2017-01-16

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-01-16

19:30 - Larry Forte
"Freight Train"

19:30 - Stanley Miller NO SHOW

Annie Paisley
"By Guitar & Candlelight"
A hippie singer outta the timestream. Good for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Forever On Tomorrow"
Is a song like a fairy tale within a fairy tale within a fairy tale. Not terrible. But it is kinda long. Well, Paul hasn't shown up yet, so I guess that puts us back on time?


19:57 - Paul Edgar NO SHOW

Jared Long
"Poem 004"
Reciting from the page an opinion article that he should have memorized. Bad delivery, the crowd just talks over them, as though his speech was just another coffee shop conversation they aren't a part of. This might go over better with a techie crowd. When he says the word "atheist" though, the crowd gets quieter.

20:01 - Andy Morehead
"Song 005"
This is improving, he's singing out the notes more.

"Song 006"
I think this one is new.

20:07 - Katie Collins
A song also sung by Hurt
"The Old Mission"

"Song 008"

20:20 - Captain Ace Frahm
"All Along The Watchtower"

"VOLTRON"

20:29 - Jessica Srdar

Has an entourage who cheers for her.
"You Will Come Through"
An original.

"R-E-S-P-E-C-T"
Jessica has her sheet music on the stage floor in front of her. I guess that doesn't block the view of her to the audience, but I don't think she actually needs them at all. Good job. Her one friend is completely out-of-range of the rest of the audience.

20:37 - Jay Bowers
A song by George Strait
"Give It Away"

"You Are My Sunshine"

20:46 - David LoCoco on piano
with Rick Bedell, Liam Park, Liam Parke, and Joey Quiggins

The Beetles'
"Let It Be"
Sounds like they've had zero practice, and none but the piano player & Quiggins have practiced it alone. That was bad, but at least they tried to collaborate. That's more than I can say for The Federation team I'm on in a Star Trek game I'm playing.

"Hey, Jude"
Also quite bad. It doesn't matter, the crowd likes the ending anyway... It's more fun if you're personally familiar with these guys.

20:59 - Rick Bedell
with Joey Quiggins
and that piano player moves to an accoustic-style gutiar.
"Flute, Electric And Acoustic Guitars Improvisation 017"
Acoustic guitar face is tapped upon and played just a bit here. LoCoco whole-hand smacks the strings while fretting a chord often during this song. Sounds like they might be following a 12-bar blues pattern? But I can't be sure without trying it out later.

Joey claims that when playing with Rick last nite, somebody called the cops on them.
"Gimmie One Reason: On Flute, Electric And Acoustic Guitars"
David LoCoco sings here. This is the best thing played so far tonite.

21:10 - Mitchell Powers
Has a band called "The Powers" with his brother, his cousin, and his cousin's brother, who are all Powers.
On 2017-02-24 The Powers have a show at Live Wire, up the street about 3-4 blocks.
"Tapping On Glass"

"Even If It Kills Me"
Mitchell is good, but after Rick Bedell got done, the crowd is louder than ever tonite. This song is a great composition.

21:0 - Emily Hansford22
"Song 021"
2nd fret capo. Emily performs this boring song very well.

"Song 022"
Also a 2nd fret capo song. I'll have to listen to this one on the recording, 'cause the crowd is in a conversation loudness race condition.

21:32 - Zach Parks
"Song 023"
He sounds like Hank Williams Jr..

Joined by a lady, if they mentioned her name, I can't hear it over the crowd.
"Song 024"

21:30 - Mac McComb
Brought a harmonica holder & a hi-hat. And he's using a bass drum's pedal mallet facing backwards on a box drum that he's using for a seat. It's a neat-o set-up.
"Just Another Day"
About the monotonous life that college students live. He's recorded this one in a studio.

"Song 026"
Capo 3. I like the gothic feel of this song. Jeez, this is great!

21:40 - Liam Parke
as GENERATIONS, since Liam is playing with Joey Quiggins
"Song 027"

"Song 028"

I just talked to Rick Bedell, He says he's got 2-3 flute makers that he gets flutes from, but all they make are pentatonic scale chords in minore keys. So if I want him to play a certain flute solo, he may not even be able to play the exact notes with a given flute. This could force a creative change.

GENERATIONS has a show on Wednesday from 19:00-22:00 @ The Foundry in Athens.
21:50 - Alex Edrington is the guitarist part of this band, Sojoürn
"Song 029"
They're playing their hearts out.

"My Sweetest Memory"
Sojoürn's Facebook Page

Book Sojoürn

I think I overheard Mac say he's a political science major.

22:00 - Mark & Petty
One of 'em has a mandolin.
"Song 031"
The mandolin player wiggles all over like he's been dropped on a giant hot skillet.

"Song 032"
Guitar's on a 2nd fret capo, at least on this song. OK background music, has a steady beat, you could dance to i.

2017-01-09

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-01-09


19:20 - Larry Forte
did not play tonite.

19:30 - Jackson Gafford
Had some feedback issues, first time here. It'll be nicer next time, I can tell.

19:42 - Reno Roberts
From Alabama.
Nice sad western song.
"Song 003"
2nd fret capo.

A song about being too sad to move.
"Song 004"
I think this is a 1st fret capo. It has a good climax before the solo break.

19:55 - Cory Jolly and Brent Davenport

Cory is on the left, playing the guitar. Brent is on the mandolin.
"Song 005"
This song is about the time they went to see Paul McCartney's son play. He seemed like a snob on stage. They're terrific! Hot rock 'n roll mandolin action. Soaring kick-ass harmonies.

"___ Dream"
Hmm, this song is a little too long, it has the same chords throughout.

Without having heard the rest of their set list, I'd be looking for a strong hook, and some songs that are good for audience participation.

20:06 - Katie Collins
An original.
"Song 007"
A hook-free torch song.

A cover song.
"Dirty Diana"
Cool. It's neat to hear the way Katie places the emphasis in different places than other performers. I've never heard a piano-based cover of this before. Clean finish, hard to do 'cuz the original just fades out on the album.

20:17 - Timothy O'Connell NO SHOW
Joe Orr
"Song 009"
The song says 'I'm a rebel!', but his outfit & haircut screams 'I'm here to fix your internet!'. This is a pretty good song, well written. Needs to be sung by somebody with a chainsaw for vocal chords.

A song about finding porn in the woods.
"Song 010"
This is excellent writing too. He's too far from the microphone, though.

20:28 - Jessica Srdar
"Song 011"
Good fist time performance here.

"You __ __"
All verse, no chorus. The audience has nothing to remember or sing for themselves later about this song. It reads more like a church song than anything else. The guitar playing & singing is strong, but the writing is not as good as she is at performance.

20:38 - Zac Crook
"Classic (Seed?)"
3rd or 4th fret capo. Zac has a David Cassidy haircut & jacket-shirt. It looks good on him.

"Segue 2"
He's keeping his eyes closed the whole time. Even during the lyric inside this song that says 'look you straight in the eyes".

20:50 - Rick Bedell
"Flute Improvisation 015"

Katie Collin joins Rick Bedell for this one.
"Flute & Piano Improvisation 016"
Swell! I can't do that.

21:01 - Jay Bowers
Trying to facetime this to his mom, Cynthia. A Chris Stapleton cover.
"Nobody To Blame"
Best song yet tonite.

Jeff Buckley's
"Hallelujah"
First song tonite that the audience could possibly sing along any part of.

21:11 - Andrew Payne
His partners in crime are here, but not joining him on stage tonite.

"Ants Marching Into A Fire"
Excellent job, considering the crowd is talking loudly. Hooray!

"Song 018"

21:21 - Emily Hansford
A song about finding friends who make you feel like a person.
"Song 019"

"Couldn't Love You More"

21:31 - Andy Morehead
A song about existential angst.
"Song 020"
Hey, not so bad! I bet I could whip this into a rock 'n roll composition.

A song for his roommate.
"Song 021"

21:39 - Liam Parke
"Song 022"
A song about his lost dog.

"True Love Never Ends"
Pretty good for Liam, no popping this time.

21:50 - Rumsfeld
With a MacBook Air tonite.
"Song 024"

22:01 - Abbey Tomlin
A song written in high school when she was really stressed out.
"Song 025"

"Song 026"
Capo 1

22:00 - Juliana Money
"Song 027"
Long dark bangs & high-contrast lipstick make her look great on camera, her look is rock-star-ready. Her voice is like a not-overly-sweet syrup that you almost-but-not-quite need to shake the bottle to get it to pour at room temperature. This song uses a very high fret capo.

Another song about the same guy.
"Song 028"
8th fret capo. The first song used capo on an even higher fret.

2017-01-02

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2017-01-02


19:32 - Larry Forte
"Lonesome Trail"

19:36 - Adam Cooper
With harmonica.
"Down Home Girl"
Good!

"The Ballad Of Liquor & Love"
3rd fret capo. Has a clever ending.

19:45 - Haley Beach
Covers Corinne Bailey Rae's
"Put Your Records On"
With a 3rd fret capo. Wonderful! Good song choice.

Haley is fascinated by the dry west, by deserts, and how things can grow there despite being so dry. She says Joshua Trees grow sideways with the wind if they have to, and that's the inspiration for this song.
"Joshua Tree"
5th fret capo.

19:50 - Andrew Linden
Andrew says it's about marriage.
"Song 005"
He said the name, I missed it.

Covers The Who
"Pinball Wizard"

20:00 - Katie Collins
Covers a band called Hurt.
"Alone By The Sea"

An original about her own demons.
"Monster"

20:10 - Jay Margolis

"Song 009"
It's like an 8 or 9th fret capo.

A song about going home, but you can't really go home.
"Song 010"

20:20 - Daniel (Mapp?)
Written in spring of 2016, about the gulf between African Americans and the culture they live in.
"Poem 011"

I can't tell, did he switch to a different poem?

"Poem 012"
Couldn't hear him over the rain on the roof.

20:27 - Connor Gruver
"Song 013"
Yay, he's using head voice! And it's OK. A sad song though.

A cover of some sort
"Song 014"

20:37 - Jay Bowers
Plays Eric Clapton
"Lay Down Sally"
Not bad, but the short cold stops are bit weird for this song.

and John Legend
"All Of You"

20:50 - Liam Parke nope! It's Andy Moorehead instead
"Song 017"
Andy's got a smaller guitar than average, but it's not a sub-compact.

"Song 018"

20:52 - Emily Hansford
"I Could Love You More"
3rd fret capo. Well, not terrible, but she usually plays it better than tonite.

In 8th grade she got a guitar in December, and played the school talent show in March.
A cover.
"Song 020"
1st fret capo.

21:10 - A Threat To Residents NO SHOW
Stanley Miller
"Song 021"
"Song 022"

21:15 - Benjamin (Hinesman)
"Miles Away"
"Song 024"
This poor guy, his playing isn't too off, but his singing is way off pitch.

21:21 - Julianna Money
"Song 025"
"Song 026"

21:30 - Joseph Mosman NO SHOW

21:34 - (Luke Rushing?)
2nd fret capo.
"Song 027"
This song is repetitive, and I can't make out the words. Also, too long.

"Song 028"
Also with a 2nd fret capo.

21:40 - Cortez Garza
"Song 029"
"Song 030"

21:50 - Grant Cowan
"Song 031"
"Song 032"

22:00 - Reno Roberts
"So It Goes"
Strong lungs. Good strumming.

"Song 034"
4th fret capo. A nihilistic song he wrote while high at a canyon that attracted all kinds of crime.
This is nicer than modern country-pop.

Creepy Simon Sinek Smears Generation Y And Confuses Them With Millenials

There's a bad video of a deepak chopra-like white dude smearing Gen Y going around. He's a worthless lout with hazy pseudoscience ideas about business he's been huckstering in "business" books. He's not "insightful". He's counter-productively wrong, frequently. So here's a blog post you can use to counter that stupid "IQ" video if it ever rears it's ugly face on your facebook feed.
The offensive smear video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeAtNduPFmI

Well, I'm gonna be a critical-thinking curmudgeon about what simon sinek says in this here video. I'd advise you to question what I think about him too (and tell me so!, share! share!).

First off, sinek doesn't even know the correct timing of generations.

Generation X is the one that built the internet (World Wide Web). They are the first generation for whom the American Dream was not at least as equally available or better than it was for their parents. For a lucky few, the dot-com boom worked out. For the rest, they earn a great deal less, and have no retirement savings or plans. All generations so far that follow Generation X suffer the same lack of opportunities problem.

Generation Y is the one that has never known a time without an internet. Generation Y is the one sinek is actually smearing and he incorrectly identifies them as Millennials.

Millennials are ALL born after the turn of the century, 2000-01-01. Although the most important event delineating their generation from Gen Y is post-2001-09-11, the terrorist attack, of course. Small-minded sinek can't have a worthwhile opinion of managing them, they've only begun to go to work at all.

His statements are ageist nonsense, and have a lot in common with class war statements of the rich against the poor. For example, a billionaire who got rich through inheritance claims of his own hard-working full-time employees earning poverty-level wages:"They're lazy & entitled!".

sinek's smears amount to an over-generalized case of the "fundamental attribution error". He doesn't actually understand the perfectly rational behaviors & motivations of others, so he presumes they have inherent character flaws.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamental_attribution_error

The right-wing commonplace behavioral & emotional stereotype of Generation Y seems to ONLY apply to wealthy, healthy, white suburban children, who are only a fraction of Generation Y. Poor whites, and minorities of any kind, who are the majority of the people born at that time, strongly don't have anything at all in common with those attributes.
The_commonplace_stereotypes_are_invalid_for_the_majority_of_Generation_Y

Also, his mannerisms have all the hallmarks of a creep. He acts like steve jobs did, and steve jobs was stealing from & abusing his own employees for his whole putrid life. I would not be at all shocked to discover at a later time that sinek is a serial rapist or something awful like that.

Gen Y could respond that their behavior is perfectly adapted to the environment they experience. They will never get more for their work than they get the moment they are hired. No raises will EVER come for them. Getting paid well to start with is a MUST for them. Gen X & Y are smarter and more creative than any who came before Gen X, but it's the pre-Gen X oldsters who control the levers of power, and wield them against Gen X and below. It's the power disparity that Gen Y deals with even more effectively than Gen X can.

Gen Y is so diverse that they defy such stupid stereotypes as sinek's dumb opinions. Perhaps they are better defined as the 1st generation whose commentators-analyzers are uniformly bad at defining them, possibly even including myself here. Gen Y perhaps doesn't have such strong-trending stand-out characteristics by which you could successfully stereotype them, even as a handful of sub-groups, and this is why sinek fails. Digital natives. Superior to their predecessors, but dispossessed of power equal to the predecessors. As numerous as the baby boomers, it is a fool's errand to characterize them as flippantly as the idiot sinek does.

IQ? A fake show with a nobody host no one has ever seen or heard of before? Not the slightest bit of critical thinking from the interviewer?

Also, facebook is a MISTAKE. 2+ hours later, and now I'm writing this into a separate blog post, oh boy! Good-bye, my weekend!

2016-11-28

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-11-28

19:28 - Larry Forte
"Freight Train, Freight Train"
Very good whistling here tonite!
by [Elizabeth Cotton?]

"One Drunk Down"
A very good, solid performance of this Larry Forte standard tonite.

Larry Forte on YouTube
Larry Forte on iTunes

19:34 - Lauren Sigler
"Mountain"
I can't tell whether Lauren is the guitarist or the singer.
Wow, her voice sounds great. But she doing a horrible rocking forward and back that brings her mouth out of range of the microphone, making it loud & soft 3-5 times in a single sentence, in a way that isn't part of singing it well, unintentionally. She doing great, her nervousness is unjustified.

I think the guitarist is Bonnie.

OW! They only had 1 single song! That screws up the entire schedule, making it too early from the very 1st act! But not quite... Larry's 19:28 plus 2 Forte songs instead of just 1 tonite, actually puts us right back on schedule.
Plus I can't take a picture of them now, since there's no second song.

19:40 - Jade Malcom
"Song 003"
On piano. Well, he's got a sheet with 12 stanzas on it. The chords are basic, and that's OK. He's playing them well enough. His singing though seems to be mono-pitch. Every syllable is the same pitch.

Jade's got a 2nd page about the same as the first, a second song.
"Song 004"
ooo, Too bad, this one is about the same as the 1st one. Well, a 1st time performer's got to learn somehow. 1st time's hard on a performer emotionally. And the crowd is loud. Sorry Jade, much like sex, the first time's not all it's cracked up to be. Keep having some, it gets better, I promise. Open Mic Nite, that is.

Jade needs melody in his singing, rhyme, hooks, and chorus

19:50 - Somotochukwu Godwin-Offor NO SHOW

19:52 - Larry Forte
"Lonesome Trail"

19:55 - Katie Collins
Ah, yes, the good piano player.
Plays Nancy Sinatra's
"Bang Bang"

"Soldier's Eyes"
OK, so early on during this song, her sheet slips behind the piano's music ledge, falling 30 degrees or so from vertical to the left. A harsh shadow from the microphone is falling across it, yet the audience has no idea, as she keeps playing without any detectable difference.

20:10 - Zach Bradley
2 originals
"In Between"

"Draggin' In My Head"
About sleeping too much, and not getting things done.

He's strong in both strumming & singing. Got the plaintive white boy with guitar sound down. Could fit right in in Pearl Jam.

20:20 - Paul Edgar NO SHOW

(20:14 actual) - Reggie Hudgins
Is that a straight brass clarinet? Or a soprano sax?
"Song 010"
"Song 011"
I think he said this song is called Aton's Idol but I'll have the listen to the recording. Not too bad for a 1st timer. A little off here & there, but he's not a newbie with that pipe.
Cool, he does a little slow scat extra before he gets off the stage too, make me want to hear him sing "How Are Things In Glocca Morra"

20:30 - Avery Deakins
Covers a GREASE tune.
"Hopelessly Devoted"
Super-slick Avery. Without flaw.

"Song 013"
A song about drunk's courage. Not bad. I don't feel a hook in it though.
Avery needs backup, and a better stage outfit than that worn-out plaid shirt.

20:40 - Jay Bowers
Covers The Eagles'
"Take It Easy"
3rd fret capo.

This song won the 2016 CMA's.
Rory McKenna wrote this song, Tim McGraw made it popular.
"Song 015"
Well, he played it straight through, even though an older man at the front table was listening to a phone call on loudspeaker the whole time. But it was up to his ear, so I think he needed it just to be able to hear it.

20:50 - Rick Bedell
In the key of D, probably D minor? According to Rick.
with Katie Collins on piano.
"Flute Improvisation With Piano 016"
This is working out pretty swell. A good Rick Bedell team-up.

"Flute Improvisation With Piano 017"
Jeez, can you believe the woman who just played this is wearing a Slipknot shirt?

21:00 - Robert Higgs
"Say What"

Some gross old dude in a cowboy hat walks in reeking of tobacco smoke.

3rd fret capo.
Covers Cheap Trick
"Surrender"

Robert is almost marching wth left & right weight shifting. This is nice, but Robert's voice is somewhat strained, breathy. I wish he could just sing a powerful tone.

21:10 - Salathiel Saldana
With a ukulele tonite!
"Song 020"

Salathiel switches to a guitar for this one.
"Song 021"
I don't know, if he could get rhyme & hook down at least, he might make a Christopher Cross-like hit.

21:18 - Rachel House
"Song 022"
A song about death that happens during a holiday.

21:30 - Michael Brandt
"Song 023"
Wow, jazz chords and he rhymed "irrelevant". When Micheal Brandt plays, he lifts up, almost standing upon his tip-toes, but he rolls his feet to the outside too, so he's standing on the outside of he's little toes, mostly. He wrote that song about power. He wrote it when his left ring finger got partly cut off. He begged the docs to reattach it, even though there was a risk of losing even more if it didn't work.

"Song 024"
Fuck yeah! Totally channeling Freddie Mercury on this song! Jezus, he's sliding to chords about 12 fret away over & over again, and hitting them.

21:37 - SASHA
"Poem 025"
"Poem 026"
"Poem 027"
"Poem 028"
"Poem 029"
This one's about a dead squirrel.

21:50 - OPEN
James "Moondog" Strickland
"Song 030"
Tapping technique and then fingerpicking on an acoustic body guitar. Stretches his left fingers across 6 frets to hit notes.

Takes such a long time tuning, nobody can tell that a distinct 2nd song has begun. I don't know, it sounds like practice to me.

22:00 - Stan The Blues Man NO SHOW

2016-11-14

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-11-14

There's at least 50 people here at Hendershot's tonite.
Wildfires in the area have had the entire county covered in white smoke for the past 3 days.
I expect our singers will have more trouble tonite than our instrumental only musicians.

19:25 - Larry Forte
"Green Grass"

19:30 - Larry Clinton
"Song 001"
"Whiskey In My Water"

19:40 - Katie Collins
"Loving Me"
Her shirt has a black background, with white skulls that have eyeballs, and red roses.
She's got a Broadway voice. A journeyman on the keys. Her powerful-person personality shows through while on stage. Let's elect her president!

"Song 004"
The performance of each of these pieces is good, but both songs are all-verse. The drama is strong. Both have solid endings. But the rhymes, well, I could detect any. They don't HAVE to rhyme, but we all know the #1 rule of songwriting, and the #2 rule:
  1. The song must rhyme.
  2. You can break all of the rules of songwriting at your peril:You should only do so if you get something BIG for it.

19:50 - Trace Colson
"Ain't No Sunshine"
Sung to backing track. Lounge-style.

"Cry Me A River"
Good job. Trace is wearing a flat black shirt. The background curtains of the Hendershot's stage are also flat black, so there's not much outfit to look at. I guess that's another hint for the "Open Mic Nite Pre-Flight Checklist".

20:00 - Andrew Linden NO SHOW
Li Booly
Li Booly on SoundCloud

Hiphop
"Song 007"
Cool backing track. Lotsa clever rhymes.

Li Booly plays this Wednesday, 2016-11-16 @ GO bar, which is 3 doors East, and on 2015-12-06 @ The World Famous.

20:10 - Zach Parks
It's hard to hear anyone on stage's words tonite. I think he said he's just had a break-up?
"The Short (graph?)"

"Song 010"
2nd fret capo. Zach Parks has a deep raspy voice, and sings with a Georgia accent. Zach also plays a left-hand guitar. !! Yeah, this song digs on the enmiserating minimum wage in america.

20:20 - Ary Jeau
Says Zach Parks is her fiance. Her boots have very, very sparkly ankles.
"Wolf Call"
This is a clever song, with musical howling in it, that works.

"Song 012"
A song about train tracks. Reminds me of KT Tunstall.

20:30 - This Space Intentionally Left Blank A NO SHOW, thankfully...
William Leveritte
"Song 013"
Instrumental. Good restaurant background music.

"Song 014"
William is awesome here, as usual. Is there ever anything usual about being awesome? I swear he shoulda been #1 crooner in Rio in the 1940's.

20:40 - Brittany Lynch
"Why Must"
Poem.

20:50 - Rick Bedell & Larry Clinton
"Flute & Guitar Improvization In The Key Of D"
It's good!

"Twin-V Flute Improvization With Guitar Face Percussion"

21:00 - Hello Kitty Kat
"Song 018"

"Betrayed"

21:10 - Emily Hansford
"Song 020"
An Emily Hansford original.

A cover, she used to play it a lot in high school.
"Song 021"
Capo 5.

21:20 - Jay Margolis
5th fret capo.
"Bird On The Wire"
Aw, Jay picked this song because the writer, Leonard Cohen, died this week.

A song about Mazzy Star.
"Song 023"
4th fret capo.

21:30 - Rob McCurry
Plays Paul Simon's
"Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes"
4th fret capo. If Rob McCurry rocked any softer, he'd be Air Supply. That's no complaint, it's good.

Rob's own song.
"The Sound"
6th fret capo. It's O.K., but not great. I can't tell if the hook is supposed to be I'm fallin' for you, or the sound. And the performance isn't *bad*, but:*I don't believe you mean it*. Gotta sell it like your dinner depends upon it. Rob McCurry strums while keeping his picking hand's pinky finger anchored against the pickguard, which helps him strum some of the strings without strumming them all at once. A powerful technique that makes his playing sound good.

21:40 - Jay Bowers
Covers Jay-Z
"99 Problems"
Funny, as a long-haired white guy, he sells it

Bob Dylan's
"Don't Think Twice It's Alright"

21:50 (21:37 actual) - Robert Higgs
We're way ahead of time tonite, by 13 minutes.
"This Song Is Only Here Because You're Not"
A song about his travels-for-work wife. 2nd fret capo.

"Pelican"
3rd fret capo. I see there's an outline of a pelican on his guitar, center-left of the bridge area. I'm not sure that image was there the last time I saw him play here. Pelicans must really be his thing. He rocks from left to right while playing.

22:00 - Stan The Blues Man
He puts on black glasses tonite for a change.
"Voodoo Child"
The slide & bend parts look fun to play. Wish I had an electric right now. Shucks, I should buy a soldering iron and build one. I already need one to fix my bike light.

"SONG"

2016-11-07

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-11-07

19:20 - Larry Forte
Our host, Larry will play on 2016-11-12 this Saturday at the Bishop Park farmer's market from 08:00-10:00.

"Freight Train"
19:30 - Zach Haines NO SHOW
REDSTRIPE
"Poem 002"
"Poem 003"
About werewolves

"Poem 004"
"Poem 005"

19:40 - Rigorberto Bautista
"Song 006"
"Song 007"

19:50 - Andrew Linden
The Rolling Stones'
"Ruby Tuesday"
"Song 009"

19:53 - Stanley Miller
The Beatles'
"Yesterday"
"All Of Me"

20:01 - Lexi Long
Billy Idol's
"Plastic Jesus"
Played on a ukulele. Nice.

Covers Vance Joy's
"Riptide"
So calm.

20:09 - Paul Edgar
"Song 014"
I think Paul previously called this Do You Feel Like Sleeping In, but I'm not certain.

"Let's Cheat On Each Other"
Happy valentine's day!

20:30 - Avery Deakins
Covers Elvis Presley
"Satisfy Me"
Heck yeah, just needs backup singers!

Paul McCartney's
"Baby, I'm Amazed"
Swell! Avery goes from chords to picking out the solo without missing a beat.

20:40 - Jay Bowers
Eric Clapton's
"Cocaine"
Not bad. Doesn't quite swing on the hook, but O.K..

Johnny Cash
"Folsom Prison Blues"
Got the country 2-strum goin' on just fine. Good fun bent note at the end.

20:50 - Rick Bedell
"Flute Improvization 020"
"V-Twin Flute Improvization 021"

21:00 - Victoria & Bradley
Covering The Talking Heads'
"Road To Nowhere"
Sounds odd when played straight, without David Byrne's wierd voice.

"Song 023"
O.K., I guess. They're reading it from a shared music stand.

21:10 - Liam Parke
"My Little Darling"
Liam's stronger tonite than before.

"Don't Be Ashamed Of Yourself"
Liam says the guy he wrote this for a long time ago didn't like it, so he didn't play it for a long time. I like though, for the message, so I'm glad he pulled it out of long-term storage.

On 2016-12-07, Repent At Leisure plays The Foundry. They now call themselves an Irish rock orchestra

21:13 - Eric Hangartner
Plays in a local Athens Georgia band called Walden.
Says he's gonna play 2 fun songs.

"I Am The Snow"
Ha ha, if that's a fun song, I'd hate to hear a depressing one.

Eric likes to go the State Botanical Gardens for some peace & quiet.

1st public performance of this song is right now. 2016-11-07 21:15.
"Blood Of An Ancient Culture"

21:23 - Emily Hansford
"Song 028"
3rd fret capo.

A cover.
"Song 029"
5th fret capo.

Emily works at the Watkinsville Jittery Joe's. She says they're starting an open mic nite on Thursdays.

21:30 - Hello Kitty Kat
We're a full 10 minutes early now.
"Song 030"
Neat.

"Song 031"
See, Jimmy isn't just playing the pre-recorded loop here, he's also doing a lead lick with sliding notes and hand tremolo.

21:50 - Mike Brandt
2 originals.
"Song 032"
Hard, complicated to play. Jeez, maybe Mike Brandt's a guitar instructor for a living?

"Mind Control"
This is like the jazz fusion of singer-songwriterdom. This is not pop, Clearchannel won't appreciate it.

22:00 - John Montarella NO SHOW
James Strickland
"Song 034"
Starts out with tapping on an acoustic. All instrumental. He's good at it.

Switches to an alternate tuning for the next one.
"Song 035"
Lots of scales-crawling of the fretboard, this sounds almost spanish. I guess that's the secret to playing Flamenco? Knowing your scales?

2016-10-31

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-10-31

19:27 - Larry Forte
"Lonesome Trail"
Odd for Larry, this time he sings the wrong verse too soon & corrects it.

19:30 - Chase White
Reads Alan Ginsburg
"Sunflower Sutra"

Said writer was ( _____ a female name )
"The Sun Did"

19:37 - This Slot Intentionally Left Blank

19:41 - William Leveritte & friend
"Song 004"
Wow. Good lounge.

William plays alone from sheet music here.
"Song 005"
A building, emotional sad song.

Liam Parke arrives.

20:02 - Zach Bradley
2 originals from about ~2011
"In Between"

"Space Cowboy"

Swell, hook-free angsty white-boy music. Excellent verse. Needs hooks + chorusi (choruses?, a chorus for each song)

20:10 - Zach Parks NO SHOW
Andrew Linden
"Song 008"
When he hears that the guitar is not coming through the PA system, he slides on the chair to hold the guitar closer to the mic, which is cool.

"White Trash Ballad"
Structure is not too bad, content stays on subject. Sounds like he's straining for pitch, not taking full deep breaths to sing with. I suspect he's never had a choir class, a music director would've showed him big breathing in the 1st week.

20:19 - Stanley Miller
The Beatles'
"Yesterday"
Acapella. Fair, but he's definitely singing entirely through his nose. He's clearly happy & comfortable.

Stevie Wonder's
"Overjoyed"
Odd phrasing, taking many breaths in the middle of sentence passages that would be better off sung with 1 breath. Need

20:26 - Jack Reed
"Song 012"
A bit of humor. Swell with foot bells. It's a song about weed.

"Song 013"
Beat boxing with a looper. 4th fret capo, by thee looks of it. Great strum & bass strings pattern here. Syncopated start & stops are terrific. Jack Reed just needs a stage costume & backup band.

Rick Bedell makes the scene.

20:37 - Jay Bowers
Is wearing a Thor costume.
"Don't Know Much"

The Eagles'
"Take It Easy"

20:45 - Rick Bedell
"Flute Improvization 016"
"Twin-V Flute Improvization 017"

20:56 - Salathiel Saldana
Cover of Neil Young's
"Tell Me Why"
Wikipedia article about Tell Me Why

"Lying"

21:06 - Liam Parke
"Elizabeth's Song"
Well, this one is too very specifically about the precise family arrangement Liam has to catch on with a general audience.

"When Autumn Leaves Start To Fall"

21:17 - Mike Brandt
Says nothing, just start to play.

Covers David Bowie
"Space Oddity"
Very good, he must have practiced it for ages. Worth a listen, if you like Space Oddity.

"Put It On The Letter"
Chords pop, and go well with the lyrics, a perfect match! Strong player & singer. Wow, neat shifts to very different strumming styles. Great dynamic range too. Mike Brandt is definitely someone I'll be looking for again. His fingers must be tough as oak.

21:28 - Mark Nobles
On harmonica.
"Harmonica Clip 024"

Switches harmonicas
"Harmonica Clip 025"

He didn't like that harmonica, so he switches to another
"Harmonica Clip 026"

He's got a case of several harmonicas.
"Harmonica Clip 027"

Well, he certainly could do a harmonica solo if you need it.

21:33 - James Strickland
"Song 028"
Fingerpicking. His guitar looks new, or maybe plastic, but probably not.

"Guitar Practice 029"
Has a bit of A Day In The Life, but is all over the place. If he would just play a song, it would be good.

2016-10-24

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-10-24

19:24 - Larry Forte
"Freight Train, Freight Train"
Frank Sinatra's
"The Summer Wind"

19:31 - Ary
"Song 003"
"Sleep"
Sweeeeet. OH YEAH! Cool hat & scarf too. I'm impressed! Stage lights are darker than usual tonite.

19:41 = Joseph Wallace
A 1st timer. Playin' the white upright piano. 2 originals.
"Song 005"
Wow, peppy for a hard subject. Good song construction.

"Song 004"
Pretty good. I'd like him to put the singing ahead of the piano playing next time.

19:50 - Matt Linden
A song inspired by a bunch of musician friends with bipolar disorder.
"Inspired By Mania, And Depression's The News"

About high school teachers who have sex with their studients
"Austin Got Lucky"
This is both filthy & funny.

20:00 - Jace Bartet
Works here at Hendershot's sometimes. Thanks 2 people who really helped him out.

"Song 007"
An electronic piece, that comes through his laptop, and Jace does an awesome dance to it! Surprises the crowd, and they enjoy it.

20:09 - Leanne Michelle Daniels & Jody Daniels
"Honesty Hour"
Hook-y. Good.

"Jolene"

20:20 - Trey Wood
He's playing from sheet music. His sound quality is better than before.
"Song 010"
I think that was a 2nd fret capo. Good song structure.

"Lover Come Back"
Looks like a 2nd fret capo here too.

Robert Higgs heads to the green room.

Trey's got a new song out this week on soundcloud.

20:30 - Robert Higgs
"Song 012"

"I Can't Wait To Be Sided With"
3rd fret capo. A love song for scientists.

Robert Higgs has a white heart sticker on a black background inside his guitar, which can be seen through the soundhole.

20:40 - Jay Bowers
The Eagles'
"Peaceful Easy Feeling"

"Song 015"
Written a couple of months ago, about a girl.

20:50 - Emily Hansford
"Song 016"
3rd fret capo. This is a little repetitive & uninspired tonite. She's played this same song here better previously.

"Song 017"

21:00 - Avery Deakins & Lexi Long
Lexi is on the ukulele.
Covers an american folk song written by Ed Rush and George Cromarty in 1957
"Plastic Jesus"

Covers Elvis:
"I Can't Help Falling In Love (With You)"
Perfect harmony, very good.

21:10 - Groupgrass
Violin + acoustic then electric guitar + keyboard, a Roland RD-300GX. I've seen the guy with the keyboard before, but not the violinist.
Bob Dylan's
"Kansas City"
It happens to be the keyboardist's hometown. It's OK. Not Dylan's best writing.

Surprise, it's the keyboardist who picks up the electric guitar for the 2nd song, not the acoustic guitar player.
"Song 021"
Chords remind me of "All Along The Watchtower". This could easily be mashed-up with it.

Dan on keyboard & electric
Blake on acoustic
Terra on violin

21:20 - Rick Bedell
"Flute Improvization 022"
"Twin-V Flute Improvization 023"

21:30 - SHASHA
"Poem 024"
"Poem 025"
"Poem 026"
"Poem 027"

21:40 - Liam Parke
"The Maid With The Lovely Smile"

"Wishing It Was Christmastime"
I don't. I want endless Halloween.

Best Of Unknown Athens at The Foundry 2016-10-26 Wednesday 19:00-22:00

21:50 - Zach Bradley
Plays around town as The Blind Astronomer

"The Dragons In My Head"
About sleeping in too late. A strong singer.

"Lava Girl"
Great title, captures the imagine before you even hear it. Wow, this would be great with backup musicians to help him out. Needs somebody to play a lead during the instrumental break. Dark, good writing, even with a weak hook.

22:00 - The Powers
They play 2 Motion City Soundtrack songs.

"Together We'll Ring in the New Year"
Swell, plus harmonica.

"Her Words Destroyed My Planet"
They sound wonderful together.

Mitchell & his cousin Lawson
They normally also play with their brothers

2016-10-17

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-10-17

19:20 - Larry Forte
Plays Bob Dylan's
"Tomorrow Is A Long Time"

19:30 - Jean Baptiste
Has a portable Blackstar amp.

RUMSFELD is in the house, maybe he's on standby?

"Song 002"
Holy Ned Flanders! The devil came down to Georgia 2-nite! I did not expect this awesome rock from such a tiny guy. Jack-booted thugs! Just right for my Halloween season. We are coming to the end! The end of the age! Wow! A feedback bend! That was cool. A small-body black electric guitar, with 4 knobs. Sounds a lot like The Pick Of Destiny. Complete with "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic"! Fuck yeah!

19:40 - Jim Wilson
A song written by Jim's friend.
"Song 003"
Jim Wilson's singing voice sounds like a blend of David Byrne and Bob Dylan.

"I Took A Left, I Took A Right, Now I'm Back"
How fun! Has some Rock Lobster spirit in it. Also, very short.

19:50 - Rob McCurry
"Paralyzed"
2nd fret capo.

"Song 005"

So I go to get Jean Baptiste's contact info, and I do. I fear he might be distracting Rob since Jean seems to be talking very loud to me, but Rob says he didn't even notice. Jean has a degree in Electrical Engineering. Jean's a Gator. He's got an excellent home studio from Sweetwater music, with many MIDI patches.

20:00 - Zac Crook
Just moved to Athens.
"Song 006"

"The Other Day"
1st fret capo. Zac likes writing songs about girls he didn't go after. This is one of them.

20:10 - this spot intentionally left blank
Audience is shocked into silence by the on-stage disaster.

20:20 - Chase White
Reads Edgar Allan Poe
"The Raven"
It's being read. An not-memorized poem, and it sounds like it.

20:30 - Aarushi Lal
"Song 009"
Jay Margolis watched closely, pegs the progression as G Em C D pattern. He says she makes it sound fresh. Oh, Donna and Where Has My Baby Gone use this pattern.

Rob McCurry asks for directions to this blog, and I notice he was reading something about "Techiniques For Relaxed And Fluid Playing" with a guitarist's image.

Covers
"I Just Died In Your Arms Tonite"
I like it, a good pick for her. I want to hear it again next week.

20:40 - Emily Hansford
"Song 011"
3rd fret capo.

"Pretend"

Drew Kohl plays here at Hendershot's on Friday.

Jay Margolis reports the 2nd stage at the North Georgia Folk Festival (which is actually not in North Georgia, it's at the Sandy Creek Nature Park just outside the Athens loop) that Cortez Garza set up was AWESOME. Drew Kohl played there with Cortez and Sidney Baker. It seems Drew Kohl is from Athens, but has been in Nashville, TN for a while.

20:50 - Rick Bedell
"Flute Improvisation 013"
"Flute Improvisation 014"

ooo, Karlie D's here to support her friend, I hope for the best 2-nite!

21:00 - CK Kelso
Carrington Kelso covers Amy Winehouse
"Back To Black"
3rd fret capo.

An original
"Addict"
This song is releasing this Friday, 2016-10-21, on Bandcamp, for free.
His bandcamp fan page, that is, the page of stuff he likes.

Probable location of the upcoming release

He's working hard and his voice has a great quality.

21:10 - Jay Bowers
2 songs about break-ups, good and bad.
"Song 017"
Karlie D knows the words to this one.

"Song 018"
Karlie D knows the words to this one too.

21:20 - Jay Margolis
A song from 1971.
"Sugarman"
5th fret capo. A song about drugs.
I think he played this before or something very similar, but this performance is better. He's getting used to the stage here.

"Song 020"
4th fret capo. uh oh, a drunk woman is dancing a little, badly in the cafe. She seem to like Jay's song, though. Breast exposure may be imminent.

21:30 (21:24 actual) - Ken Williams
"Song 021"
2nd fret capo. Hard fingerpicking while singing notes held long. Higher difficulty.

"Song 022"
Ken's a good singer, but both of these songs lack a hook, and a chorus. Both songs suffer because they are all verse. At the end of this one, he essentially starts to play a different song that is better than everything else. He should have been playing everything like that all along.

21:40 - Liam Parke
Covers Frank Sinatra's
"My Way"

"Song 024"

Plays at the farmer's market at Bishop Park on Saturday with his band, Repent At Leisure.

21:50 (21:46 actual) - Carley Kleben
2 originals. She sounds comfortable.
"Haitian Highway"

"Traffic"

22:00 - Eric Hangartner
Settin' up his keyboard, a smaller grey one, more portable this week.
"Wasted Youth"
Excellent mournful cry-break makes this song. Most men can't even control it. Good job, Eric! oops, hits some off-notes, it doesn't break the song, he keeps playing.

"Song 028"