The One Man Band
Much to the detriment of my housemate (whose well
being I don't give a rat's ass about...), I have been making one man band
demos this week now that I am once again unemployed in Portland. I had been
kicking the idea of trying the one man band for awhile just so I could get
into more alcohol drinking establishments as a soloist. Singer songwriters
tend to be relegated to coffee houses which simply ain't my scene (though
I'm playing one this week). I didn't take the one man band idea seriously
until I moved to Portland and was informed by Right On John that I had a gig
as a one man band in two weeks.
My setup has evolved into an all acoustic three to five piece. I have
connected my kick drum pedal to a folded empty six pack of Full Sail (I
drank the beers by myself to insure quality). The folded six pack is placed
under my accordion case which I sit on and I play the pedal backwards
providing a nice thump. My other foot is stomping on an old surplus steel
voting booth which has a tambourine duct taped to it which makes a
snare/tambourine hi-hat-ish sound. Of course, I do my usual bit with
accordion, guitar, dobro, harmonicas, banjo, voice, ect..
I'm no sure whether I'll keep it up or not. Our "One Man Band" shows have
been received so poorly here that we've decided to stop doing them (we wind
up spending more money putting them on than we make). I have since purchased
a loop pedal thingamigigy with which I can cheat and play all kinds of
overdubs and kick out more modern sounding music which I plan to work with
more in the future.
I really have no idea which way to take my music anymore. That's what
happens when you don't get any audience at your shows (you can't tell if
your act is getting better or worse...). I should probably give up on music
in general but I simply can't think of anything better to do.
So it goes....
For more about the One Man Band, I have a myspace "other other john" which
has more live recordings and video. I am putting a page on my website,
http://barefootjohn.com , as well......