Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Redneck Can Too Play Jazz!

Thursday evening, that's 3 days ago, I was asked to play guitar for the social event of the year in our community. A fund raiser held each year to benefit the local theater group. I went into this thing, playing with people that I'd never played with, about a 30 song set of the type of music that I'd never played... with one practice. I was more than a little concerned that I'd either come off looking like a total fool or by some stroke of luck, I'd pull it off and have a blast.

I had a blast.

My musical background is rock and of late... country with tinges of bluegrass. To sit and play jazz, 40's big band tunes, 50's crooner and torch songs... oh holy crap. Top this off with I do not read music and I was sitting in with a group of semi-pro and professional musicians. I gotta hear a song through a couple times to get a handle on it usually. Chord charts help and give me a starting point if I'm totally lost... which I was on a few of these.

Got to see loads of friends and acquaintances that I hadn't seen for years, had great food... way too much liquor and the most beautiful woman there on my arm.





Martina, the gal that sings in my regular band was one of the vocalists last night, she was incredible! Steve, a highway patrolman by day does one of the most awesome jobs crooning out Sinatra and Dean Martin tunes that you've ever heard. Here's the two of 'em ripping through "Sway". The drummer, John and I had a hoot with this one, we got into the samba mentality and got the giggles pretty bad.





Martina and Sally cuddled up for an incredible shot of the two of 'em.





And some guy sitting back there with a Stratocaster, having the time of his life, doing a style of music that he'd never played. :-)





The dinner and music was held outside in a tent that covered the street for half a city block. It rained off and on and was a little chilly... but it sure didn't dampen the spirit any.

I wish we could do this once a week! Too much fun!




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6 comments:

Brent said...

We knew you could pull it off, Jace! How'd that Line 6 treat ya? :)

Cowguy said...

brent said: "How'd that Line 6 treat ya?"

I had a half dozen compliments on the sound and tone of the guitar/amp. I screwed around with it til I had a pretty decent copy of a Gibson ES sound going on... from a stock '72 Strat. Dialed in a little reverb, dropped a mike down in front of it and plugged into the board. Kazaam! lol

I'm glad you "guinea pigged" on the Line 6 amps. I love the thing.

Jerry said...

Glad you had a good time. Also glad to see Sal smiling after you cleaned up the house. :)

We never had any doubts about ya - we knew you'd nail it!!

sara said...

Hello! just stopping by to say Hi. Found your site from Pioneerwoman.com site. Have a great day...LOVE bluegrass music. Grew up with my dad playing music and he still does.

Cowguy said...

Jerry said...

"Glad you had a good time. Also glad to see Sal smiling after you cleaned up the house. :)

We never had any doubts about ya - we knew you'd nail it!!"


Hehe... I was a regular white tornado getting it back to "a woman state" here. Thanks Jerry!

Cowguy said...

sara said...

"Hello! just stopping by to say Hi. Found your site from Pioneerwoman.com site. Have a great day...LOVE bluegrass music. Grew up with my dad playing music and he still does."

Hey Sara, glad you dropped in and took a look. Had a pretty generous amount of visitors thru here from PW last week.

Bluegrass is all new for me. I like it, but more than that... I love the instruments used in BG music. Our band departs from the traditional BG tunes somewhat. If you haven't run across them here on Sawdust and Cowpies, you can check out some of our videos by going to www.youtube.com and doing a search for "stickitinyoureyeball". That's my username there.

Again, thanks for the comment!