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    Still with the Highway 49 Band, but that band only gigs for "special occasions" - about once every two months. I have a good friend I've played with before who is a phenomenal guitar player and singer, then my wife's cousin also plays guitar. I've got a buddy who played bass for a band that won the IBC in Arkansas and competed in Memphis last year before they fell apart. We have all gotten together and are going to work something up. We will play country, blues, southern rock, and some dance stuff - styles that get bands gigs in our area. I'm looking forward to working with these guys because they are all super talented.
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    Small update, we have secured the musicians we wanted. We are starting this at the right time with a couple of local bands coming to an end. We were able to get two really good guitarists and a solid bass player. We have reached out to a front man we know who is not currently gigging, and hope to hear back from him today.
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    that's awesome! Congrats and glad you got all the musicians you wanted!
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    There’s been a few gigs lately where I wanted to do the same. I guess I just don’t understand guitar players....how can you forget how a 4 chord song...that you’ve played 1,000 times...goes? How can they start playing a lead solo...right over the top of each other?How can a singer NOT realize that their phasing is off by half a measure...and just continue that way for an entire verse??
    The frustrating part is 9/10 gigs go fantastic...then you get that ONE gig where you just want to stop playing in the middle of a song, stand up behind the drums and say, “what, for the love of cheeses, are you guys doing?”
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    where you just want to stop playing in the middle of a song, stand up behind the drums and say, “what, for the love of cheeses, are you guys doing?”
    Ha-ha! We've all had those gigs!
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    Sounds like you guys are on the fast track to success. Congratulations on all the recent unity. Who knows which way lady luck will smile?
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    Unfortunately one big issue around here is crystal meth. Even for your mediocre cover bands it is literally killing people and tearing not just bands, but families apart. Two of the guys in this project are leaving bands with a solid following because of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    There’s been a few gigs lately where I wanted to do the same. I guess I just don’t understand guitar players....how can you forget how a 4 chord song...that you’ve played 1,000 times...goes? How can they start playing a lead solo...right over the top of each other?How can a singer NOT realize that their phasing is off by half a measure...and just continue that way for an entire verse??
    The frustrating part is 9/10 gigs go fantastic...then you get that ONE gig where you just want to stop playing in the middle of a song, stand up behind the drums and say, “what, for the love of cheeses, are you guys doing?”
    Brian, you have to remember that guitar players and singers had negative #'s on their IQ scores. I worked with a guitarist/singer back around '71 or '72 that, if he came over to my place, I had to put wee wee pads down. Definitely not a good sign.

    Quote Originally Posted by DrumWhipper View Post
    Unfortunately one big issue around here is crystal meth. Even for your mediocre cover bands it is literally killing people and tearing not just bands, but families apart. Two of the guys in this project are leaving bands with a solid following because of that.
    On a more serious note. Back when we were 1st starting out, we had to get rid of our lead guitarist/singer because he developed a bad "habit". The guy was really good both as a singer and guitar player, but you can't nurse something like that along and hope they get better in a couple of weeks.

    Drugs have been the bane of many a band, and the death of 2 many good musicians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrumWhipper View Post
    Unfortunately one big issue around here is crystal meth. Even for your mediocre cover bands it is literally killing people and tearing not just bands, but families apart. Two of the guys in this project are leaving bands with a solid following because of that.
    That’s disturbing to hear. It’s great, however, that you guys have found each other and can put together a “clean” band of talented musicians.

    Unfortunately, it’s heading in that direction around here as well. That stuff is really a problem in the small town and rural communities...and getting worse.
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    It messed up a pretty good band we had going in the mid 90's in Northern California... was a shame
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