Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: 9/27/14 Garlicfest XI, North Park, Pgh., Pa. (Private Event)

"Garlicfest XI: The Best Head Around."

This year's Garlicfest was a blast. True, there was no camping with the usual amount of late-night madness. But we brought the spirit of the Crawford County original to Pittsburgh, plus my honey and dick-pepper corn muffins with smoked garlic and leek icing took third place overall!

Our lead guitarist was stuck working mandatory overtime, so we improvised an early set with a little help from some special guests!

Early set*:
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan)
New Mexican Shuffle**
One Clove (to the tune of "One Love")
Junco Partner (J. Waynes)
Dock of the Bay (O. Redding)***
Lil' Red Rooster (C. Burnett)
I Know You Rider (Trad., Dead arr.)
The Man in Me (Dylan)
Feelin' Blue (CCR)
Cold Rain and Snow (Trad., Dead arr.)

Late set:
Meet Me in the Morning (Dylan)
I Like It**
Good Morning Lil' Schoolgirl (J. Lee Williamson) >
The Garlic Song (R. Gorton) >
Jam >
Stone Soup** >
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Back on the Train (Phish)

*Entire first set feat. Tim Bruno, rhythm guitar
**Original
***feat. Kyle Lawson, vocals

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: 9/26/14, PGH Abides, Bayardstown Social Club, Pgh., Pa.

"How many of you know the origin 
of the phrase 'Stranger in the Alps'?"

It was a night of ladies with missing toes and Viking helmets, men in bathrobes and hunting eyewear, ziplining blowup dolls with paintbrushes and one guy who was actually wearing the rug that really tied the room together. If you don't understand any of that, you need to go watch "The Big Lebowski" ASA-MF-P.

Thanks to Pandemic and Weather Permitting for having us back, and big thanks to special guest drummer Bobby D^ for sitting in. Archive link to come!

Early set:
The Man in Me (Dylan)
New Mexican Shuffle*
Gentleman of Leisure (J. Winchester)
Mother's Meth Head Blues*
China Cat Sunflower (Dead) >
Feelin' Blue (CCR)
Lookin' Out My Backdoor (CCR)
Good Mornin' Lil Schoolgirl (J. Lee Williamson) >
Jam > Schoolgirl Reprise

Late set:
Back on the Train (Phish)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan)
Friend of the Devil (Dead) >
Run Through the Jungle (CCR) >
Friend of the Devil
Nine-Toed Blues*#
Junco Partner (J. Waynes)
Slow Train (T. Bruno) >
Stone Soup* >
Cold Rain and Snow (Trad., Dead arr.)

*Original
#First time played; written especially for PGH Abides 2014
^Both sets with Bob DiCola, drums

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: 9/20/14 Nied's Hotel, Pgh., Pa.

'We're gonna cover a song by my guilty-pleasure 
band... and Trish's earnest-pleasure band...'

Tonight felt like a good night. I'm listening to the first-set tape right now, but the second set always tells the tale. Nied's Hotel amphitheater is pretty great. We barely needed monitors because of the brick walls on either side of the stage, and started to hit a real nice groove midway through the early set, probably due to the addition of a few new numbers: an old bluegrass tune, "Midnight Moonlight," and a big bouncy Phish song, "Back on the Train."

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

Early set:
Cumberland Blues (Dead)
Quite a Night (in Spain)*
I Like It*
New Mexican Shuffle*
Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (D. Van Ronk)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Mother's Meth Head Blues*
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan) >
Slow Train (T. Bruno) >
Gentleman of Leisure (J. Winchester)
Back on the Train (Phish)

Late set:
Evil Mind* >
That's It*
Friend of the Devil (Dead) >
Run through the Jungle (CCR)
Friend of the Devil
Equinox > 
Jam >
Stone Soup* >
Spoonful (W. Dixon) >
Jam >
Smokestack Lightning (C. Burnett) >
Viola Lee Blues (Dead) >
China Cat Sunflower (Dead) >
Viola Lee Blues

E: Mama Tried (M Haggard)#
Move It On Over (H. Williams)#

*Original
#with Slim Forsythe

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tonight's (Acoustic!) Setlist: 9/5/15 Park House, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Poppin' peanuts and pickin' at the Park House...

It was our second acoustic show in a row tonight, although this one wasn't really planned as a Charlie Hustle show. I played a quick solo set, The Grifters did their thang, and then we formed like Voltron for the late set, which is what will be posted to stream/download.

On a reminiscent sidenote, my uncle used to bring me to the Park House — one of those great old-school all-wood joints where you get free peanuts and you can toss the empties right on the floor — before Pirate games when I was a kid. So it was pretty cool to play there two decades later.

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

Late set:
Come On Into My Kitchen (R. Johnson)
I Like It*
Mother's Meth Head Blues*
Love Please Come Home (B. Monroe)
Quite a Night*
Black Peter (Dead)
Berta Berta (Trad., Varine arr.)
Back On The Train (Phish)
Ophelia (The Band)
I Know You Rider (Dead)

*Original

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tonight's (Acoustic!) Setlist: 8/23/14, Highlands Aqua Club, Penn Hills, Pa.

'The hill's up, the valley's down below...'

With our drummer taking his lovely fiancee on a well-deserved vacation, we took tonight's set a little higher into the Appalachian hills with a laid-back, dare I say countrified acoustic evening.

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

Early set:
Whiskey River (W. Nelson)
Quite a Night*
Love in Vain (Stones)
Mother's Meth Head Blues*
America's Favorite Pastime (T. Snider)
Soul Serenade (C. Ousley) >
Good Mornin' Lil' Schoolgirl (J. Williamson)
Copperhead Road (S. Earle)
Love Please Come Home (B. Monroe)
Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (D. Van Ronk)
Big River (J. Cash)
New Mexican Shuffle*

Late set:
I Know You Rider (Trad.)
Lodi (CCR)
Back on the Train (Phish)
Pig in a Pen (R. Skaggs)
Dead Flowers (Dead)
Ophelia (The Band)
Midnight Moonlight (P. Rowan)
Gentleman of Leisure (J. Winchester)
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
Slow Train (T. Bruno)
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.)

*Original

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: 8/8/14, Penn Hills Library, Penn Hills, Pa.


"Don't say I didn't warn you, when your train gets lost..."

Our lead guitarist got stuck in traffic on the way to the gig, so we had to debut the Charlie Hustle Blues Trio for a hot minute on the first two tunes. Otherwise, it was a high-energy night under the lovely retractable roof on the back pavilion of the library.


Early set:
Soul Serenade (C. Ousley)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan)
Cumberland Blues (Dead)
Come On In My Kitchen (R. Johnson)
Me and My Uncle (Dead)
Quite a Night*
New Mexican Shuffle*
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
That's It*

Late set:
China Cat Sunflower (Dead) >
Feelin' Blue (CCR)
Slow Train (T. Bruno) >
Equinox (Coltrane) > Jam >
Feelin' Alright (S. Winwood)
Rain (Lennon/McCartney)
Big Bad Blues (Furthur) >
Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (D. Van Ronk) >
Stone Soup* >
Viola Lee Blues (Dead)

*Original

Friday, July 11, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: 7/10/14, Railroad Park, Verona, Pa.

'That's it...'

We played a few new covers and two new originals tonight. Railroad Park always seems to bring a good, adventurous show out of us. A nice, breezy evening didn't hurt, either.

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

Early set:
Equinox Jam (Coltrane) >
Jam >
Ophelia (The Band)
Good Morning Lil' Schoolgirl (J. Williamson)
Feelin' Blue (CCR)
Garden of Eden (New Riders of the Purple Sage)
Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya (M. Rebennack)
Mother's Meth-Head Blues* >
Midnight Special (Leadbelly)
Althea (Dead) >
Don't Let Go (J. Stone)

Late set:
China Cat Sunflower (Dead) >
Viola Lee Blues (Trad., Dead arr.) >
Whiskey River (W. Nelson) >
Viola Lee Blues
Quite a Night*#
Berta Berta (Trad.) >
Stone Soup* >
Big Bad Blues (Furthur) >
Not Fade Away (B. Holly) >
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.)
That's It*#

*Original
#First time played