Hi there! My fiancé and I both love to sing but haven't made time to make a band together a priority. It would be fun to put something together and maybe get out there and do some gigs; not trying to be superstars, just play music that makes people feel something. We are in our late 30's, and looking for people around the same age that just want to have fun making music, doing a few shows, see where it goes.
I also play hand percussion and have played with a couple of bands (local bars, farmer's markets, etc.) I have a handmade percussion set up (in the photo, that's our old place), that I think would work with me standing behind that and singing on some songs, but also just doing percussion on some songs. Rachel sings but doesn't play anything. She is open to learning if the stars align, but for now probably just vocals. Neither of us are vocally trained, its all just organic love of music. Open to learning tricks of the trade though!
We do have a tough schedule as we both have kids from previous relationships and we have them half time. They are awesome kids though and old enough to come to some shows or be babysat, so it's not a huge issue. We have a good setup to practice at our house in SW Minneapolis and unless there's a better setup we really would like to do it from our house, but it's not set in stone. We even have a full drum kit so a drummer wouldn't have to haul their gear for practice if they didn't want to. We have a trombone, lots of hand drums, shakers, harmonicas, cow bell, sticks, tambourine, keys (it's a set from the 80s and works fine but would need a tune up for shows probably), decent mic and stand, a few mini amps, a bass, electric and two acoustic guitars, mixer, ukelele, and some other stuff. We have been collecting for years but we don't play pretty much any of it! Yet.
We have a wide range of taste as far as what music we would like to cover. Basically anything BUT Country (except for Johnny Cash); local artists, cheesy pop, nostalgic songs, the occasional song that no one probably knows but should. We would also love to cover some of our favorite bands (i.e. Ben Howard, The Head and the Heart, Lumineers, Wild Child, First Aid Kit, Tash Sultana, etc.)
I have a soft spot for 90's alt rock, and she has a soft spot for more soulful R+B, but again we are open to almost anything.
Would love to build a large catalog of songs and maybe even be open to playing weddings or something like that.
Again, no major expectations but just thought it would be fun to try and get something going.
We are working on a rough list of songs below - in no order whatsoever and we know some just won't be able to covered unless we get the right people, but that's ok. It's more of a list to let you know what we like really.
Hit us up if you're interested!
Ella Mai - Shot Clock
Of Monsters of Men
Tracy Chapman - Give me One reason
Ike & Tina - Proud Mary
Lumineers - Stubborn Love
First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining/Wolf (need to get whatever drum they are using in this song!)
Ben Howard - The Wolves/The Fear
The Head & the Heart (anything from their first few albums, not so much the newer stuff)
Wild Child - The Tale of You and Me/Cocaine Hurricane (they have a ton of good ones)
Pink - What About Us
Kesha (I know, but this one is good) - Praying
Some Sam Smith
Eve & Gwen - Let Me Blow Ya Mind
Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good
John Prine & Iris Dement - In Spite of Ourselves
Johnny (& June)
Melanie Skafka - Brand New Key
Caroline Smith - Trying Not to Love You/Buy Me Something/Magazine/Child of Moving On/her older stuff with the previous band is great too (Closing the Doors/Strong Shoulders)
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mumford & Sons - Jon likes Little Lion Man, Rachel likes Timshel & Awake My Soul
Pure Prairie LEague - Aimee
George Ezra - Budapest
Nathaniel Rateliff - S.O.B
Steelers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle
Aretha Franklin - (all) Rock Steady is a good cover/Until You Come Back To Me
Ray Charles - Mess Around
Brandi Carlile (anything from her) Hard Way Home/Raise Hell/Wherever Is Your Heart/The Story
Florence and the Machine - You've Got the Love/Hunger
Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay
Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good/Valerie
Peggy Lee - Boots are made for walking
Stevie Wonder - anything really?
Mamas & the Papas - CA Dreamin'
Indigo Girls - Least Complicated and others
Rhianna - Stay
Carole King - So Far Away
James Taylor - Steamroller/Fire and Rain
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