This groups idea came about mainly because a friend and I (we both like to play and/or sing) wanted to play 'out' more often, but we were not 'officially' in any kind of band at the time. I think the desire to get in front of people occasionally and do this feeds some kind of inner 'need' or desire or something. Kinda like a drug (no, we don't do drugs). Is it just me? Are you feelin' it? If you are, you may need to read on....
Anyway, we were hanging out at our local watering hole and started playing acoustically semi-regularly on the deck out back on the weekends in the summer so we could have fun doing what we love. Its been kinda more fun than playing in a real band. No drama. No quitting members. No starting over when somebody leaves. No endless rehearsals till you get everything 'perfect'.
The atmosphere is relaxed, no pressure and audience interactive because we are not on a stage but playing and standing around with them. We play. We sing. They sing. We harmonize (or try to depending on who's singing or if we know the song!). Sometimes we may figure out a new song right there by playing the song and pulling the tabs up on our phones. Originals are played too, but this has not been a song writing thing per se. There are other groups for that.
What we play:
Let me just say, the intent of this group is to be open to everything. Diversity is cool. With that said, we (the starting members of this group) tend to lean toward 70's and 80's classic rock, southern rock and country (new and old). We love harmonies and working on harmonies. We can pull out anything from 'Fly me to the moon' by Frank Sinatra to 'Chicken Fried' by the Zac Brown Band, to 'Crazy Train' by Ozzy.
This is for people who just want to show up with a guitar (or other acoustic instrument) and/or their voice and play and/or sing in front of a varying size crowd without having to spend 6 months working up a 30 song list with a band that might never get a gig and that might have to start over when somebody decides to quit or somebody gets kicked out.
Drama. Been there, done that. It's hard starting over. In the meantime...between bands....or between gigs.... This is what we do. We have fun.
Who should join?
If anything I have mentioned previously is something you can relate to or have had a hankering to do (if you are from the south you know what 'hankering' is; if not, you might need to move back up NORTH...(just kidding)...yankees are welcome and are people too...), you should join.
If you have never played with other people and want to see what its like in a no pressure, have fun atmosphere, you should join.
If you like to sing and haven't been able to because you are not in a band or you sing in the shower or car and you want to 'perform' and see what it is like, you should join.
If you sing and want to work on harmonizing with others, you should join.
If you sing karaoke and want to see what its like to sing with musicians playing for you, you should join (bring your own words though cause we ain't got no karaoke machine!).
If you are in between bands or gigs and are just tired of waiting and just want to play and/or sing SOMETHING, you should join!