will be back from Joe Glaser by then (new nut, refret and plek):D
     
  2. brookdalebill

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    I have a Swan Songs gig this afternoon.
    Swan Songs arranges mini-concerts for people in hospice care.
    This will be my fourth one.
    The leader is my friend Kim, a wonderful singer/pianist.
    We’ll be a trio, with a saxophonist I haven’t met yet.
    We’re going to do a 30-40 minute set of 50’s rock and roll.
    I have brush up on my renditions of Blue Suede Shoes
    and Hound Dog.
    I’m going to bring my 2005 Les Paul Std. and my trusty Cube 80XL.
    We don’t amplify our voices, and barely amplify our instruments.
    I’m looking forward to it!
     
  3. teletimetx

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    the brewpub. It's Wednesday. Tonight's guest: another singer/songwriter, guy standing up playing strummy, strummy guitar, singing his heartfelt ballads. Yeah.

    I'm trying to nip the whine in the bud here, but whew, how many of these guys are out there?

    ok, ok. I think I got this. My main complaint is that the audience tends to dry up, unless this guy has tons of family and/or friends show up. I've heard him before. Not predicting a sellout. The venue owner loves these guys, but it tends to put a dent in our share of the money...

    Oh, well. the house band is all good fun, every week. The entire crew should be there and we'll have fun anyway.

    EDIT: Ok, wait, just remembered - got another one coming up on Saturday, same venue. They do a reissue of Woodstock, sort of, with 3 days (Fri. Sat. Sun.) of music and potatoes. They call it Spudstock...Usually a pretty good crowd, good food and fun, fun, fun. We play Saturday night, straight off an actual set list, all good stuff. There, I feel better already.
     
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  4. brookdalebill

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    Tonight I play the Highball with Fingerpistol.
    The Highball sits at the site of Ray Hennig’s Heart Of Texas Music.
    Ray famously sold SRV his #1 Strat, and was my employer in 1985-1986.
    I’ve played at the Highball a half dozen times, with three different bands.
    I always remember working at HOT Music when I play there.
    Lots of bittersweet memories.
    Anyways, I always enjoy playing (subbing) with Fingerpistol.
    Really nice folks, too.
    I’m going to play my Cabronita partscaster, and my Cube.
    I’m going to restring my EJ Strat today, and bring it along too.
    Fingerpistol is a great dance band, and have a great following of skilled dancers.
    I always enjoy watching them.
    Looking forward to it!
     
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  5. brookdalebill

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    Later today I have my regular Friday bass gig.
    I’m bringing my red PRS SE Kestrel, and my new-to-me 1992 MIM Frnder Precision.
    It’s a nice, light one.
    I’m going to put Rotosound tape wound strings on it before the gig.
    The roundwound strings on it are fresh, but I greatly prefer the sound/feel of flatwound or tapewound strings.
    Looking forward to it!
     
  6. Fret Wilkes

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    Enjoy, and agreed on the flats. I love Thomastic Jazz Flats on my 51RI P-Bass.
     
  7. brookdalebill

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    I have my third and final gig of the week with Fingerpistol tomorrow (Sunday) at CBoy’s Heart & Soul.
    It’s a Sunday Matinee, officially it’s a Chicken S-word Bingo gig.
    Yup.
    It’s a silly, popular “thing” around here.
    There’s a big Bingo card, and where the chicken “goes” determines the letter/number called.
    Fingerpistol draws well, so we’ll have a great bunch of dancers.
    Anyways, it should be fun.
    I bought a Gibson Firebird V today, so I’ll set it up and bring it, and my Cabronita.
    It will be fun playing a Firebird in a country band!
    I haven’t done that since a left Canada.
    I have started singing one song with them, Leroy Van Dyke’s Walk On By.
    Looking forward to it!
     
  8. String Tree

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    image.jpeg I have a Friday, Saturday nighter here in town with the same band I played with the last two weekends.
    Same gear except, I will remember my Board this time!
     
  9. rebelwoclue

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    Hey Bill, I just noticed you have over 60K posts! Holy crap! That's gotta be a record! :cool:
     
  10. dougstrum

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    Lots of posts for brookdalebill, and a lot of gigs! You gig more than anyone I know:D
     
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    Its been a couple of weeks since my last gig. Will make up for it this weekend, monthly pizza gig Friday and winery Saturday:) No drummer this weekend so I plan to bring one of my big guitars.
    Probably the brown one since I just changed the bridge and pickups. IMG_20190822_105416950.jpg
     
  12. Paul in Colorado

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    Tomorrow morning. Colorado Green Band, Drake Rd. Farmer's Market, Fort Collins, CO 9:30 - 12:30

    Taylor 812C acoustic > Baggs preamp > PA

    Fender MIM Stratocaster > Digitech RP 360 > PA

    I made a new cable for the acoustic. It has an Amphenol switching RA 1/4" plug on one end and a good ol' Switchcraft straight plug on the other end. Green Mogami cable (Since we are the Colorado GREEN Band). There was a lot of swearing during the soldering process, but I have it working fine now. Sometimes you need three hands. I had it done and tested it and the meter showed a short, so I took it apart and was half way through redoing it when I realized that there was a switch so it would show a short unless I plugged it into something. Duh! I got it now (finger's crossed).
     
  13. brookdalebill

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    I have my Cherry Creek Catfish Co. gig this evening and tomorrow evening.
    I’m going to play my new Firebird and old EJ Strat.
    I love this gig.
    The key player/singer and drummer are brilliant.
    Afterwards I have my regular Friday bass gig.
    Yes!
     
  14. brookdalebill

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    Tonight I play (sub) with Fingerpistol at the Little Longhorn on Burnet Rd
    I’m going to play my avatar guitar and Roland Cube 80XL.
    It will be it’s madien voyage with it’s new titanium compensated saddles, modified bridge base, and new (used) Bill Lawrence blade bridge pickup.
    I’m going to bring my Cabronita partscaster, too.
    Looking forward to it!
     
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  15. teletimetx

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    Tonight, house band, brewpub. Guests are an acoustic duo, two women, good stuff, looking forward to it.
    I'm in the middle of moving to a new place in Houston, so may go for simple rig - tele, SF Princeton, small board.
     
  16. brookdalebill

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    I’m not playing again till Friday.
    I play Poodie’s with the Joel Hoffmann Band.
    I’m going to use my Cabronita with Hipshot.
    My avatar guitar will need a different bridge pickup.
    I’m not liking the Bill Lawrence blade pickup I just put in it.
    I’m looking forward to it l!
     
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    After bailing outa my last 4 gigs due to ankle/foot issues I think I can handle my next one, a 3-hour farmers market thing in my city's downtown. Am looking at ways to keep the rig simple. Normally, for any gig lasting 2 hrs or more, I bring a guitar for songs in standard & drop tuning, another one for open tuning songs, and a 5-string banjo. And banjo songs fit nicely into a farmers market. But I think I'll just bring 2 guitars, a Gretsch semi-hollow and a parlor with a soundhole humbucker. If I can get my laptop prepped for using outdoors, I'll run guitars >> wireless inst transmitter >> Line 6 Spider 5 120W modeling amp (run with software app on laptop) >> Direct Out >> Fishman Solo Amp; SM58 for vocals straight into the Fish Stick.
     
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    Bummer having to miss gigs, hope it goes well this weekend; farm market gigs are usually
    a fun and low key environment.
     
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    Labor Day weekend is shaping up to be fun; good weather and 3 gigs. Two wineries with
    jazz group, we'll be a quartet this weekend, our drummer is back:D Also get to host a
    blues jam with my old hillbilly boogie band;) We play together less than 1/2 doz times a
    yr these days so it's always fun!

    Gonna keep it simple blue tele, cherry thinline and 5e5
     
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  20. Paul in Colorado

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    Another Farmers Market gig this Saturday, downtown Fort Collins. It's also Tour de Fat, which is held a block away from where we're playing. A gazillion drunk bicyclists in costumes all over town. Big fun! I wish we were playing for the tour itself, but we're not.

    Same gear as last weekend.
     
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