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
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.

"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.


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
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.
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"


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"


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-10-10

19:20 - Larry Forte
"Song 001"
"Lonesome Trail"

19:30 - Brent Walker
Brent's 1st time at Hendershot's.
A cover.
"Song 003"

Covers Chris Staples
"Always On My Mind"

19:40 - Patrick Eaton
1st time at Hendershot's.
Says he's dissatisfied with the tuning on his guitar, that he just changed the strings today. Fetches a different guitar from another performer in the green room. Pulls the jack out of his axe without warning Jason.
A song about hell.
"Song 005"
Well, He's off-pitch, and searching for the high or low octave that he's gonna use. I sometimes have this problem too. I guess you really need to use a capo to solve the problem, raising the song out of the either|or Hi|Lo problem. The lyrics & structure are OK. I'd like to sing something with him, hear how that sounds.

"Song 006"
This has more technical playing, I like it. His singing is searching on this one too, and the mic is too far away. Still not bad for a 1st timer.

19:50 - Paul Edgar NO SHOW
sasha (it's REDSTRIPE.)
"Poem 007"
"Poem 008"

20:00 - Phillip Brooke
"Song 009"
A great performance. Phillip tells the audience he loves how quiet were as he played this song. It does make it easier to play, I know. Also helps to hear Phillips airy singing.

"Song 010"
Oh, fuck yeah! Slick perfect fast fingerpicking with a quiet, under control dirge-like lyric. SWELL. Near the end he beats the side of his guitar body with his fretting hand (his left) just below the neck, and then he keeps playing a little more, fuckin' NEAT. I've never seen ANYONE anywhere do that before.

20:10 - Zach Haines
Quick to the stage, starts playing right away. Very country.
"Song 011"
Capo 3. A very good performance, he knows this tune cold.

A break-up song.
"Song 012"

20:20 - Connor & Karlie D
Connor's song
"Next To Me"
With a 1st fret capo. Ah dammit, Connor's got a caramel crooner's voice. A woman in white asks if her missing charger is about where I'm sitting on this couch, but we don't find one.

"Mister Mysterious"
4th fret capo. Fuckin' perfect!

20:30 - Trey Wood
A song he wrote last week, so he's reading from sheet music.
"Song 015"
Trey's a strong singer, and strong songwriting is on display in this song.

Covers The Lumineer's

20:40 - Jay Bowers & Phillip Brooke
Oh, goody! They're collaborating!
Jay has a 2nd fret capo.
"You Are My Sunshine"
The crowd immediately starts to sing with the chorus.

Jay alone here.
Covers Justin Timberlake
"Song 018"
Looks like this is also a 2nd fret capo.

20:50 - Between Naybors
Greg Benson opens the white upright piano's keyboard cover.
They normally have 5 members, 3 are here. They skipped band practice today.
"Song 019"
Not bad. So I learned that Greg can play the piano, at least as well as the player who plays for your high school choir. Maybe it's his own piano? It's been here since last week.

"Song 020"
Melody Morgan has a 1st fret capo on this one. The total of Melody + Greg + drummer is greater than the sum of its parts.

21:00 - Greg Benson
A Richard Thompson song from the early 1990's with like ~12 different chords in it
"Song 021"
Greg's playing guitar as a left-hander. A drunk dude is being loud. Um, the lyrics of this song are boring, even though Greg plays it OK.

"Song 022"
This song seems to repeat the same melody in every single line, so it gets annoyingly repetitive fast.

21:10 - Salathiel Saldana
Both songs are brand new. He dithers about the title of this song? Why? How can you be unsure of what you titled your own song?
"Song 023"

"Song 024"

21:20 - Southern Wind Trinity
3/4 of Holman Autry Band?
"Song 025"
"Song 026"
Both guitars have a 1st fret capo.
Holman Autry Band

21:30 - Tom Littlejohn NO SHOW
Joe Willie
"Drink You In"

"Song 028"
This is funny. He asks the audience to sing along to the chorus before he begins, but it is way too hard for the audience to do, having never heard this before. So they can't do a good job.

21:40 - Liam Parke
"The Lovely Lochs Of Mount Shannon"

"Don't Be Ashamed Of Yourself"

21:50 - Rob McCurry
Micheal Jackson's
"Man In The Mirror"
5th fret capo. This is a lovely rendition. Good job, McCurry.

"Song 032"

(21:43 actual) - Tom Littlejohn
We're way ahead of time, so Tom can play late. He says the name of this song, but we can't hear it. He's reading from the sheet music.
"Song 033"
Not bad. The mic is too far away though. This would be even better with a backup band.

2nd fret capo. This'll be better when he commits it to memory and can simply PERFORM.

22:00 - Eric Hangartner


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-10-03

19:20 - Larry Forte
"Endless Highway"
"The Summer Wind"

19:30 - Hello Kitty Kat NO SHOW

"Cat Scratch"
"Poem 004"
"Poem 005"
"Poem 006"
This about an octopus

19:46 - Captain Ace Frahm
"Louisiana Saturday Night"
Well, that was fun. The large table of 8 right in front of me next to the stage decides to wait to all get up at once & depart until I begin my first song. THANKS, guys!

"I Need To Pee Now"
Slipped up on 1 lyric in the 1st verse, but it repeats, and it didn't hurt to keep playing.

19:52 - Karlie D
"Mysterious Man"
4th fret capo

20:00 - Phillip Brooke
"Wash Me Clean"
"Song 012"

20:10 - Trey Timmons NO SHOW
Emma Evers
Covers The Beatles

20:20 - William Freeman Leverett
"Song 015"
ah, William is doing that cool hand shake again this week, even better. I gotta remember to try that again.

"Song 016"
William Leverett will play here at Hendershot's Wednesday at 15:00.

Trey Timmons, the town drunk, afflicts the audience with awful. His time here was unwelcome, speaking loudly during other's performances.

20:49 - Stephen Chopek
"Song 017"
About a past radio station.

"The Ballad Of Cash & Dean"
A fictional song of real famous people.
2nd fret capo.

Stephen plays drums in Memphis, TN. He was in Float-(wood?), MS near Jackson last nite.

20:57 - Jay Bowers
Johnny Cash's
"Folsom Prison Blues"

Elvis Presley's
"Can't Help Falling In Love"

21:04 - Salathiel Saldana
"Song 021"
Salathiel's singing is stronger tonite.

"Living On Lies"
I wonder if I could take these lyrics, speed it up with a peppier tune behind it, and make it "pop!"?

21:10 - Robert Higgs
"Song 023"
"This Little Sound"
Capo 1. A song about writing songs.

21:20 - Rob McCurry
An old Amos Lee tune
"Song 025"
Solid. Never heard this song before.

"Song 024"
Capo 1. Nice easy listening.

21:30 - Tom Littlejohn NO SHOW

21:34 - Shania The Artist
Shania says a music maker from Jamaica asked her to sing to this track.
I think Shania's track has her own voice as backup, with some effects. Makes me wonder if it's possible to run voice through a smart phone, to create effects for Open Mic Nite? Surely, someone has written an Android app for that already?

21:40 - Andrew Elder
"Song 025"
The subject is depressing, but the song is written well. I like the way Andrew starts out weak-on-purpose (I think) and slowly performs stronger.

2nd fret capo, I think.

22:00 - Layne Denton
From (Deloughnahy?), GA.
Mashup of 2 blues tunes
"Voodoo Child + Folsom Prison Blues"

A song about a really bad day.
"Song 028"
2nd fret capo. This is good work too. Layne wants to play in Athens more.

Layne Denton Music Facebook Page


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-09-26

19:20 - Larry Forte
"The Summer Wind"
"I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"
19:30 - Andrew Linden
"A Dropkick Murphey's cover"

Andrew's own song
"Song 004"

19:40 - Trey Wood NO SHOW
Larry Forte
"Lonesome Trail"

19:50 - Trey Timmons NO SHOW
Robert Higgs
"For All The Lonely Scientists"

"Sam Versus The Ape"

20:00 - Matt Linden
"Depression's The Muse"

Matt is finishing art for an album, and this song will be on it.
"Hit Somebody"

20:10 - Peter Imjai
"Song 010"
Uses a capo, probably on the 3rd fret, can't quite tell, his music stand is blocking the view. But he's got the capo slung up from under the bottom side of the neck so that he can do a finger slide over the top of the neck.

"Song 011"

Peter makes good simple-mumble sad-country boy songs. These could be used for background music in all kinds of projects that need the music not to overpower the rest of the action.

20:20 - Max Woolery
"Song 012"
WOW. Max sounds great, and that run he did in the break? He was look AWAY from the fretboard in the other direction.

"Song 013"
A song about ex-girlfriends. It's FUNNY too!

20:39 - Hello Kitty Kat
"Song 014"
Holy crap! Jimmy's background sound better than ever this way! He got his phone plugged in this time to play the backup with.

This song is named after one of his cats. He acquired it from a prostitute. OO, this is good too! He's not close enough to the mic though,.

20:40 - Rachel House
A Minaj & Bieber mashup.
"Song 016"
1st fret capo. This is fun. Hard to spit out all those words that fast.

A good song, a good performance. I think there is an audience for it.

20:50 - Devin Malnar-Watkins
The 1st time this song has been performed in public.
"Song 018"
This is not bad for a 1st performance. Something is missing, maybe this song needs additional band instruments.

Devin's guitar says:Hear No Evil.
Covers a Bo Burnham song
"Art Is Dead"

21:07 - Robert Higgs
We traded CD Baby download cards after his first set earlier tonite.

Robert wrote this for a friend who had a long string of bad 1st dates.
"Put Me Down"

A cover, Tom Petty
"American Girl"
7th fret capo. A barista drags her feet loudly during this song. I think she's wearing plastic shoes. She later dumps ice out. I'm surprised that doesn't screw Robert's performance up.

21:10 - Salathiel Saldana
"Naked As We Came"

"Something More"
2nd fret capo.

21:20 - Paul Edgar NO SHOW
William Freeman
"Song 024"
This instrumental fingerplucking song is a like a lovely unexpected trip to Europe. William is using some strong tremolo hand shake technique. So cool, I gotta remember to use that when I play.

21:30 - Tom Littlejohn
A cover
"The Ocean"
Not bad. When he starts to sing, the microphone is pointing the wrong way, and is far to the right of his face. He tries to move up closer to it as he plays.

Tom Littlejohn can slide & strum like a champ.

"Song For Amy"

21:40 - Liam Parke He cancelled.

21:44 - Eric Hangartner
A cover.
"Green Eyes"

"Fly With You"

22:00 - Andy Morehead
"Song 29"
"Song 30"


Hendeshot's Open Mic Nite 2016-09-19

19:30 - Larry Forte
"I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"

19:35 - Paul Edgar
"Song 002"

19:43 - Devin Watkins
"Song 003"

This is about a girl.
"Who Am I"

19:50 - Joshua Walker
He has played here in a band before.
"Old Spice, Sawdust, And Gasoline"
Yikes, this is what happens when the friends you brought to Open Mic Nite are the problem. Joshua's friends are showing approval that is orders of magnitude greater than the crowd is showing. And that makes THEM the show. His friend is singing like he should be on stage too, and this causes Joshua to forget the lyrics, twice. So add a note to the Open Mic Nite Success Checklist. If your friends are going along with you, you need to brief them to keep cool, that their behavior should be slightly subdued compared to the rest of the audience, and so shouting inside jokes or "Woo"'s of approval.

"Song 005"
This could have been a good performance, but his friend was singing all over it from the sofa. Maybe you're better off if you banish ex-bandmates from all of your future performances.

20:01 - Trey Wood
Covers Amy Winehouse
Pretty solid cover. He's read it all from sheet music though.

"Song 007"
A good performance. He needs to commit the song to memory, it's not so complex that he should need a music stand for it. He mumbles something after the song while the audience is still clapping.

20:10 - Karlie D
Covers Tori Kelly
3rd fret capo

"Mister Mysterious"
Her 1st single, Awesome here tonite! 4th fret capo.

She says the stage monitor has the guitar coming back at the artist so loud, that she couldn't hear herself sing for Funny, but since Mister Mysterious is a string-plucking song instead of a chord-strumming song, she could perform that one better. And boy, did she!

Karlie D will play Flicker Bar at 2016-09-24 @22:00. I'm gonna rush home to get ready for that.

20:20 - Sebastian Caballero
"Song 010"
"Song 011"
Oddly, his 2nd song is MUCH better than his 1st one. Did he have the some problem as Karlie D?

20:28 - Derek Sheffield NO SHOW

20:28 - Andrew Payne
"Lonesome Jerry"
Holy crap, his song tells a story. How the hell does Andrew keep writing these? I gotta ask him how he goes about it.

"My Stars"
A quality, sad, almost-dirge. I image this this a song his large festival audience gets quiet for.

20:40 - Emily Hansford
"Song 014"
"Song 015"

Same old boring forgettable songs she's sung before. She did better than that the last time. Why not do the good songs instead?

20:50 - Trey Timmons NO SHOW

20:50 - Andy Morehead
"Song 016"
"Song 017"

21:00 - Salathiel Saldana
"Song 018"
Jesus, Salathiel! Where's your ryhme scheme? Where's your hook? Free verse doesn't make a good lyric. He can play, he can sing, he's handsome, he's got an interesting outfit on, he just has trouble picking a worthwhile song to play, or writing one.

"Song 019"
This is way too long. I'm wondering why we aren't actually timing the 10 minutes rule.

21:06 - Liam Parke
"It's All About Love"
He wrote this yesterday, 2016-09-18.

"Don't Be Ashamed"

21:17 - Eric Hangartner
Currently a UGA senior.
"Song 022"
A sad song.

"Alone At The Sea"
A sad song about keeping promises.

I think Eric has a microphone run through his keyboard to give it a Tears-For-Fears ethereal, spacious quality. Looks like a Roland 08 keyboard? I can't imagine they made a modern keyboard and merely called it '08', that's a terrible, ungoogleable name. Found it, it's a model FA-08. Roland FA-08

21:30 - Rigoberto Bautista
"Just A Thought"

A Cover.
"I'll Follow You"
3rd fret capo.

21:40 - Juliana Money
Her mom is here. Sad girl music.
"Song 026"

"Song 027"

21:50 - STAN NO SHOW

21:52 - Joey Quiggins
"Song 028"
1st fret capo

"Song 029"

22:00 - Hello Kitty Kat
Jimmy brought electronics!
I think that's what he calls this.

"Song 031"


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-09-12

19:20 - Larry Forte
"Song 001"
"Can My Guitar Go To Heaven"

19:30 - Christy Froemke
"Song 003"
Capo 1

A song about a defunct junk store in Madison county.
"Song 004"
Very nice. Could be part of a realistic movie, that is, a movie about "normal" life.

"Song 005"

19:46 - Shania the Artist
"Make Love To You"

19:55 - Dan Philyaw
Covers John Mayer
"In Your Atmosphere"

Perfectly pleasant. Nothing wrong with it.

20:07 - Max Woolery & Brad Benett
Brad is playing the box drum.
"Song 009"
Modern country pop sound.

It's about a girl.
"Song 010"
Hey Max, your songs need titles. The titles need to be the hook. "That's My Girl" is the hook of this song.

20:10 - Andy Morehead
"Song 011"
A quiet song. Jason turned up the amplification.

Andy starts his 2nd song without warning, much louder than the 1st song.
"Song 012"
Well, this is much better than the last time I heard him play it. Ryan Mahon is watching him play, I think they're buddies.

20:20 - Abbey Tomlin
Covers Eliot Smith
"Between The Bars"
Wow, she's on it tonite. This a depressing subject song, performed well. Capo 3.

Capo 2.
"Song 013"

20:30 - Emily Hansford
Co-workers introduced her to this song.
This is a good song for her. She's playing with eyes shut the whole time, though.

The song she wrote after high school.
"Song 15"
Capo 2.

20:40 - Johnny Rowland
A song he really liked at 15-16 years old, he just learned how to play it.
He looks happy tonite.


20:50 - RICK Bedell
"Flute Improvisation 018"

"Flute Improvisation 019"

21:00 - Sarah Elizabeth
A cover of something.
"Song 020"
3rd fret capo.

"Little Towns"
Ooo, excellent writing. 5th fret capo.

Sarah Elizabeth's Website

21:10 - Melanie Morgan
"Song 022"
2nd fret capo.

Capo 1. She wrote this song this morning, 2016-09-12
"Song 023"

21:20 - Salathiel Saldana
The first live performance of this tune.
"Song 024"

21:30 - Jay Margolis
Covers Damien Rice
4th fret capo.

Covers Mazzy Star
"Into Dust"

21:40 - Hello Kitty Kat
I ran into Jimmy last Saturday nite. He was playing guitar on his porch with his cat, Flash Gordon. I suggested that he set an alarm reminder on his phone to sign up for Hendershot's Open Mic Nite. He did, and I guess it worked.

"Song 025"
This is the song I told him I want to cover. I want to get his proper chords & lyrics written down.

"Song 026"
Andrew Linden is toking a smart phone video of Jimmy's performance. I didn't they were friends.

21:50 - Liam Parke
"Don't Be Ashamed Of Yourself"
"Help Me To Walk You Through"

Jay Margolis highly recommends Liam's event at The Foundry called "Best Of Unknown Athens". Jay says the format is that like 6 different musicians will all be on the stage, and they don't get on & off stage like an ordinary open mic. They play a round of 1 song each, and they stop to "interview" in-between, so you get to know them a little more. And they repeat the round.

22:00 - Sebastian Caballero
The in-house music system somehow starts playing a song by The Lonely Island, "Like A Boss", delaying Sebastian's start. I recognize the tune, because its in my Spotify humor playlist.

Clearly, the delay didn't phaze him. A strong & bold performance.

"Days Of Our Lives"
The quiet yodelling 'you' in this song is very nice. That alone justifies the whole song. Pretty damn soulful.


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-08-29

19:20 - Larry Forte
"I wonder Who's Loving Her Now"
"Green Grass"

I'm having bad signal problems at my recorder, Jason says the mixer is set up as usual. It may be time for a new recorder!

19:30 - Sheena Vasquez
I think this is someone named Avery, actually.
"Song 003"
Chords & strumming, but no lyrics. Plays about as well as I do.

6th fret capo.
"Song 004"

19:40 - Paul Edgar
Uh oh. Everytime I try to stop the recording, it starts recording again. I don't want to miss Paul's performance.

"Song 005"
Pitch seems way flat.

Paul says he feels sad tonite, wants sad songs.
"Song 006"

19:50 - Karlie D
Nope, I think she's still sick?
I didn't get any of his poems, I was busy doing a repair on the recorder. I think I didn't get any recordings before this tonite. On the plus side, I think the limiter is working now like I expected it to operate previously ....

20:00 - Jack Reed & Christian
Band is Overdrive.
"Song 007"

"Song 008"

20:10 - Timothy O'Connell
Dude with long hair, a beard & a hat, is starting to become a regular, such as Liam Parke or Rick Bedell.
Says he just moved here with his wife, who arrived first.
"Song 009"
!! There's a tiny yodel inside this song that is the best thing I've heard him do yet! This song is MUCH better than everything else I've heard him do. How'd he get a quantum leap better since last time? Maybe he's all moved in now, and has time to practice.

A song about a bitter breakup, yeah, this one's autobiographical. It's about that brief part of a breaking-up, where they want you back.
"Song 010"
Wow, also very good. Good structure.

20:20 (20:13 actual) - Taylor Perry
A song about when people tell you a platitude, and think they're helping.
"Song 011"
She's a good singer, but this song has no hook.

"Song 012"
4th fret capo. This song contains lots of ordinary uninspired "whoaa" for lyrics, so there's nothing but missed opportunities to speak to the heart & say something that could potentially move the listener.

20:30 - Mark Katzman
"Soundscape 013"
He's plugged into his own amp.

20:40 (20:29 actual) - Eric Hangartner NO SHOW
Avery Deacon
Covers Ray Charles
"Song 014"

"Song 015"

20:50 - Rick Bedell
"Flute Improvisation 016"
Larry Clinton is tapping on his guitar for Rick here, and on the next one too.

"Flute Improvisation 017"

21:00 - Oliver Jordan
Jumpin' Oliver Jordan. We could solve America's energy needs if we could capture the power of Jordan's constant on-stage bouncing.

This song is about chasing somebody you like, but realizing you just want to be their 2nd choice.

He's detuning his B & high E strings, and the D string too. Well, he touched them all, who knows what tuning he's got.
"My Sweet Remedy"


21:10 - Salathiel Saldana
"4 + 2"

"Song 021"

Salathiel is wearing a red crushed velvet shirt with black trim. It looks good on him.

21:20 (21:11 actual) - Jay Margolis

"She's No Lady, She's My Wife"
I can tell Larry Forte likes this, he's tapping his toes.

"My Little Sister"
5th fret capo. Fun, blues-style.

21:30 (20:20 actual) - Emily Hansford
She's perky!
3rd fret capo. Playing
"Love You More"
she played this here last week too. Her guitar is smaller than most.

A cover, of a guy who has a song on the radio. This is not that song.
"Song 025"

21:40 - Liam Parke
"Song 026"
"True Love Never Ends"


21:50 (21:38 actual) - STAN
"Voodoo Child"
Ah, so nice to hear him actually singing for a change!


I can see now that Salathiel's shirt is not crushed velvet, but a low-contrast paisley print that looks like crushed velvet from across the coffee shop when he's on stage.

22:00 - Tom Littlejohn
We're 15 minutes ahead of schedule, so Tom isn't here yet.
Rick Keynes
Wow, this cat is fly! Hmm, seems like he's just doing flow the whole time.

"Song 030"
"Song 031"

This dude is alive tonite.


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-08-22

19:33 - Larry Forte
"Goodnight Irene"
"Can My Guitar Go To Heaven"
19:43 - Tim O'Connell
Playing his guitar flat, with a slide.
"Demon In You"
19:51 - Gabby Reece & Taylor Perry
Gabby is stage left.
"Song 005"
The guitar starts out at feedback volume. They're both a million miles away from the microphones, so it makes it hard to hear them.
"Song 006"

20:01 - Karlie D
"Song 007"
"Second Choice"
6th fret capo.

20:12 - Andrew Linden
He's wear a few necklaces tonite, and smiling, and happy.
"Song 009"

20:21 - Avery Deacons
Covers Eric Clapton
"If I Could Change The World"
Good job.

"Song 011"
This is pretty good.

20:30 - Trey Wood NO SHOW
20:31 - Sheena Vasquez
Looks like a 2nd fret capo.
"Song 012"

20:38 - Matt McComb
A new arrival in Athens.
"Just Another Day"
Harmonica, guitar, box drum with bass drum foot pedal, and a hi-hat cymbal.

"Song 014"
3rd fret capo.
Holy crap, what a mad finish! I hope to see a lot more of him.

20:50 - Logan Hobus
A love song.
"Song 015"
3rd fret capo.

"Lovely Day"

21:01 - Rick Bedell & Matt McComb
"Flute Improvisation With Box Drum 017"
"Twin-V Flute Improvisation With Box Drum 018"
Two very nice performances.

21:11 - Oliver Jordan
He got some red sneaks with a logo that has two arcs in an "X". I think that's the Underarmor logo? I didn't know they made shoes.
"Another Kind Of Bliss"
"Sweaters On The Beach"

21:24 - Salathiel Saldana
"Song 021"
"Song 022"

21:31 - Tom Littlejohn
Doesn't say a thing, just starts playing. Wears a black ball cap that says "CASH" in white letters, surely a reference to Johnny Cash.
"Song 023"
"Song 024"

21:40 - Randy Green
Covers Radiohead
His guitar's electronics are causing static noise on the line. He needs to get it fixed. This is way too bad, 'cause the song itself is alright. Doesn't know the correct lyrics are "I'm a wierdo", sings "I'm a widow" instead.

"Song 026"

21:50 - Liam Parke
"You Only Want To Live"
"So Many Years Ago"

21:58 - Daniel Mapp
"Free Verse 029"

22:02 - Emily Hansford
Written about 1.5 years ago, that would have been approximately 2015-02.
"Love You More"

Emily wrote this song shortly after graduation from high school.
"Song 031"

Randy Green left some picks on the chair, Emily takes them 'cause Randy says he has a lot.


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-08-15

19:26 - Larry Forte
"Song 000"
"One Drunk Down"
19:30 - Oliver Jordan
Oliver gives a strum before fretting the neck, and the sound tells me he using an alternate tuning.
Very nice, solid easy listening hook.
Oliver is in the middle of watching LOST. He's up to a part of the series where the characters wonder if they're in hell.

He's changing his tuning while talking about this, which is so much nicer than the nothing at all that most performers do.
"Another Kind Of Bliss"

19:40 - Karlie D
"Song 005"

"Second Choice"
Capo 6.

Playing Flicker bar on Friday 2016-08-19 @ 20:00.

19:50 - Timothy O'Connell
"You'll Be My Baby"
1st fret capo. Quiet & OK. The performance would would be a lot better if he'd open his eyelids a some point during the song. Also needs to trim the ragged end of his hair. He looks like normal guy with a long-term homeless man's haircut.

"Moon Over Georgia"
This is good.

20:00 - Derrick Sheffield
Covers Jack Johnson
"Song 009"
Average. He brought friends who really liked it.

"Song 010"
Derrick Sheffield sounds like Eddie Vedder, but this song sucks. It is too long. It has no appealing hook, even for a song with depressive feel.

20:10 (20:17 actual) - Rob Ray
"Song 011"
Terrible popping is happening now through the audio system. I can't tell where it's coming from, but it's probably Rob's axe, since nobady else has had a problem tonite.

"Song 012"

Mark Katzman says some big sorority events have finished on Milledge Avenue, so now lots of extra college girls are in here.

20:20 - Rachel House
"Song 013"
Nothing special. Not worth listening to again.

"Song 014"
Much better than her first song. Big quality disparity between these 2 songs.

20:30 - Second To Silver
Cover Johnny Cash
"Ring Of Fire"

"Song 016"
4th fret capo.
Very good! Powerful hook.

20:40 - Gabby Reece
The house is packed with her friends.
Covers (James Taylor)?
"Song 017"
The girl with the long black hair is way too far away from the mic to be heard.

Covers Elvis Presley's
"Can't Help Falling In Love"
They're performing this with even less volume than I would expect them to use at the end of a 'it's been 3 hours already, now we're tired' practice session. Acceptable ordinary cover.

20:50 - Rick Bedell
Well, if that quiet Elvis cover didn't put the crowd in dreamland, Rick will.

"Flute Improvisation 019"
"Flute Improvisation 020"

21:00 - Kevin Jeffery Whitfield
Looks like he has a new guitar. The pick guard matches his armstrap. Has a color-blocking style.
"Hey There, Delilah"
Probably a 2nd fret capo, maybe a 1st fret capo.

No capo. The yodeling in this song is good for Kevin.

21:10 - Logan Hobus
Logan's latest songwriting this week is on fire!
"Song 023"
Very dance-able. 2nd fret capo. Old-time rock-n-roll.
He's wearing a brand new red & white 'Miami Beach' T-shirt.

"Song 024"
Wow, 2 solid brand new songs, both quite different from each other. This one has a darker crunchy tone.

21:20 - Salathiel Saldana
"Song 025"
Nice background music for looking at facebook. You don't notice it's there, but when it's over, you notice something good is gone.

"Song 026"

21:30 - Jim Wilson
Rock guitar.
"Song 027"
Not bad, but not polished either. He can sing OK. He'd be better in a band, with a set list picked by somebody else.

"Song 028"

21:40 - Liam Parke
"Song 029"
"Song 030"

21:50 - Mark Katzman

22:00 - Michael Levasseur
"Song 033"

Detunes to play this.
"Miss Fergie"
He plays with a bluegrass style.


Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-08-01

Oops, left my smartphone at home, no of my own will be forthcoming tonite.
No lineup was posted on facebook today, and it just got done raining hard an hour ago. I wonder who'll show up?

19:35 - RUMSFELD
Surprise, Jason is host tonite!

"Song 001"

He's got some kind of wooden foot stomp box, with a piezo electric pick-up on it.

19:37 - Oliver Jordan
"Back Into My Place"

"Sweaters On The Beach"
5th fret capo. Seems like either this song on the other one uses dropped D tuning? He had to tune 1 string between songs.


19:50 - Andrew Linden
"Song 004"
He's wearing a Nirvana drunk smileyface shirt.

"Summertime Blues"
He does a jump-split & a rooster walk during the break of this song. Fun. Charming in a real punk kinda way.

Matt Fields NO SHOW

19:55 - Blade Of Grass
"Song 00
20:01 - Logan Hobus
"Song 007"
3rd fret capo.
This has a nice special strum in it. Or rather, a pleasant few notes picked after the chord is strummed

Covers Sturgil Simpson
"Song 008"
2nd fret capo.
Now this is very good! Very good match for Logan's voice.

Otha Allen

20:09 - Swain Sumner
He's from Orlando, FL.
"Midnight Rider"
He's got lots of practice on this, excellent.
Wow, fast hammer-ons & pull-offs on an acoustic!
Strong start-to-finish.

"Song 010"

Trey Timmons NO SHOW

"Pokemon GO Poem"

"Poem 012"

20:23 - Tia Martin
A first timer on the Hendershot's stage.
"You Just Don't Know"
Smooth. I think part of the backing track with the back-up vocals are a crunchy with the house audio system. Maybe that's just some rattle used on the percussion at exactly the same time? A spinning ratchet noisemaker built-in to the track, I think.

"Song 014"

20:31 - Greg Carey
Has a sharp haircut & beard, looks good with his glasses.
"All This Time"
3rd fret capo.
ooo, this fucker's good! I like this song. A good example of angsty white-boy song.

"Sarah From Chicago"
Inspired by life events.
Capo 1.
A good song, it has a distinct hook.

Has an EP coming out at the end of this month.
Has a musician page on facebook.

20:43 - Patrick Morales
"Song 017"

20:47 - Jay Margolis
From a show called Family Of The Year.
It occurs to me that Jay sound a little bit like Bob Dylan.

OK, he sounds a lot Dylan here, but, I don't think he's trying to.
Written by the guy this movie is about:

20:56 - Trey Timmons
With no music, tries to sing Patsy Kline's
"Walking After Midnight"
Singing accapella alone in a noisy coffee shop is not going to work. There is no one else singing the musical part. This sucks.

Tries to cover Bruce Springsteen's
"I'm On Fire"
Tries to transform a nice Open Mic Nite into a bad sad AA meeting. Fail.

21:00 - Melanie Bowden
"Song 022"
hmm, well, she's played this song better on previous nights.

"Song 023"
This song is too long. It needs to be edited down by 2 or 3 verses.

21:12 - Kelsey _____?
"Poem 024"

"Poem 025"
A poem about the dirty paragraphs of a romance novel.

"Poem 026"
Delivery is pretty flat. No dynamics.

"Poem 027"

"An Open Letter To The Men Who Think They Can Touch Me"
This is by far the best reading of the 5 so far.

"Poem 029"

21:20 - William Freeman Leveritte
"Song 030"

21:28 - Joshua Helms
A friend of RUMSFELD
"Poem 031"

"Poem 032"

"Poem 033"

21:35 - John Montarella
"Song 034"

"Song 035"