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    I luckily fell in with a great group a couple of years ago, called the Will Freed Band. The name is not very imaginative, but he got a decent following doing solo stuff, so never changed. I started off on hand drums, then we lost our set and bass players, so scaled it down to a trio (guitar/harmonica/singer, keyboard/bass with left hand/singer, and me on kit). Stage volume is way down so I can actually hear everything going on. The other 2 members recorded a CD before I joined and hired a drummer. The singer somehow knows John Popper (Blues Traveler) and got him to play harp on the album. Below is a youtube vid of us opening for The John Popper Project at a local festival. We convinced him to do Runaround with us since they weren't doing any Blues Traveler stuff. Thats me on the congas/timbales.

    Runaround - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oasfGKA_-zw
    Definitely the most fun I've ever had on stage.

    Rest if the show:
    Cripple Creek - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heu3eLaqukw (Old Crow Medicine Show)
    The Letter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKrbgKVb5B0 (The Boxtops, Joe ****er version)
    Drops of Jupiter - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otnO3lv_ZwU (Train)
    We Just Disagree - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwrGwGCPBc8 (Dave Mason)
    Love the One You're Your With - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdgwFygpvcM (Stephen Stills)

    and the originals
    Crazy Love Song - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1gmY24wUxw
    Every Other Memory - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N7cTSzyhDU
    Sunshine - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf3Ir6QCyIM
    Long Ride - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6TBeGQq7UM
    Butterfly - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhVolWnM0mU
    Website with free full song transcriptions: redeyepercussion.com
    Youtube channel with covers, lessons, and product reviews: youtube.com/RedeyeSPR

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    Hey Shane,

    Now that there my friend is some really good stuff!! Excellent job!

    Kinda looked like your lead singer almost lost himself watching John Popper at the beginning of Run Around...

    Some great originals too - great beats and crowd pleasers. I'd say you hooked up with a winner!
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    Thanks for the kind comments Norske. Will (singer) had sat in with Blues Traveler a few times at some House of Blues gigs, which (along with 15k or so of community arts money) led to this gig. It's Popper, the BT bass player, Marcus Bleeker on drums and DJ Logic on turntables. Basically what these guys do every once in a while while they are off tour with their regular acts. Insanely cool stuff. This was him presenting his product to Popper (his hero), so he was awestruck at bit. The entire song before this, John was standing on the stairs a few feet away from me waiting to come up, and I was seriously freaked-out. I have been doing the bar band grind for 15+ years but this was my first experience with any national acts. Total adrenalin rush the entire time.
    Website with free full song transcriptions: redeyepercussion.com
    Youtube channel with covers, lessons, and product reviews: youtube.com/RedeyeSPR

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    nice one SR, nice sound
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    Very cool stuff Shane! Congrats on hooking up with the band!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pastor_bob View Post
    Very cool stuff Shane! Congrats on hooking up with the band!
    If only I could keep them from the constant bickering. I'm more referee/babysitter/councelor than anything else.
    Website with free full song transcriptions: redeyepercussion.com
    Youtube channel with covers, lessons, and product reviews: youtube.com/RedeyeSPR

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    Tight!

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    Man, on behalf of all of us who have posted video with crappy sound, and for all of who in the futrure will post video with crappy sound, I hang my head in shame. Your sound guy rocks! That piano is so freaking clear! There's not a tone of acoustic guitar, but otherwise it's perfect!

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    Great choice of songs, the sound is fantastic, nice playing, good vocals, what can I say but Wow!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roaddebris View Post
    Man, on behalf of all of us who have posted video with crappy sound, and for all of who in the futrure will post video with crappy sound, I hang my head in shame. Your sound guy rocks! That piano is so freaking clear! There's not a tone of acoustic guitar, but otherwise it's perfect!
    Thanks for the compliments all. FYI - this was at a city festival, so the sound was hired out to a pro company. I would love to have these guys follow us around, but the money isn't there. There is a small studio in town that does mostly tv commercials. We took a direct line off the board and recorded the audio to a laptop. We had a friend with a camcorder do the video (decent) then had the studio sync it all up. Turned out better than I expected by far.
    Website with free full song transcriptions: redeyepercussion.com
    Youtube channel with covers, lessons, and product reviews: youtube.com/RedeyeSPR

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