November 6, 2009
Yes, in my teens and 20s, but much less after that and more recently only maybe 2 or 3 times a year. As I got older I got more self-conscious about performing and it ceased to be an objective.
Guitar, bass, keyboards, not enough mandolin to count. Would like to learn pedal steel.
Richard Thompson--a phenomenal guitar player and compelling vocalist. On the X chromosome side, Dar Williams is the real deal. And the old guard - Dylan, McGuinn, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie -- all still on the scene! Even tho she is bluegrass, I love Rhonda Vincent.
"Simple Twist of Fate" is a good one. Even "I Am A Rock"... no joke! Mountain Stage and Prairie Home Companion almost always have the kind of music I like. Rise Up Singing has some of the first songs I ever learned to play although some of the songs have the chord structure simplified, and some are just plain wrong. Still, it's a great resource.
Been going to SOJO now for 5 years at least. Most all the time it's good fun.
I never considered myself a performer, or anything close -- but I just like guitar and a pretty wide range of music.
Good for casual pickers and singers who want to have some with other like minded types