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Blues setlist

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by champlainbass, May 6, 2010.

  1. champlainbass


    Feb 15, 2010
    Peru, NY
    We are playing our first gig together at a smallish bar (classy joint). What do you think of our setlist? Will be a varied audience, age wise.

    Set 1- On the Road Again (robben ford)
    Hound Dog (big mama thorton)
    Too Many Drivers (pat ramsay)
    Messin with the Kid (johnny winter)
    My Babe
    Mellow Down Easy (p. butterfield)
    Pride & Joy (SRV)
    One More Heart ache (butterfield)
    Wait on Time (thunderbirds)
    Good Mornin Little School Girl (butterfield)
    300 lbs of heavenly joy
    Sea Cruise (f. ford)
    Tore Down (f. king)
    Harpin on a Riff (ch. musselwhite)

    Set 2- Everyday (studebaker john)
    Boom Boom
    Born in Chicago
    Thats Allright Mama
    Run Me Down (carlos del junco)
    Walking Blues
    Ready Willin Able
    Stormy Monday
    Rocket 88
    Before You Accuse me
    Mean Town Blues
    Just a Little Bit
    Mojo Working
  2. Mugwump


    Dec 26, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I'd dig it.
  3. It looks great to me but, in a small "classy" place, be sure to keep your volume under control. The Johnny Winter and SRV material can get awfully loud. The guitar player(s) will say, "I HAVE to play loud to get the tone I need."
  4. champlainbass


    Feb 15, 2010
    Peru, NY
    Good point lonote, luckily everyone in the band (except for me) are seasoned musicians. Actually, our guitarist asked if we could pratice with lower volumes to make sure we all heard each other! BTW, it's a classy place, but they do party:bassist:
  5. You're in good shape with a guitarist like that!
  6. standupright


    Jul 7, 2006
    Phoenix, AZ
    Brownchicken Browncow
    niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice biggthumpup.
  7. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    Good list. One thing about blues is there is SO much material to draw from. From your list, there is only one song that my band also does (Tore Down). There's a band we will team up with on occasion, and we try to make sure we aren't both playing the same songs.
  8. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Excellent set list.

    I suggest having a few more songs in reserve.

    See how the tunes go over and cut short any that don't.

    Possibly extend the songs that get the crowd movin'.

    Good luck.

    Let us know how the gig goes. Pics/vids would be good.
  9. Nice lists.

    Good variety of tunes.As Eric said,there is a wealth of blues material to draw from out there.

    I could never understand when people have said "It's all the same".
  10. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Real nice setlist.
  11. dlb1001


    Jan 30, 2007
    Good list. You could add "Killing Floor" as a backup song...it has a unique groove.
  12. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI

    I may just have to beg for that one tonight.
  13. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
  14. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Great song. Great guy. *sigh* RIP, Pat.
  15. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Great list. Love that stuff.

    Just to get things right and give credit where it is due,
    here are some footnotes, Paul Butterfield didn't write
    Good Morning Little School Girl. That was Sonny Boy
    Williamson, though the first version I ever heard was
    done by Mississippi Fred McDowell with a coke bottle
    slide thing going.

    Boom Boom was John Lee Hooker, Stormy Monday was
    T-Bone Walker, of course, Got My Mojo Working is often
    attributed to Muddy Waters but written actually by Preston
    Foster iirc.

    Mellow Down Easy was written by Willie Dixon, not Butterfield,
    and Nick Gravenites (Later Big Brother) wrote Born in Chicago,
    co-wrote I think anyway.

    Messin with the Kid was a Junior Wells song but it is unclear
    if he actually wrote it.

    Walkin Blues - Robert Johnson

    That's All Right Mama is by Arthur Crudup, though Carl Perkins
    did a killer version.

    That's the ones I recall, you can Google the rest. I think it is
    kind of nice to introduce the song and who wrote it, especially
    in classic blues as so many covers of the originals have been
    done the credits get lost in time.

    Depends on how sophisticated the crowd is, I suppose.
  16. bobwhite


    Mar 11, 2010

    I thought his parens were not who wrote the song, but rather the arrangement/version they were playing. The Winter version of "Kid" differs from Gallagher's which differs from Junior Walker's, etc., and I believe Mel London likely wrote it.
  17. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    :meh: Yeah, I guess he could have listed 'the feel'. I'll let
    him speak to that, as I can't read minds. ;)

    London sounds right iirc.

    Anyway, killer list, the night should be a LOT of fun.
  18. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA

    So many blues songs have been covered in different ways that knowing which version is being used as your template is a big help. We do "Spoonful" based on Robben Ford's version, which is quite a bit different than Willie Dixon or Howlin' Wolf's versions.

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