Saturday, October 21, 2017

Show Notes: Lyric Theatre October 12, 2017

I prefer a vinyl LP to a CD or especially an MP3.  I like the warmth and the crackle of the needle as well as a distinctive side one and side two.  Kind of like watching a live band play two sets when I think about it.
Photo Credit: Matthew Lieberman

Tonight's set was songs from my record collection.  My slow alt-country version of Mercury Blues went over much better at the Lyric than it did at Houston's Pizza two weeks ago.  Different crowd, different tastes.  "The Ghost in You" naturally segued its way into "52 Stations" and then I finished off with Television's "Glory."  This was the first time I played "Glory" live and wasn't sure how it would go over.  It seemed fine and was fun to play.  I even managed to throw in little bits and pieces of solo riffs here and there.

For my solo acoustic shows I've been mining a slow-core alt country acoustic vibe and I'm really starting to hone in on it.  Had lots of compliments after my set.  I was also approached with an offer by a band who asked if I'd be interested in playing a set of my originals with them.  If we can arrange up a couple of rehearsal dates it should be fun.

Set List:
1. Mercury Blues (Allan Jackson cover)
2. Ghost in You (Psychedelic Furs cover)
3. 52 Stations (Robyn Hitchcock cover)
4. Glory (Television cover)

Gate: 50-55 persons
Bar Tab: $34.50 plus tip

Fabulous purple,black and silver collared shirt
Slim fitting Jeans (inky blue)
Black desert boots
Blue Takamine Guitar

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Show Notes: Houston Pizza Lounge September 30 2017

The Houston Pizza lounge was packed on a fine September Autumn day.

A pic of the stage from my bar stool.  I did consider
pausing during my set for a selfie.
Its a strange feeling going to open mics by myself and sitting alone in a crowd.  There is a certain tension that builds inside me but if I intend to play more solo acoustic shows outside of open mics I need to get used to this feeling.  With a band, there is a instant group to hang out with and draw from.  As a solo singer songwriter, it takes a lot of internal fortitude to sit in a crowd by yourself, quietly waiting your turn to play.

When my time came I tuned up, adjusted the levels to suit my guitar and broke into a slow, finger picked version Alan Jackson's "Mercury Blues."  I received a small smattering of applause and without any further adieu, broke into the Psychedelic Furs "Ghost in You."  I had two more songs in my set but the crowd wasn't really into my song selections so I said a quick thank-you and made my way back to my bar stool.

The songs of the day were predominantly true to form country western, blues, 60's classic rock and kids movie songs.  The kids movie songs probably went over the best.  Way better than say an alt country version of Mercury Blues or an acousticized 80's pop song.

Crowd: 32 persons
Set List:
1. Mercury Blues
2. The Ghost in You

Bar tab: $32.75 plus tip

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Show Notes: Houston Pizza Lounge June 24, 2017

This was the first time I played live without having anyone along for moral support.  The P.A. System quit working prior to my set so I played in the middle of the lounge and was two feet from the small audience.  It was one of the most nerve wracking things I have ever experienced.  My guitar playing was struggling so I really reached out with my my vocals and just let them fly.  I think I did okay.

Set 1:

Mercury Blues (Alan Jackson cover)
Ghost in You (Psychedelic Furs Cover)
Whiskey and Gin (original)
Shine (Junkhouse Cover)

Set 2:

Devil Woman (original)
Knocking on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover)
Allure (original)
Excuse Me Amelia (original)

Audience: 7 persons set one
                  11 persons set two