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I may audition for a Janis Joplin tribute band

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Stinsok, Apr 3, 2005.


  1. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    Saw a local ad looking for a bassist for a "blues rock" band. I call them, and offer my services on a temporary basis (until they find someone permanent.) It turns out most of their stuff is Janis Joplin covers (girl singer.) Sounds like it may be fun in the short term, but nothing I would want to do over and over again.
     
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    I can't help but notice this thread is kinda sinking here in OT.

    I think it'll fare better in Miscellaneous...
     
  3. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    You will need an Eb3 to cover the bass tone. For the
    Big Brother and the Holding company songs ...
    well, no you won't, but 1 and 3 half notes was not the
    style back then. Seems busy compared to today's stuff.

    Reference the scene in Monterey Pop with her doing
    'Piece of My Heart'. The bass player cranks, if you ignore
    the fact the film is totally out of synch with the music.

    Seems a narrow niche, though. You should be able to expand
    it with additional blues and late 60's rock selections.
    Throw in a Country Joe or two ( Sweet Lorraine, Fixin' to Die Rag) a little classic Dead ( Playin in the Band, Friend of the Devil) and a Johnny Winter selection ( Good Mornin Little Schoolgirl, It's my own fault ) and you should be able to crack it open. This have anything to do with the singer's preferences?

    Better playing than not, imho.
     
  4. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    Joplin's Kosmic Blues Band...that material would be cool to cover.
    Something similar would be Lydia Pensa & Cold Blood.

    I agree with Thor...Rock bass playing in that day could be very active, re-active, proactive, & "jamming". ;)
     
  5. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Cool ! , enjoy :bassist: . PS The southern comfort and smokes are optional arent they :D