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- Apr 29, 2021
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A clip from Fridays gig in Lexington Ky.
sounds great! good vox, tasty volumeA clip from Fridays gig in Lexington Ky.
For the past 6+ years, I have volunteer taught for a local branch of a national nonprofit called Guitars Not Guns. We give kids between ages 8-18 an opportunity to learn guitar and keep them off the streets. Each child gets a guitar if they take the basic 8 week class. Every kid "graduates" so long as they come to all 8 sessions and we have a ceremony and award each a free acoustic guitar. In the time I've been there, our branch has given out over 500 guitars! We also have intermediate and advanced students. My 10 y.o. is a beginner and has graduated. My 14 y.o. is an advanced player. There are normally up to 40 kids in the class, all on acoustic guitar, and we have some very good local musicians that also volunteer teach every Saturday at a local teen center. We have recently resumed in person classes again. I am the "house drummer", we may have a student on bass, but for the most part, it will be anywhere from 10-30 kids on acoustic, a teacher on harmonica, a few other teachers on acoustic/electric, and maybe 1-2 on electric rhythm guitar. We play songs like Wipeout, Pipeline, This Land Is Your Land, Knockin on Heaven's Door, House of The Rising Sun (killer bluesy version and my older guy does a sweet slide solo), Bang On the Drum (my older one leads the band and sings), La Bamba, some bluegrass songs, and some pop songs. The setlist changes every 6 months or so. We also play a few holiday events and do Jingle Bell Rock, Feliz Navidad and Jingle Bells. We just played a National Night Out for the Marina P.D./Fire a few weeks back, and it was one of the main instructors, the best guitarist, my older son (probably #2 best), my little guy (faking some of the songs because he didn't know them, and standing next to me), myself on drums, and the #1 guy's girlfriend singing, too. Last year, we played a local equestrian center and it was pretty much the same lineup (sans girlfriend), a few more beginners on acoustic, and the harmonica guy. We did a set nearly 1 hour long, then a few of us did just covers, bluegrass and other songs. I am lucky to be able to teach the kids, and more lucky to jam with my dudes. We play this same Festival annually, a big New Years celebration, the Monterey Blues Festival, museums, library gigs, and everything in between!What's the instrumentation of your band?
Have fun!!!!Our lead singer opens for John Anderson tonight at Renfro Valley in Kentucky. Then he joins us as we play the official after party there at the same venue (different room).
Have opened for big acts before but never been booked to play an ‘after party’, so will be interesting to see what it’s like.
Are you in a room separated from everyone else?I'm finishing up a 6 show run of a "new musical"; George Remus,tomorrow.
Here's my set-up for it...bass drum,snare,floor tom,woodblock,wind chimes,suspended cymbal,& hi-hats
This was my first foray into playing a musical...a whole 'nother set o'skills is required!