Monday, August 26, 2013


Get our of your element and come enjoy an evening that will really tie the room together...

Charlie Hustle & the Grifters is honored to play "Pittsburgh Abides: 'That's Not Her Toe, Dude," An Evening of Lebowski-Related Activities," Sept. 13 at the Bayardstown Social Club in the Strip District. We're playing a special set under the pseudonym "The Tape Deck... and The Creedence," doing all CCR in honor of The Dude's favorite travel music.

There will be White Russians. There will be the Harlan Twins doing other songs from the soundtrack. There will be a costume contest. It will be the double-shiznitty-flim-flam-snip-snap-bric-a-brac! Hope to see you there, or else in the immortal words of Walter Sobchak, "You are entering a world of pain."

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Sunday's Setlist: Charlie Hustle & the Grifters, 8/25/13, Railroad Park, Verona, Pa.

'Like a tiger in a trance...'

I could get used to this all-electric thang.

At Hula Bar, I was forced to use my electric on songs I'd previously done acoustic. It worked out alright. This time, we planned on an all-electric night, and it worked out great. My electric had a nice sharp bite to it, reminded me a little bit of Jefferson Airplane/Moby Grape, tone-wise.

We've also been experimenting a little more with effects. Pete is working with a tremolo pedal to get the right sound for our super-extra-special all-Creedence set at "Pittsburgh Abides," the local Lebowski-fest on Sept. 13 (see details in the post above), and I've been trying out different vibrato settings during the "Stone Soup" jams. Last time I used the heavy end for a watery tone; this time I tried the opposite end, a very long vibrato that lends a spacey tone to things that I really dug. Hope you will too!

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Early set:
Big Bad Blues (Furthur) >
Smokestack Lightning (C. Burnett)
Gentleman of Leisure (J. Winchester)
Me and My Uncle (Dead)
Floating Bridge (J. Estes)
Mother's Meth Head Blues*
Friend of the Devil (Dead)
I Like It*
Nobody Knows the Way I Feel This Morning (D. Van Ronk) >
Althea (Dead)

Late set:
Jam > Feelin' Alright (S. Winwood)
Mystery Train (J. Parker)
Come On In My Kitchen (R. Johnson)
Whiskey River (W. Nelson)
Let It Rock (C. Berry)
Dock of the Bay (O. Redding)
Jam > 'Kids in the Hall' Tease >
Rain (Lennon-McCartney)
New Mexican Shuffle*
Jam > Soul Serenade (C. Ousley) >
Good Morning Lil' Schoolgirl (J. Lee Williamson) >
Jam > Stone Soup* >
Jam > Cumberland Blues (Dead)


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Tonight's Setlist: 8/9/13, Hula Bar, Verona, Pa.

Tonight's secret word is, "SONOFABITCH!"

Tonight's Charlie Hustle show was starting to look like a real shipwreck in the early going. In the first tune, my acoustic-electric guitar lost power, resulting in our first all-electric show, Pete had broken two strings by the middle of the first set... but on the anniversary of the untimely passing of Captain Trips, we poor Lost Sailors managed to right our Ship of Fools.

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Early set:
Floating Bridge (J. Estes) >
Kiss and Tell (G. Love)
Jam > Good Morning Lil' Schoolgirl (J. Lee Williamson)
New Mexican Shuffle*
Mother's Meth-Head Blues*
Whiskey River (W. Nelson)
Jam > Garbage Man (M. McKinley)
Big River (J. Cash)
Althea (Dead) >
Don't Let Go (J. Stone)

Late set:
Meet Me in the Morning (Dylan)
Dock of the Bay (O. Redding) >
Jam > Friend of the Devil (Dead) >
Rain (Lennon/McCartney) >
Stealin' (Trad.)
Gentleman of Leisure (J. Winchester)
Magnolia (J.J. Cale) >
Jam > Stone Soup* >
Big Bad Blues (Furthur)