Friday, April 14, 2017

Setlist: Oil Country Bluegrass Festival, 2/25/17, Oil City, Pa.

Why is it called the Oil COUNTRY Bluegrass Festival 
if it's in Oil CITY? No one knows. But it's awesome.

Another month, another great time at a regional bluegrass festival. This time it was the Oil Country Bluegrass Festival, where our pal Sam Stuckey from Well Strung filled the mandolin role.

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

One set:
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
In the Pines (Lead Belly)
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard)
Old Train (T. Rice)

St. Patty's Parade Day Setlist: 3/11/17 Rex Theater, Pgh,. Pa.

ERRBODY-PLAYIN'-THE-WRONG-INSTRUMENTS JAM!! UH-OH!!

We had a pretty great time opening for the Town Pants at the free St. Patty's Parade Day show at the Rex, despite the South Side being a complete and utter sh*tshow. Special thanks to our buddy Sam Stuckey from Well Strung for sitting in on mandolin with me and Pete, and for introducing us to a new tune, "Railroad Bill."

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

One set:
Old Train (T. Rice)
Shady Grove (Trad.)
Railroad Bill (J. Elliott)
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard)
Peggy-O (Trad., Dead arr.) >
Friend of the Devil (Dead) >
Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go? (Clancy Bros.)
I Know You Rider (Trad., Dead arr.) >
Whiskey Before Breakfast (Trad.)

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Weekend's Setlist: 2/10/17 Club Café, Pgh., Pa. (Bluegrass show)

'Old train each time you pass you're older than the last,
And it seems I'm too old for runnin'...'

When we started doing our bluegrass thang, Trish was a little hesitant about jumping in with an additional harmony part. But she found her groove, and it makes all the difference. When you're singing bluegrass, that third, high part is what gives things the "high, lonesome sound" that characterizes the best of the genre.

Judging by the whoop and holler that follow the first burst of harmony in "Roving Gambler," I'd say we're gettin' there pretty quickly!

Thanks to Corey Kurtz & Dave Marley, and Hollow Oaks for sharing the bill with us. We had a great time!

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

One set:
Old Train (T. Rice)
Dark Hollow (B. Browning)
Streetlight Mama
Mystery Train (J. Parker)
My Sisters and Brothers (J. Garcia)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome Too (B. Monroe)
No Expectation (Stones) >
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Junko Partner (J. Waynes)
Mother's Meth Head Blues
Loser (Dead)
Cherokee Shuffle (Trad.) >
You Better Get Right (Stanley Bros.)

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.

Click the links below to check out the shows courtesy of Archive.org!

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

One set:
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Roving Gambler (Stanley Bros.)
Fox on the Run (T. Hazzard)
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