- Jam Band
I recently found a website where musicians can play together via the internet. One of the guys I was jammin' with suggested I give StreetJelly a look. I used to look for a band, but now I have backing tracks. And now I'm going to use the newest venue known.
Once I was playing my guitar and singing in front of a Walmart and was asked to leave. Grant it I didn't have a sign asking for money, or help. All I was doing was playing music with my case open. At the same time, there was a lady isn't in front of the entrance doors shaking a metal cup at people as they were leaving trying to get their change. So as I left I could hear the lady was still shaking her cup annoying people that were shopping.
But on the lighter side, I just started playing outside a strip mall one day in Placerville, CA, and for my first song I played Gath Brooks "Friends In Low Places", and before I started in singing a guy walked up and dropped a ten dollar bill in my case. I figured I made $3.33 a cord for the intro alone. Once when I was homeless, I would depend on the Lord putting me in the right place to earn some money. My brother said I was the only guy he knew that could walk Pollock Pine, CA and find work every day. I said, "I just trust God to take care of me
In 1987, I went to Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic. I was an Awesome all day concert. There are many memories of Joe Walsh, Fabulous T-Birds, and many others. But with the heat and alcohol, I ended passing out sometime during the concert. I woke up and Highway 101 was playing after that Willie came out for the last time and played his set.
I was blessed to be able to see his picnic one more time in 2017. This time I stayed awake for the whole show. Willie didn't come out until the last, but it was still one of the best shows I have ever seen. A lot of old-time country singers were there. David Allen Coe started the show, then there was Billy Joe Shaver played a set and when Johnny Bush finished playing his set my girl, Debbi, got Johnny to sign our Willie Hat from the concert.
My most embarrassing moment on stage is when I forget the chord progression or lyrics during a song. With all the devices nowadays, I should be better prepared. Google Lyrics is too easy, I'm just saying...
My favorite guitar is my Epiphone Les Paul that I got in 2012. A friend of mine bought it for me after my Washburn was broken. We walked into a music store in Placerville, CA, and after playing with it for a few minutes Karen decided to buy it. It's a beautiful black quilted top maple and plays like a dream. I still have it today. Although Karen lives in Kentucky and I'm in Texas now, I'll always have it as a memory of our friendship. Now i play it all the time and i see how people enjoy my music. So i think it is the gift that keeps on giving.