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Solo Acoustic Songs

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by mistermullens, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. mistermullens

    mistermullens Poster Extraordinaire

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    Here's another solo acoustic guitar song thread. I think this one will be a little different. I'm in a band, that I love, and it's the best musical experience I have had. I've been threatening to do a solo acoustic show, and now is better time then ever to do so and earn a little extra money.

    My dilemma, like most, is balancing playing the same old tired songs like Margaritaville, Mustang Sally, Friends In Low Places, etc, with songs I love that are a little more obscure, as well as originals. With our band, we take classics and make them our own. A few we do very similar to the record, but most, while recognizable, some would say "well, that's different." I can do that, and I would with the "tired" songs, but not every one of them.

    So, I wanted to get your thoughts on that as well as my current song list, which I'm always adding too. Oh, I'd love some song suggestions in the rock, country, blues, folk, americana genres as well. THanks!


    Songs List

    Ain't That Lovin You - Jimmy Reed
    And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
    And I Love Her -Beatles
    Angel from Montgomery - John Prine
    Catch Some Hell - Original
    Come On Back Jesus - Willie Nelson
    Country Road - James Taylor
    Crossroads - Robert Johnson/Clapton
    Dead Flowers - Rolling Stones
    Dead Man on the Road - Original
    Folsom Prison Blues>That's Alright Mama - Cash/Elvis
    From the Shadows - Original
    Good One Comin' On - Blackberry Smoke
    Heavy Blues - Original
    Hey Bartender - Original

    Hey Hey What Can I Do - Led Zepellin
    Home - Original
    I Ain't Good Lookin' - Original
    I Got Holes - Original
    If I Was the Devil - Original

    It's Only Rock N Roll - Rolling Stones
    Jesus Bus - Original
    Lodi - CCR
    Long As I Can See the Light - CCR
    Love Me Woman - Original
    Love Your Love the Most - Eric Church
    Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty
    Mr. Spaceman - Byrds
    My Best Guess - Original
    Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly/Rolling Stones
    One Good Thing - Original
    Part of Life - Original
    Ring of Fire - Cash
    She - Gram Parsons
    She's Everything - Brad Paisley
    The Sixties - Original
    Soulshine - Warren Haynes/Allman Brothers
    Straight to Hell>Heaven's Door - Drivin' N' Cryin/Dylan
    Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N' Roses
    Sweet Virginia - Rolling Stones
    The Weight - The Band
    Turn the Page - Bob Segar
    Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
    Woman Blues - Original
    You Waited for Me - Original

    Your Song - Elton John
     
  2. Guitar Jones

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    I'm not giving you my set list. :lol:
     
  3. ac15

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    Looks good to me. I did pretty well with solo gigs for a long time doing songs hardly anyone does, well, at least on guitar. It worked because I wanted to do those songs and could put them across.

    If you're good, especially really good, you can play whatever you want, assuming they are good songs.
     
  4. Stringbanger

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    When I played solo, I played what I liked. Sometimes I got invited back, sometimes I didn't. It's hard for me to recommend a song to you, without more information about the venues you plan to play and the age of the audiences. I didn't see any Neil Young songs in your list, so maybe one of them. I played, and still do, "Heart Of Gold", which always went over well. But, I did the harmonica on the rack thing, which is almost a must for that tune. I never played Marguitaritaville. I think your set is solid, and I like the amount of your own songs that are in the mix. I always had trepidations about playing my own stuff, because I didn't rehearse them enough. Go figure! Go for it.
     
  5. mistermullens

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    Thanks! I definitely need some Neil Young in there. I love Cinnamon Girl, so I'll eventually add that one. I used to play his song Unknown Legend in my first band. Great tune, and I may have to bring that one back.
     
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    to fill in the missing letters:

    Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Willie Nelson
    Every Day - Buddy Holly
    Keep On Trying - Poco
    Queen of Hearts - Dave Edmunds
    Uncle John's Band - Grateful Dead
    Ventura Highway - America
    X & Y - Coldplay
    Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
     
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    I was at an open mic recently, and I tried two songs that I thought might work, and they worked very well! Highly recommended.

    Old Alabama - Brad Paisley
    Fly Over States - Jason Aldean
     
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    Early Dan Fogelberg always works for me. As The Raven Flies, The Last Nail, a few others.
     
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    Wow! Thanks TeleTexas! I used to play "As The Raven Flies". Great tune. I used to play "Face The Fire" as well. Captured Angel was an album that I wore a second groove into. Thanks for reminding me. I gotta dig them out again.
     
  10. Guitar Jones

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    OK, I'm going to give you some of my more off the radar tunes I do. Mind you I only acoustic solo at open mike nights and some busking on weekends. All the songs I do are about death and/or despair so they are dark. It hits a nerve with some people but I do them because I love them. I try to keep them simple.

    Hurt- Johnny Cash style
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down- Joni Mitchell version (I live in the south)
    One Of Us Can Not Be Wrong- Leonard Cohen
    St. James Infirmary- traditional
    John Barlycorn Must Die- traditional, done in a Traffic version
    Hole In The Middle-Emily Jane White
    Ain't Nothing To Me- Johnny Winter
    Grave Digger- Dave Mathews
    Brother Can You Spare A Dime- Gershwin (I think?)
    Summertime- Gershwin
    Some Early Morning- Dan Tyminsky
    I Am The Highway- acoustic Chris Cornell version

    Anyway, just some of the odd stuff I do that you don't hear everywhere else.

    BTW if anyone here writes darker lyrics for folk, acoustic blues, Americana type stuff I really want to hear from you.
     
  11. Paul in Colorado

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    I think you can get away with more obscure tunes playing solo. I play old folk-country-blues songs and my own songs as well. They seem to go over pretty well.

    One suggestion. Ditch "Wagon Wheel." No one ever needs to hear that song again. It's the "Mustang Sally" of the acoustic scene. "Angel from Montgomery" can be retired as well, unless you're John Prine, Bonnie Raitt or Susan Tedeschi. YMMV.

    Guitar Jones. FWIW, Joan Baez did the "Dixie" cover, not Joni Mitchell.
     
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    You are correct, I was confused. I also do Joan's "Diamonds And Rust".
     
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