Monday, January 16, 2017

Ice Jammin': This Weekend's Setlists

'In the moonlight, in the midnight...'

It was 36 straight hours of bluegrass from Saturday afternoon onward — we took the stage as the closing full band at the January Ice Jam in Butler on Saturday night, then it was time to head a few miles south on Sunday for a private party.

First off, if you're not familiar with the Ice Jam, about 800 bluegrass fans and players basically take over the Days Inn Conference Center in Butler and play music for two-and-a-half days straight. I'm talking every hotel door open and every room (and most of the hallways) filled with people playing bluegrass until about 5 a.m. I'm talking about GYM JAM 2017, where pickers hit the Days Inn fitness room and played mandolin while treadmilling and Stair-Mastering. It was a beautiful time.

Our pal Danny Rectenwald joined us at Ice Jam for our set as Covered in Grass, and then Charlie Hustle & the Pickers played a party for some great folks at the North Park Lodge.

Recordings will be posted in the near future!

11/14/17 January Ice Jam, Butler, Pa.

One set:
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
Blackjack County Chains (R. Lane) >
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman)
I Know You Rider (Trad.) >
Whiskey Before Breakfast (Trad.)

11/15/17 Private event, North Park Lodge, McCandless, Pa.

Early set:
Have Someone Play Dixie For Me (P. Roy)
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman)
Ophelia (The Band)
Honey Babe (E. Bishop)
Big River (J. Cash)
A Lonesome Night (Stanley Bros.)
You Better Get Right (Stanley Bros.) >
Cherokee Shuffle (Trad.)
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
Bury Me Beneath the Willow (Trad.)
Banks of the Ohio (Trad.)
Althea (Dead)
Streetlight Mama
No Expectation (Stones)
Angel From Montgomery (J. Prine)
Long Black Veil (Dill/Wilkins)
Ol' Slew Foot (J. Horton)
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
I Know You Rider (Trad.) >
Whiskey Before Breakfast (Trad.)

Late set:
Old Train (T. Rice)
Deep River Blues (D. Watson)
Midnight Flyer (P. Craft)
Dark Hollow (B. Browning)
Glendale Train (J. Dawson)
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (R. Rogers)
New Mexican Shuffle
Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms (Trad.)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard) >
Salt Creek (Trad.)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Saturday's Bluegrass Setlist: 1/7/17, Nied's Hotel, Pgh., Pa.

'On the banks of the Ohio...'

So we had to designate our bass player to injured-reserve status after a late-afternoon mishap... luckily, five head-staples later, she's good as new! In the meantime, we had our homie Danny Rectenwald join us for a night of hot pickin' at Nied's Hotel.

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

Early set:
Jam/Intro
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.)
Streetlight Mama
New Mexican Shuffle
In the Pines (Leadbelly)
Let Me Love You One More Time (Stanley Bros.)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan)
Blackjack Molly
No Expectation (Stones)
Have Someone Play Dixie For Me (Dry Branch Fire Squad)
You'll Never Miss the Water 'Til the Well Runs Dry (H. Linn, Varine arr.)
Peggy-O (Dead) >
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
I Know You Rider (Trad.) >
Whiskey Before Breakfast (Trad.)
Casey Jones (Dead)

Late set:
This Little Jar
Hold Me Back
A Lonesome Night (Stanley Bros.)
Feelin' Alright (D. Mason)
Hang Me Oh Hang Me (Trad.)
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
Dark Hollow (B. Browning)
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard)
Dead Flowers (Stones)
Mystery Train (J. Parker)
Me and My Uncle (J. Phillips) >
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman)
Loser (Dead)
Banks of the Ohio (Trad.)
Nine Pound Hammer (M. Travis) >
Cherokee Shuffle (Trad.)
Powderfinger (N. Young) >
Rain (Lennon-McCartney) >
Ol' Slew Foot (J. Horton)
E: How Mountain Girls Can Love (Stanley Bros.)

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Mo' Grass! Fall/Winter Setlists

'Shelter me from the powder and the finger...'

Fall into winter has been a pretty awesome run for Charlie Hustle & the Pickers, our bluegrass offshoot of Charlie Hustle & the Grifters. We got put on for two bluegrass festivals, the Butler Ice Jam in January and the Oil Country Bluegrass Festival in February, and we've kept plenty busy in the months leading up to Christmas. As much as I'm itching to get back together with our drummer to bang out some serious electric mayhem, this has been a ton of fun and we're looking forward to more bluegrass gigs as well!

Click the links to download/stream any of the shows below, courtesy of Archive.org!

(performed as Covered in Grass)

Powderfinger (N. Young)
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover (P. Simon)
Hotel California (D. Henley)
Laid (James)
Loser (Dead)
Riders on the Storm (Morrison/Manzarek/Krieger)
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Dylan)
Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
Blackjack County Chains (D. McCoury) >
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman)
Cherokee Shuffle (Trad.)


Deep River Blues (D. Watson)
Honey Babe (E. Bishop)
Blackjack Molly
Hang Me Oh Hang Me (D. Van Ronk)
Mystery Train (J. Parker)
Dark Hollow (B. Browning)
Come On In My Kitchen (R. Johnson)
Big River (J. Cash) >
New Mexican Shuffle
That's It
Angel Band (Stanley Bros.)
Powderfinger (N. Young)
Ophelia (The Band)
Junko Partner (M. Rebennack)
You Better Get Right (Stanley Bros.)
Friend of the Devil (Dead) >
Ol' Slew Foot (J. Horton)

Midnight Flyer (P. Craft)
In the Pines (Leadbelly)
Mean Ol' Bedbug Blues (B. Smith)
Foggy Mountain Top (L. Flatt)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Blackjack County Chains (D. McCoury) >
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman)
Casey Jones (Dead)
Gravel Road (M. Slim)
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Maggie's Farm (Dylan) >
Cherokee Shuffle (Trad.)
Streetlight Mama
Feelin' Alright (D. Mason)
Loser (Dead) >
St. James Infirmary (Trad.)
Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard)


Blackjack Molly
I Know You Rider (Trad.) >
Whiskey For Breakfast (Trad.)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan)
Dark Hollow (B. Browning)
Big River (J. Cash)
Rain (Lennon-McCartney) >
Powderfinger (N. Young) >
Casey Jones (Dead)

*Opened for the Rusty Haywhackers; performed without Trish; full set feat. Danny Rectenwald, mandolin

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Bluegrass Fer Dat Ass! — 10/22 & 10/28/16 Setlists

'I'd rather be in some dark hollow,
Where the sun don't ever shine...'

We've been bluegrassing it up while our drummer and his wife welcome their little baby girl into the world, and it's been a blast. Part of how I got to be friends with our bass player and lead guitarist is we all brought instruments to a friend's birthday party and quickly found out that we knew all the same songs:

ME OR PETE OR TRISH: "Hey, let's do [this old Grateful Dead/random blues/semi-obscure folk song]."
TRISH OR PETE OR ME: "Sweet, we know that one!"

With this bluegrass group, we've discovered a bunch more of those songs, plus with a new project going, Covered in Grass (where we play bluegrass versions of well-known pop songs), we're adding more to the repertoire all the time.

At the first October show, we were joined by music professor and tremendous picker Danny Rectenwald on mandolin:

10/22/16, Hambone's, Pgh., Pa. (click here to stream/download)


Early set:

Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Jack-a-Roe (Trad.)
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
Shady Grove (Trad.)
In the Pines (Leadbelly)
Take On Me (M. Harket)
Hold Me Back
Me and My Uncle (J. Phillips) >
I Know What I Know (P. Simon)
John Hardy (Trad.) >
Laid (James) 
Foggy Mountain Top (L. Flatt)
Sweet Child O'Mine (G'n'F'n'R)

Late set:

Deep River Blues (D. Watson)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
I Know You Rider (Trad.) >
Whiskey Before Breakfast (Trad.)
What Does the Deep Sea Say? (D. Watson)
Honey Babe (E. Bishop)
Peggy-O (Trad., Dead arr.)
Canyonero (M. Groening) >
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman) >
Riders on the Storm (Morrison/Manzarek/Krieger)
Nine Pound Hammer (M. Travis) >
Salt Creek (Trad.)
More Pretty Girls Than One (T. O'Brien)
This Little Jar* >
How Mountain Girls Can Love (Stanley Bros.)

*First time played


The second show was a Halloween-themed set at Elwood's Pub. Bluegrass-wise, that means a whole lotta shootin', stabbin', killin' and jailin'...

10/28/16 Elwood's Pub, Rural Ridge, Pa. (click here to stream/download)


Set I: 

Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya (M. Rebennack)
Evil Mind
Send Me to the Electric Chair (D. Bromberg)
Blackjack Molly
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Long Black Veil (Dill/Wilkin)
Maggie's Farm (Dylan)
Tumbling Tumbleweeds (R. Rogers)
Angel From Montgomery (J. Prine)
Honey Babe (E. Bishop) >
Werewolves of London (W. Zevon)

Set II:
Sympathy for the Devil (Stones)
Dark Hollow (B. Browning)
Man of Constant Sorrow (Trad.)
Streetlight Mama
After Midnight (J.J. Cale)
I Know What I Know (P. Simon)
Stack-a-Lee (Trad., M. Rebennack arr.)
Angel Band (W. Bradbury)
New Minglewood Blues (N. Cannon, Dead arr.)

Set III:
Cash on the Barrelhead (C. Louvin/I. Louvin)
Riders on the Storm (Morrison/Manzarek/Krieger)
Banks of the Ohio (Trad.)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Cherokee Shuffle (Trad.)
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
Hang Me Oh Hang Me (D. Van Ronk)
St. James Infirmary (Trad.)
This Little Jar >
How Mountain Girls Can Love (Stanley Bros.)
An Hour Before Dawn

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Tonight's Setlist: 10/8/16, PGH Abides 2016 (Lebowskifest), Spirit, Pgh., Pa.

'Yeah well, that's just, like, your opinion, man...' — The Dude

What a great time at PGH Abides. We always have a great time. Big thanks to Pandemic Pete, Steph Brea and the rest of the amazing folks who organize Pittsburgh's Lebowskifest every year. It just keeps getting better.

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

Tumbling Tumbleweeds (R. Rogers)
The Man In Me (Dylan)
Big River (J. Cash)
Riders on the Storm (Morrison/Manzark/Krieger)
Lodi (CCR)
Junko Partner (M. Rebennack)
That's It >
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman) >
That's It
Hotel California (Eagles, but we did the Gipsy Kings' version, in Spanish!)
Dead Flowers (Stones)
Salt Creek (Trad.) >
Nine Pound Hammer (M. Travis)
Feelin' Alright (D. Mason)
Theme from Branded (Alch/Frontiere)

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