Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Last Month's Setlist: 8/27/16, Oaks Theater, Oakmont, Pa.

'Bayou moonlight, got me wanderin'
Off Dauphine Street again...'

We found some awesome kindred spirits in Greensburg-based rock/funk band Habatat, who joined us for a double-bill at the beautiful Oaks Theater. Unfortunately, the crowd was kinda small, but we still had a great time. 

Click here to download/stream the set, courtesy of Archive.org!

One set:
Big Bad Blues* (Furthur)
Blackjack Molly*
Strange Moon
Casey Jones** (T.L. Seibert)
Ophelia (The Band) >
Dauphine
Gravel Road* (M. Slim)
Cumberland Blues (Dead)
Somebody Changed the Lock*** (C. Weldon/M. Rebennack arr.)
Les Brers in A Minor (D. Betts)
Funky Werewolf >
Drumz > Space >
Stone Soup >
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad (Dead) >
Don't Let Go (J. Stone)

*Not recorded
**Not that one
***feat. Josh Covert of Habatat, trumpet

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thursday's (Solo) Setlist: 8/11/16 CoCo Coffeehouse, Leechburg, Pa.

Counting Crows cover...? Check.

After playing with a full band for the past four years, I'm never really fully satisfied playing solo shows. I have fun, and it's a great opportunity to road-test new material and pull out some of the slower, more-emotional tunes that don't fit very well into the Charlie Hustle repertoire — and I do occasionally find something that makes me go, 'Huh, that was pretty cool' on the tapes — but for the most part, I just find myself wishing there was at least one other person there playing alongside me.

That said, this is probably the most varied solo show I've played in a while, which probably made it a little less coherent for the crowd, but whatchagonnado?

Click here to download/stream the set, courtesy of Archive.org!

Early set:
Hearts and Bones (P. Simon)
You Can Keep It
Incident on 57th Street (Springsteen)
Madam Will You Walk (J. Davis)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Western Wind* >
Southwest Sky
Anna Begins (A. Duritz)
Dire Wolf (Dead)
Cyprus Avenue (V. Morrison)
Somebody Changed the Lock (C. Weldon, M. Rebennack arr.)

Late set:
Loose Lucy (Dead)
Row Jimmy (Dead) >
Streetlight Mama
Blackjack Molly
Passing Afternoon (S. Beam)
Casey Jones (T.L. Seibert)
Catfish John (McDill/Reynolds)
Man of Constant Sorrow (D. Burnett)
On a Foggy Night (T. Waits)
Spanish Ladies (Trad. sea shanty, Varine arr.)
I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (T. Waits)
Stack-a-Lee (Trad., M. Rebennack arr.)

*First time played

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Last Weekend's Setlist (No. 2 of 2): 7/30/16 Four Seasons Brewing Co., Latrobe, Pa.

'That nine-pound hammer, it killed John Henry,
but it won't kill me, no it won't kill me...'

After hauling ass down to West Virginny for our noon full-band set, it was more ass-hauling back east for a bluegrass trio gig at the Four Seasons Brewing Co. in Latrobe. My fingers were destroyed by the end of the night, but we had a good time and I debuted my first attempt at writing a full-on bluegrass song, "Streetlight Mama." It hits all the requisite notes for bluegrass: unrequited love, violence and murder.

NOTE: The sound is not great, due to poor mic placement and due to Four Seasons essentially being a giant concrete box, so caveat emptor!

Click here to download/stream the set courtesy of Archive.org! (NOTE No. 2: At least presently, the Archive page says this is a concert by Charlie Hunter, because I was not paying close enough attention when selecting a band from the eTree list. We're right next to one another...)

Early set:
New Mexican Shuffle
Deep River Blues (D. Watson)
Have Someone Play Dixie For Me (P. Roy)
Blackjack Molly
Peggy-O (Trad., Dead arr.)
Boys in the Barroom (R. Hunter) >
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Althea (Dead)
Cocaine Blues (L. Jordan)
Let Me Love You One More Time (Stanley Bros.)
Strange Moon
Ophelia (The Band)
Junko Partner (J. Waynes)
Streetlight Mama*
Midnight Special (Leadbelly)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan) >
Mighty High (J. Ligon) >
Midnight Moonlight Reprise

Late set:
It's Raining Here This Morning (Stanley Bros.)
Hold Me Back
The Old Home Place (Webb/Jayne)
Nine Pound Hammer (M. Travis)
Me and My Uncle (J. Phillips) >
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman)
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Salt Creek (Trad.)
A Lonesome Night (Stanley Bros.)
Stack-a-Lee (Trad., Rebennack arr.)
Honey Babe (E. Bishop)
You Better Get Right (Stanley Bros.) >
Big River (J. Cash)
I Know You Rider (Trad., Dead arr.)
Friend of the Devil (Dead) >
Blackberry Blossom (A. Smith) >
Friend of the Devil
How Mountain Girls Can Love (Stanley Bros.) >
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard)

*First time played

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Last Weekend's Setlist (No. 1 of 2): 7/30/16 Bottoms Up Weekend Festival, Cameron, W.Va.

'It slipped right down the staircase,
it jumped right off the porch...'

We couldn't have asked for better weather at a late-summer show: 75 degrees and cloudy! Normally I'm a sweaty friggin' mess from Memorial Day to Labor Day, especially at outdoor gigs, but this was perfect, with a pleasant breeze blowing from behind the stage.

It was Show No. 1 of 2 that day: 75 percent of the band busted it back east for a bluegrass gig the same night at Four Seasons Brewing Co. in Latrobe.

Click here to download/stream the show courtesy of Archive.org!

One set:
That's It
Blackjack Molly
I Like It
Ophelia (The Band)
Stack-a-Lee (Trad., Rebennack arr.)
Gravel Road (M. Slim)
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.)
Strange Moon
Whiskey River (W. Nelson) >
Jam >
Feelin' Blue (CCR) >
Funky Werewolf
Viola Lee Blues (N. Cannon, Dead arr.)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Last Week's Setlist: 7/16/16 Arsenal Cider House, Pgh., Pa.

"They call it the 'Babywaker'... I thought it was called the 'Babymaker'..."

We had a tremendous time at Arsenal Cider House, a place I will be visiting in the future regardless of whether or not we have a gig there. Blackberry cider — "The Babywaker" — was out-of-control good.

After a short acoustic set where we opened for ourselves — Trish and I tossed off a few tunes while our drummer and lead guitarist were getting set up — I also got to try out my new Zoom G5n multi-effects processor, which proved itself well worth the purchase. I'll have to use it judiciously, but the nearly 70 different effects are going to come in awful handy at future shows.

Click here to download/stream the show, courtesy of Archive.org!

Set I:
Lou-Easy-Ann (J.J. Cale)
Junko Partner (J. Waynes)
New Mexican Shuffle
Gravel Road (M. Slim)
Friend of the Devil (Dead)

Set II:
Jam > Queen Cobra
Dauphine >
Feelin' Blue (CCR) >
Funky Werewolf
Strange Moon
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.)
Meet Me in the Morning (Dylan)
Blackjack Molly
That's It

Set III:
Viola Lee Blues (N. Cannon, Dead. arr) >
China Cat Sunflower (Dead) > Jam >
After Midnight (J.J. Cale)
Stack-a-Lee (Trad., Rebennack arr.)
Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (D. Van Ronk)
Good Morning Lil' Schoolgirl (J. Lee Williamson) >
Midnight Rambler (Stones) >
Drumz >
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad (Trad., Dead arr.) >
Cold Rain and Snow (P. Rowan)

Sunday, July 17, 2016

7/8/16 Live at the Deutschtown Music Festival!


Huszár, a Hungarian bar on Pittsburgh's North Side, might be the smallest bar we've ever packed ourselves into to play.

It was the site of the AcoustiCafé segment of the 4th Annual Deutschtown Music Festival, and we were the full-band headliners for the night. But we were set up in the middle of the bar, which is essentially a long hallway, so we were kind of blocking the way to the bathroom. Then Pete broke a string during "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad," and I was left to my own guitar-related devices for "Don't Let Go."

But we debuted a new tune, "Funky Werewolf," and had a good time.

Click here to download/stream the set courtesy of Archive.org!

One set:
That's It
Queen Cobra
Strange Moon
Blackjack Molly >
Jam >
Feelin' Blue (CCR) >
Funky Werewolf
Mother's Meth Head Blues
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad (Trad., Dead arr.) >
Don't Let Go (J. Stone)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tonight's Setlist: 6/21/16, Leechburg Firemen's Carnival, Leechburg, Pa.

'This nine-pound hammer, it killed John Henry,
but it won't kill me, no it won't kill me...'

We were joined tonight by my sister for a handful of songs at the beginning of the second set, and it was pretty awesome. She's a classically-trained opera singer, so we had to countrify her up a little to get the proper twaang for singing bluegrass, but we got there.

Click here to download/stream the show courtesy of Archive.org!

Early set:

New Mexican Shuffle
Nine Pound Hammer (M. Travis)
Let Me Love You One More Time (Stanley Bros.)
In the Pines (Leadbelly)
John Hardy (Trad.)
Mystery Train (J. Parker)
Blackberry Blossom (A. Smith)
Pig in a Pen (Trad.)
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan)
Glendale Train (J. Dawson) >
I Know You Rider (Trad.) >
Whiskey Before Breakfast

Late set:

Roving Gambler* (Stanley Bros.)
A Lonesome Night* (Stanley Bros.)
Leaning on the Everlasting Arm* (Stanley Bros.)
Friend of the Devil* (Dead)
Where We'll Never Grow Old* (Stanley Bros.)
Dark as a Dungeon* (M. Travis)
I Am Weary, Let Me Rest* (Cox Family)
You Better Get Right (Stanley Bros.) >
Mighty High (J. Ligon)
Honey Babe (E. Bishop) >
Gravel Road (M. Slim)
Peggy-O (Trad., Dead arr.)
Salt Creek (Trad.)
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.)
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard)
How Mountain Girls Can Love (Stanley Bros.)

*with Rachel Grumet