Long story short: Hobby band, played out a couple of times at open mics, still building a setlist, I played bass until I quit because of the drummer, they ran him off and I rejoined on "lead" guitar. (Yes, I know this is a bass forum, but it's all about the band!). The description that follows will inevitably involve some of you saying "rage quit". I almost did when on bass, but I'm having fun with the lead guitar and challenging myself in my playing and arranging skills. All a bunch of middle aged farts. There are two main guys who picked much of the music before I started with them last summer. The one guy sings and plays acoustic guitar (and some electric). We've been paring back his role even though he's the host. It's his house. He doesn't have time to learn the songs he knows. He likes harder stuff (GnR) but isn't going to have anything prepared and thus won't lead anything new. Drummer is up for anything, still fairly new to the instrument, but a decent player. Bassist is a pro musician (guitar player working on bass chops, as was I) and doesn't seem to know much of any of the music but learns it for the common good. Main singer/guitar player.... I like the guy a lot and he brings the most to the table, but his song selection is a little off. The band has not defined itself as what we want to be. There's a mismash of classicish rock, and 90's country, Outlaw Country and Bro Country. I like the older stuff, the Bro country is such crap but I tolerate it. Anyhow, how do you approach bringing in new music or, more importantly, saying no to new music that doesn't fit. Main singer wants to push new stuff that nobody knows. Or that he has partly learned. We're all busy with other things, job, family, etc. I said there's a million songs out there that people already know all the words to, why bring in new stuff that you really don't know just to have us all learn it? I can sing and I will call some more "common, easy rocks tunes" and the one fellow looks at me like I'm nuts since I guess he's way down this bro country vein and doesn't know them. Thoughts?