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Song Set List Biker Bar

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by James Willie, Sep 13, 2019 at 12:45 AM.

  1. James Willie

    James Willie Serious Business Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2016
    Austin, Texas
    What 10 songs would you play?
    Stuff with a great bass line.
    Old rock and blues.
    Three piece band.

    This is the list so far.

    1. Robin Trower - Too Rolling Stoned
    2. Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady
    3. The Allman Brothers Band - Stormy Monday
    4. T-Bone Walker - Goin' To Chicago Blues
    5. Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    6. Wilson Picket - Mustang Sally
    7. ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man
    8. Lightnin’ Hopkins - My Baby Don’t Stand No Cheating
    9. Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song
    10. Muddy Waters - Got my Mojo Workin'

  2. James Willie

    James Willie Serious Business Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2016
    Austin, Texas
    Thank for the PM.
    Sex Pistols a little too much for a biker bar.
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  3. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    More ZZ, some Thorogood, perhaps some Stones if you can pull it off as a three piece. Thin Lizzy would certainly work - I'd go with "Boys are Back in Town" or "Whiskey in Jar" as real crowd pleasers. Same with Allmans - maybe Whipping Post, Stateboro Blue...maybe Ramblin Man?

    I'd personally lose the deeper blues and maybe the Motown stuff. I LOVE Lightnin' Hopkins but I'd think its a bit too obscure for your audience. Muddy would just make the cut, but I think I'd go for some John Lee Hooker instead: e.g., "Boom, Boom" or "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (or do the Thorogood version).

    Also - biker gig and no Skynyrd? Gotta do one of those - I'd think "Sweet Home Alabama" would almost be a mandatory requirement.
  4. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Bikers + Skynyrd= A good time was had by all.
  5. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
  6. Oddly

    Oddly Unofficial TalkBass Cartographer! Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild is essential.
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  7. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    Is it an "old" biker bar? Now days there are alot of younger bikers that want to hear newer songs.
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  8. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    I'd just pick 10 AC/DC songs
  9. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    As is CCR’s Sweet Hitchhiker
  10. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Around here, bikers are generally more easy going than the people who brag about their boats. I would even go so far as to say bikers are more easy going than most people who are not bikers. Play what you play best and all will be well.
  11. CyberSnyder

    CyberSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I Endorse Alien Audio Basses
    One hour set? Are you the opening band? That’s what I take from the flier. You probably don’t want to play songs that the headliner are going to play.
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  12. Molly Hatchet is a MUST!
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  13. BwanaDust

    BwanaDust Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2019
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Lincoln Learning Solutions - Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center
    Play "biker bars" all the time around here. They don't really care what you play. We did Good Vibrations (trio version) and they went nuts. They just want to hear some good music. Also... If they think you are pandering, they will cut you... :)
  14. Doobie Brothers, 38 Special (actually nearly all Southern rock acts). A ten-song set is already overwhelmed by the list you posted plus the suggestions made so far.
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  15. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    I agree, but by God I will never play that song. That's my own issues though. OP, that should be on your list. They'll go nuts.

    I disagree! Especially if it's a younger crowd. Also someone above mentioned CCR. I'd seriously think about adding at least one of theirs.

    Also, learn at least 12 tunes for this. You won't be playing them all, very likely, but always have a couple of tunes in your back pocket.
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  16. TinyE


    Jan 31, 2013
    Add freebird
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  17. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Bear in mind also that there are women bikers, and the male bikers have girlfriends and wives and all, and they want to dance, same as women at any gig. Mugshot Monday's singer gets us biker club gigs and she's pushing for us to play Blurred Lines and Bruno Mars tunes (along with AC/DC, Ozzy, Zeppelin and Van Halen).
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  18. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    This is just one of those songs that everyone pretends to want to hear. Always. Change my mind.
  19. Fraternity of Man - Don't Bogart that Joint

    The Band - The Weight

    . . . or practically any song from the soundtrack of Easy Rider would be more than appropriate . . .
  20. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    I think something like Arthur Lee's "Seven and Seven is" would be a hoot to play.
    Bad Motor Scooter - Montrose.
    Anything by Bob Seger.
    For ZZTOP I'd go with "Beer Drinkers, and Hellraisers" and/or "Blue Jean Blues"
    Trouble - Elvis Presley (but do it like Gillan did it!)
    Something really odd, like "The Wizard" by Black Sabbath (tell me that bassline isn't great).
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