I always loved playing with other musicians, which I was doing both before and after my band.
The band experience, itself, was great, before the troubles set in. When we were going, we were going well. I just wish we had gotten more mileage out of it. I continued to play with others where I could, but never really got a full band back together. My area was small enough, with few bass players(and even less drummers) that losing half the band was a real kick in the teeth. My second "band" was me on bass, my lead guitarist, and a few others that played with us often. No drummer. And we never really got back the traction that the first band was starting to get.
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