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    Default Need Song Suggestions! Blues-only gig coming up

    We are playing a gig in July where we are to play blues only all night.

    I think we don't have enough good blues tune.

    Suggestions please? We are a 4 piece band, one guitar, bass, drums and Myra doing vocals.
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    Pull a couple off the Try! album. The Ray Charles "I gotta woman" cover, done in a blues trio style is cool (but I guess that doesn't work because Myra would be singing), and "Out of my Mind" is a fertile playground for improv. "Come when I call" and "Everyday I have the Blues" off the recent live album also have lots of room for improv and expression and I bet your 4 could do a great job of it. Myra could really get somewhere vocally on those I bet.
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    Hip Shake Thing is good along with Boom Boom Boom Boom. Both songs get folks dancing. Hey Pockey Way is cool too.

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    You'll want to get the crowd moving with some toe tapping hip shaking stuff for sure, but I'd also consider some slower tunes Myra can sing. Maybe some songs like Etta James' "At Last" or "I'd Rather Go Blind". At some point there will be a place for some "belly rubbing" music. With your chord knowledge and comping ability you could pull these off, even though they had more instrumentation originally.
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    If Myra is doing the vocals you should check out Susan Tedeschi's "just won't burn" album. I'd call it contemporary Blues. Very challenging for the guitar player by the way, too.
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    Summer time

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    Gotta include some SRV. Crowds expect it.

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    Crossfire is hard to make sound right, because of that organ in the main riff. Hard to copy that on guitar.

    We are already doing

    - Sweet Home Chicago
    - Route 66
    - Pride and Joy
    - Love Me Like A Man
    - Kansas City

    and a few more I've forgotten. I think we kinda know Start It Up by Robben Ford too.

    Keep them coming guys!
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    How 'bout "Smokestack Lightning"? I don't expect Myra to sound like Howlin' Wolf, but it could still be cool. Others: The Thrill Is Gone, Spoonful.

    A lot of the others I thought of would require major lyrical reworking for Myra to sing them.
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    Since Myra is a singing how's about Queen Bee.Sumi
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    Queen Bee, who did that tune? I can't find it on youtube.
    I'd Rather Go Blind might work.
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    Robert, a simple answer is anything covered by Cream or Led Zep's first two albums. Reworked standards that everybody will recognize.

    Queen Bee would just be King Bee reworded for female vocalist.
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    Robert: Will it be a listening crowd or will it be a dance crowd. That will make a huge difference.
    Here is a little cross section.
    Buddy Guy: 99 and a half. five long years, Mustang Sally, Damn right I got the blues.
    Eric Clapton: From the Robert Johnson album. Little queen of spades, Knd hearted woamn, If it had possession over judgment day, when you got a good friend
    Kenney Wayne shepherd: Deja Voodoo, Blue on Black.
    SRV: Cold Shot, Flooding down in texas, Mary had a little lamb and a ton of others
    Red House,
    Garry Moore: Story of the blues, The Hurt inside. Stormy Monday
    Dire Straits actually have a couple, When it comes to you, and Fade to Black
    Most of these are quick learners and readily available.
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    Robert I dont believe it,I thought you would have heard Canada's Sue Foley,check her out for some female blues tunes and that girl can play too.I always dug them there fisty red heads.Sumi
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    It will be a listening crowd.

    Sue Foley - yep dang sure I do know of her! She is great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert
    I'd Rather Go Blind might work.
    There 'ya go.........a few tunes Myra can really cut loose on may work wonders on a listening crowd.
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    My pitch for the Mayerish (some are covers)tunes is that there are lots of blues/blues oriented SRV/Hendrix/BB/Albert style licks to throw in, plus if you want, you can jazz up the leads or chords which I think will fit nice with Myra's voice and be good for a blues listening crowd. Doesn't hurt to throw some jazz influence in there and those songs allow that.
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    Thanks for the suggestions, I will see what Myra and the boys say.
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    Blues Deluxe, as originally recorded by Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart, and covered a couple of years back by Joe Bonamassa, is a great blues tune. And how 'bout Janis Joplin's classic Ball and Chain?
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