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

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Last Night's Setlist: 6/10/16, Penn Hills Library Amphitheater, Penn Hills, Pa.

'Daddy's got them Deep Elem blues...'

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

New tunes? Check. Disco-gospel? Check. My 3-year-old son occasionally wandering up to the stage to talk some shit? ("When does the music start, Daddy?") Check.

Early set:
Queen Cobra
Friend of the Devil (Dead) >
Let It Rock (C. Berry)
I Like It
Dauphine
The Cars Hiss By My Window (Morrison/Manzarek/Krieger)
New Mexican Shuffle
China Cat Sunflower (Dead) >
Feelin' Blue (CCR) >
Jam >
Gravel Road (M. Slim) >
Franklin's Tower (Dead)

Late set:
Cold Rain and Snow (Trad., Dead arr.) >
That's It
Lou-Easy-Ann (J.J. Cale)
Tupelo Honey (V. Morrison)
Deep Elem Blues (Trad., Dead arr.)
Magnolia (J.J. Cale) >
Stone Soup >
Drumz >
Mighty High (J. Ligon)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Last Month's Setlist: 5/14/16 American Legion Post No. 980, Plum, Pa.

'We gonna let it all hang out...'

There's nothing like a good crowd that's into the music. And just like when I played a couple solo shows at the Legion, this crowd was into it. They gave us energy, we gave it back, and in my opinion played one of our best shows to date.

It also helps that after three years of Playing in the Band, I'm finally starting to develop better solo instincts/chops.

Download/stream the show here, courtesy of Archive.org!

Early set:
Jam > Whiskey River (W. Nelson) >
Big River (J. Cash)
Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (D. Van Ronk)
Feelin' Blue (CCR)
Meet Me in the Morning (Dylan) >
Mystery Train (J. Parker)
New Mexican Shuffle
The One That Got Away (T. Waits)
Big Bad Blues (Furthur)
Gravel Road (M. Slim)
Dauphine > Jam >
After Midnight (J.J. Cale)

Late set:
Equinox (Coltrane) >
Les Brers in A Minor (D. Betts) >
Feelin' Alright (D. Mason)
Me and My Uncle (J. Philips) >
Eat My Dust (D. Grisman)
Lil' Red Rooster (C. Burnett)
Queen Cobra
Althea (Dead) >
Don't Let Go (J. Stone) >
Drumz > 
China Cat Sunflower (Dead) >
Werewolves of London (W. Zevon) >
Viola Lee Blues (Dead)
E: Rain (Lennon-McCartney)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Last Night's Setlist: 4/22/16, Tree Pittsburgh (private event)

'In the pines, in the pines...'


So, in addition to having one of the coolest logos ever to incorporate Pittsburgh's municipal boundaries, Tree Pittsburgh is a bunch of really cool people. Trish and I got to play a duo show last night at one of the private events marking Earth Day 2016, where we picked a few tunes and chowed down on smoked salmon, pickled jalapeños, like six different kinds of hummus and Vietnamese coffee-flavored ice cream.

And despite about a half-dozen requests, we were unable to give the people a Prince cover. Sorry. 

Early set:
The Captain
Blackjack Molly
Honey Babe (E. Bishop)
Quite a Night
Althea (Dead) >
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.)
You Better Get Right (R. Stanley)
Northern Muse (Solid Ground) (V. Morrison)
New Mexican Shuffle
Strange Moon
Gravel Road (M. Slim)
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
Midnight Special (Leadbelly)
Floating Bridge (J. Estes)

Late set:
Have Someone Play Dixie For Me (P. Roy)
Mystery Train (J. Parker)
In the Pines (Leadbelly)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan) >
Slow Train (T. Bruno)
Astral Weeks (V. Morrison) >
Peggy-O (Trad., Dead arr.)
The One That Got Away (T. Waits)
Big River (J. Cash)
Black Peter (Dead)
Magnolia (J.J. Cale) >
Stone Soup >
Garden of Eden (J. Nelson)
Madame George (V. Morrison)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)

Friday, April 15, 2016

pUNKapalooza 2016 Setlist: 4/2/16, Moondog's, Blawnox, Pa.

'...the music never stops...'

Well, Pete had to work during the day, so that took us down to just a duo! Charlie Hustle & the Picker, if you will. Trish and I did a quick set at pUNKapalooza 2016 for a small-but-appreciative crowd at Moondog's ('cause let's be honest, not a ton of people are coming out to see live music at 2:30 on a random Saturday afternoon).

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

One set:
Strange Moon
Blackjack Molly
Honey Babe (E. Bishop)
Peggy-O (Trad., Dead arr.) >
Dauphine
New Mexican Shuffle
The Captain*
You Better Get Right (R. Stanley) >
Gravel Road (M. Slim)

Dark as a Dungeon (M. Travis)
Mother's Meth Head Blues
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.) >
Don't Let Go (J. Stone)
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard)
Madame George (V. Morrison)

*First time played