Cool country/rock trio songs?
I'm in a 4-piece New Country/Rock band and a lot of times the front man likes to take an extra-long break. So, the guitarist and the drummer and I are tasked with learning some trio songs (I can sing baritone, not real high).
So far everything I've suggested has been vetoed by the guitarist for either being old and lame (ZZ Top stuff) or too complex for a single guitar (Save a Horse). We tried RHCP's "Under the Bridge" but the audience didn't like it, not country enough.
Anybody have suggestions for trio songs that would go over well for our kind of band?
why does he like to take an "extra long" break?
Kind weird and diva-ish behavior by your singer if you ask me. If he's taking extra long breaks and still making a full cut of the pay he's basically stealing from the rest of you.
But anyhoo... unless it's too old-school for you guys, Creedence Clearwater stuff is basically power trio with a twang though it may be too high for you to sing if you're a baritone. Older Tom Petty stuff may be an option too. It would really help your situation if one or preferably both of the other guys could chip in harmony vocals too.
Naw, our front guy is cool, he's just giving us a chance to shine on our own. No complaints there.
CCR is a little high for me. I'm doing Mary Jane's Last Dance in the 4-piece, maybe we could do a 3-piece version of it.
Friends In Low Places
People Are Crazy
Let There Be Cowgirls
Tip It On Back (very bass-prominent)
Might take some work, but can be done.
"Folsom Prison Blues". Definitely in your range and can be covered as a trio easily.
Oh BTW it goes over HUGE with crowds too.
Oh gee, my power trio has done a slew of country and rock stuff that works with just one guitar. The guitarist is VERY good, though. The only problem is when the guitar takes a solo. Then there are no chords being played. But it works. Sometimes I'll throw in a few extra notes or choose my lines wisely, or even play some double stops. Here's a few:
Good Hearted Woman (anything by Waylon)
One Way Out
In Color (Jamie Johnson)
All Along the Watchtower
Don't Close Your Eyes
...and a million more.
:bassist:Green Onions, played it last night as a trio & everyone loved it.
Tonight the bottle
Truck driving man
Also, you can change the key if you want to do a song and it is too high to sing. :D
"Silver Stallion" - the Highwaymen
"Pancho & Lefty" - Townes Van Zant
"Copperhead Road" - Steve Earle
"Rose of Paradise" - Waylon
"Montgomery in the Rain" - Steve Young
Highway Junkie-Chris Knight
Bridle On A Bull-Chris Knight
Ain't Nothing To Me-E. Dunbar
Rusty Cage-Chris Cornell *
Between Jennings & Jones-Jamey Johnson
In Color-Jamey Johnson
Big Boss Man-L. Dixon & A. Smith
Me & My Uncle-John Phillips
Country Honk-M. Jagger & K. Richards
Dead Flowers-M. Jagger & K. Richards
Saginaw Michigan-B. Anderson & D. Wayne
*as performed by Johnny Cash
Speaking from direct personal experience in the exactly same situation:
*Any old Waylon Jennings song(s) with the big, booming 1/5 bass lines. You can stretch 'em out into a big drums/bass groove thingee;
*CCR stuff flipped into whatever key you like. Nobody in the audience will know if you transpose it;
*Any old Rockabilly stuff anywhere from Cash/Perkins up to the Stray Cats.
Fast As You is my favorite country song to play.
If it's the band without the frontman for a few songs, then I think it's OK to do something that's a little different and on the humorous side.
I'd do Guy Clark's "Homegrown Tomatoes" and Tommy Alverson's "Una Mas Cerveza" (unless you're closer to the Canadian border than to the Mexican one). I'd also be reeeeeeeal tempted to do Avicii's "Wake Me Up", though you'll probably have to change the key if you can't sing that high. And maybe some Colt Ford or the Lacs if you can rap and play bass at the same time.
I Believe in Love
Good Ol Boys Like Me
It Must be Love
any CASH and look into Jason and the scorchers and maybe some beat farmer stuff might not be country but goes over well..
Hank III - Country Heroes
You could do the only Toby Keith song I like...
I'll Never Smoke Weed with Willie Again.
Poncho & Lefty is always a good one, but it might be too old too.
Grim Reaper Blues - Intrence Band
My 3 piece band does these country/rock type tunes.
Fast As You - Dwight Yoakam
Take It Easy - Eagles
Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane or Rascal Flatts
Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy - Big & Rich
Call Me The Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd version
Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Gimme Three Steps - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mr. Spaceman - The Byrds
Down On The Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival
A few other suggestions
Third Rock From The Sun - Joe Diffie
Hillbilly Rock - Marty Stuart
Lookin' Out My Back Door - CCR
Rockin' In The Free World - Neil Young
anything by Keith Urban
Party Town - Glenn Frey
And, another song we do - Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress - The Hollies (however, it has been done by Clint Black, T. G. Sheppard & others)
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