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Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 18, 2009 - 02:49am PT
Iron Mtn. - I actually have a recording of it from an open mic a day or so after we learned it. Send me your email and I'll shoot you the mp3.
Iron Mtn.

Trad climber
Corona, Ca.
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 18, 2009 - 04:09am PT
email sent ;-)

Jul 18, 2009 - 06:14pm PT
Hey Willoughby, that ensemble looks suspiciously bluegrass, not country. I'm not in a full time band but routinely play rhythm and flatpick with other hardcore bluegrass devotees. My main axe is a sunburst 1937 Martin D28. I'd post a picture if I knew how.



Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jul 18, 2009 - 06:31pm PT
Well, we would definitely be doing more bluegrass if our guitar player were a picker, but he's not. We do a couple of uptempo bluegrassy tunes, for sure (e.g. the Meat Purveyors' Little White Pills), but it's mostly just alt-countryish (with an emphasis on the "ish"). Lots of weepy waltzes with pitiable protagonists, typically mired in heartbreak and substance abuse. Not really sure what "country" itself is anymore, so I avoid that term. Dale Watson explains the problem quite deftly, here.
the Fet

Supercaliyosemistic climber
Aug 20, 2009 - 06:51pm PT
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 20, 2009 - 08:33pm PT
Any of yo Dudes gonna be in the Ditch on Sunday 9/20/09 camp 4 ? You could volunteer to play a bit at the Bachar Memorial Toast I'm hosting. It's from 7-9pm, but you don't have to play that long. Peace, lynne
smith curry

Aug 20, 2009 - 08:40pm PT
I play pedal steel, Dobro, lap steel, guitar, etc.
I've toured with everybody from Kid Rock to Taylor Swift to Erasure. Played on a few Billboard #1's too...

Berkeley, CA
Aug 20, 2009 - 08:45pm PT
Sept 26 is our first gig (sole entertainment for backyard pool party celebrating a 50-year birthday) I'm getting excited! We've been through a few good bass players who had to move for one reason or another. Seems like we have a good one now. Our set lists are shaping up something like this:

Keep on Rockin the Free World Neil Young
Have Your Ever Seen the Rain Credence Clearwater Revival
Sex and Candy Marcy Playground
Down Under Men at Work
House of the Rising Sun The Animals
Church Street Charlie Buda
Breakdown Tom Petty
Thankyou Led Zeppelin
In the Winter Time Steve Miller
The Joker Steve Miller Band

Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Who'll Stop The Rain Credence Clearwater Revival
Turn The Page Bob Seger
The Crystal Ship The Doors
Imagine John Lennon
Lady Styx
Wake Me Up When Sept. Ends Green Day
Mother Pink Floyd
While My Guitar Gently Weeps George Harrison
Zombie Cranberries

Locomotive Breath Jethro Tull
Cocaine Eric Clapton
Midnight Rider Lynyrd Skynyrd (edit: oops. should be Allman Bros - thanks Seamus)
Born to Be Wild Steppenwolf
Bell Bottom Blues Derek & the Dominoes
Wonderful Tonight Derek & the Dominoes
Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd
Let My Love Open The Door Pete Townsend
Roadhouse Blues The Doors
Shooting Star Bad Company

Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix
All Along The Watchtower Jimi Hendrix
Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix
Sunshine Of Your Love Cream
Surrender Cheap Trick
Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd
Longview Green Day
Do It For The Kids Velvet Revolver
6th Ave Heartache Wallflowers
Creep Radiohead
Simple Man Lynrd Skynyrd

Alas, no recordings yet. I'm working on the linux pro-audio rig eventually. Maybe we'll get a video that at least captures the essence during the party.
seamus mcshane

Aug 20, 2009 - 09:41pm PT
caveat, Midnight Rider was The Allmans.

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Aug 20, 2009 - 09:43pm PT
nutjob - break a leg!

I probably can't hold a candle to Smith's dobro stylings, but for only playing for a year and holding down a dayjob, I suppose I'm doing alright. Anyway, ▄ncle R´co's playing in Truckee next Wednesday, 9-12 at the Cottonwood. Come on by, tip a few, and feel free to cheer, heckle, or just shut up and listen!

Trad climber
Aug 21, 2009 - 12:42am PT
Dr. Sprock- A Portaflex is my next purchase! I'm envious of your knowledge of transformers and the like... I wish I could build me an RCA BA-6A clone, I have a rough enough of a time just racking up old gear and fixing it.

In my basement I have a:

Upright piano
Hammond Organ
Fender Jaguar Guitar (Pyramid Gold Flatwounds)
Early 70's Bronco Amp
Roland Jazz Chorus Amp
Fender Rhodes Mark One Stage Piano (a '73 73 no less)
Univox Short Scale bass
Ibanez ATK Bass
Ludwig Drum kit
Couple synths.
MPC 2000

And I play them all!

And then there is the studio, we won't go there...

Obviously, I am missing a P Bass and a Portaflex! This kills me because bass was my first instrument. There is no better bass tone than that combo IMHO.

Mostly what I do is work on other people's music though, I just play all that stuff to keep me sane.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Aug 21, 2009 - 09:40am PT
I suspect it is Karma related cause you're not playing at Bachar's Memorial in the ditch on 9/20.....jess sayin'.....lynne :D
Brian Hench

Trad climber
Laguna Beach, CA
Aug 21, 2009 - 12:07pm PT
I play trombone in a traditional jazz band (aka Dixieland). We call ourselves the Third Street Strutters.

Instrumentation: Trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, clarinet, tuba or bass, guitar, piano, drums.

Aug 21, 2009 - 12:41pm PT
I've been a drummer since i was a kid. Right now I am not playing with anyone, but I am the original drummer for Turbo Eagle 9then I moved to the bay).
For the drum snobs out there, I have a handmade Sonor sonic plus (the early german ones) in fusion sizes, birch. Lowest-mass lugs I've ever seen, rim mounts. I play Evans coated g1 heads (open and warm, but easy to overpower) , and I have vintage 60's Tyrko german cymbals, and vintage Zildjian as well. I like dw hardware, so that's what I use.
For those of you in the bay area: I live right at the junction of the 13 and the 580 in the laurel district. I have an empty two story in my backyard, and on the top floor, looking out the bank of windows on the west wall, is my kit, and a baby grand. I would be open to a jam session, but I will not play covers unless they are rad songs. ex: a calexico or neko case or wilco song...maybe. Van morrison or somesuch...kill me now.
It's not that I don't enjoy listening to those songs, I just think if you all come together with instruments, you should create your own art.
Playing at sunset on the shore of Mono Lake.
photo credit: Katiebird

Berkeley, CA
Aug 21, 2009 - 02:51pm PT
wildone, I think there's potential here....

I'm in north Berkeley Hills (Kensington) now.

I'm doing mostly covers now with the group from San Jose, but I'm very open to original stuff. I'm up for writing lyrics, melodies, and harmonic structures, and also just improvising to see what comes out.

Look out for a PM from me :)

Edit: Seamus, thanks for the catch on Midnight Rider. Silly mistake.

Trad climber
Poughkeepsie, NY
Aug 21, 2009 - 03:24pm PT
Do progeny count? My daughter plays keyboards with The Distraction

Every now and then she sings too---listen to Seraph on their site.

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Sep 10, 2011 - 06:12pm PT
The band I was in before dissolved after our 2nd gig (a corporate Christmas party for a San Francisco bank that went well). After almost 2 years, we recently reformed when the guy who kept us all together moved back.

We had a little backyard party in San Jose a few nights ago... didn't record most of the songs but we managed to grab a few:

Winter Time (Steve Miller Band):
Evil Ways (Santana):
Imagine (John Lennon):

We had a crappy sound setup and no lighting, but it was still a lot of fun and we played a few hours after dark with neighbors in adjacent townhouses cheering rather than calling the cops on us :)

Backyard gig... still looking for a name.
Backyard gig... still looking for a name.
Credit: nutjob

Sep 10, 2011 - 06:34pm PT
The Black Diamond House Band backs Amy Pickering &#40;fugazi&#41; at t...
The Black Diamond House Band backs Amy Pickering (fugazi) at the 2011 outdoor retailer trade show -a late night barn burner of a set!
Credit: gf

Trad climber
Sep 10, 2011 - 06:40pm PT
I am a musician in NYC. I play on Broadway and several area symphonies, and I have a doctoral degree in french horn. So while I am not "in a band" I get to play with a lot of really great musicians. As a freelancer I have gotten to play with Dave Brubeck and Ray Charles, and I am on several CDs. I also teach music and have some terrific students.
MB of the Central Valley

kingsburg, CA
Sep 10, 2011 - 08:12pm PT
I started playing trombone in the fifth grade and still play now and then. Eventually, I started singing some, too. My junior year in High School, I was lucky to be a founding member of a ska band based in Fresno called "Let's Go Bowling" that is still (occasionally) gigging some 25 years later. The name of that band ended up in many summit registers in the western states...

I was also lucky to play in "Funk Missile" a super fun shake-your-butt bar band in JHole, WY for seven or eight years starting around '96. Let's see, I also played in "Mad Cow," (I'll buy you a pint if you heard that band) and a half a dozen other projects that were fun.

Music, jamming with friends, mountains, climbing,'s kind of a blur now, but that's what shaped me.

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