Blues Songlists?

Discussion in 'Gretsch-Talk Music' started by hogrider16, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. hogrider16

    hogrider16 Gretschie

    Oct 18, 2017
    charles town wv
    I'm putting a blues band together as a side project (I don't care how often it plays) and was wondering if anyone in a working blues band would care to share their lists. I'm not doing the Stevie Ray guitar hero route, it's guitar, bass, drums, harp, two guys sing well, one passably. I've got the actual blues tunes covered, I'm really looking at what quasi-blues or non-blues people play to keep things interesting. We'll probably play a little country, a little rock and roll (sounds like a song), a little Motown and a little Rockabilly, but we want to play predominantly blues, particularly because I'm already in a Rockabilly band and want to do this because blues is my "sweet spot."

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  2. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    This is a question for @nickurso
  3. hogrider16

    hogrider16 Gretschie

    Oct 18, 2017
    charles town wv
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  4. slimwilson

    slimwilson Synchromatic

    Dec 22, 2015
    Mobile, Al
    I ain't in a blues band, but I'd suggest playing a bit of old "Jump Blues" to get people's feets moving. Maybe some Bo Diddley, and this if you can pull it off:
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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    The oldest blues tune that I know of is---"House of the Rising Sun".

    Also, check out the Siegel-Schwall Blues Band for some definitive South Side Chicago style. Anything from Chess Records will fit in there as well.
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  6. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    May 13, 2018
    If you are looking for "off the beaten path" quite a few of these are:

    Blues So Bad- Tab Benoit
    Bad Bad Feeling- Trampled UnderFoot
    I Don’t Need No Doctor- Jon Mayer/Scofield
    Don't Turn your Heater Down - Tommy Castro
    Turn the Heat Up- Shemekia Copeland
    Heart of Memphis- Robin McKelle
    Leave This Town - Tommy Castro
    Walkin Blues- traditional
    Singing the Blues- Ruthie Foster
    Blues is My Business - C Etta James
    Like an Angel- Tommy Castro
    It's 2am- Shemekia Copeland
    Blue Chicago -
    She Caught The Katy - Blues Bros
    Mojo Working - Muddy Waters
    Good Day For The Blues -
    Married to the Blues A- Shemekia Copeland
    I'd Rather Go Blind- Etta James
    Thrill is Gone - Bm - BB King BB King
    Old Love- Clapton
    Fool for your Stockings- ZZ Top
    Up the line - Robben Ford
    Start It Up - G - Robben Ford
    Down Home Blues -ZZ Hill
    Unchain My Heart - Gm - Ray Charles
    Moovin and Groovin' -
    Bad Case Of Lovin You - Koko Taylor
    Walkin on a Tightrope- Johnny Adams
    Further on up the Road- Freddie King
    Flip Flop Fly - A - Blues Bros
    Honey Hush- Albert Collins
    You Didn’t Think About That- Coco Montoya
    Get Your Business Straight- Coco Montoya
    Little by Little - Susan Tedeschi
    Givin It UP For Your Love- Delbert McClinton
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  7. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA
  8. Rusty Silver

    Rusty Silver Gretschie

    Jun 25, 2017
    Italy (Rome and Genoa)
    Everything of Ellmore James, Howlin Wolf with Hubert Sumlin, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters...
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  9. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
  10. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Gretschie

    Nov 11, 2018
    Paris, north down Montmartre hill
    Is Spoonful Blues from Charley Patton off the beaten tracks?

    It's rather ragtime than blues and should meet your criteria. Now if you have problem with the lyrics, you can write alternate ones...
    But that's a really beautiful melody.
  11. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA
  12. Charlie westside

    Charlie westside Synchromatic

    Jul 27, 2018
    Sylmar Califirnia
    Don't forget , "One Bourbon, one Scotch, and one Beer" Fun tune. John Lee Hooker

    Lil Red Rooster. Sam Cook

    Stormy Monday T Bone Walker

    These are like oldie blues.

    La Grange ZZ Top, along with Cheap Sun glasses.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2019
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  13. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    I’ve played pretty much nothing but Blues, R&B and Soul for 30 years or so. If you’d send me a Message I’d be glad to help out. There are lots of interesting choices out there and like you I avoid the SRV route. Take a listen to Otis Rush.

    If you’re headed outside the typical blues standards spend some time with some of the Stax R&B artists.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
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  14. hogrider16

    hogrider16 Gretschie

    Oct 18, 2017
    charles town wv
    Cool tune
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  15. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Since you have harmonica

  16. hogrider16

    hogrider16 Gretschie

    Oct 18, 2017
    charles town wv
    Thanks to everyone for their feedback. Just to reiterate, I'm looking for non-blues or quasi-blues song suggestions for a blues band so that all the songs don't sound alike. I've got the blues tunes covered.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
  17. Freshy

    Freshy Synchromatic

    Sep 30, 2017
    Homosassa FLA
  18. speedicut

    speedicut Friend of Fred

    Jun 5, 2012
    How about Peter Green's Someday After A While?
  19. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    My dad has been playing lead guitar for blues/r&b bands his whole life. And from what I understand, just about every band he’s played in has done this tune. It takes audiences by surprise.
  20. Beardog

    Beardog Synchromatic

    Apr 15, 2018
    Nova Scotia
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