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#1612185 - 05/04/19 08:57 AM Another update: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys...
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Yep, I have started a blues band. As what happens to me a lot, external things effect the internal... that is to say, it wasn't MY idea. I have been toying with an idea to start a dance band playing any genre (okay, maybe not polka) of music that people can dance to. I have a woman I do duets with now, so that would include songs by female singers, so the song possibilities were seemingly endless. I'd put the possibility of an all-originals band on the back-burner a while ago. I just don't have enough material for four sets, for one thing. Anyway, I've been more than satisfied doing open mics and being casually in the house band for two different clubs. I like casuality... ha. That's why busking was a perfect fit for me, but there is no good place to busk around here.

Anyway, The Joshua Tree Saloon started a Blues Night every Thursday for the past several months and it's been very successful. A friend of mine, Peter "Lucky" Johansen and band (he is a GENUINE bluesman) had been working it. Well, Lucky decided they weren't getting paid enough, and they weren't, so he quit. The Saloon decided to do it a little differently; they'll have a different group monthly for Blues Night. Well, Leslie, the person who books the club and runs sound and a good friend, asked me on Wednesday night if I could do May starting the next night. With no time to throw a band together, she volunteered to play bass and we just did it as a duet. It went over great! Now I'm recruiting a four piece band and have quite a few folks who want in. Musicians are everywhere you turn up here. Today I decide who. Anyway, That's how it happened.

So, looking ahead, this will kick-start my dance band idea.

Oh, and that name Danny Ray and the Blue Boys, I had to come up with on the spot so they could start advertising. Leslie asked me if would be a problem because of the magazine called Blueboy. I thought she meant that we could get sued or something so I said naw, no way that could happen. I'd never even heard of it anyway. Well I looked it up and it's a gay magazine! Again, I don't give a shit. Let people think we're gay. They don't like it, fuck 'em... metaphorically, that is, ha.


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#1612186 - 05/04/19 09:00 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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Oh, and we're getting the same pay as Lucky was getting: $150! Yeah, and Lucky had a 6-piece band! I refuse to pay anyone less than $50 a night, so I'm doing it for whatever tips we get. I will push the tip-jar hard, baby. Ha!
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#1612188 - 05/04/19 09:54 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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Good on ya.....

If the blueboys doesn't work out, you could use Danny Ray And the bluenose....blueballs....bluechunks....
Sky's the limit
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#1612190 - 05/04/19 10:16 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: JazAddict]
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Sounds like fun. I'm sure it'll be good.

Danny & the cobalt blues
The Desert Sky Band
Pentatonic box
Danny & the no major sevenths
The 401k blues band
Danny & the TGIT band
The Onefourfives
The Tip jar beggars
The TBAs
Danny & the PhilHarmonicas



Some alternates off the top of my head
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#1612192 - 05/04/19 10:47 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: motown59]
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#1612194 - 05/04/19 11:17 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: fabulousthunderbird]
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Danny Blueray and the DVDs!
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#1612216 - 05/04/19 06:17 PM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: ulank]
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Last Band I was in before I got sick was a three piece Blues Band. Loved it!

The two guys that were in it with me still play out.

Hope ya have a great time Dan!
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#1612251 - 05/05/19 08:52 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: motown59]
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 Originally Posted By: motown59
Sounds like fun. I'm sure it'll be good.

Danny & the cobalt blues
The Desert Sky Band
Pentatonic box
Danny & the no major sevenths
The 401k blues band
Danny & the TGIT band
The Onefourfives
The Tip jar beggars
The TBAs
Danny & the PhilHarmonicas



I was in a group with a guy named George Flowers and Dennis diCastro and were trying to come up with a name... my Dad suggested George Flowers and the Bloomin' Idiots!


Some alternates off the top of my head
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#1612465 - 05/07/19 08:53 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: fabulousthunderbird]
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 Originally Posted By: fabulousthunderbird
Blue Crabs


Well, I AM a Cancer and I do get pretty fucking crabby sometimes, don't I? Ha!
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#1612466 - 05/07/19 09:07 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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Update: Well, shit. Two days before the gig and still no bass-player. Grrr...

My lead player is a good bass player, too, (Bryan Zee,) so for this week it looks like he'll be on bass with me on guitar. I've been practicing, isn't it amazing how much better we get when we practice? Ha! Anyway and I don't suck as hard as I thought on lead guitar, so fuck it, we're a 3-piece. I'm trying to look at it as a pay raise, heh...

There is a surplus of musicians around here, but everyone I know is booked... or I have BO or something... I'm only half-kidding, just like everywhere else, the drama and cliques play out here, too. Most of them are burned-out musicians tired of beating their heads against the wall in Hollywood.

I'm probably over-thinking this anyway. I mean if Leslie and I did good with NO rehearsal, she knowing only about a quarter of the songs I played, then fuck it, we'll be fine.
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#1612486 - 05/07/19 10:52 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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Fuck it, you'll be fine.

People want your heart poured out, not your bass player to be well rehearsed.
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#1612493 - 05/07/19 11:09 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: JazAddict]
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You play some bass too, don't you?
Why not take turns with Bryan? Give you both a chance to stretch a little bit. Lots of space for that in a trio.
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#1612495 - 05/07/19 11:37 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Xenophile]
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I'd do what it takes to pull off the first couple and let things get settled as far as songs and arrangements. You may run a recording at some point as a learning tool for potential new members. "here you go, learn this stuff"
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#1612528 - 05/07/19 07:16 PM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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 Originally Posted By: Dan Barnes
 Originally Posted By: fabulousthunderbird
Blue Crabs


Well, I AM a Cancer and I do get pretty fucking crabby sometimes, don't I? Ha!


Me too.
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#1612534 - 05/07/19 08:18 PM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: fabulousthunderbird]
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nice work have fun
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#1612555 - 05/07/19 11:46 PM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: grachus]
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Well, I found a bass player and I know he's good. I saw him perform on Sunday.

If you're interested, here's the set list:

Set # SONG VERSION KEY SIGN.
1 1 BABY PLEASE DON'T GO Lightnin' Hopkins style E
1 2 BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN CREAM version A
1 3 BOOM BOOM (OUT GO THE LIGHTS) LITTLE WALTER E
1 4 KANSAS CITY WILBERT HARRISON C
1 5 THRILL IS GONE B.B. KING Am
1 6 OUTSIDE WOMAN BLUES CREAM E
1 7 20th CENTURY FOX THE DOORS A
1 8 SANDY'S BLUES CANNED HEAT C
1 9 SAVE IT FOR MY BABY DANNY RAY BARNES A
1 10 CROSSROADS CREAM VERSION A
1 11 THE BREEZE J.J. CALE A
1 12 I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU FOGHAT VERSION sort of E
1 13 LOVE ME TWO TIMES THE DOORS E
2 0
2 1 CAROL! CHUCK BERRY C
2 2 BEE-BOP-A-LULA GENE VINCENT E
2 3 CELL NUMBER 13 BLUES BILL BILL BROONZY A
2 4 CORINE CORINA BIG JOE TURNER A
2 5 COCAINE BLUES JACKSON BROWNE C
2 6 HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN ANIMALS Am
2 7 FIFTY-SEVEN FAIRLANE DANNY RAY BARNES A
2 8 I BELIEVE IT RAY CHARLES Em
2 9 I'M WALKIN' FATS DOMINO G
2 10 I GOT A WOMAN RAY CHARLES A
2 11 LITTLE SISTER ELVIS E
2 12 MYSTERY TRAIN ELVIS E
2 13 BADGE CREAM Am
2 14 BONEY MARONI LARRY WILLIAMS G
2 14 MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS HANK WILLIAMS G
3 0
3 1 DROWN IN MY ON TEARS RAY CHARLES C
3 2 MYSTERY DANCE ELVIS COSTELLO
3 3 ROADHOUSE BLUES THE DOORS E
3 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL ELVIS E
3 5 ME AND MY BABY TEN YEARS AFTER A
3 6 ROUTE 66 STONES VERSION more or less A
3 7 HONKY TONK WOMEN BIG MAMA THORTON G
3 8 STORMY MONDAY BLUES ALMOND BROTHERS version G
3 9 OH WELL! FLEETWOOD MAC E
3 10 REVOLUTION BEATLES A
3 11 ROCK AND ROLL HOOTCHIE KOO JOHNNY WINTER A
3 12 SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL ELVIS C
3 13 WALKIN' THE DOG RUFUS THOMAS E
N 1 INSANE ASYLUM LONG JOHN BALDRY Gm
N 2 WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY SAM & DAVE C
N 3 BRING IT ON HOME SAM COOKE C
N 4 USE ME UP BILL WITHERS Em
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#1612556 - 05/07/19 11:49 PM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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The last four are with my female singing partner, Nina.

Yeah, a lot of those aren't really blues, but close enough.
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#1612557 - 05/07/19 11:58 PM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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#1612572 - 05/08/19 07:26 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: ulank]
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#1612573 - 05/08/19 07:27 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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#1612695 - 05/09/19 08:23 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: ulank]
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#1612902 - 05/11/19 11:37 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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Outstanding
Setlist looks like a winner.
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#1613427 - 05/17/19 11:49 AM Re: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: JazAddict]
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Blue Balls?
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#1613443 - 05/17/19 01:03 PM Re: Another update: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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Nice set list.

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#1613555 - 05/18/19 09:40 AM Re: Another update: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: FalconEddy]
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Whelp, the 9th went well. It was a big crowd, but there are always a lot of tourists there. So with them and the people I invited who showed, about 25, which includes some regulars that would have been there anyway, the place was packed.

Don't remember if I mentioned, but the pay is low so it all went to the Blue Boys (this week's band name) $50 each, and I got the tips. Let's just say I don't mind working for peanuts; I got enough to buy about 50 lbs of peanuts at the going price: $.25/lb. Ha! My own fault, I forgot to push the tip jar, but shit, I'm fortunate if I can remember what fucking key I'm in, let alone such a trivial thing as money. Ha!

There is no good place to put the tip jar in that place, so I bought an illuminated one. Maybe that'll help.

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#1613559 - 05/18/19 10:13 AM Re: Another update: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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The 16th went well, too. Had to scramble to get a replacement drummer, Matt had some "business emergency" and had to fly to Stockton, CA, of all places. I didn't ask... ha! So I got one of the more popular drummers around here who plays with everyone, it seems. He's good, but a different style from Matt, and even HE said to stick with Matt! Matt is very good.

So, the crowd wasn't as big as the week before for several reasons, I guess; it was the first Day of the Joshua Tree Music Festival, most of my friends went to that, and the damn wind, like 20mph with stronger gusts, they froze at the festival, I heard. But the crowd we had sustained to the end, it seemed.

The lighted tip jar didn't show up yet, and again, I forgot to push it. The price of peanuts was unchanged, let's say. I did find out that the Saloon doesn't allow walking the tip jar around, something I usually do for my friend's bands. That always helps a lot.

The good thing, pay-wise, is that I had a good talk with the owner. She has a very bad rep with performers not to mention the staff, but I've always had a knack of getting along with people no one else seems to; all a part of keeping my eye on the prize, gnome sayin'? And I laid some ground-work for a pay increase next time. We'll see. She wanted me to continue with Blues Night in June, but nope, I'm going on a road trip for a week or two.
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#1613560 - 05/18/19 10:16 AM Re: Another update: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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After the last Blues Night on the 30th and when I come back from the road trip, I'm wondering what I want to do musically... performance-wise... I have an idea for a dance band with a simple song list criteria of "did people dance to it? Yea, it stay, no, it go."

I have a female singer I do duets with, Nina Henderson, that is always a hit with the crowd... but then there's the drama she brings, which while manageable...? Hey, I bring drama, too, but it's MY drama. Ha! Thing is, she needs her OWN band to do her originals, and that's what she really wants anyway. She needs a music director with more modern hiphop-ish sensibilities than I do, not to mention with a keyboard/synth/sampler that can cop those patches/sounds like on her CD.

I pretty much am not interested in a band of all originals. I just don't have enough good material.

What ever happens, even if I just go back to playing in pick-up bands as a side-man and doing back up work for open mic's, I'm happy.
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#1617996 - 06/20/19 06:13 PM Re: Another update: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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Now that I'm back and thinking about this, I think I'm going to just lay back for a while and do pick-up music work as a side-man. Less stress than putting a band together. A dance band is still in the back of my mind, but it's not working it's way up toward my frontal cortex as of yet.
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#1618015 - 06/20/19 09:20 PM Re: Another update: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Dan Barnes]
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Move up here. I know a bunch of good, old players who are in the same boat.
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#1618091 - 06/21/19 11:58 AM Re: Another update: Danny Ray and the Blue Boys... [Re: Xenophile]
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I'd tell ya' to move here if the weather didn't suck so much in the winter.
And the summer.
And the worst part is, autumn and spring last exactly two days. Put together.
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