And a plea to anyone who was at the show. I saw a few people taking video and one girl just right at the end of the show said how about one more for Grants Pass Live? - whereupon I played my new song Roll Easy, and it was pretty good. I'd love to see some of that video.
So anyway, the story is that I got called very last-minute to do a First Friday show in Grants Pass next to the Christmas tree which was just about two weeks ago now. And I thought it went quite well. I probably wouldn't have taken the show otherwise, but I had my show at Barnstormer's Theater coming up and I was trying to get more people in the seats. It was too last minute (and low-pay) to bring the whole band, but Jinnee was able to make it for about 2/3 of the show so I said why not. It turned out to be a really fun show. It went from 5:30p to 8:30pm and Jinnee had to leave at 7:30 if I remember correctly. And that last hour was pretty cool too.
My approach to this show was to use my looper pedal, which I bought earlier this year and tried to use once with the band at the Talent Evening Market to little success. The thing with using the pedal is that it forgives not at all, so all you can do is listen and follow. It will not move to you, you need to move to it, and as turns out in the band with the way we do monitors it's just not possible currently to have everyone hearing well enough to be locked to a loop. So it's a thing I can only do for a solo show, and honestly there is a lot there to explore. It's great because I can play new songs immediately, I can change stuff on the fly, and it is lot less work for set up. So I plan on incorporating more solo shows next season, hopefully to funnel new fans to the band shows that I do set up. Because the other lesson from last season is that band shows are expensive and seem to always introduce scheduling conflicts, often last-minute, which raises the stress level for my poor accommodating wife.
So we will just have to make the band shows count for more, less of the time. We still have a long way to go to establish any sort of solid reputation around the Rogue Valley. Perhaps ironically, we seem to be having more success in Grants Pass than Ashland so I'm hoping to land more shows up there because why not. I'm a big fan of Grants Pass.
Below is good example of what the new solo format will look like.
That's it for now. Our next show is in mid-March, so for the next few months I will be finishing up some new songs and getting ready for next season.
As always if any fans of the The River South have any contacts in the region for paid performances, especially daytime, please get in touch!