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Had an interesting gig tonight. Crappy weather and hectic drive. Venue was a nice restaurant/bar. We've played there before and I've played with my previous band there too. Parking lot is always crazy and load-in is a *****. Have to wait for dinner crowd to thin out before we can even set up. The stage is very cramped also.  And on top of that, our bass player, who also runs sound had to work late. His real job is for a sound company called RCI, and he had to do sound for some mega church Christmas play. A friend filled in on bass the first set. Main problem was, even though he left instructions and made charts of how to set up the PA, it was still a cluster @#&* . 

Somehow we fudged things enough to get a first set in. Then Gene arrived and got things straight and played bass next two sets. It was actually a really good gig despite the bad weather and late start. Crowd was awesome. Had a good time watching them dance. Took the PRS tonight and it did great.  

I can't believe I'm still up at 2:45am. { played a Christmas party Wednesday  night, went to Ravens game Thursday night, and played gig tonight, all while still going to work every morning after.  Going to a Bourbon exchange party Saturday. Getting a head start with some Woodford Reserve now.      

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Xmas party gig last night at a village hall in Wiltshire.

We were booked a few months ago.  But 4 days before the gig, our new singer couldn't make it as his son was suffering from migraines, took him to hospital last Tuesday and they found a tumour behind his eye.  This has turned out to be benign - or as benign as these things ever are. They were operating on him on Friday AFAIK.

We managed to get our previous lead singer at only 3 days' notice; flurry of emails, set lists, song sheets.

I drive 40 miles to gig in our new climate-changed weather; dark, cold, hammering with rain as usual. In the last 3 months I can count the sunny, rain-free days on one hand, mostly now in my part of England this time of year it's 100% cloud cover and raining nearly ALL the time, day and night[sad].  I'm an old moanie but it's true.

Before we even start one of the p.a. speakers stops working, then the bassplayer has a problem either with his lead or the battery in his active bass.  The lead singer has brought his wife who decides to go home; she leaves in his car so the harmonica player will have to take him and his gear home which means there isn't room for the p.a. in his little car. 

All a bit chaotic as we'd not seen this singer since last New Year's Eve, but we got through it ok. The audience loved it and they all danced.  I played ok but forgot all of my best intentions and ideas, with all the hassles and problems.  The 2 Xmas numbers were a shambles but it didn't matter.....one of these (the Slade song) was a good clear chart and I checked it with the original on Youtube, all good. Except I ignored the "Capo on 4th fret" written at the top of the chart in big letters, as I don't use a capo and the chords matched perfectly with the original version.  Only when we started playing did I realise that he was playing G shape but as he was capo'd at 4th fret it was coming out as B....bassplayer looked grim and after a minute or so decided to sit that one out!

Got out midnight +30 and started back. After half a mile the narrow country road disappeared under water, and  I was driving through a long, shallow lake....all the way home there was a LOT of standing water on the smaller roads, several times I had to go into the oncoming lane to avoid the floods.  As I get older, I find driving in the dark and rain more and more stressful - and dangerous.   That is what will stop me doing this; not the fact that perhaps I didn't enjoy a gig, or there was hassle, or I didn't play as well as I'd like -  it's the travelling which does me in. 

Home around 1.30 a.m.  I left my slide behind on the stage somewhere.  Damn.

Next gig is a jazz one on Jan 3rd.  Rehearsals for this keep getting cancelled so I've no idea how that will go.  

TBH I have been seriously thinking about jacking it all in for the moment - the blues band lurches from one crisis to another, the jazz group is all but a non-starter, and the travelling - as everyone reading this knows well - is a pain. 

Then again I got there, did it, and got home in one piece so in truth,  I was lucky -again.

Happy Xmas and best wishes to everybody!

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Second gig for the year (about the normal rate then) on Saturday at pub rock venue in local city.  Old school dark smallish room with proper cramped stage full of gear, the old style coloured lights/heaters hung above us, and it's about 100F/35C temperature in the room and the aircon's dead. People are taking up smoking just for an excuse to duck out to the cooler night air it seems. A proper originals rock gig ....sweating alt rock oriented crowd, door b!tches on duty and merch table of goodies.

 We are middle of the 3 bands for an hour set and the PA is feckin superb, with sound guy working a massive desk...can tell from the opening act we will sound the best we possibly can. All good on stage except for copious sweat meaning hard to hold pick and fear of electric shocks from mics. We aren't perfect - never are, it's live rock after all, but more than adequate, well received, and heaps of fun! Final band is awesome - total pros, so good to ease back over a beer or two and take in their rocking set. Home around midnight. Sweet deal. Rock n roll!

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ps jdgm we'll take some of that rain please - send down as much as you can spare mate!
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played a St Judes Hospital benefit at a bar on the boardwalk in Ocean City , Md. the Lucky Anchor.  was a nice gig. afternoon , so was home at a decent hr. 

name of the band is Both Barrels. use to be a 5pc. keyboardist quit. currently a 4 pc. thats why I noted it as 4 barrel ... sometimes try to come up with silly names 

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On 12/16/2019 at 3:53 PM, Karloff said:

played a St Judes Hospital benefit at a bar on the boardwalk in Ocean City , Md. the Lucky Anchor.  was a nice gig. afternoon , so was home at a decent hr. 

name of the band is Both Barrels. use to be a 5pc. keyboardist quit. currently a 4 pc. thats why I noted it as 4 barrel ... sometimes try to come up with silly names 

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Good stuff.  Some time I'm gonna be down OC when you play and I'll be sure to check it out. [thumbup] 

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2 hours ago, saturn said:

Good stuff.  Some time I'm gonna be down OC when you play and I'll be sure to check it out. [thumbup] 

Jay,  that would be cool. 

 

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Played my first gig using my new PRS amp tonight. I'll give a little update the amp review for Karloff in m NAD thread tomorrow.For now I'll just post the set list since it's been awhile for that. 

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Good stuff! 

Seeing Dancing in the Moonlight reminded me that my previous band used to play a rocking version of a completely different song by the same name - Aussie aboriginal band rock at its best and great fun to play. Check it out:

 

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14 hours ago, saturn said:

Played my first gig using my new PRS amp tonight...

 

Nice!  Been to the one up White Marsh for a couple of belts.  Nice set list.

rct

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20 hours ago, rct said:

 

Nice!  Been to the one up White Marsh for a couple of belts.  Nice set list.

rct

Damn. Just saw a FB post (someone sceenshotted it to me since I'm not on FB) that the the day we played there was the last day of business for them. Bar Louie abruptly closed 30 locations and that was one of them. 😲 Apparently White Marsh is staying open.

We also play the Hunt Valley location. Haven't heard about that one. Hope our check clears from Friday night.

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WTF?  That's American business for you.  Man that sucks.

rct

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I got to play last night with a guy - Wallace Coleman - who played for a guy - Robert Jr. Lockwood - who played with Robert Johnson.  😁

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1 hour ago, badbluesplayer said:

I got to play last night with a guy - Wallace Coleman - who played for a guy - Robert Jr. Lockwood - who played with Robert Johnson.

Very cool!

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On 2/2/2020 at 2:31 PM, Twang Gang said:

Sounds like fun.  Would that be 3 degrees of separation then?

That's it!  Here's me jamming.  I built the two tweed amps there on the backline but I'm playing my '11 335 thru a Deluxe Reverb.

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Played a nice acoustic gig tonight in Stevensville Md. . Really good crowd. We ended up getting sent shots of Tequila, Jagermeister  and vodka at separate times throughout the night.

The only problem was having to cross Chesapeake Bay Bride during heavy wind advisory and terrible traffic. to get there. Drive home wasn't so bad.  

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Blues band played again tonight in Salisbury, nearly a 100-mile round trip for me through the usual darkness and endless driving rain.

England is currently suffering the worst floods in living memory, enormous rainstorms every weekend and rain all week.   The ground everywhere is completely sodden and soaked, some rivers are overflowing higher than since records began, whole towns and villages flooded out, water now pouring off the flood plains which have turned into lakes -  and the rain just keeps on coming.*

Add the inexorable advance of the coronavirus and there is a very real possibility that an awful lot of live music venues will close in the next few weeks and months. 

And on a personal level - our 'new' singer has given in his notice. So if the band continues we are back once again at square one, assuming we will have anywhere to actually play. 

This evening was rough in places, we all fooked up at various points (the drummer most of all) but the good bits were very good and I was extremely pleased with the tones from my Vintage V100 PGM (Peter Green Model). The pickups on this guitar are easily some of the best I've ever used.   And the singer lent me his Fastfret - I'm converted!

I got there, I did it, I got paid and I got home.  I can tell you that was good going for tonight. 

A cup of tea then bed.  Goodnight all.

* Morning after Edit - it has stopped raining now, here in SE England and the sun is even shining!

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Well it's good to hear that it stopped raining. The weather certainly has been strange. Good luck finding a new singer and some venues. The stock market here in the USA had a fantastic rally today. They say it was because of lessening Coronavirus fears. I hope they're right.

I had a really busy day taking care of my disables son. I spent 3 1/2 hours in the car taking him to different appointments. He's doing pretty well, thank goodness. I'm pooped and about to call it a day. Goodnight all. Peace

 

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Marky, your gig is a LOT harder than any of mine.

My very best wishes to you.

johnM 🎸

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4 hours ago, jdgm said:

Marky, your gig is a LOT harder than any of mine.

My very best wishes to you.

johnM 🎸

Thank you, John. Much appreciated.

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