I searched 25+ pages to find the old thread by Southpaw41L to no avail, so I though I would re-start his epic thread. I'm sure the older members remember the thread, but for the benefit of the newer members a little background:
Southpaw41L is my good friend Toney Hall and a former moderator of this fine forum. There was a thread here started by Southpaw in which he would post his gigging stories (including songs played) and encouraged others to share theirexperiences as well. Toney is a full time musician, a fantastic Dad and a good a man as I have ever met. After years of sharing moderator duties here at chordie, I found myself relocating for work to the St. Pete, Florida area - very close to Toney's location.
I still consider myself a beginner even though I am almost 6 years in at this guitar experiment. Toney plays a regular Sunday afternoon gig only 2 miles from my home and he has offered and encouraged me to sit in during his breaks. Although playing in public was never one of my goals, after 6 or 8 times now I can say it has been nothing but fun!
Anyway - the real purpose here is to resurrect and re-build Toney's old thread that may encourage others and give some ideas as to what songs go over well, and not so well. Personally, I'd like a history of my songs played so that I do not repeat songs too often and can continue growing my set list (I've got a song book 3" thick of which I feel I do about 4 songs worthy of playing " in public".
Today was tough - I had to follow a full out jam that included Toney on guitar, the bar owner on vocals a guy on mando plus a percussionist doing Marshall Tucker's "Can't You See". The whole bar was rockin' to that, then Toney announces a break and I've got to follow THAT - solo just me and my guitar? Thanks Toney. LOL
My "mini-set" today consisted of "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink" - Merle haggard; "Honky Tonk Woman" -Stones; "Creep" - Radiohead; "Cumbersome" - Seven Mary Three; "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" - Leadbelly and finished with Roger accompanying on mandolin and Toney on djembe doing "Steal My Kisses" by Ben Harper.
My 8th time "on stage" and they have gotten better each time!
Please add your experiences folks!