For the last 6 years, I've been playing with some older guys from the area, gigging maybe twice a year, just for fun. These guys are kind of the local legends. One spent a bunch of time in Nashville doing the songwriting thing. Another is the local go-to drummer for miles around. Tons of experience in this band. Plus, we have an actual, legit horn section. Fun-fact: our original lead-guitar player was the bassist for The Charlie Daniels Band (Sadly, he recently got sick. Doesn't play anymore.). It's interesting, since I started with these guys, I've typically been the youngest guy in the band... which I like. It means I'm doing something right. These guys don't mess around. We've been getting together on Tuesday nights to socially-distance jam and kind-of gel. It's been fun, but I've missed playing somewhere other than my church (which I always appreciate. Church musicians have been some of the few musicians who gigged regularly during quarantine). Yesterday, I got the group text that we're now setup for a monthly gig at this cool little wine bar down near the beach. We've played there before. It's a small year-round place that the locals love. Fall crowds crowds were typically about 100 people or more. Post-covid, I'm not sure to expect. But who cares? At least, we'll be playing. We do a bunch of the singer's originals (he's an excellent songwriter). But we also do covers, which is great because a lot of these tunes are before my time. I've had a lot of catching up to do. Playing with these guys has significantly increased my personal catalog/repertoire (I've always leaned more toward jazz tunes). Here's a peek at some of the covers on the setlist, in no particular order (cuz that's how we'll play them... lol). A lot of you guys will probably look at this list and think, no big deal. Played them a hundred times. One Way Out - Allman Bros Crossroads - Clapton Call Me the Breeze - JJ Cale Mercury Blues - Steve Miller Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker Stranger Blues - Steve Miller Born Under a Bad Sign - Albert King Everything is Broken - Bob Dylan I've Got Dreams to Remember - Delbert McClinton God's Gonna Cut You Down - Johnny Cash (funk version... seriously!) Stir It Up - Bob Marley People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash - Steve Miller The Letter - Joe Cocker Fast As You - Dwight Yoakim All Along the Watchtower - Hendrix Why am I sharing this? Who knows? I guess I'm just excited to be playing out again. We had a gig last weekend that washed out last minute. So I'm glad the powers-that-be didn't waste time making up for it. Curious if anyone else is back at it?