2nd tune is about young love. Takes a mulligan, restarts. Which is kinda funny, 'cause the song is about playing collectible card games, which typically include the feature of "taking a mulligan", where you are permitted to discard the first hand dealt to you if you don't like those cards, in exchange for drawing 1 less card for your re-draw, after shuffling your deck. Cuts short, tries to substitue a 3rd song, but Larry steps in to enforce the rules.
19:40 (19:50 actual) - Matt Linden
Aw, his built-in humor is doing well with the audience, but Matt's tripping over some of the lyrics, in places he never did before. Too, bad, falling just short of a perfect take. "It's Not You, It's Me"
Is about online dating. One little trip, I think he choked a little on too much saliva, rather than forgetting the words. I hate it when that happens when I'm practicing a song, and it's going great, but it forces you to cough.
Not too bad, but he's clearly trying to remember the complicated chords & picking pattern. "Whipporwill"
Inspired by The Beetles' "Blackbird". 1st fret capo. Pretty good.
There's Liam Parke slipping into the green room over there.
20:10 (20:18 actual) - Open Slot Zac Morgan
1st song is about his dad, about seeing your parents more as "people".
Larry Forte & Andrew Payne are talking with Johnny Rowland at the end of the garage door table.
Oh jeez, he says song #2 was written today.
He sings well. He seems to marching in place to keep time, but it makes him look like he needs to pee.
Rumsfeld just stashed his axe in the green room. He's a got a plaid shirt on with a few buttons down, makes him look like Grizzly Adams.
20:20 - EMISSARY
"Playing In The Rain"
Gets lost in his head just as he gets lost on the page. Funny coincidence. He's got some cyan addias kicks that match the pocket of his T-shirt, which is printed with an image of "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa"
20:50 (20:56 actual) - Kevin Whitfield Walks in a little late.
There's nothing "wrong" with this performance. But the song just doesn't appeal to me. No hook.
He says he heard this on the radio, and might not know all the words. What station is he listening to?
3rd fret capo.
aww, he can whistle like a charm. I'm jealous.
21:00 (21:04 actual) - Phillip Brooke
2 originals. He went a metal concert last nite, so he's raspy from screaming, not trying to rasp.
JEEZ, I can really hear the injury. It sounds great, too bad it comes with damage. It's not worth trying to do that deliberately.
"Wash Me Clean"
He seems to play seated most of the time. He doesn't have a guitar strap. I wonder if he prefers it that way, or simply never thought about it.
21:10 - Andrew Payne
"The Company Kept"
He's doing great tonite. So reliable.
Andrew is on facebook & soundcloud.
Townes Van Zandt cover
I've never heard this song before. The internet says it's also associated with Roseanne Cash. I'll look up more details later, when I add the MP3 files here later.
21:20 - The Dubious Duo
It's the gentlemen from Groundhog Studio, wearing matching tie-dye shirts.
Robert is playing the guitar, Nick is on the harmonium. Rocking out blues pattern.
"Love Like Yours"
21:30 - Scott Tyson
It's his first time here at Hendershot's.
Active, strong guitarist & singer. Louder than it ought to be for the content.
Plays with more passion than just about everyone else.
21:40 - Mark Katzman
Calls what he does "Soundscapes". I agree, that's a good name for his genre. I think you could tag cloud him as "soundscapes" along with Enya and The Monks Of Santo Domingo De Silas.
Brianna joins him him on drum for 2nd piece.
"soundscape with drum"
21:50 - STAN
Refer to image for clues on how to identify a STAN in the wild. Notice the colorful amplier it displays, and the coresponding plumage of its feet.
22:00 - Liam Parke
Covers Frank Sinatra's "Love's Been Good To Me"
(22:09 actual) - Isabella Summers A late extra.
Covers Pearl Jam's "Black"
She knows the words, but the delivery is clinical.
Covers Pink Floyd's "Mother"
a rules violation: 2 covers. aw, same problem as the first song, doesn't seem to love this song as much as we do.
Sad lost love song. Very good. oo, there's more song when I thought was over. Both songs need to lose 1 verse or chorus or both each.
20:00 - Logan Hobus It looks like he's got a brother here tonite. A new sad song. "Like I Told You So"
Grity and good, ooo, he's giving a neat-o nasty mean look at the audience that is a spot-on match for this song. He's wearing a black T-shirt, so a picture won't come out well, so I'm not gonna bother taking one.
Jesse Winchester wrote song #2
"How Come The Devils Smile"
Andrew Payne just arrived, standing next to the green room door.
20:10 - Xena Mansoura
STAN has arrived just as she takes the stage.
Cover of Halsey
It seems she's choking off the last syllable of most lines, but I don't think it is quite right. The delivery is sort of flattened out, not as in pitch, but as in not as dynamic as it could be.
Cover of Deathcab For Cutie
An analytical coach could help her improve a lot, lots of potential here.
Both songs seem to have a 1st fret capo.
20:20 - Cody Hudson Fails to introduce the 2 friends playing with him, or tell us what the title is. 2nd guitarist is left-handed, didn't cut the ends of 3 strings off..
Asked for the vocals to be turned down as the song begins, fails to start to the song fresh.
Has no clear hook. It rhymes at least, here and there.
Justin & Brandon, are the other two, one of them sang the 1st song, the other plays the violin. I didn't see him point when talking, so it is not clear who is who.
With Cody playing & singing the act is called "In The Name Of Love Featuring The Alcholocaust". They traded guitars for this song. Uh, the violin is not played badly, but it sounds like it's playing a completely different incompatible song. These guys are dressed like slobs. Cody has a nice voice, but this song has generic content that doesn't touch anyone, really.
20:30 - Keith Wolfson You can find him on facebook.
He's turned up really loud, but that's wrong for this angsty song. I wonder if he told Patrick he wants it that way?
Keith is tuning down for the next number. He says his songs have no point, make up your own meaning. That strikes me a guaranteed recipe for bad songs.
Stands for "Under The Influence". oop, he's gonna muligan on that song and do
I guess he didn't quite have the correct tuning he wanted for UTI.
Philip Brooke & his friends moved over to the empty couches area.
Keith has forgotten the 3rd verse. Angsty & loud but with no apparent purpose. I don't won't to hear these again.
20:40 - Rumsfeld Brought his electronics tonite.
"This is a new song"
Looks like a 10th fret capo. I got the recorder input turned all the way down. Yep, that was a good call. It sounds like he's got a slow kind of auto-wah effect combined an echo. He's using similar effects for the
He starts by striking the fretboard overhand at the harmonic 12th fret. It's pretty hot down here, he must be roasting up there.
On Periscope as Rumsfeld.
20:50 - Rick Bedell Cody Hudson joins him for the 1st number.
"flute improvisation with dijeridoo"
Next number uses his twin flute.
21:00 - Phillip Brooke & Harry Cloud
Friend joines him to play jazzy drums with brushes.
"Cat & Mouse"
"You Couldn't Explain To Me"
Very good. Zach asks whether I'd like to hear a song about a candy bar or a race war. I say I want both. Then he makes it clear the other song is about a race horse. I pick the candy bar song.
21:10 - Andrew Payne This is a Decemberists cover.
"By The Old Main Drag"
Andrew's levels are too hot, Patrick's never turned him up this loud before. He's peaking, sorry. I'll turn it down for the next song.
"Highway In My Mind"
Andrew's got shoulder length hair, and has maybe 2-4 days of a beard tonite.
Liam Parke has arrived. It doesn't look like RED STRIPE or EMISSARY are going to get a standby slot tonite.
21:20 - Zach Clayton
"1st Song" I think the last time heard this, it was acoustic. It turns out I had to turn the input all the way down for Zach's guitar too.
Especially since Harry Cloud stuck his drums next to the mixer, the hallway to the backdoor jammed up the stage right entrance-exit. This made it hard most of the night to reach the recorder, and read it's levels. Dropped his pick near the end of the song, I think. Puts on a bandana for the 2nd song.
"Melting In The Milky Way"
21:30 - Anna, Erin, Tamara
Hmm. A weak start. Off-pitch.
Checked out the ukelele from the Athens Public Library. 'Cause that's a thing you can do in Athens.
Cover of Micheal Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel". A good choice. Ahh, I can't quite tell if Anna can't remember the words, or is letting the audience jump in. Mmmm, getting some the easy lyrics wrong, so I think she forgot. To bad, the music behind the words is better than the vocals. Such a shame, could have done so much better. Anna says she dances and does choreography, so if you want to do a music video, she is willing to help.
21:40 - Mark Katzman
21:50 - Stan "SONG"
22:00 - Liam Parke of Repent At Leisure
Here's a few videos clips of open mic nite, just to give a taste of what it is like to actually be there. This is just a test to see if it is technically possible to include videos easily into this blog, and an evaluation if some more videos would be worthwhile. These vids were taken hand-held from an iTouch4, so this is what I can get out of it. Perhaps with a serious camera that has better performance in low-light & high-contrast situations such as these, a better picture could be achieved.
Sounds exactly like all the other songs he's ever done. Tension building chords that never resolve.
Sounds almost exactly like the 1st one he just played. He may have strummed harder on 5 early-ish downstrokes in this one. Might be okay as the background music for "waiting for other players to join" part of a multi-player game. A guy I know might want that.
19:41 - STAN
19:50 - Lucius Malcolm
"You're Leaving Now"
Not bad. He talks like a "youth pastor" though.
Not too bad.
19:57 - RED STRIPE
A woman he used to date asked for more poems from him, this was the idea behind his 4th album of poetry.
The same woman asked him to include these words in the title inside of a poems.
"A Beautiful Disaster"
20:03 - Glen York
Glen wrote this song right before he moved here from Montana.
"Home With You In Georgia"
I can tell he really feels this song.
"Seal It With A Kiss"
This is good, good hook, this song suits him well.
20:10 - Zach Morgan (NO SHOW) Larry Forte thinks he might be 2 doors down at The Grit.
"Woke Up This Morning"
Jeez, he's such a character.
"Wonder Woman Kicked My Ass"
He's wearing a SUN Studio T-shirt. Matt's played here so much, he can set up his keyboard pretty fast without tripping over cords or other trouble. The part where the mad guy says "stay off my lawn, I'm buying a gun" was funnier tonite than usual.
20:20 - Larry Forte
Tom Waits' "A Soldier's _____"
Larry's original: "One Drunk Down"
20:28 - Rumsfeld
A new song.
"This Is Gonna Be Chaotic"
Rumsfeld says La Vie is about deciding to realizing that life is ups & downs.
Rumsfeld is on Periscope, usually every day.
20:36 - Rick Bedell & Rumsfeld
"flute improvisation with guitar"
20:48 - Philip Brooke
A Jeff Purdy cover
"I've Got These 4-Way Blues"
"Run, Run Away"
20:56 - EMISSARY & Philip Brooke
EMISSARY is Gabriel.
"It Was Always You"
21:02 - Mitchell Powers
A cover of the Weezer frontman's "Lover In The Snow"
Needs just 1 or more additional musicians to back him up, even just 1 other singer, and a fancy stage outfit, and he can go pro.
"Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You"
He was a lot louder on this 2nd song.
21:11 - Liam Parke
A song about how we always think god approves of our side when we fight a war.
"With God On Our Side"
"You're The Only One"
21:22 - Zach Morgan
"Your Everlasting Light"
An original about when someone is pursuing you, but you feel like they don't really know who you are.
He's louder on the 2nd song. He's got a great haircut, but that black T-Shirt under these dark lights doesn't make for good photos. 3rd fret capo.
21:31 - Andrew Payne
2nd fret capo
Cover of Uncle ____
A very good solo performance of Like The Rain.
"Like The Rain"
21:41 - Cortez Garza
6th or 7th fret capo
"Mistaking Children For Angels"
2nd fret capo
"Immortal To Me"
AH jeez, I don't see the green lights on my recorder, is it catching this song or not? Nope, missed it. I'm sorry Cortez. I need to watch more closely next time.
A nice straightforward rendition of my favorite Larry Forte song, even though he recently went to a dentist. Happy to hear good sounds out of our host's mouth.
19:30 - Mark Katzman (19:41 actual) 1st song has nice building tension, maybe good for an impending battle scene. Lots of sliding on the top 2 strings while strumming.
19:40 - STAN Loud as hell, sounds like a Van Halen cover. Not only is his amp loud, it is mic'd and pumped into the venue sound system. Plus Patrick likes exactly this loud, so here's your bleeding eardrums.
19:50 - Zach Vickers "Spaces In Between" He's playing both songs from a music stand. 2nd song has some more complicated fingerpicking, and it's good. "Let The Whole Charade Die" Looks like most of the song has long fret jumps. It is hard to hit those just right over & over again. That is a swell song, yet it does not follow a standard pop structure.
20:00 - Lucid Union NO SHOW
Red Stripe (Alexander Korponay) Has 4 books on lulu.com, type in Metal Gear Alex. "Nanon", titled after a real planet that scientists have discovered, but of course it has no life. "Transcript". A story about a mummy.
20:10 - Vanessa Murray No Show
(20:12 actual ) - Boone Hood "Sweet Marie" He's playing well, but he's either trying hard to remember how the song goes, or he's feeling tremendous stress. He's squinting like he's in severe pain, and not looking at the audience. "Blackbird" only one stumble, and he keeps going. He learned this Beetles tune yesterday. He did well on both tunes, I don't know what he was worried about.
20:20 - Matt Linden "You're In Athens" This is the best he's done so far with that one. "Walls Came A-Tumblin' Down and Hit The Road Jack"
20:30 - Jonathan Bemid Covers a Niel Young song he doesn't know very well, and it shows. Poor bastard, I'm sure he's a nice guy, and I want to like him, but he makes it so damn hard. Maybe I'm too sensitive about good music. 2nd song is an original, "Isn't That Strange". This is a good composition, but I want him to stay on-pitch, or hand the sheet music over for another to perform.
20:40 - Rumsfeld 1st song, he says is new. He starts with a capo on the 2nd fret, but quickly removes it for the song. This song begins with guitar-body slapping, and he's also slapping the fretboard! It sounds like a door knock at first, RED STRIPE says "Hello?". I thought that was funny. "Meaning Of The Square". Funny, since I finally got my new place & the internet back on, I've been working on the built-up catalog of recordings, and I was just listening to his 1st performance of this song from 2014-12-08 or 2014-12-28. For the first time, I can see that he is playing with neon green earplugs on. I guess he's smart enough to protect himself from the feedback going into his strings. I wonder if he always does that, and they're just normally hidden by the fantastic slightly curly hair around his ears?
20:50 - Andrew Burgess Linden "Hey, Mama, You Blew Me Away". It has few other lyrics. "I Don't Know If She's Dead". I think he'd get along with my brother just fine. Justin doesn't play guitar, and never even once tried to play mine, not even a little bit. I wonder what would happen if I forced Justin to try it. . . Andrew has enthusiam, but his strings are out of tune. I'd say he's "off-pitch", but I don't entirely know that's not how this song is supposed to be. It could be a little punk rock.
21:00 - Kevin Whitfield From his 2015-03 album "Spaces Between Us" this is "Lighthouse". This song uses a capo on the 3rd fret. He's hitting a home run. And. . . . Kevin is tall & skinny like me, but this week his arms have a lot more muscle on them since the last time I saw him here. Phillip Brooke & others guitarists I've seen here lately have huge arms. Maybe this helps a man play the instrument better? Need to get my act together & grow mine bigger. 2nd song, "Ordinary Love". Uses a 4th fret capo. A swell performance.
21:10 - Campbell Harrison 1st timer @ Hendershot's, comes from Mansfield, GA, and is working on an album. He's good.
2nd song has some good hammer-ons & -offs integrated between the chords. The song is sad, doesn't seem to have a hook, or chorus. Campbell should save it for a B-side or filler for some project he just wants to finish by a deadline, or contract he wants to escape.
21:20 - Keith Wolfson 1st time @ Hendershots. 1st song, "Fate". His dad died about 2 weeks ago, and liked this song. Keith finds that his walking cane hung upon the microphone stand is pulling down the arm of his mic, so he deftly knocks it off onto the floor & keeps playing without missing a beat. I'm impressed. At a false stop, someone starts to clap. Keith declares Fate is a long radio-station pee-break song. I wonder if he's been a DJ before? This song has no hook or chorus. Keith says he does mobile instrument repair, fixing guitars. "Somewhere In Between" He says this song about being neither high nor low. This song is loud, but not appealing. It is way too long, too repetitive, has no clever clever rhymes or chorus or hook. Keith's playing skills are worthy of a better song than this.
21:30 - Cortez Garza is playing with a backup singer, Katelyn Keesler. "I Cry, I Try". Capo is on the 7th or 8th fret. "I Finally Found You". Yup, having even just 1 extra performer adds so much to a song.
21:40 - Rick Bedell flute improvisation. Has an album called "White Man Dancing".
21:50 - Liam Parke "So Many Years Ago". I was editing a previous performance of this song earlier today too. "We Only Want To Live". Playing at "Your Pie" on Gaines School Road on
22:00 - Daniel Eremchuck Cover, "Clairvoyant". I like his voice & backwards white hat. He's too timid though. I'd like to see him perform a little more arrogantly. His 2nd song is a cover too, a rules violation, but we're ahead of time, and he's the last act, so Larry doesn't stop him.
19:25 - Larry Forte gets things started with 2 of his standards.
19:31 - Johanna Morgan "Excuse", an original. Smooth strong voice, she can reach the cheap seats just fine. Unfortunately she has chosen religious content.
STAN is present, but I don't see his guitar or amplifier.
2nd is a cover of Copeland, "No One Really Wins".
19:42 - Matt Linden I turn the recorder input down to 0, and have the limiter on. It still might not be enough. Here comes the "Wonder Woman Kicked My Ass" song again, hope he trimmed it down.
I wonder what he'd sound like covering an Elton John tune?
2nd song is new. He went to New Jersey a few weeks ago. Told some friends he met there "I Didn't Die, I Moved To Athens".
19:53 - Lee Baker Poetry. 2nd poem was about time he spent in Iraq.
19:58 - Jonathan Bemid He gave me a weak, wrong, bad "fingers" handshake earlier. 1st song, has a guitar part that's good enough for a lullabye, or maybe a funner ballad than the sad one it is paired with here. 2nd song, nearly every line has the same repetitive melody. He didn't say the name.
20:07 - RED STRIPE Alexander Korponay From Volume 4. "Tonya" Patrick is off, the back-up soundguy is here with a T-shirt that says "Stay Golden", and has an outline of "The Golden Girls" on it. He's got the voice levels too hot, I think. "Encore", a poem about writer's block.
He can be found on lulu.com
20:13 - Rumsfeld Did not show tonite.
20:13 - James Diem (or Jimmy) from Hartford, CT. Rumsfeld just arrived, 1 minute too late. Jimmy may travel to Austin soon. His tan backpack is over there, looks like he's living as a vagabond. 2nd song, he asks to borrow a pick. Larry Forte obliges. His delivery is slightly subdued, like plain talking, sort of like Bloodhound Gang sometimes does.
20:21 - Rumsfeld "La Vie". Jeez, he's really whacking those strings, but with no pick. That's gotta be murder on his fingers.
Seems like he's surely using the back of his fingernails as the picking surface for the 2nd song, which has a sudden, hard stop.
20:29 - EMISSARY Rap. 2 untitled works.
Andrew Payne is standing by the green room door now.
20:33 - Benjamin Morrison
Cory Cromer & Phillip are sitting behind me now. I wonder if either of them are on the list tonite.
1st song, "All My Confidence". The chorus is awesome. This could be a real crowd-pleaser. Johanna Morgan is his sister, and she joins Benjamin on stage now.
"Under The Surface Of The Deep", on YouTube, iTunes & Facebook. Here comes a cover from the 1980's. U2's "With Or Without You". Very good.
20:44 - Rick Bedell He tells us that the song is forever if we aren't recording, 'cause he does it all off of the top of his head. 2nd song is a bit playful.
20:56 - Silver Queen This is a band with Andrew Payne on banjo, with 2 others I don't remember seeing before. Katie Ball on guitar, Will James on mandolin. "Steel Driver Song".
First song is a shot-that-no-good-man song.
2nd song is Andrew's "Burning Gasoline".
These guys make bluegrass fun.
Very nice, ear candy.
21:08 - Phillip Brooke 2 originals. He says when he writes, he usually includes a female ( protagonist or antagonist, he's not sure which he means ). I think he means antagonist. He plays with his eyes mostly closed, but he rolls his head all over the place and smiles as he sings, so he's fun to watch. Second song has a quiet mood, almost a go-to-sleep song.
21:16 - Lucid Union 1st song is a cover about a spaceman. Wow, this tamborine player has an awesome voice, he must be vocally trained in school. He's the one with the beard. Song has a false stop ending before the real ending. On second song they trade instruments. This guitar has colorful stickers on a black body..
Justin has beard, Jack has glasses.
There's a Jittery Joe's coffee sticker right there. I wonder if singers can get sponsored like NASCAR drivers? I bet I could make that happen.
21:25 - Austin Green 2 original songs from the band he's in. I like his haircut. Got some nice jazzy - disco-y intro on this 1st song. His voice sounds great, a real sexy sound. This is "make love" music. He's making faces that look like he's being electrocuted. If I saw a photo of him singing without a mic, stage, or curtain in the frame, I'd think he was getting stabbed. The contrast is entertaining.
Oh cool, I just noticed that he's playing barefooted. I haven't seen anyone else do that here. He steps back from the mic & moves around when there's no vocal part to sing. His playing moves like butter from chord strums into fingerpicks, hammer-on & -offs.
21:37 - Johnny Rowland Covering "Do You Remember". I've never heard this song before, so I don't know who the original artist is. It suits Johnny well enough to be his original. 2nd song "Living On The Levee". He wrote it when he was in New Orleans.
21:44 - Christian Rodriguez 1st timer here at Hendershot's. I haven't noticed anyone at all using a capo so far tonite. That's very unusual. If someone did, I missed it. Christian's first song sets a mood of "longing". I can scarcely make out any of the words, but that's OK in this case, the words beside the point in this piece, it's more about how the notes make you feel. 2nd song, he shortly does a mulligan, and then declares the guitar is out-of-tune, and leaves it at that. Yay! He has good sense & is kind to the audience!
21:52 - Liam Parke He wrote a song for "Athens For Everyone"'s 1 year anniversary. It is deliberately made to be sing-along-able. That group is founded by a guy named Denison, who is different person than our current Mayor Denison, who is a woman. I don't know if they're related or not. He ran for office previously, but I didn't even know about it until after the election when I saw a small ad for him on the community corkboard at 5-points Jittery Joe's. 2nd song, "Loving You, Loving Me".
22:02 - Cortez Garza 1st song uses his harmonica holder. He's wearing the T-shirt featuring Larry Forte. "Losing Respect". Cortez is playing a show at The Foundry on July 4, which is next Saturday, with The Grassland String Band, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. He's using a fancy picking pattern on the 2nd song.
22:09 - William Leveritt Freeman of Bel Vas. He's cooking here at Hendershot's on Mondays now, so he hasn't played Open Mic Nite in a while. "God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You" by the Beach Boys. He's trying out a hard new-to-him plucking pattern. So he starts out a little off-pitch, something I've never seen him do before. He gets back on track, though. It's interesting to hear William, normally always a crooner, tackle this song. He claims he'd be willing to trade his feet for 2 more vocal chords to do the ending of this song as a chorus. 2nd song, "Godot". Has some nice plucking in the composition. It seems he borrowed Larry's (beat-up) guitar for this performance.
(19:30 actual) - Larry Forte Yay, got recorder working from the start, although I accidentally plugged my earphones into the small mic input at first, and incorrectly bugged Patrick about it. 2nd song is Lonesome Trail.
19:30 - Casey Collins NO SHOW. (19:36 actual) EMISSARY. 2nd piece: "Shadowboxing" His shirt reads "221B Barber Street". I wonder what is there? http://www.soundcloud.com/emissary
Johnny Rowland is here with guitar on his back.
19:40 - Zach Vickers "Circuits Are Lit Up". 2nd song is some pensive mood music, good for a monster movie, or a chase scene. A bunch of yammering music-deaf peopel with children at the back of the room make it even harder to hear his words.
19:50 - Red Stripe: Alexander Korponay Does open mic nite here, at Live Wire, and Boar's Head. "Music To The Ears". He's reading from the paper, gotta fix that. A peom about a friend named Louis. hmmmm, the "melody" of the way he reads every line is just like the last poem, gotta fix that too.
20:00 - Johnathan Bemid 2nd time here. uh oh, already apologizing for not getting through this song the last time. Yep, like by the 3rd line, he's already forgot. Hey, mistakes happen, but if you know going in that you're not ready, why did you sign up? This is Open Mic Nite, not "subject others to the misery of your guitar practice nite". 2nd song starts badly too. Boo. Red Stripe must have ended early, it is only 20:00 just now.
20:10 - Aaron Strand 1st song a cover of Lefty Frezell's "Long Black Viel" Sad song. "Georgia Bound". He's using a slide on his pinky, and making funny faces.
He's using a thumb-pick too. Impressive composition AND live performance, wonderful!
(20:13 actual) - Joe, John and Mo Connoway Sliding in to take up some of the time slack. "Freight Train Song".
2nd song cover of Tim Buckley.
20:20 - Breylee Gordon (20:23 actual) Original "Rather Be Left Alone" Strong story content. She's playing guitar + harmonica 2nd song, Joni Mitchell's "They Paved Paradise". Without the harmonica holder she gets to move around more freely, and this performance is fun. Yes! Very good delivery.
Andrew Payne is here.
20:30 - Johnny Rowland 1st Song is a cover, "Sweet Pea". Swell sound tonite, he seem healthy & healed. "Springtime"
20:40 - Logan Hobus 1st song is a Beetles cover. "Rocky Racoon". Very interesting with his piercing nasal tenor voice. Very good on the "scat" vamping part of the song. 2nd song is a world premiere original tonite.
20:50 - Larkin Dodgen Singing 2 originals tonite. 1st song starts with a strong rhyme, lovely. Just breathy enough in the right places, and a hint of humor too! "Heaven Is" She's playing a Ukelele. This is a good match for the song. I like the way it does not detract from the lyrics or her delivery. Oh yes, this can have synchro placement in any number of shows or ads. Let the bidding war start! 2nd song is original, only her mom & boyfriend have heard it before us.
http://larkindodgen.bandcamp.com has an EP from 2 years ago.
21:00 - Greg Benson & Robert Bell 1st song is Disney quality, as though it could belong right in "The Jungle Book". 2nd song, cover of "Paint It Black", with an almost Satchmo-sounding vocal.
21:10 - Phillip Brooke 1st song is original, 2nd song will cover Damien Rice. "Older Chests"
Paco Trevino's crowd just showed up.
21:20 - Andrew Payne & Rick Bedell (21:15 actual) Together play "Old Tom"
2nd song, Andrew's new tune, "Hangover".
21:30 - Paco Trevino I'm gonna gues this song is "Perfect Paramour".
Cortez Garza walked by with a drink.
Poor bastard, Paco is Bob Dillon. Face it Paco, you're a good composer, but you need other singers to carry the performance for you. You are surrounded by others who can supply their voices to your compositions. You could have hits, but you need to get them through the help of others.
Hmm, this 2nd song doesn't seem to have a strong hook. "Coming Up For Air".
21:40 - Rick Bedell (21:37 actual) 2 improvs on flute. 1st one didn't know when to stop.
21:50 - Rumsfeld I bet he plays "Paris". Here's the one where he slaps & scratches the body of his Ovation, and reaches over the top of the neck to pluck strings with his left hand.
He's on Periscope. "The Meaning Of The Square". He's playing with his eyes closed.
22:00 - Cortez Garza (21:57 actual) He's putting on his harmonica holder. Says he just quit smoking a few days ago, and doesn't think he'll start again. "A Kiss Is Just A Kiss". Painful, angsty song. New song, "Better Man".
I got my hands on Andrew Payne's EP "Burning Gasoline" which just came out 2015-04-07. I had a chance to talk to Andrew about it a little bit too. He is from Aiken, South Carolina, and it shows in his art.
"Burning Gasoline" (the EP's title song) is about an actual motorboat trip he took as a child down a river. His and his friend's dads planned an excursion. This song make many local references to South Carolina and Georgia. Most American kids get to take some kind of trip into national or state parks at some point in their childhood, and "Burning Gasoline" triggers some memories of my own. It'll probably trigger some for you too, including the kinds of food dads take on a camping trip. The song mentions stormy weather, but Andrew either didn't think there was much actual danger at the time, or was too young to know better. This song makes me want to go kayaking again.
"Locked Up" is loaded with double entendres. Clever writing featuring misdirection between the protagonist's girlfriend & his guitar. Most guitarists will enjoy this song. I feel some ownership over it, like it belongs to me, to "just us guitarists", like non-players just won't understand a man's first true love is his axe. You might like this song, but you probably won't experience it the same way I do, unless you too have spent 10,000 hours with a 6-string. Combines some feelings of being unjustly wronged, having your property stolen too. The chorus is strong & fun. Maybe I'll learn to play it.
It would be easy to make a good music video for this song. It almost writes itself like a sit-com episode script.
"Late Night Highway Blues" evokes the sad feelings of anyone who's ever been stranded on a interstate or lonely state highway far from any human improvements by vehicle malfunctions. Your sudden change of plans for unexpected maintenance feels awful. It makes you feel like things aren't going right in your life, even though the machine is not you. If by some chance you've never been to America, our continent is huge. There are large, sparsely populated areas of the old west where you can be on a road that stretches from one horizon to the other with no other humans in sight. If you get stuck there, you might not see another person for days. You can get stuck in a survival situation you didn't plan for. This often happens in winter on I-80 when a blizzard can cover the road shutting down traffic for several states. Our American sense of self-identity is wrapped up in our automobiles.
Most of us ( the poor, working-class people ) have suffered this kind of break-down event more than once. "Late Night Highway Blues" pegs this experience well. The rhymes are comfortable and right for the subject. The chorus could become a familiar sing-a-long if it gets the radio airplay it deserves. This song would be perfect for radio, as nowadays people are usually in their cars when they flick on their radio, the perfect place to discover this song.
This is perfect for compilations of "Road Trip" songs, summer vacation mixes, & all-automobile playlists.
"The Company Kept" seems to lament the futility of the work-a-day rat race. It mentions wasting time, and smoking cigarettes. Andrew Payne used to smoke, but he got over it. I respect that, the most attractive feature a person can display is the power to self-edit their own behavior to become a better person. This song speaks somewhat to the death of the American dream, the correctly placed frustration of Generation X who knows they're screwed. But it also seems to suggest that if the crowd you're running with has no ambition, you need to find a better social circle, even if the odds are against you.
"The Company Kept" mentions a basement stage, and "Roll Credits" is all about Hollywood. I asked Andrew if he's into acting, and he said these lyrics are more a metaphor in the Shakespearean sense of "All the world's a stage".
Andrew spent ~9 months in L.A. working for Snoop Dog's vanity record label. He learned there is a big difference between music creation & performance and the business side of the music industry. Andrew is interested more in a local, familiar music performance & reputation than that big-label kind of manufactured plastic fame.
Larry Forte (19:30 actual) Covers Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time"
19:30 - Jake Brower (19:36 actual) "Dareable"
Wow, I did not expect a man with that beard to sound that high pitch. It's not bad, just surprising, he's pretty good. His sound is distinctive. He appears to be squinting, or playing with his eyes screwed shut, as though he's in pain. "Fair"
Red Stripe & I think he'd do great with a metal Dobro or a lute.
19:40 - Emily Baker (19:44 actual) Original "High"
Patrick is moving the mic to point more directly at her mouth. Strong pleasing rhyme scheme. This song would be awesomeified with the simple addition of a good bongo player. No clear hook or chorus. Couldn't understand what she said the title of song #2 is.
Song #2 is different enough from #1 to be recognizably different, which is more than most other singer-songwriters here can claim. Her loud parts are no louder than the soft parts. She needs to belt out the dramatic portion.
19:50 - Zach Vickers Nice sound, good strumming rhythms.
was all verse.
is slower, with 1st fret capo. He's doing a strum with instant palm muting I think, to create a slap sound? Not sure exactly what he's doing. I tried to video it, but he didn't do it again for the rest of the song. His technical picking is very nice, though.
20:00 - Jonathan Bemid (19:58 actual) First timer. Having trouble remembering the words. His guitar has a naturally tinny sound.
It seems most of the verse lines in both songs have exactly the same melody, within each song, so each one seems a little repetitive. He's the loudest player so far, I had to turn down the input slightly.
Ah, jeez. After hearing his "woo" at the end of his own song on the recording, I now realize that it is HIM who is yelling "woo" from the audience way, way early on the ending of everyone else's songs, before even the 1st clap starts from anyone else. This ruins the tail of other recordings where a long ringing fade-out would sound much, much better.
20:10 - Carly King (20:06 actual) 2 originals. Lovely! She's playing a ukelele. Soaring comfortable lazy-summer-day vocal. I'd like to hear her cover some 1920's-1930's ditties. She's not looking at the audience at all though, but for one glance.
"Oh Little One"
is an untitled original. She has a tamborine on the floor that she is tapping with her foot when she wants a hit. It's not one of those "foot tamborines" that attaches directly to your ankle or shoe, though. Very similar sound to a Sarah McLaughlin. I'd like to hear a number from her with a crystal clear verse, chorus, and HOOK. Rock.
20:20 - Matt Linden "Makes You Wanna Hit Somebody"
he says he edited it for this week. Hmm, the funny parts seem closer together.
"2nd song" is a Warren Zevon cover. Linden is wearing a colorful African print. Though it has no hat, I think that's called a dashiki.
20:30 - Joanna Morgan (20:27 actual) Strong, dead on pitch in a minor key song.
The song is all verse, no clear chorus or hook, just flying verse. Nice understated fingerpicking that does not distract from the main event, which is her vocals, perfectly well balanced. 2nd song, "Get Out Of The Way"
is one of her oldest. 2nd fret capo. Has nifty cold stops in it. execellent dynamic strumming changes. Song has no structure or hook, angsty, but no story.
20:40 - Andrew Payne (20:38 actual) "Highway In My Mind"
Back after a bad cycle of missing the sign-up time for Open Mic for a month & and a half. 2nd song, "Hangover"
Fun, strong, chorus. This could become a classic.
20:50 - Cortez Garza 2nd fret capo.
"I Finally Found You"
Each line of the verse has the same melody, but at least the chorus is significantly different enough to provide the necessary contrast. His playing is flawless & balanced correctly with the vocal.
"Take The Fall"
2nd song is new. 2nd fret capo on this song too. His delivery is a purposefully breathy here. It's a sad song. "Take The Fall"
He shaved this week, so he looks like a different man.
21:00 - Kevin Whitfield (20:57 actual) He slipped into the green room without being noticed. An ambulance just went by outside as he begins, but it doesn't throw him off. A Ben Rector cover, "Forever Like That"
2nd song, "Ocean Tide"
Written about storms we had last week or two, when it rained really hard in a 1/2 hours. He played this here once before. Fun, swell whistling included.
21:10 - STAN (21:07 actual) Nothing but electric loudtar.
It was not possible to enjoy due to excess volume. Matt Linden liked it, but he has the same problem. Glad I turned the input all the way down to 0, he still may have lost audio by overdriving my recorder, so you can't enjoy it either. That destroys the audio in a recording.
Paco is here now.
21:20 - Paco Trevino "Going To California"
His playing is fine, but his vocal performance is off-pitch again. I think he's chewing gum right now too!? Yep, gum, a lot of it too. Seriously, what were you thinking? The gum is not a deliberate part of t he "character" portrayed or a intentional part of the performance, it is just a mistake. Dedicates "Murder In The City"
to his parents, who are here. This is a nice composition, he should shop his songs around to other performers.
21:30 - Erin, Anna & Tamara
21:40 - Peter Imjai
21:50 - Alexander Korponay = RED STRIPE I gotta help him with memorization & performance.
22:00 - Rumsfeld (21:54 actual) Brett Vaughn wanted me to video Erin, Anna and Tamara, but my iTouch has no more room, I just spent the last half-hour trying to free some memory. I think I need to get rid of some music from this device, pictures and previous video clips. That's what a few months without an internet connection can do to you.
1st song:"La Vie"
It seems he is utterly lost in the music, full of harmonics. He's got green small earplugs in. I think he's happy with that performance.
"Meeting At The Square"
19:30 - Larry Forte Missed recording him, I need Patrick's help for some adjustments, but now we'll get the rest of the show, instead of a blank recording like last week.
19:35 - Zach Clayton 2 funny originals.
"Plasma Screen" This song is so clever & full of complexity, that it cannot be fully apprehended the first time you listen to it, especially not live. Listen to it again, and again, your awareness of the audio goodies in this song will increase each time you listen. "2nd song" 2nd one he won't play for his grand parents? Didn't say why. His voice here is quiet. I'll have to listen to it again. Oh, he said this is a new song he's only played FOR his grandparents. I guess we're the first public performance for this piece.
19:45 - J.T. Job (Pronounced "jobe"). A song by The Lumineers, "Flowers In Your Hair" He bought a banjo and was playing with that instead of writing a new original song, so we get this cover. His usual partner in crime, Logan, is not here. Says he wrote this "2nd song" 20 minutes ago.
Zach asked for the URL to this blog, yay, Hi Zach!
20:37 - Rick Bedell I was able to turn up the recorder a bit higher, since his flute is quieter, and it looks like he didn't arrive in time to grab a random collaborator. I wonder if Patrick has a special audio preset button labelled "Rick Bedell" with lots of echo just for this occaision, 'cause he needs it every week.
Had to break the bad news to Larry Forte that the audio of his songs was missed before I got Patrick's help. I told him I can bring my nice condensor mic to his house anytime, and record everything he likes.
Wants to play an older song of his own, 'cause he says he tends to forget the words to his newer music. I call this "The curse of the singer-songwriter". You have to remember to forget all the extra lines you wrote that you had to discard when composing a new work. This makes it harder for the original composer to perform his own work than it is for someone else to cover their song.
Like a pro, remembers to look for Patrick to know when it is safe to unplug without popping.
21:10 - EMISSARY & Philip Brooke Gabriel Corcino is the poet known as EMISSARY.