PaperDog wrote:I dont know of any 'true' blues musicians who would smash up their guitars.
You misunderstand me. I was engaging in a bit of hyperbole in regards to my feelings about blues musicians. So many of them get stuck on a single artist and expect the band to just go along with the emulation. I picked on SRV, but it happens with Jimi Hendrix, Robert Johnson - heck I knew one guy was a total Garry Moore wannabe.
People who do this drive me nuts. To the point where I've been known to threaten their equipment if we don't do something - anything - else.
PaperDog wrote:RE subpar bands... (And I have said this before on this site) Singing about broken capaccino machines aint really blues , if you get my meaning...
Once again, this is more a comment on a class of people attracted to the genre than the genre itself. People tend to think of blues as the lowest common denominator. This leads to A Lot Of Bad Blues Music.
PaperDog wrote:I know a couple of bass players who can basically drive the direction of a band...and then I know some who just follow... Its all good, but if yer looking for a band to lead...ya gotta work the musical putty with them, so to speak.. (IMHO)
Honestly, I just want a band that's headed in a similar direction to where I want to go. I tried starting a band because I got frustrated with bands that wanted to sit around, drink beer and play songs no one wanted to hear. It would be fair to say I didn't do so well with this. I don't want to be the anal-retentive guy who goes over the same songs 100 times and then wants to go over them one more time when it just isn't needed. I learn songs reasonably quickly. But too many musicians see that as an excuse to be lazy.
So, I'm looking again.
You don't work music, you play it.
Discipline is not the enemy of fun.