Ive been super duper busy musically.
Im still the house guitarist for an open mic on monday nights we were talking last night and Charlie said youve been her for 4 monthes straight only missed one because of ice.
Ive been getting lots of calls for pickup gigs, do one a week, someone just calls out of the blue and I cover it on bass or guitar. Got to play this real cool car show sat, just meat and potato's songs, but had a blast and since it was last minute got double the normal pay, for only 3 hours of work.
Tonight Im doing a duo gig with a guy whos partner got sick, been doing about one of these a week.
Ive also put together the John Wilder Experiment, this is just a throw together band, may have changing members every gig depending on the availabilty of the players, but I have my first one in a few weeks, so keep your fingers crossed for me. I have enlisted 3 top flight players for bass/vocal, guitar and drums, plus me on guitar, and to add icing on the cake have a friend that plays sax who is supposed to sit in. This guy is a monster and in this gig Im probably the least musician of the group.
And oddly an old friend who plays guitar has enlisted me as his personal manager for a band project that we think within a year will be playing 1000 to 2000 seat venues, thats the plan anyway. I had my feelings hurt cause when he called I thought he wanted me to play guitar, but honestly Im having a great time with this gig. Lining up players, rehearsal space, launching a website, building a crew for the shows, eventually I will be the overall manager and get a really good cut of the gross of anything we do.
I have to say that most of this activity came from me playing this open mic, most of the heavy hitter players in town come to it and I have met and networked with all of them.
Ive always said on here that if you want to play music you have to get off the couch and go to shows and participate. None of the players Im around now look on the computor for players, they know who is active and who is not, so I dont know how good running ads on this site or craigslist are.
Just wanted to update whats going on with me, hope all is well with everyone here. Tonight we review a website and then later I do a duo gig. Tomorrow, Im on the short list for another duo deal, then thursday I have some guys coming to my house, who may be part of my experiement group. Friday watching the guitarist Im representing, then sat is a relax day going to a Kentucky Derby Party in the afternoon, then doing a sit in deal at the club I will debut my Experiment.
Like I said if you want to play get off your butt and play, its out there you just have to find people that are doing what you want to do, and getting involved.
Have a great day everyone, see ya around!