My pattern the last few years has been to have one "main" cover band (in the "variety" cover band vein) that comprises 70-80% of my gigs in any given year, but then also pick up a variety of sub jobs and/or one-off "pickup" gigs that usually don't pay as much as my main band but help fill in the gaps on my calendar. In looking back I realize that almost without exception, the bands I wind up playing with have at least half the membership older than me (I'm 46). The last time I was the "old man" in a band was 8 or 9 years ago (a one-off sub gig with three guys aged 18-22). Both of my last two "main" bands (including my current one), were "bi-generational" bands where some members were old enough to be other members' fathers (and in one case, an actual father/son pairing). But on all the other fill-in jobs (no matter what the band), I'm without exception the youngest guy in the group. In one respect I kind of consider it a badge of honor to regularly be invited to play with older, more experienced musicians but OTOH, I sometimes wonder if there's something about my look, persona and/or playing style that's making me a "no-go" with younger cats. (See below, I don't think I look THAT old for 46.) I kind of figured as I got older, almost by default I'd be playing with a greater number of younger bandmates but that isn't how it's worked out and in fact, the opposite has been true. The BL of my current main band is 31 and the drummer in that band is 24... and the WL at my church is 27 or 28 I think. Other than those guys, everyone I work with regularly is older than me. Anyway, wondering if anyone else has noticed a similar pattern in their gigging, past or present.