Maybe this question is asked out of frustration...but I want some genuine and honest feedback. Our band does OK. We're on our third drummer, and been together about three years. We are three guys in our mid 30's to early 40's, doing a mix of classic and modern rock. Our guitarist/singer is not a great vocalist, but he tries. Musicianship is not amazing, but we're solid. We tried auditioning lead singers...had a guy who was good, and joined us, but then quickly flaked on us and quit. Had one really good singer audition after that...we REALLY wanted him to join, but he decided that he needed a break from being in bands after 22 years straight. Totally understandable. All the rest of the "singers" we lined up basically sucked, or no showed/cancelled their auditions. So we're sticking with our guitarist as the singer. We're now tuning songs a half step down to make it easier for him vocally. Gigs seem to be getting more sparse. We have a handful of gigs booked through April, and that's it. Nothing for summer or fall, and not a lot of prospects on the horizon. Venues never call us. I email and Facebook message places and get zero responses. I call and talk to bar owners and sometimes they promise that "We'll give you a date", and then it never happens. It's all very frustrating. I notice around here, three types of bands are very successful: - Country and rock-country bands. - Solo singer/songwriter types doing covers (usually female, but sometimes male). - Bands with one, if not two, female lead singers. Doesn't matter the genre...if you have a decent lady singer, you'll get gigs. I'm just wondering, is it more or less pointless to continue as a typical power trio, especially in a small town area? We're not near a major metro area. There aren't a ton of bars around here that have live rock music...and if I can't get a handful of them to even return my calls or emails, it is extremely limiting to our gig prospects. We have two local venues we gig at regularly, so at least that is something to hang our hat on. But they don't book bands during summer. It's like I can see what little momentum we have evaporating as the pages on the calendar turn. Please give me some honest answers and advice. I'm seriously feeling down and frustrated about this lately. Playing music in a band is my one real hobby...and if it's not going well, I get kind of depressed about things.