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Funky/Dancey blues tunes

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by bigboy_78, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. bigboy_78

    bigboy_78 Supporting Member

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    I’ve started backing a singer who wanted to do something “different”, by different she means not classic rock/80s pop/pub rock stuff.

    Problem is she is starting to realise that the reason not many people do anything “different” is a) people like to hear familiar songs. b) most musicians already know the “regular” stuff, so it’s easy to throw together 40 or 50 songs in a short space of time.

    After 3 month’s working through the same 5 or 6 songs, and cycling through a few keys & guitarist, we’re starting to realise that we’re probably best suited to playing blues, and there does seem to be a hole in our market for blues bands. Real blues bands, not Rock guys who think playing SRV covers makes you a blues band.

    Can anyone suggest a few good blues tunes, that are also funky/groovy/danceable. Instrumentation is Female Vox/Bass/Guitar/Drums./Percussion and maybe harmonica.

    The 5 songs we can play, to give you an idea of our general direction and skill-set.

    Give me one reason – Tracey Chapman (our guitarist is still struggling to get this simple groove)
    Spooky – Dusty Springfield
    Got My Mojo Working
    Big Bad Handsome Man – Imelda May
    Johnny Got a Boom-Boom – Imelda May
    Fever
    Some Kind of Wonderful – singer wants Joss Stone, but the band prefer Grand Funk.

    I’m starting to think the problem is our guitarist has no groove, he’s a bit of a chugga-chugga blues dude.

    Anyway……….

    TLDR – Dancey (not Texas Rock) Blues song suggestions please.
  2. nojj

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    Couple artists I'd look at are Delbert McClinton, Coco Montoya, the Boneshakers, and Bugs Henderson.
    (Check out Delbert's duet on Some Kind of Wonderful)
  3. Phalex

    Phalex Yeah, I've got the moves like Jagger. Supporting Member

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    I recently quit a bluesy band with a great female singer. Started playing in a cover band that was way more busy. I had many song suggestions that were ignored (one reason I quit). I tried to get them to do Imelda May - no dice. Here's some stuff that was on my list - not all well known or real blues though, and might not suit your instrumentation:
  5. bigboy_78

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    Some winners in there. A few I'd never heard, Aretha's version The Weight, Irma Thomas and Clairy Brown are the goods.

    We might not pull them off, but at least I've found some new tunes to listen to.
  6. lowfreq33

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    Sorry to say, if after 3 months he can't play "gimme one reason" he's probably holding you back.
  7. bigboy_78

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    Yeah it's a shallow talent pool around here, but he's better than the keyboard player who still had the names of the notes written on the keys and struggled with the black keys.
  8. nojj

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    somebody should put the poor fella out of his misery.........
  9. GlennW

    GlennW Supporting Member

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    Here's one.
  10. tbirdsp

    tbirdsp Supporting Member

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    That's one of the five he said they already do! :D
  11. GlennW

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    I missed that, my bad.

    TB protocol - reply without reading the entire OP. :D

    How about Cha-Cha-Chain of Fools, by 'Retha? Some swampy soul music.
  12. tbirdsp

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    Koko Taylor

    Also Susan Tedeschi solo or her with Tedeschi-Trucks Band
  13. COBRARI

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    Koko Taylor for sure.

    Check out Saffire "the uppity blues woman".

    I don't know if it is on YouTube but listen to "Don't do it" by Saffire and you will see why I suggested her.
    Good Luck.

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