I’m a singer songwriter who crosses several genres: Blues, Country, Ballads, Folk-Rock, and 50’s Style Classic Rock. I’m primarily a guitar player with 50 years experience, but also play bass and other stringed instruments, as well as a little keyboard and harmonica if needed. I currently perform 1 to 2 hour gigs at various senior citizen centers, retirement homes and other functions. I don't play bars, but now that I’m retired I’m considering dinner houses and other local venues. I perform solo when necessary, but also with other musicians when they are available. I have no aspirations of hitting it big as a recording or touring artist, I certainly don’t have to vocals for that; but I would like to have a few of my songs covered by such an artisit.
I must admit, even with my imperfections, I enjoy playing and creating music more than I listening to it.
For professional musicians to cover and record some of my songs.
Build strong family units.
"Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"
Beatles, Willie Nelson, BB King, Kris Kristofferson,Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, Lois Armstrong, Dean Martin, Doris Day
As for song writing, sometimes a thought or a phrase comes to mind, or I play a lick on the guitar that seems to need a song around it.
As far back as you can go in history, musicians, as a whole, have always been devalued, even Mozart was unappreciated by his king and died penniless. Because there are so many very talented musicians (other than the few who land big promotion deals) I do not see this changing in the future.
My inability to sing very well.
Not much around in this small town, but I go to an occasional concert.
John Doohan, Santa Rosa, California