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Joined: Mar 12 2008
my little plug

I'm not a band, just a solo singer/songwriter, though I play almost all the instruments on my recordings (except drums).

My new album, Playing Life by Ear, is available from the myspace page, the website, and iTunes. So far it's the best representation of the music that has been in my head, and I'm sure there's some Dead influence in there since I was practically raised on their music and have been playing it for as long as I have been able to play anything.

I also sometimes play live solo acoustic and have slipped in some Dead tunes. But honestly I'm getting a little tired of playing solo. So if anyone in the greater Philly area is interested in getting together, just let me know.

Joined: Mar 20 2008
Jerry's Guitar Solos

Hey everyone,

This is my first post and I must admit, I'm a bit nervous about looking foolish by posting in the wrong place or something. Anyways, I've been a fan of Garcia's brilliant guitar work (as I'm sure all of us are) since first learning to appreciate it. Over time, I've tried to emulate aspects of Jerry's musical expression by transcribing a few of his solos, right now I'm working on his solos from Franklin's Tower on the "One From the Vault" album (totally forgot what show that was from). Working Jerry's solos out has been by far one of the most difficult endeavors I've ever attempted musically, but it's so rewarding, and I'm sure a few of my fellow guitarists on here could probably handle the challenge with much greater ease. While considering this a few weeks ago, I thought of Charlie Parker's Omni Book, in which about 60 of his solos are transcribed. I think we could probably do the same for Jerry's solos, though considering the over 15,000 recorded hours we have of Jerry's guitar work, the project would be much larger than just a book. Originally I had the idea of putting a giant website together devoted to this task of cataloging transcriptions of Jerry's solos. Before even beginning however, I wanted the feedback of other heads out there, in many ways I wanted your approval, as I'm not sure how Jerry himself would've greeted the idea. Let me know what you all think and whether any of you would be interested in helping out.

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Joined: Mar 8 2008
Greetings from Canada

It's my first post here - how's it goin'?
Just thought I'd chime in about the band thing. Isn't the interent neat?
My band's at www.reverbnation/ I'm the 'frontman' I guess you could say. Our stuff is currently free to download. It's rock - Stonesy stuff since we used to be a cover group. I'm hoping, as we jam more, to get longer, looser stuff happening - but this is what we've got for now.


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Joined: Mar 8 2008
Please check out my band at

Please check out my band at www.reverbnation/
Our music is free to download - Thanks!

idmando's picture
Joined: Jun 16 2007
music sweet music

Im just just a drunkin harp player searching for a song
waiting for my time just to play along. everybodies singing everybody dancing
notes arent clean but the message clear
have another shot of whiskey and savor that beer
I play my harp and hold it near
sometimes i even shed a tear
I hear the sound of a lonely train
the trip is long as it cries her name
howling down the track of pain.
chugga chugga chugga chugaa whooooooooo hooooooooo chugga chugga chugga chugga whooooooooo hooooooooo

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Joined: Feb 27 2008
My silly little music.

I can't breathe without music, so it was only natural that I began writing and performing my own songs starting about ten years ago. I have a backing band and, whenever we play live, we rely heavily upon improvisation and playing in the moment. In the studio, it's much harder. I'd love it if some of you checked out some of my music. I was influenced very heavily by Motown when I was a child, so that comes out in my vocals. The music itself is basically acoustic based folk-rock.


“Let there be songs to fill the air.”

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
The Ultrasonic Project

Hey now! Check out our Chicago band called The Ultrasonic Project! Kind of funky like New Orleans, kind of jazzy like MMW, kind of rock like The GD! We are an instrumental 5-piece of guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and DJ. Check us out, be our friend! We are inches away from releasing our new 2008 demo CD. Hope you like it

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Joined: Feb 23 2008
Jamming in the South

My band is called the Red Eyed Rum Runners . . . it forms spontaneously at my Dad's gigs when they take a break and I get together with his crew and jam a couple of numbers. It's fun playing in the Bible Belt and the people are nice.

It's no fun bein' an illegal aliuuuun.

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Joined: Jan 11 2008
looking for people to jam with

I live in the Chicago area/ suburbs, I am a drummer, looking for like minded souls to jam with. That good old jam band hippie rock. If your the one drop me a line. Even if your just coming through town. PEACE

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
rule of thumb

we gave it a good run from 1992-2002.. four albums, many shows, a hell of a lot of fun. we were even featured on KFOG's local anesthetic program as up and comers at one point. and then reality set in with jobs, kids, etc.

if you like what you hear, our last two albums ('wow and flutter' and 'fade to buzz' are available on iTunes, rhapsody, eMusic, etc.)

thanks for listening!

big microscope: live music and liberal rants


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