2016-01-04

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2016-01-04

19:30 - Larry Forte

19:40 - Mitchell Powers
"Song 1" 

Covers Daws'
"A Little Bit Of Everything" 

19:48 - Elena Kemp 
"Song 1" 
Ouch.  Way off-pitch singing.  She can benefit from recording & playing back her practice to learn what happ ened. 
"Maria And The Diamond" 
This one too. 

19:56 - William Freeman Leveritte
This is the first time I've heard him sing in Español" 
"The World Is Waiting On The Sunrise" 
+ "Amor _____" 

20:04 - Mark Katzman 
"SOUNDSCAPE 1" 
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20:12 - Andrew Payne 
"Highway In My Mind" 
No capo. 

Andrew's band Blackwater Deep & Cortez Garza are playing here Saturday nite, with a guy named ~scott streebel~
Covering Bob Dylan's 
"Don't Think Twice" 
With a capo on the 3rd fret. 

20:21 - REDSTRIPE
"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" 
"Orange Tiger, Blue Misery" 

Lulu.com, REDSTRIPE

20:26 - Larry Forte 
"One Drunk Down" 
"Song 2" 

20:33 - Rick Bedell 
"Flute Improvisation 1" 
"Flute Improvisation 2" 
On the twin V flute. 

20:44 - RUMSFELD 
Borrows Adrew Payne's capo.
"Song 1" 

20:53 - Logan Hobus
Sings a song he wrote yesterday & today.
"Song 1" 
Covers Elton John's
"Tiny Dancer" 

20:02 - Larry Clinton 
"Whiskey In My Water" 
"Leaving On A Jet Plane" 

20:12 - Eddie Abraham 
"Sonoya" 
2nd fret capo 
"Timeless Flight" 
No capo. 
Reverbnation, "The Wall Of Voice" 
Hebused a Digitech JamMan on this song.

21:22 - Ken Williams 
"Life In The Bubble" 
A song about the recent terrorist attack on Paris. 
"Time In My Day" 

21:35 - Liam Parke & Evan Bradford 
Evan is on bass guitar
"Ride On" 
Good song, but the guitars are out of tune, and Liam's rig is popping again. 
"The Maid With The Lovely Smile" 

Playing at The Foundry on Thursday, 19:00-22:00. 

21:40 - STAN 
"SONG"

21:55 - Dean Malmberg
"Song 1" 
"Song 2" 

2015-12-28

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-12-28

19:28 - Greg Benson
"Keep Me Around" 

Larry Forte is out this week, Greg Benson is host tonite. 

19:30 - REDSTRIPE 
"A Christmas Story" 
"Open Road (Kevin)"

19:40 (19:36 - actual) - Larry Clinton 
"Whiskey In My Water" 
"Every country song ever.
"Song 2" 
Instrumental guitar.
  
19:50 (19:46 actual) - Jonathan Bemid
"Song 1" 
pitch problems. 
"Song 2" 

20:00 (19:52 actual) - MAXIM 
"Poem 1" 
"Four Letter Word" 
"My Generation's Ass-backwards" 

20:10 - RUMSFELD 
"Song 1" 
3rd fret capo. 

20:20 (20:14 - actual) - ETHAN
"Hellfire And Amazing Grace" 
5th fret capo
"Song 2" 
He's from Hartwell, GA.

20:30 (20:27 actual) - Greg Benson 
"Heart Of Glass" 
In the style of an Irish ballad.

20:40 (20:33  actual) - Rick Bedell & William Freeman Leveritte
"Flute & Guitar Instrumental 1"
"Flute Improvisation Plus Some Guy Using A Guitar Face For A Drum"

20:50 (20:46 actual) - Greg Benson 
"People Of Earth" 
Greg plays a left-hand guitar. 

21:00 (20:54 actual) - Elena Kemp 
"Song 1" 
A cover of something I've heard before, but don't recognize.  She's plunking single notes on a keyboard she brought.  Her singing is slightly off pitch.  But she's not shy.  The overhead fans are up too high, making noise and blowing uncomfortably hard. 

"Song 2"  
Needs more practice, more breath control.  She's somewhat fun to watch anyway, though.  Some talented instruction could help her a lot.  It seems she brought some friends & family, they clap for her. 

21:10 (21:02 actual) - Megan Malloy 
Cover of a California band.
"Take My Hand" 
"June Carter" 

(21:10 actual) - Soldana
"Song 1" 

"Song 2"

21:20 (21:18 actual) - William Freeman 

"All Of Me"  

Greg moved the mic to make William louder, this made the recording spike.

"Song 2"

 
21:30 -  David Lococo

"Song 1"  

Includes a whistle in the middle.  

"Song 2"  

"Song 3"  


21:40 - Micheal Lasowski

Plays The Foundry on 2016-01-21 with his Grassland String Band.  

"Oh Claire"  

looks like a 2nd fret capo, though it may be 3rd.

Playing here at Hendershot's on 2015-01-15 with Melody Morgan.

"Maria"  

He says this is a song about growing up.  

21:50 (21:54 actual)-  STAN  
"SONG"  

22:00 - REDSTRIPE  

"Poem 1"  

About the 80's, the point is "Be Positive"


2015-12-21

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-12-21

(19:40 actual) - Larry Forte
"Cheap Beer Tonite" 

19:30 (19:43 actual) - Liam Parke
Liam thought he might play his banjo with William Freeman Leveritte tonite but it wasn't a sure thing.
"Playing Right Field" 
A song about baseball. 

19:40 (19:53 actual) - Meagan Moye
"Take My Hand" 
Pretty nice cry-breaks.  1st fret capo.  Nice-looking maybe made  of maple guitar?

"My Darling" 
2nd fret capo.  Name checks several famous artists.  Not too bad  The audience likes it a bit.

(19:59 actual) ad-hoc add-on - Ethan 
"1st song" 
"2nd song" 

Ethan just moved here from Atlanta to brew beer for Southern Brewing Company near Athens Tech.

19:50 - Maxim

20:00 (20:09 actual) - Ryan Mahon
"1st song" 

20:10 (20:16 actual) - Mark Katzman
"1st soundscape" 
Mark is using a red & white electric for the 1st time on stage.  It's a stratocaster, I'm pretty sure.  He's making use of the whammy bar a lot here.  This adds a lot more character to his soundscape, more personality. 

20:20 - Rumsfeld
"1st song" 
He's got something square-ish and thin in his mouth.  It doesn't look like a harmonica, and it's too big to be a condom in a wrapper.  He got rid of it somehow when I looked a away for a moment. 

"2nd song" 

20:30 - Michael Ellis NO SHOW

(20:33 actual) - Larry Forte 
"Lonesome Trail" 

20:40 (20:37 actual) - Scott Low
Covers Willie Nelson's
"On The Road Again" 
But maybe not the whole song. 
Says he used to work here 1 day a week Mondays at lunch. 

"Keep On Getting Lost" 
About the dark side of wondering around playing music.  

"2nd song"  
About getting married and travelling with his wife.  

20:50 - Rick Bedell   

"1st flute improvisation with snare drum"  

"2nd flute improvisation with snare drum"  

21:00 - Logan Hobus (75% of "Comet At The Bus Stop")

Missing their bass player.

"1st song"  

Written for Logan's sister, who usually comes to their shows.  

Cover of Radiohead

"High & Dry"

21:10 (21:13 actual) - Nick Bradfield 

He introduces himself as "Nicco".

"1st improvisation"  

"2nd improviastion"  


21:20 - STAN 

Switch slots, STAN is here already though.

(21:26 actual) - Nicco & Jesse

"1st improvisation"  

(21:31 actual) - Jesse  

"1st song"  

21:30 - OPEN SLOT
STAN

"SONG 1"  

He uses an alternate tuning on

"SONG 2"  

21:40 - OPEN SLOT 

(21:48 actual) - MAXIM  

"Lost Girl"  

Inspired by the Maury Povich Show

'Letter To Maury"  


About working in a call center.

"Slave To the Money"  


21:50 - OPEN SLOT 


22:00 - OPEN SLOT


(21:58 actual) - Steven Loccio
"Greensleeves"  
  

2015-12-14

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-12-14

(19:30 actual) - Larry Forte  
"Lonesome Trail"  
"One Drunk Down"  
"Can My Guitar Go To Heaven"  

19:30 - Bernie and Logan NO SHOW
19:40 - Alex Bragen NO SHOW  

19:50 (19:41 actual) - Liam Parke 
"So Many Years Ago"  
"The Water Of Life"  
In Irish, the word "ISH-KA-BAH-HA" is the word for whiskey, its litteral translation is "the water of life".

Andrew Payne enters the green room with a guitar case.  His hair is shoulder-long now. 

"christmas in kilarney"  
Well, I've never heard him sing with such a thick accent before.  

20:00 (19:54 actual) - Rachel House 
"1st song"  
2.5 marks is too high an record setting for her, need to remember to turn it down to 1.75 next time, and also for her next song.  

"2nd song"  

Andrew Payne says he has a cover tonite we haven't heard before, an an original that I have heard, probably from his album, "Burnin' Gasoline".  

20:10 - Austin Hall and friends  
"1st song"  
Boring christmas music.  I have to listen to that at work, I sure don't won't hear any more than I'm forced to.  It started BEFORE December even started, so of course I'm already sick of it.  I know it's not their fault, but still, if you can, skip performing christmas music, ESPECIALLY in December.  Know your audience.  Your audience is suffering a month of bad music at work, because they work for corporations.  Don't salt their wounds.  

"2nd song"
About the Stumphouse Tunnel they stopped at on the way to Austin, TX.
For some reason some members of the audience can't manage to clap on the beat at the end, bad audience, bad!

Austin:Guitar 
Jordan:Banjo 
Brock:Cello

20:20 - Mitchell Powers Switched slots with Melanie Bowden

Melanie Bowden
  
"Riptide"  
Good cover.  

"2nd song"  
3rd fret capo.  No hook or chorus, all verses.  

20:30 (20:26 actual) - Trey Wood 
"Follow You Into The Dark"  
Good cover, 5th fret capo.  His phrasing is a little broken, oops, forgot his place, got a verse wrong.  

"2nd song"  
No hook
  
20:40 - Dean Malmberg 
"1st song"  
1st fret capo.  

"2nd song"  

20:50 (20:46 actual) - Rick Bedell 
"1st flute improvisation"  

"2nd flute improvisation"  
On the V twin flute.

Andrew Payne has his harmonica holder out.  

21:00 - Rumsfeld 
"1st song"  
"2nd song"  
  
21:10 - Andrew Payne 
"Late Nite Highway Blues"  
Unfortunately, something is wrong with the mixer's main output right now.  Jason the soundguy has turned the stage monitor around so the audience can hear Andrew play this song, but my DAR isn't getting any of this.  Jason's on the phone, undoutbdedly to Patrick, the other audio engineer, asking for advice.  

Cover of Slave's 
"Merry Christmas Everybody"  
Also not recording this.  It may be a power issue at the building's circuit breaker.  

21:20 (21:17 actual)- Larry Clinton 
"1st song"  
A Glen Campbell cover.  

"2nd song"  
  
21:30 - Highbeams 
"I Miss Her Terribly"  

"2nd song"  
http://www.highbeamsmusic.com
Sign up for their e-Mail list, and they'll get you a drink cozy.  

21:40 - Melanie Bowden Switched slots with Mitchell Powers

Mitchell Powers
The Beach Boys appearantly recorded a christmas song in 2015, and he covers it now.
"Alone On Christmas Day" 


21:50 (21:48 actual) - Stan 
"SONG"  

22:00 - OPEN SLOT

Nick Bradfield
On an electric guitar.  
"1st electric guitar improvisation"  

Taught himself to play the guitar so that he could play this song  written by a friend who is now dead.
"2nd song"  

2015-12-07

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-12-07

19:28 - Larry Forte  
"Green Grass"  

I think the barista put some chocolate syrup into my coffee by mistake.  

19:30 (19:35 actual) - Ryan Mahon
2 songs about an ex-girlfriend.  This one was made right after their break-up.
"Dog Killer"  
Good rhymes.  He's got bold stage presence.  
"2nd song"  
This one is not nearly as much fun as the 1st one.  Maybe we should break Ryan's heart more to get hits out of him?

Phillip Brooke has arrived.

19:40 (19:43 actual) - Liam Parke
"1st song"  

I talked to Carlos Camblor.  He just got back from Washington state.  He does construction there with a friend, repairing metal roofs.

A song Liam wrote for his daughter.  
"Never Throw Away A Chance To Say I Love You"  

19:50 (19:54 actual) - Stan
"SONG"

20:00 (20:02 actual) - Phillip Brooke
"Run, Run Away"  

"Cat & Mouse"  

Rick Bedell is here now.  

20:10 - Carlos Jose Camblor
He tried to tune his guitar in the green room, but there are too many guys in there playing guitar.  Not cool!  
Carlos wrote this song last year.  
"Back To Normaltown"  
Normaltown is a neighborhood on the NorthWest side of Athens, GA.  It is also mentioned in the B-52's song "Deadbeat Club".  That song is mentioned in this one.  
This is fun, but Carlos loses his place twice.  

Wes Anderson's film "Rushmore" has a character that says "Sic Transit Gloria" often.  It means "Thus Passes Glory".  
"Sic Transit Gloria"  

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20:20 (20:23 actual)- Andrew Burgess Linden
About a Las Vegas wedding.  
"1st song"  

Covers The Rolling Stones' 
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" 
Stilted & loud, but his enthusiam shows.  So you got to give him that.   
Andrew dedicated this to Miss America, who dumped Tim Tebow because he won't have sex (according to Andrew, I haven't heard the news myself).  

20:30 - Johnny Rowland 
"1st song"  

A song from Boone, SC.
"Drugs For Free"  

20:40 - Larry Clinton & David LoCoco 
A song written in summer of 2015.  
"Whiskey In My Water"  
Both guitars have 2nd fret capos.  

"2nd song"  
Just guitar practice.  
  
20:50 - Rick Bedell 
"1st flute improvisation"  
"2nd flute improvisation" 
Rick mentions that there is a djembe in the green room.  A woman jumps up and says "YES!".  She runs to play it with him.  It's not even clear that she owns that drum.  But it is unlikely a djembe player would mind its' use, I think.  She's good at it too.

A guy with long hair & glasses came in through the back entrance.  I think he's one of the guys from Athens Public Access.    

21:00 (21:05 actual) - Matt Linden 
"All Hell Breaks Loose"  
"You're In Athens"  

21:10 - Rumsfeld 
"1st song"  
Using his electronic looper.  
1st fret capo.

"Meeting At The Square"  

21:20 (21:25 actual) - Dean Malmberg 
"1st song"  

Andrew Payne arrives.  

The cieling fans are on high, rumbling louder than Dean and making Hendershot's uncomfortable.  

"The Best Things In Life"  
Not on pitch enough to satisfy.  The composition is pretty good though.  

21:30 (21:34 actual) - Jeanira Molina 
Asks the audience to help by finger snapping.  She does the rest accapela.
"Summertime (And The Living Is Easy)"  

"2nd song"  
Jeanira is wearing a funky hat and a large gorget.  

21:40 - Mark Katzman
"soundscape 1"  

The guy with long hair & glasses moves the velvet rope & goes behind the bar area.  I guess he does work for Hendershot's.  Looks like RUMSFELD is leaving with a tall friend.  

"soundscape 2"

21:50 - Lee McNeil & Anna McNeil 
John Denver cover  
"Country Roads"  
2nd fret capo for both guitar & banjo.  Both are reading from sheet music.  It's OK.

Jane McNeil, Lee's wife, plays the tambourine here.
"2nd song"
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22:00 - Viviana Carrasco 
"Time Is Dancing"  
It's OK.  But something is missing.  Maybe it doesn't resolve enough to the tonic, or the hook is weak.

"-- -- Deep"  
3rd fret capo.  Has a nice hooting part.  

Her voice is somehow always pensive-sounding in these 2 songs.  

2015-11-30

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-11-30

(19:35 actual) - Larry Forte
Oops, has trouble remembering the lyrics to a new-for-Larry Tom Waits song, then forgets Green Grass too, which he's performed just fine before.  One of the risks of new material.  
Lays on "Can My Guitar Go To Heaven" instead.

19:30 (19:41 actual) - Liam Parke & William Freeman Leveritte 
While warming up in the green room, Liam realized that he & William were playing well together, so Liam just invited William to play with him at the last minute.  
"So Pretty"  
A song Liam wrote while on the way home (implied that he means "home to the city of Athens, GA").  

"Remember Me"  

19:40 - STAN 
"SONG"  
  
19:50 - Dean Malmberg
"1st song"  
"2nd song"  
Dean has a good country bass notes thumb.  His singing is a bit breathy, it gets better in the 2nd half of the 2nd song.  
20:00 - Polar Waves 
"1st song"  
Strong cold ending, good minor harmony.  But no hook, no verse-chorus structure.  All lines essentially repeat with little variation.  
"2nd song"  
Guitars are drowning out the lyrics, a cardinal sing of music making.  Tall guy is playing acoustic guitar, the shorter guy with black hair is playing a black electric guitar.  
Good solo electric on this one.  The words of the music need improvement though, just like the like song.  This number gets a lot louder as it goes on.  Has a wonderful end where they stop playing but continue to sing.  

20:10 (20:24 actual) - Rachel House 
"1st song"  
6th fret capo.  Playing entire thing with eyes closed, like there is no audience here.  

"2nd song"  
5th fret capo.  Nothing "wrong" with it, but no hook.  

20:20 (20:36 actual) - Larry Clinton 
A song written 40 years ago by a guy he knew in Pensacola, FL.  
"Drift Away"  
Larry Clinton is playing a dreadnought.  It's so loud I can barely tell that there are any lyrics.  I can't understand them.  

"2nd song"  
Instrumental.  

20:30 - Phillip Brooke 
Both original songs by Phillip.
"Clean By The Morning"  
Very strong.  

"2nd song"  
Phillip plays a "sunlite" (or is it "sunlight"?) guitar that he's had since 7th grade.  I've never heard of that brand.  It's the only guitar he has right now.  

20:40 - Rumsfeld
"1st song"  
"2nd song"  
Playing his black Ovation.  RUMSFELD left some the string ends at the winders curly, perhaps 10 cm worth.  There a knot in his guitar cable tonight.  That's probably unintentional, as a knot in a signal cable will act as an inductor, bad for the music signal, but 1 turn probably won't make much difference at audio frequencies.

20:50 - William Freeman Leverett 
I think he wanted Larry to introduce him as "William Freeman".  
"How High The Moon"  
Swell!  Classy.

"2nd song"  
Nice ending.  

21:00 - Kevin Jeffery Whitfield , Nope, it's Rick Bedell first, even though Kevin is here on the couch.  
"1st flute improvisation"  

"2nd flute improvisation"  
This one begins with a kind of stuttering flute that I hadn't heard from Rick before, the first few seconds.
  
21:10 - Rick Bedell  (21:27 actual)  Kevin Whitfield
"1st song"
3rd fret capo.  

"Oceantide"  
4th fret capo.
kevinwhitfieldmusic.com

Kevin says he's working with a friend to highlight the fact that Georgia is spending a lot less than other states on music education.

21:20 - Soleil Ouimet 
["SO-LAY WEE-MET"]  
"1st song"  
"2nd song"
"West Virginia"  
These are OK but forgettable songs.  No hooks, no earworms, no structure.
 
21:30 - Grizzly Drifter 
Newbie here.  He's got an EMO-trucker look.
"1st song"  
Has some clever rhymes.  
"2nd song"  
Has many fast lyrics.  Runs into some trouble halfway through. I think he lost his place, forgot what lyric comes next.  But he shortly continues.  A few pitch issues.
With some more practice, he could be awesome.  

21:40 - Mitchell Powers 
"Moon In The Water"  
Carmel-coated vocals!  

"Peru"  
An instrumental piece by Julian Lodge.  

21:50 (22:08 actual) - David LoCoco & Mellisa Beihl 
"Sweet Child O'Mine"  
In a New Orleans jazz style!  Neat!  Too bad she's reading the lyrics from a paper.  This song is too well known for that to be a thing.  

David plays the 2nd song solo.  Covers Radiohead.
"Optimism"  

22:00 - Ryan Mahon
Covers Randy Newman
"1st song"  

Covering The Strokes
"Modern Age"

2015-11-23

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-11-13

(19:35 actual) - Larry Forte 
"Invitation To The Blues"  
REDSTRIPE and Andrew Linden are on standby.  

Liam Parke told me he writes screenplays.  He's currently working on a movie about the first 2 black police officers in Athens, GA.  

19:30 - Ariana Simon NO SHOW

(19:40 actual) - REDSTRIPE  
"Hello Shea"  

Redstripe has been playing Fallout 4.
"Lucy's 1950 Fallout"  

19:40 - Matt Lindon 
"Talk About Love"  
He's not screaming for the first half, it's more subdued than his usual performance, I like it this way better.  Yay!  Much smoother.  

"Hit Somebody"  
Mat plays the keys pretty hard, his CASIO bounces around a lot on the sissors-style stand.  

19:50 - Mark Katzman
"soundscape 1"  
Maybe Mark could play for a Riverdance-like troupe.  

"soundscape 2"  
I just realized I have the recorder's input still set to 0 for Matt Linden.  I wonder if that will alter the way Mark's recording sounds very much.  At the end, he makes a show of dropping his pick.  

20:00 - Michelle Corell
"1st song"  

Andrew Payne just walked in the back door, sporting shoulder-long hair.  

Michelle is showing off a strong palm-stop technique in this song.  She's transitioning from strumming to fingerpicking without a hiccup many times in this song.

"2nd song"  
She launches into this song just like the 1st one, without naming its title or saying anything about herself or her music, or addressing the crowd at all.  

20:10 (21:19 actual) - Rumsfeld 
"1st song"  


"2nd song"  
For the very first time, he sings.  

20:20 - Mellisa Biehl & David LoCoco NO SHOW

(20:27 actual) - Andrew Linden  
Tries some comedy.  About skinny jeans.  And smart phones.  And women's studies majors.  And divorced people who re-marry.  And being from New Jersey where you can't shoot somebody to death just because they throw an egg at your house.  Not too bad for a first try, I guess.  

20:30 - Greg Benson
"1st song"  
2nd fret capo.  He's a lefty on a left guitar.  

"2nd song"  

I just met a poet named (~Terron), he's been here about 2 months.  I told him a little abot open mic nite, and also the open mic nite on Wednesdays at Live Wire that I've never seen.  

20:40 - STAN 
"SONG"  
He's wearing a Dark Side Of The Moon prism knit cap.  

20:50 (20:54 actual) - Rick Bedell
"flute improvisation 1"  

"flute improvisation 2"  
On twin flute.  

21:00 (21:04 actual) - Kevin Jeffrey Whitfield
"Sailboat"  
3rd fret capo.  He's using a quieter volume, this is the best I've heard him do this.  

"Oceantide"  
Kevin says he's been recording in Nashville.  Says his dog was with him when he wrote this.  4th fret capo.  He's on instagram.  KevinWhitfieldMusic.com

21:10 - Evan Botkin
Covers Alice In Chains' 
"Rooster"  
Off-key, uninspired singing.  Too bad, he's playing the chords just fine.  

Covers Jimi Hendrix's 
"Hey, Joe"  
The woman sitting next to recognized the opening chords even before I did.   Botkin's having the same kind of performance on this song.  O.K. on the guitar, but lackluster off-pitch singing.  

21:20 (21:24 actual) - Soleil Omiet
"~Hard Warbucks"  
Nice sounding voice.  Slightly timid.  I think she'd have a stronger performance while standing.  Her guitar has no strap.  

"Honey"  
She wrote this in California.  It's good.

A 3rd song
"Hypnotized"
Swell long held note vocal run.  4th fret capo.  This is good, but it's all verse, no chorus, no hook.

21:30 - Shania Hall NO SHOW.
(21:34 actual) - MAXIM
It's (~Terron)  
"Sunny Day"  
From memory!  

"Insanity"  

"Love For Candy"  

21:40 - Liam Parke
His own song, 
"Light Has No Shadow"  

A cover
"Long May You Run"

21:50 (21:53 actual) - Dean Malmberg
New to Athens from California  
"1st song"  
This song isn't "bad", but it is not compelling either.  It's boring, and that's bad.  I don't ever want to hear it again.  

"That Girl Is Insane"  
His right hand is doing a lot of fast work here.  It's got to be hard on his thumb.  

22:00 - Brandon Lawson
"1st song"  
"2nd song"  
Nothing but guitar, no singing.  Nothing notable.  

2015-11-02

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-11-02

19:25 - Larry Forte  
Gets things started with 
"Green Grass"  
19:30 - Larkin Dodgen
2 originals  
"Being 20"  
Hilarious, fun, lyrics.  About young loneliness.
"Goulish Girl"  
Consistent theme throughout, pleasant and no-exceptions ryhming.  Swell!
Got a job, has not been able to play here since 2015-06.

19:40 - Manny Cortes 
"Atlanta Rain"  
Written by a friend of Manny's.
Smooth vocal slides & low-max volume crescendoes.  Manny's got a slight speech quirk, I haven't identified it yet, but it works out just fine with his singing.  
2nd song is written by Michelle, whoever that is.
N7 NOTES is his YouTube Channel
I think this 2nd song is using a capo on the 4th fret.
"2nd song"  
He packed his bag and left through the front door without hanging out at all.

I see STAN is here watching from the bar.  

19:50 - Polar Waves 
"1st Song"  
Angsty, nice guitar solo.  Song doesn't have a strong hook.  Doesn't set a concrete scene or tell a story.  if the lyrics  had stronger content, the other elements could make for a strong song.  

"Landslide"  
With a 3rd fret capo.  It was O.K..  If the guitarist coulda sang the back-up on the chorus it woulda been stronger.  Maybe they could use a 3rd or 4th musician.

20:00 - Brent Bolde  
"Where Will We Go"  
"Calm Down"  
The quiet break with the whistle is the best part of this song.  

20:10 - Jonathan Bemid  
"1st song"  
I think that's a new guitar.  
"2nd song"  
He wrote this one this week.  

20:20 - Rachel House  
"1st song"  

It's not clear what the title ought to be.  

"2nd song"  
hmm, this is not at all a happy song.

Nick Bradfield has arrived with a tiny hand-held amplifier.

20:30 - Ethan Crump
His trucker hat says "I'm Not White Trash".  
"Mary Ann"  
"Hellfire & Amazing Grace"  
A song about his grandparents.  
5th fret capo.  Strong writing.  

20:40 - Philip Brooke
Blues  
"Cat & Mouse"  
His fretboard runs are slick.  

RUMSFELD went into the green room with a backpack.  I didn't see his guitar, maybe he already staged it there.

Jazz
"Please Explain"  

20:50 - James Anderson  
2 covers  
"1st song"  
He says it's an old Irish song.  
"2nd song"  
2nd fret capo.  A Johnny Cash song.  Dry Bone?  This one is perkier than the 1st one.  

21:00 - Kristian Rodriguez
Performing with RUMSFELD.  
"1st song"  
This is one long boring song, and the words are hard to understand.  

21:10 - Rumsfeld 
"La Vie"  
Nice and subdued tonite.  
"2nd song"  

21:20 - Roberto Gomez
Guitar & keyboard.  Omar is on keyboard.  
"1st song"  
"Heart-Shaped Box"
Cover of Nirvana.  Keyboard volume is drowning the vocals, and Omar isn't providing any backup vocals.

Nick is breaking out a harmonium.  

21:30 - Nick Bradfield 
"1st song"  
Starting out with a zither, no, an autoharp with keys removed?  He brought a drum, and a looper box too.  He's kind of doing what Rick Bedell was doing.  Improv playing only.  Using an electric guitar next, establishing the low notes then moving to the high-pitched strings.  Putting on a headset, now singing, but no words.  The effects box he's got is teal, with 4 visible foot switches on top.  He grabbed the drum, and begins to sing real words.  FM radio can't cope with this kind of art.  It is 21:28, we're 12 minutes ahead of schedule, he asks if there's time to play 1 more.  

"2nd song"  
He's totally meandering here with no composition ready.  No "wrong notes", complete improv, but maybe if he had a plan it would be better.  

21:40 - Greg Benson 
(21:35 actual)  
2 apacalyptic songs.  
"1st song"  
"Slow Cooker"  
Fun, with a political point.  I like it!  Greg plays left-hand guitar, on a left model.  

21:50 - Liam Parke  NO SHOW.
(21:45 actual)  RED STRIPE  
"The Lady's Old Man"  
"Burnadette"  
Inspired by the woman named Burnadette who performed here before.  

22:00 - Highbeams
Got a box drum, an electric bass, a foot tambourine too.  They are from Woodside, GA.  
"1st song"  
Lyrics are buried in the instruments.  I can only hear part of what they're saying.  
"2nd song"  
Playing the farmer's market Wednesday at Creature Comforts brewery downtown.  
"2nd song"  
This one's very good.  

2015-10-12

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-10-12

19:32 - Larry Forte  
"Lonesome Trail"  
Very nice, as usual.  
Tom Waits' cover
"Green Grass"  

19:38 - Ryan Mahone
Cover of The Strokes
"Someday"  
Solid, knows the lyrics cold.  Straight up Rock N' Roll song.
"My Girl & Me"  
(by "Das?")

19:44 - Jenna Lee (Counsel)  
Cover of Pat Benatar's  
"We Belong"  
Wonderful!  3rd fret capo.  Very girl-coustic proper cover.  Good choice.  
An original song written for her brother.  
"I'll Follow You Home"  
Nice soar in the middle.  This song could use some session musicians  to round it out, it could be popular.  

19:54 - Lexie Kelson  
"Mister Nice Guy"  
5th fret capo.  I think the vocals are too "soft", "weak" to match the meaning of the lyrics.  I can't identify a strong hook.  
A song about people who can't commit.  
"2nd song"  
4th fret capo.  Boring, too long, no hook, don't care.  No wrong notes, no forgotten lyrics, but nothing fun either.  

20:05 - REDSTRIPE  
"Megalomania"  
Poem includes the phrase "midas tongue".  
"Peanut"  

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20:10 - Polar Waves  
"1st song"  
A dischordant song.  I don't think they ever resolve to the tonic.  
Lyrics are angsty, and non-hooky.  Very pronoun, non-specific.  
"2nd song"  
Their playing is fine, but they didn't bother to introduce either one of their songs, not even a title.  If anybody liked it, how could they ask to hear it again?  They didn't even say the group  name, never mind their own names.  The guy playing electric with a slide sounds good.  They have some tools needed for a good act, but they haven't got good songs or the extra presentation skills.  Grab them & stick them into a larger band.  

20:23 - Jonathan Bemid  
"1st Song"  
That was better than the last time I heard it.  
"2nd Song"  
His performance of this one has improved too.  The composition is very repetitive though.  He needs to get some practice writing some better tunes.  

20:30 - Nicolas Benson  
"Into The Ground"  
Off-pitch singing.  
"Something They Can Use"  
Too bad.  This cat can't carry a melody.  His guitar playing is OK though.  He should play 2nd guitar in a band, and not do any vocals, not even back-up vocals.  

20:42 - Katie Ball  
"A Hard Way To Go"  
Almost a torch song, but the subject is not torch.  
"Crazy Without You"  

20:48 - Taylor & Chris Gustin  
Cover of Jackie Wilson's  
"Higher And Higher"  
Not bad, but Taylor screamed directly into the mic while eating it, ruining the recording.  It's like he's unaware those things are attached to amplification.  Otherwise, a near-perfect performance.  
Cover of The Weeknd's  
"Earned It"  
An OK performance.  I don't like this song though, because it is associated with that horrbile "50 Shades Of Grey" movie.  An emergency vechicle drove past with its siren on during the song, I wonder if it can be heard on the recording.  I'd be surprised if not.  

21:03 - (Zelefil Zoldana?)
"Only Love Can Break Your Heart"  
I bit breathe-y, pop-py, and plodding.  But it has some authentic charm.  
1st song from his 1st record  
"In My Time"  

Now that I think about it, Katie Ball might be the woman who performed with Andrew Payne before, but I'm not sure.  

21:11 - RUMSFELD  
"La Vie"  
Standard goodness & technical proficiency.  
"Meeting At The Square"  
Clean without effects.  An excellent job.  

21:21 - Tim Finamore  
"Me & Denver"  
"Red Lights"  
3rd fret capo.  A little strained on the high pitches.  Nice hipster haircut + beard.  

21:31 - Berto Gomez  
A Black Keys cover.  
"Little Black Submarines"  
His breath-phrasing is off.  

It's his 1st time playing for anyone but his friends privately.  
"Catfish In A Bottle"  

21:40 - Liam Parke  
"Do I Feel I"  
Sorta lounge-y, fun, calm, smirky.
"Light Has No Darkness"  

21:47 - Cortez Garza  
"1st Song"  
Smooth performance.  
"2nd song"  
6th fret capo.  A song written for his best friend.  

21:58 - Bindlepunk  
"1st song"  
Wow!  A true punk sound.  I can dance to it.  
"2nd song"  
An original.  2nd fret capo.  
Solid punk also.  
He holds up his kick drum so the audience can see his act's title.  

2015-09-14

Hendershot's Open Mic Nite 2015-09-14

(19:30 actual) - Larry Forte
"One Drunk Down"  

"I Live Beyond My Means"  
19:30 - Ariana Simon NO SHOW
(19:34 actual) - RUMSFELD  
"Guitar Improvization"  
Does poetry 1st Wednesday of every month at The Globe's Open Mouth poetry event  
"Meeting At The Square"
19:40 - Wade Walker
1st timer.  
(19:45 actual)  "Wallpaper"  
Not bad.  Not quite on pitch at the start, but he got better as the song went on.  Had a nice break for guitar solo.  1st fret capo   
"Pearly Gates"  
A gospell-y lord-i'm-a-dying song.  Much stronger performance than the 1st song.  
19:50 - Jamon Holt  NO SHOW  
(19:55 actual)  Larry went and snagged William Freeman Leveritte  
Sang a song about Waikiki.  
Rick Bedell has arrived, goes to the green room.
"Sing A Song To Me"?
20:00 - Nick Bradfield  
(19:59 actual)  Has a zither run through an echo-looper.  His friend Kevin has a hand drum and a glasses on his forehead, and a feather sticking straight up from the right side of his head.  Charles is playing guitar.  Halfway through they all switch places and play a different instrument.  
20:10 - Hill Elliot  NO SHOW  
(20:12 actual)  Ryan (Mihope?).  
A song from Superjail.  
"Life On The Intside"  
Covers a Velvet Underground song.
20:20 - Benjamin Murphy 
Groovy jazz guitar style.  
Liam Parke just arrived.
Benjamin has a smooth tenor voice.  
"All I Need"
An original song.  
"Pretty Ladies LIke You"
REDSTRIPE is here.  
This song has an awesome hook.
20:30 - Matt Erdman  NO SHOW  
(20:27 actual) - REDSTRIPE.  
A poem he wrote in high school.  
"Naked"  
This is funny & ryhmes well.  
"Fat Cat"  
20:40 - Alexis Sauvagaeu-Robillard  NO SHOW
(20:31 actual) - Andy Moorehead  
the guy who works downtown @ Waffle House.  
It rhymes at least.  I see the green top of a cigarette pack in his shirt pocket.  Is that pal-mal?  I think I've heard those suck
20:50 - Rick Bedell 
(20:36 actual)  
"1st Flute Improvisation"  
"2nd Flute Improvisation"  
21:00 - Sam Street  
(20:50 actual)  
"It'll Never Work"  
Wonderful, cool, great hook.  I wish I hadn't forgotten my power plug for the recorder.  This is original Rock 'N Roll.  Fuckin' awesome.  Mashes it with "Stand By Me".  
Sticks a capo on.
Cortez Garza walks in the back hallway, scans the room with his guitar on his back and stashes it in the green room.  
"Lights Out"  
This song has a good sound, calm, city feel.
21:10 - Liam Parke  
(20:58 actual)  
An original, 
"The Maid With The Lovely Smile"  
Song about Liam's great-great-grandfather.  
"Sara Jane"  
Guess his ancestor married a wife half his age in Ireland.  Moved to America to escape the Irish Potato famon.  Crossed the ocean on a tiny ship known as a 'coffin'.  Lost half his children on that trip.  Started a shipping company around the Erie Canal, but it floundered.  Started a 100-acre farm with 13 children to help.  But got rich selling tools to gold rushers, i think.  

(21:11 actual) - Blackwater Deep  
Looks they're going early.  

Jason is doing the sound engineering tonite.  
"We've Seen It All Before"  
"Just Like The Rain"  
Great performance.  The guitarist is singing a swell backup for Andrew.  And the coordinated chord strums are perfectly in sync.
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21:20 - Dan Philyaw  traded slots with Blackwater Deep
21:30 - Kerrie Elaine  NO SHOW
(21:23 actual) - Andrew (Huong)?
This is weird, the schedule is off.
Larry says Dan Philyaw traded slots with Blackwater Deep, 'cause he was waiting for another person to join him.  But Kerrie is a no show, so Andrew Huong is the next standby.   
Andrew is a strong singer.  Not afraid of head voice either.  Swell
"Late"  
Also an original.  The milk foamer on the expresso machine almost sounds like it is  shushing the audience.  
Andrew's singers has hints of John Mayer's style in it, but is distinct.  

(21:33 actual) - Dan Philyaw    
He's from Kansas City, and has some friends here in the audience.  
Covers John Mayer's "No Such Thing"  
and he does a kick-ass job of it!  How funny that Andrew Houng just sounded like it too.  
Covers "Blackbird"  
Excellent chops.  Plays & sings it without error.  Strong volume, without overpowering it.
21:40 - Blackwater Deep already went.
21:50 - Jessica Leistikow  
(21:41 actual)
"Between Friends"  
Jason realizes she's not singing into the microphone, so he goes to the stage and adjusts the mic to reach her mouth, and the sound gets a lot better.  
This song is OK, but maybe the hook is weak?  
Cover, "Clap"  
4th fret capo.  Her breathing is off on the last chorus, breaks up the phrasing.  
22:00 - Cortez Garza  
(21:46 actual)  
2015-10-10, a Saturday, will be a North Georgia Folk Festival, and Cortez is showing us the flyer-poster.  
This 1st song is localized, it refers to the intersection of Pope & Prince, which is like 1-3 blocks up the street from here, where The Daily Groceries Coop is, with The Pope On Prince 2nd hand shop above it.  
"Mistaking Children For Angels"  
Recorded a live video at Sanford Stadium recently.  It's on YouTube, Classic City Closeups.  
Katelyn Keesler is singing with him, and she can also play ukelele, though she's not playing it tonite.  
"Shooting Star"


While walking out the door, I spotted a table of musicians with a violin.  One of them offered to play a song for me.  I sat down with The Alcoholocaust.  They played a song or tow, and together we couldn't remember all of the words to "Hotel California".  Justin writes their words.  Dustin plays the violin.  Suzie plays the flute and says Dustin's name is Brandon.  Maybe I heard that wrong.  Justin says they've got 30 songs, and are working on an EP.  Their style is folk-punk.  Andrew Lindon comes along.  He reports the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Atlanta Falcons.  The Alcoholocaust says they like the Eagles.  I presume they mean both the band and the football team.  Looks like they may have some drug problems & homelessness problems.  Poor bastards.  These are people for whom capitalism will never work well.  Our society needs an alternative way by which their needs can be met. 
There is no Open Mic Nite next week.