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#1815 by Aqualung
Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:37 pm
I'm from Rock Hill SC trying to put a jazz or classic rock band together . I run in to these kids with egos . Nothing but heavy metal open tuning crap. I've been playing drums for 30 years and have never wanted to give it up . But now it looks like where a dyeing breed. Maybe these kids should look at the super groups you know the ones that have been around for ever and still going strong. And there killing the business they will take any job for 75.00 just to tell their friends the played out . I sat in for a band on New years eve they played for 300.00 played from 9 pm - 2 am 5 sets ! Is it worth 75.00 to play all New Years eve ! Anyway if there are any old farts out there from Rock Hill or Charlotte drop me a line .I have a jazz club looking for bands to play also some connections for classic rock bands. tjbench@comporium.net
#1847 by Flacy
Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:05 am
Hey, Aqualung, keep your chin up. We're not dead yet. I am a 58 year old bass player who fully intends to have his skinny butt on stage rockin' at 60 years of age and beyond. My day job as director of IT for a large precast concrete company headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, is challenging but music is my passion, and I have been making excellent contacts through this site. In fact I will be at a blues jam in Pickens, SC, tomorrow night with some really solid players and we found each other through Bandmix. I've been to those all-metal auditions too and have even been invited to “join the band.” Oddly enough, I liked some of the songs but don't think I want to be stuck playing any one type of music. That would be like eating only corn flakes for the rest of your life. But on the money issue, I play for the pure pleasure. If I get paid that is icing on the cake. (I may be that fellow doing five sets for $75.) Do hang in there, though, and if you can't take it anymore, drive over to Spartanburg and you, a really excellent guitarist friend of mine and I will make some noise. Rock out.

Steve Flacy

#2057 by duanehate
Sat Aug 12, 2006 12:48 am
This topic reminds me of "Sultan's of Swing" by Dire Straits.

I'm 36, live in Grover, NC and I was invited to try it with some guys that live in Rutherfordton (about an hour away).

These guys wanted to play some metal, so I invited another guitar player from bandmix to go and we made the drive. They needed some work, but seemed determined ("Whatever it takes, man!") so I thought, sure I'll give it a shot. We decided that I'd lay down a few tracks and email them so they could learn my songs and the next week they would make the drive.

Long-story short, a few days later I was told that they wanted to play my music but, without me because of my age. I found that humorous considering they couldn't quite keep up.

I'm willing to play with any old-timers out there in my area too - any style. I just hope I can keep up with you old guys! ;-) (I know I could learn from you!)

#2058 by Auburn Diva
Sat Aug 12, 2006 1:25 am
Just one question: At what point do we become old-timers?

#2059 by Irminsul
Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:28 am
It's a state of mind. As soon as you start saying things like "Kids these days" or "what they call music today is just sh*t", have no doubt - you're an old timer. Here are some others....

If you are waiting to cross the street and some emo kid runs up and offers to carry your guitar for you - You're an old timer.

If you think "Evanesence" is a bottled water - You're an old timer.

If you think DJ Digweed is a Robert Crumb cartoon character - You're an old timer.

If you still call your guitar an "axe" - you MIGHT be an old timer. (this has been revised upon reports that some hip young kids still use the term; likely, out of respect to their elders)

If you still rehearse to play "three sets" for the club dates, you're an old timer.

If you think that Neil Young still looks good and sounds like he always did, you're definitely an old timer.

If you like to face off with your other guitarist to "rock out" during a song, you're an old timer.

If you insist on working a drum solo into every other song, you are an old timer.

If you stick your still-burning cigarette on the little piece of guitar string jutting off the machine heads, a la Keith Richards - Oh my God, you're mummified.

If you think that the best way to get a "record deal" is to send out as many casette tapes to Virgin Records as you can afford - you're an old timer.

If the only position you have open for a female coming into your band is tambourine player, manager, or both - you're an old timer.


I'm sure there are more....

#2061 by RhythmMan
Sat Aug 12, 2006 3:25 pm
Yeah, cute, Irminsul.
Old timer?
Well, I go by the years you've been playing music as an adult.
Key words "years as an adult."
In the experienec area, I see a lot of guys 18-20 years old have listed themselves as having 10 - 15 years experience. Yean, ok, sure. And, (at 3 - 5 years old) you were all probably in bands, too, touring, right?) :)
Starting to learn music when you're 5- 6, or 8, doesn't really count as experience. I don't call that experience - I call that an introduction.
.
But - if you've been actively playing mustic as an ADULT for over 20 -25 years, (and by now you can play better than at least half of the other musicians out there) - then you're probably an old-timer.
And also, you're probably at least 40 years old.
.
Alan
ps, and yeah - I'm at least 40 years old. Want to make something of it, you young whippersnappers, you?
:)

#2066 by Irminsul
Sat Aug 12, 2006 8:10 pm
Well then I guess that definitely makes me an old timer.

.....Now where did I put that Ben Gay?......

#2111 by sideman
Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:05 pm
Hi Gang,

I am in Denver and have been performing since '63. I am currently working with a number of good folks, however, I am always on the loose. I play harmonica as a primary instrument, however I do a chunk of backing vocals and some percussion. I am fortunate to have performed on the same record with Billy Payne (Little Feat) and Paris Delane (Sonia Da Da). I guess my point here is that I am a seasoned pro. If you are in the Colorado area and are looking to spice up your live show or your latest recording project, I would love to chat with you.

Please feel free to contact me at rreeder2006@yahoo.com.



Peace,

Sideman

#2112 by sideman
Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:10 pm
Hi Gang,

I am in Denver and have been performing since '63. I am currently working with a number of good folks, however, I am always on the loose. I play harmonica as a primary instrument, however I do a chunk of backing vocals and some percussion. I am fortunate to have performed on the same record with Billy Payne (Little Feat) and Paris Delane (Sonia Da Da). I have performed with a number of local Colorado people from projects including Jennifer lane, Sugarloaf and Zephyr. I guess my point here is that I am a seasoned pro. If you are in the Colorado area and are looking to spice up your live show or your latest recording project, I would love to chat with you. I am willing to travel if everything is in order.

Please feel free to contact me at rreeder2006@yahoo.com.



Peace,

Sideman

#2208 by RocknMike
Sun Aug 20, 2006 9:14 pm
Me tooooooooo I'm a oldy but goody. In Bluffton SC right above Savannah I'm sittin on ready got enough Gear for a whole band and Lights too. email me at Dreamaker7@yahoo.com I'm 51 raised on Beatles, Rollin Stones, Tull, Led Zepplen, ZZ Top, Cheap Trick. To name a few. Play lead, rythym,bass guitar, drums and keyboards and got all the stuff to do it with. I'm sittin on ready. Lock in the line lock and rip the strings off :lol:

#2693 by neurotictim
Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:40 pm
... I think I'm falling in between the cracks here....

I started playing at 16, playing in bars in KY at 17... Played for about 3 years, joined the Navy, quit playing for a year or so...

Got back into it, and realized that I didn't want to play Type O Negative anymore... or whatever... Started playing Rush, and learning from the bass greats... Vic and Jaco...

Now I feel old...

meh.

A point I'd like to make - There was a band at the bar last night...having "played out" since the 60's doesn't mean you have a great band by default.

#2705 by Irminsul
Sat Sep 09, 2006 9:17 pm
neurotictim wrote:A point I'd like to make - There was a band at the bar last night...having "played out" since the 60's doesn't mean you have a great band by default.


A friggin men. In fact, sometimes that merely ups the suckage quotient.

#2711 by Guest
Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:48 am
I guess I'll join all of you old farts. I'm 52, been playing since high school days, and am still at it.

In my area, Mississippi gulf coast, it's very hard to shake the old fart players out of their lazy boys to go out and gig.

The opportunities here are lucrative with this being a major casino resort.
Hurricane Katrina screwed it up for the past year, but the industry is coming back strong. Lots of gigs. Decent money.

Anyone planning on a move south needs to contact me and lets show the younguns how to do it

Bodine

#2712 by Hink
Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:18 am
I'm just 47, still a kid :)

btw Bodine, I was on a cd for Katrina relief....nothing big, but some of us over at kvr tried to do what we could :)

http://www.katrinareliefcd.com/

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