So last night I took my recording stuff to my restaurant gig and recorded a couple videos. Here's what the shows are like.
Half of the recordings below are pretty loop-heavy. But most of last night was taken up playing requests from the audience, sans loops. I still need to get a couple good recordings of some of that sort of stuff.
I play covers at the restaurant because they keep the customers happy. But I hope to sneakily incorporate a few originals over the coming year as my confidence in my own work returns.
Today I recorded a performance of "35,17" at Tractorgrease Studios.
I don't really want to write about the performances until I hear which one Jeff chose for the video. I'll be sure to post the video here, of course, and I'll be more willing to write about it then.
I played somewhat well. It was a little rough around the edges, of course, but I feel as if I turned on the charm and played a few good riffs. If anything the performance was unique, I hope. I look forward to hearing how a Jeff-live-performance sounds when it's professionally recorded.
Also, yesterday I learned that my mix of "Pound of Flesh" was accepted for the Michael Knott Tribute CD. I sent a mixed wav file and look forward to hearing how it gets mastered.
Apart from his Americana lineage, I don't know nuthin' 'bout Justin Townes Earle. But "Burning Pictures" is a pretty awesome song.
Excellent imagery; great storytelling.
Last night I played a live show at Echo Island Pub in Harrison Hot Springs. I didn't get any photos taken, which is a shame because it was my first full-length solo show since 2010 or so. It generally went well. Wanna' hear part of it?
Yeah, it's pretty rough around the edges, and perhaps deep into the image. However, I think it happens to sound pretty good for someone who's pretty severely out of practice.
Here's the only photo I got, which I took not long after I'd started packing up.
Tonight I played at the jam at Echo Island Pub in Harrison Hot Springs again.
I started on bass because I didn't want to think of songs to play. Although I know lots of songs, I don't have many memorized.
Then they got me to pull my guitar out of the trunk, where I proceeded to humiliate myself. I had never led the "power trio" format before. It was a mess.
I wound-up playing songs like "My Best Friend's Girl," "Bad Moon Rising," "With or Without You," and any other songs I could think of that featured simple instrumentation. I usually only remembered the lyrics to disparate portions of unconnected verses.
They even got me to play "Paranoid," which I'd never played before in my life. Barry, on bass, took the vocals and I followed the guitar riff; I learned that I should never play such a thing again. According to reports, I had an enormous grin on my face throughout the song.
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