Cool country/rock trio songs?

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Rockin Mike, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    I'm in a 4-piece New Country/Rock band and a lot of times the front man likes to take an extra-long break. So, the guitarist and the drummer and I are tasked with learning some trio songs (I can sing baritone, not real high).

    So far everything I've suggested has been vetoed by the guitarist for either being old and lame (ZZ Top stuff) or too complex for a single guitar (Save a Horse). We tried RHCP's "Under the Bridge" but the audience didn't like it, not country enough.

    Anybody have suggestions for trio songs that would go over well for our kind of band?
  2. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
    why does he like to take an "extra long" break?
  3. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    Kind weird and diva-ish behavior by your singer if you ask me. If he's taking extra long breaks and still making a full cut of the pay he's basically stealing from the rest of you.

    But anyhoo... unless it's too old-school for you guys, Creedence Clearwater stuff is basically power trio with a twang though it may be too high for you to sing if you're a baritone. Older Tom Petty stuff may be an option too. It would really help your situation if one or preferably both of the other guys could chip in harmony vocals too.
  4. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Naw, our front guy is cool, he's just giving us a chance to shine on our own. No complaints there.

    CCR is a little high for me. I'm doing Mary Jane's Last Dance in the 4-piece, maybe we could do a 3-piece version of it.
  5. Friends In Low Places
    People Are Crazy
    Let There Be Cowgirls
    Tip It On Back (very bass-prominent)

    Might take some work, but can be done.
  6. jaywa


    May 5, 2008
    Iowa City, IA
    "Folsom Prison Blues". Definitely in your range and can be covered as a trio easily.

    Oh BTW it goes over HUGE with crowds too.
  7. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    Oh gee, my power trio has done a slew of country and rock stuff that works with just one guitar. The guitarist is VERY good, though. The only problem is when the guitar takes a solo. Then there are no chords being played. But it works. Sometimes I'll throw in a few extra notes or choose my lines wisely, or even play some double stops. Here's a few:

    Good Hearted Woman (anything by Waylon)
    One Way Out
    Swinging Doors
    In Color (Jamie Johnson)
    All Along the Watchtower
    Little Wing
    Wagon Wheel
    Midnight Rider
    Don't Close Your Eyes

    ...and a million more.
  8. huckleberry1


    Jul 1, 2013
    Mesquite, Texas
    :bassist:Green Onions, played it last night as a trio & everyone loved it.
  9. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Tonight the bottle
    Truck driving man

    Also, you can change the key if you want to do a song and it is too high to sing. :D
  10. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum)

    "Silver Stallion" - the Highwaymen
    "Pancho & Lefty" - Townes Van Zant
    "Copperhead Road" - Steve Earle
    "Rose of Paradise" - Waylon
    "Montgomery in the Rain" - Steve Young
  11. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Highway Junkie-Chris Knight

    Bridle On A Bull-Chris Knight

    Ain't Nothing To Me-E. Dunbar

    Rusty Cage-Chris Cornell *

    Between Jennings & Jones-Jamey Johnson

    In Color-Jamey Johnson

    Big Boss Man-L. Dixon & A. Smith

    Me & My Uncle-John Phillips

    Country Honk-M. Jagger & K. Richards

    Dead Flowers-M. Jagger & K. Richards

    Saginaw Michigan-B. Anderson & D. Wayne

    *as performed by Johnny Cash
  12. Speaking from direct personal experience in the exactly same situation:

    *Any old Waylon Jennings song(s) with the big, booming 1/5 bass lines. You can stretch 'em out into a big drums/bass groove thingee;
    *CCR stuff flipped into whatever key you like. Nobody in the audience will know if you transpose it;
    *Any old Rockabilly stuff anywhere from Cash/Perkins up to the Stray Cats.
  13. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Fast As You is my favorite country song to play.
  14. pklima


    May 2, 2003
    Kraków, Polska
    If it's the band without the frontman for a few songs, then I think it's OK to do something that's a little different and on the humorous side.

    I'd do Guy Clark's "Homegrown Tomatoes" and Tommy Alverson's "Una Mas Cerveza" (unless you're closer to the Canadian border than to the Mexican one). I'd also be reeeeeeeal tempted to do Avicii's "Wake Me Up", though you'll probably have to change the key if you can't sing that high. And maybe some Colt Ford or the Lacs if you can rap and play bass at the same time.
  15. TL5


    Jun 27, 2005
    Don Williams

    I Believe in Love
    Tulsa Time
    Good Ol Boys Like Me
    It Must be Love
  16. tomydacat

    tomydacat Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    any CASH and look into Jason and the scorchers and maybe some beat farmer stuff might not be country but goes over well..
  17. Hank III - Country Heroes
  18. You could do the only Toby Keith song I like...
    I'll Never Smoke Weed with Willie Again.

    Poncho & Lefty is always a good one, but it might be too old too.
  19. Grim Reaper Blues - Intrence Band
  20. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    My 3 piece band does these country/rock type tunes.

    Fast As You - Dwight Yoakam
    Take It Easy - Eagles
    Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane or Rascal Flatts
    Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy - Big & Rich
    Call Me The Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd version
    Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Gimme Three Steps - Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Mr. Spaceman - The Byrds
    Down On The Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    A few other suggestions

    Third Rock From The Sun - Joe Diffie
    Hillbilly Rock - Marty Stuart
    Lookin' Out My Back Door - CCR
    Rockin' In The Free World - Neil Young
    anything by Keith Urban
    Party Town - Glenn Frey

    And, another song we do - Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress - The Hollies (however, it has been done by Clint Black, T. G. Sheppard & others)