I went to an audition last night at the behest of my chiropractor who is the drummer for the band. Well, he told me very little other than who the players were, I had heard good things about these guys but had never heard them myself, and that they would be booking at primarily country bars and honky tonks. I'm thinking, I'll go but I really don't want to play in a country band again. I much prefer blues, soul and r&b and that's the music I've been playing lately. We ran through some country songs that I knew and then some newer tunes that they are adding to their set list that I had never heard. No worries, easy enough to follow. They seemed pleased so far. Then they start looking through their set list to find some other songs to run through. The guitar player asks me if I know "Let's Get It On". Yeah I know, it's obvious to me now, but at the time I was still thinking country tunes. I say that I don't think so. The guitar player starts showing me the chords, slowly and without any rhythm. I then inquire as to who the artist is and he says Marvin Gaye! Of course I know that tune! That's my music, but I'm still thinking that it's gonna be a bad country version. The drummer counts down and the guitar player leads in, Bwaa bwa bwa bwaaa! OH YEAH! They're are playing laid back greasy groovin' soul! The singer nails it. The guitar player sounds like he was born to play soul and the drummer and I are slinkin' through the changes as if we'd been playing together for years. We then run through, Superstition, Pride and Joy and a very funky version of Billie Jean. It turns out that they are really more of a blues and soul band but are adding country to get more gigs and to help get into the casinos around the state. As we're packing up the mood is good and they're very complimentary about my playing and overall vibe. Needless to say, this is one "country band" I won't dread playing with. Have any of you had really pleasant surprises at auditions?