Sunday, May 19, 2013

FREE SHOW! — Charlie Hustle & the Grifters, June 2, Verona Park!

We're heading back to the park! We had such a blast last time — and so did the organizers — that we're goin' back down to Verona to boogie in the sunshine at the Verona Creative Arts Marketplace, an afternoon of art, food and live music. It's an all-ages show, so bring the kids and make they sure have their dancin' shoes on!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tonight's Setlist: 5/17/13, Penn Hebron Garden Club, Penn Hills, Pa.

"You keep foolin' around on me,
You're gonna walk on down that gravel road..." — Magic Slim

It was a bumpy evening, what with us having to go head-to-head against Pens-Sens Game 2 in the NHL's best media market (thanks, Gary Bettman and the GD-mother-f'n NHL Scheduling Committee). But the folks who turned out got a real treat. We were in high form tonight, kicking things off with a tune we'd never even rehearsed (G. Love's "Kiss and Tell"), adding a brand new improvised verse to the ever-evolving "Stone Soup," and generally speaking, shaking the walls at the 180-year old National Historic Landmark that is the Morrow Barn, home of the Penn Hebron Garden Club. Hopefully we gave Miss Emma Morrow a good night of music.

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Early set:
Kiss and Tell (G. Love)
Not Fade Away (B. Holly)
Meet Me in the Morning (Dylan)
Gravel Road (Magic Slim)
Dock of the Bay (O. Redding)
Big River (J. Cash)
Stealin' (Trad.)
Third Street Woman (J. Reynolds, Varine arr.)
Magnolia (J.J. Cale) >
All Along the Watchtower (Dylan)

Late set:
Cumberland Blues (Dead)
Mystery Train (J. Parker)
Gentleman of Leisure (J. Winchester)
Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
Deep Elem Blues (Trad.)
Feelin' Alright (S. Winwood)
Mother's Meth Head Blues*
I Like It* >
Soul Serenade (King Curtis) >
Good Morning Lil' Schoolgirl (J. Williamson) >
Jam >
Stone Soup* > Jam >
Cold Rain and Snow (Trad., Dead arr.)


Monday, May 13, 2013

Tonight's Setlist: Charlie Hustle & the Grifters, 5/9/13, Verona Park, Verona, Pa.

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Our third guitarist got sucked into the madness of municipal politics, so we were man down on short notice, but it worked out alright. 

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One set:
Gentleman of Leisure (J. Winchester)
Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (D. Van Ronk)
Feelin' Alright (S. Winwood)
Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
Big River (J. Cash) >
New Mexican Shuffle*
Lil' Red Rooster (C. Burnett)
Gravel Road (Magic Slim)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Dylan)
Magnolia (J.J. Cale) >
Jam >
Stone Soup* >
Not Fade Away (B. Holly)


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tonight's Setlist: 5/8/13, Penn Hebron Garden Club, Penn Hills, Pa.

"Come on in my kitchen..."

Had a nice warm-up gig for tomorrow's Verona Park show at the Penn Hills Coffeehouse Songwriter's Showcase tonight, playing a half-hour set between Tom & Carolyn and tremendous British singer-songwriter Rupert Wates. I think I have "Factory" to a place now where we could potentially try it out in Charlie Hustle. "St. Mary's Jail," on the other hand, needs some work.... something better to move from line to line and definitely something more cogent leading into the chorus.

The link will be up ASAP.

Strange Moon*
Rubber Bullets (10cc)
Come On In My Kitchen (R. Johnson)
Mother's Meth Head Blues*
I Like It*
St. Mary's Jail*