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The Buckaroo Strangers at The Waterwheel 02/16/14

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by BassCliff, Feb 17, 2014.


  1. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Location:
    So. Cal.
    Howdy!

    I played a rare Sunday evening gig with my new vintage country project, The Buckaroo Strangers. This was our first club date and only our second show.

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    Most of us have worked together over the years in other, different projects but this is the first time this lineup has been assembled. There's some good chemistry happening.

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    But I'm getting ahead of myself. This is what the club itself looks like, located on 6th street in Norco CA, otherwise known as Horsetown USA.

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    It was kind of a tight fit getting all seven of us up on the stage. But the lighting was decent and the sound system was good.

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    This is the view from the west wall, stage left, back toward the gaming area.

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    And this is the view from the dance floor toward the front.

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    Kevin and Bruce were running sound. I met Kevin a few years ago when I subbed in with Hotel California (an Eagles tribute band) and Kevin was their traveling sound guy.

    They had Carvin TRX series speakers.

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    They sounded really, really good. Kevin used a Presonus StudioLive 24 channel mixer.

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    Here is Kevin's rack of Carvin power amps.

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    And for monitors he had a bunch of these powered 15" 2-way Mackie units.

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    You can tell this is a real honky tonk. There's mostly pickup trucks in the parking lot and most of them have hay bales in the back.

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    Now that we've got our sign put up, Jason is starting to rock his drum kit.

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    Here's my arsenal for the evening.

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    And we're all set up, ready to sound check. It really does look quite the mess up there, doesn't it?

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    Here's Sean and Joe ready to pick and grin.

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    Paul brought several instruments and played them all, fiddle, steel, banjo, mandolin. That's Arnie's suitcase full of guitars behind him.

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    This is just the bass player.

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    This is Arnie, the band leader. Too much flash in this picture, sorry.

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    Jason is ready to pound his skins.

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    And our lovely Ms. Kellye Huff joins us on stage.

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    Again, Sean and Joe in their performance duds.

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    Here's Paul in his stage shirt. I brought the exact same Scully shirt tonight so I wore my red Scully instead.

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    Jason is ready in his sparkly cowboy shirt.

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    Here's a quick picture of Kellye and I at the end of the night. I told you my shirt was red. ;)

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    We had a pretty good crowd for most of the night. Most folks have Monday off for President's Day.

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    We are right back at The Waterwheel next weekend, Friday and Saturday night. It should be a ton of fun.

    I'm working on a little live video. Stay tuned.

    EDIT: Here's a video taken by a fan. I just ripped it off FaceBook. What you see is what you get.

    http://youtu.be/WNbDvfM_Ny8


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     
  2. modulusman

    modulusman

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    Location:
    montana
    Well it looks like you had someone running sound that wasn't clueless like at your first gig.:D BTW those monitors are Mackie SRM450s they have a 12 inch speaker not a 15.
     
  3. calfroper

    calfroper

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    Location:
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    Great pictures and a good video. Thank you. You got some good pickers here! What are some of your songs?
     
  4. Texan

    Texan 667 Neighbor of the Beast. Supporting Member

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    Nice job on the Ricky Skaggs song, nice and tight. I've covered that one before and it's a tough one. You guys sound great!
     
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  6. elgecko

    elgecko

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    Location:
    Anasleim, CA
    Dang! Paul is doing the heavy lifting!

    Do you only play with female singers whose names start with "Kelly"? :p
     
  7. BassCliff

    BassCliff

    Joined:
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    Location:
    So. Cal.
    Hi,

    Thank you. We do a fair share of Merle and Buck but are still adding tunes because there are just so many great ones, both older and newer stuff. I sing a couple of George Strait; "Where The Sidwalk Ends", "I Just Want To Dance With You", the quintessential two-step from Hal Ketchum; "Past The Point Of Rescue", and some Merle; "Branded Man" and a special arrangement of "Swinging Doors" that is a real greasy blues. The other guys do "Old Alabama"-Brad Paisley, "Eastbound And Down"-Jerry Reed, "Hello Trouble"-Buck Owens, "Houston"-The Gatlins, and some cool old instrumentals like "Stealin' Corn" and "Buddy's Boogie". Kellye does "Together Again", some Patsy, and a couple of newer Lady A songs and such. It's good fun and a nice break from the "modern" country.


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     
  8. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

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    This band sounds great Cliff, but I have to admit I'm kinda fond of the Kelly Rae band. Did you defect?
     
  9. BassCliff

    BassCliff

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    Location:
    So. Cal.
    Hi,

    Thanks! I haven't defected, still working with Kelly Rae. She's not been that busy as of late so I'm filling my calendar.

    This band has a lot of potential and "industry" associations so I'm hoping to be doing some really good gigs as the project picks up steam.

    What can I say? I want it all. :smug:


    Thank you for your indulgence,

    BassCliff
     

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