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Good blues/rock songs to cover/jam to?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Waster, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. Waster


    Nov 24, 2011
    Hey TB,

    My high school is starting a rock band project this month. Basically we'll be divided into groups and be given a practice space where we can work on musicianship/being in a band, and have a chance to perform at the school.
    The band that I'll probably (almost definitely; I'm the only bass player there who actually plays bass) be put in will consist of two guitars, drums, vox (who can play keys) and bass. We're interest mainly in the blues-rock genre, Led Zeppelin, Queens of the Stoneage, that general vibe. Does your band cover and songs like this? I'd love to hear some suggestions! Basically, the heavier the better, and anything with a killer bass-line (on a selfish note, haha).

    That was totally incoherent, but anyway...

  2. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    YouTube "blues/rock covers."

    Good luck

  3. I guess it would be hard to get that signature verse of "The Lemon Song" to pass muster in a high-school setting, huh? Maybe you can retrofit another lyric or mumble. It's certainly one of the best JPJ bass vehicles, and very coverable.

    Cream is another good source of structurally simple, jammable material in a similar vein.

  4. I'd stick to current rock stuff like Black Keys, Dr. Dog, Alabama Shakes, etc. etc.

    Maybe a few classic things but I bet the kids at school would dig hearing some things from their generation.
  5. Waster


    Nov 24, 2011
    Thanks man! Been listening to Led Zeppelin II a lot recently; some great songs on there.
    I totally forgot about Cream! Thank you! :)
  6. vlado


    Mar 14, 2006
    Buje, Croatia
  7. There's a lot to pick from.

    You never go wrong with a Jimi Hendrix cover. My old band did Hey Joe, Purple Haze, and Red House. All of them always went over well.

    Some other suggestions;

    Bad Luck- Social Distortion
    Lowlife- Theory Of A Deadman (but you'll have to edit it some)
    Cumbersome- Seven Mary Three

    Here's one that's really cool, don't know if you could do it at school. Bassline is like, super-simple. Plus the guitarist can go absolutely insane doing virtually whatever makes him happy.

    Good luck!!!
  8. And here's one that never fails to please. I've always liked this one;

  9. waterboy


    May 31, 2009
    Montgomery, AL
    Check out the band Clutch. It sounds like they would be right up your alley.
  10. AnchorHoy


    Dec 29, 2008
    New Jersey
  11. JohnMCA72


    Feb 4, 2009
    For some choice bass lines, I suggest Albert Collins.
  12. Groovy_Gravy


    Apr 26, 2012
  13. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs
  14. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Susan Tedeschi/Derek Trucks
  15. JumboJack


    Dec 31, 2007
    And while QOTSA are an awesome band I don't know if I would consider them blues based.
  16. nortonrider


    Nov 20, 2007
    One way out - the Allman Brothers

    Easy enough for everyone to pick up quickly (A-D-E)
    and enough room for everyone to "jam" a bit.
  17. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Knockin on Heavens door....G&R style....great jammer
    Fire....Hendrix, requires some bass finesse but a real crowd pleaser
  18. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Oh Yea...try 'Cold Cuts' :smug: also Albert King, and Johnny Winter for good old blues.
  19. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Led Zeppelin: How many more times.

    All good 'groove' songs ripe for a jammin' :bassist: :bassist: :bassist:
  20. geddeeee


    Jun 30, 2006
    Anything by Cream is good to jam to.

    Led Zep is also good, but you need a good drummer and bassist to really make it groove.

    Any blues number can also be jammed to because they're usually easy chord progressions...