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Hey all....I've been hitting the open Mic night at a restaraunt about once a month for the past 3 months. This past visit the bar owner asked me to come in and do a full night. So....pretty excited as this my first real full show back in about 5 years(mandatory sabbatical from 3 kids coming in that time). So obviously I have more than enough original material BUT....although I used to be very opposed to covers I have come around full circle on their importance in bringing the crowd into your music. SO.....I need about 7 or 8 covers and here is what I have so far,

 

-Atlantic City- Bruce

-The Weight- The Band

-American Girl- Tom Petty

Dont Stop Believing- Journey(belive it or not I can make it work)

-You Don't Always Get What You Want- Rolling Stones-

 

So....I need about 3 more. Any thoughts? I am looking for fresh ideas....

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+1 for any Beatles, but I am biased as I live closer to Liverpool than you lot on here

 

I like to think of a set in terms of pace well as content

 

First 3 numbers, good pace numbers, little talking in between, play them straight off, get those feet tapping.

 

Can then go for some medium pace stuff

 

The slow it down before the finish

 

Then onto the last few numbers, big finale, good pace numbers song along etc…..

 

The for the encore if needed (and always plan this bit)

 

A slower song to come back with

The two good pace songs to go out on (ideally sing along – American Pie for example is a good finisher for acoustic sets)

 

Hopefully this approach will give you a different perspective

 

Good luck

 

Madman Greg

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+1 for any Beatles, but I am biased as I live closer to Liverpool than you lot on here

 

I like to think of a set in terms of pace well as content

 

First 3 numbers, good pace numbers, little talking in between, play them straight off, get those feet tapping.

 

Can then go for some medium pace stuff

 

The slow it down before the finish

 

Then onto the last few numbers, big finale, good pace numbers song along etc…..

 

The for the encore if needed (and always plan this bit)

 

A slower song to come back with

The two good pace songs to go out on (ideally sing along – American Pie for example is a good finisher for acoustic sets)

 

 

Cool...great input

Hopefully this approach will give you a different perspective

 

Good luck

 

Madman Greg

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Here are some suggestions...as a side-project to my original work, I play solo wedding gigs and go out with a function band on occasion, and these are the songs that always slay the crowd:

 

Cash - Ring Of Fire or Folsom Prison Blues

 

Van Morrison - Moondance or Brown Eyed Girl

 

Oasis - Wonderwall

 

King Of Leon - Sex On Fire

 

Monkees - I'm A Believer

 

Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl

 

Everlys - Bye Bye Love

 

Proclaimers - 500 Miles

 

Snow Patrol - Run or Chasing Cars

 

Don McLean - Vincent or American Pie

 

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

 

Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis

 

REM - Man On The Moon or Losing My Religion

 

There's tons of great songs out there-the above are all easy to play, too, which helps (well, it helps me anyway!)

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Here are some suggestions...as a side-project to my original work, I play solo wedding gigs and go out with a function band on occasion, and these are the songs that always slay the crowd:

 

Cash - Ring Of Fire or Folsom Prison Blues

 

Van Morrison - Moondance or Brown Eyed Girl

 

Oasis - Wonderwall

 

King Of Leon - Sex On Fire

 

Monkees - I'm A Believer

 

Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl

 

Everlys - Bye Bye Love

 

Proclaimers - 500 Miles

 

Snow Patrol - Run or Chasing Cars

 

Don McLean - Vincent or American Pie

 

Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

 

Marc Cohn - Walking In Memphis

 

REM - Man On The Moon or Losing My Religion

 

There's tons of great songs out there-the above are all easy to play, too, which helps (well, it helps me anyway!)

 

 

American Pie, Wagon Wheel and Folsom have been added. Thanks!

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Going on the criteria that they should be reasonably recognisable...

 

Lola....Kinks

 

Ode to Billy Joe.......Bobby Gentry

 

Love Hurts..........Everly Bros

 

Where do you go to my lovely.......Peter Starsted

 

Tupelo Honey...Van Morrison

 

If not for You....Bobby Zimmerman

 

Cry me a river....Various...a couple of easy jazz chords in this'un

 

Dead Flowers.......Stones but listen to Townes VZ's version

 

If I were a Carpenter....Tim Hardin

 

Cheers

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Popular at open mikes in these parts: Come on up to the House (Waits), Kennesaw Line (Claire Lynch), If I had a Boat (Lyle Lovett), Its Over (Lucidna Williams). In general, might want to think strong about songs that make it without the band arrangement. And if you are going to 60s artists, try a less known number (You got the Silver, not Cant Get Want).

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I dont know if you play any harp, but:

 

Tom Petty: You Dont Know How It Feels

Neil Young: Heart Of Gold

Steven Van Zant: I AM A Patriot(easy,fun to play, but very effective)No harp, unless you want to add some to it.

Amos Lee: Arms Of A Woman

Jackson Browne: Running On Empty

 

Just some that I do Sometimes....

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