Open mic songs I played Fall 2015

Every Tuesday night in Grand Forks, my friend Chris Erickson and The Hub Bar host an open mic. I like to think up a set list a day or so beforehand and play it somewhat off the cuff, to keep the song selections fresh, and keep my friends, myself and the patrons entertained. It’s usually a handful of new songs every week, which has accumulated to nearly 200 songs in the past year! Some were good, a few needed a little more practice … all in all were pretty fun!

Here are the set lists I played, with a lot of help from my friends, from end of July through the end of 2015, starting with the most recent.

Hard Times Stephen Foster
Catch The Wind Donovan Leitch
Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise The Avett Brothers
Chimes of Freedom Bob Dylan
The Unwelcome Guest Woodie Guthrie, Billy Bragg & Wilco
Arthur McBride trad, Bob Dylan
Ragpicker’s Dream Mark Knopfler
I and Love and You The Avett Brothers
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis Tom Waits

Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth Primitive Radio Gods
Let’s Dance David Bowie
Black Friday Steely Dan
Goin’ To California Led Zeppelin
My Old School Steely Dan
Nothing But The Wheel Peter Wolf (Patty Loveless recorded it in ’93, John Scott Sherrill wrote it)
Dreams Fleetwood Mac
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
Gold Dust Woman Fleetwood Mac
Mandolin Rain Bruce Hornsby
Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Hard To Handle Otis Redding
Rhiannon Fleetwood Mac
Ex’s & Oh’s Elle King
Musta Got Lost J Geils Band
Reelin’ In The Years Steely Dan

Green Tambourine The Lemon Pipers
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) Talking Heads
Mother’s Little Helper The Rolling Stones
Come To My Window Melissa Etheridge
Take It Or Leave It The Rolling Stones
Ride On Baby The Rolling Stones
Avant Gardener Courtney Barnett
Crescent City Lucinda Williams
Pacing The Cage Bruce Cockburn
Desperadoes Under The Eaves Warren Zevon
That’s How I Got To Memphis Buddy Miller (written by Tom T. Hall)
Waiting On A Friend The Rolling Stones

Under Pressure David Bowie
It Must Have Been The Roses Grateful Dead
Heart Shaped Box Nirvana
All The Young Dudes Mott The Hoople
Changes David Bowie
Downtown Train Tom Waits
My Friends Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blowin’ In The Wind Bob Dylan
I Could Have Lied Red Hot Chili Peppers
Wildflowers Tom Petty
Slipping Away The Rolling Stones
Running Down A Dream Tom Petty
Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum (words by Keith Reid, music by Gary Brooker)
Only A Broken Heart Tom Petty
Tonight, Tonight Smashing Pumpkins
Hang Fire The Rolling Stones

I Remember You Skid Row
Hope You Never Tom Petty
First Day Of My Life Bright Eyes
October Winds The Clancy Brothers
Masters Of War Bob Dylan
Out Of Time The Rolling Stones
Dark Eyes Bob Dylan
Mmm Mmm Mmm Crash Test Dummies
The Ballad Of Jane LA Guns
At The Bottom Of Everything Bright Eyes

Someday Joe Eddie Greenwood
Monday Morning Blues Joe Eddie Greenwood
Gal I Left Behind Me Joe Eddie Greenwood (trad.)
Broken Man Blues Joe Eddie Greenwood
From Hank To Hendrix Neil Young
Firing At Each Other Joe Eddie Greenwood
Poor Man’s Blues Joe Eddie Greenwood
Working On A Dream Bruce Springsteen
Dink’s Song Bob Dylan (trad.)
Joey Concrete Blonde
Always Somethin’ Joe Eddie Greenwood
Kiss Me Deadly Lita Ford

Guess I’m Doin’ Fine Bob Dylan
I Burn Today Frank Black
Paths Of Victory Bob Dylan
When The Ship Comes In Bob Dylan
Racing In The Streets Bruce Springsteen (Townes Van Zandt)
Only A Hobo Bob Dylan
Today Smashing Pumpkins
Hunger Strike Temple Of The Dog

Hot Legs Rod Stewart
Legs ZZ Top
Guess Things Happen That Way Johnny Cash
Everybody Hurts REM
Chances Are Bob Marley
Maggie May Rod Stewart
Paint It Black The Rolling Stones
To Find A Friend Tom Petty
What You Give Tesla
Heaven Warrant
Something To Believe In Poison
Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley

Blister In The Sun Violent Femmes
Turn It On The Flaming Lips
To Ramona Bob Dylan
Better Man Pearl Jam
Say It Ain’t So Weezer
Time After Time Cyndi Lauper
She Don’t Use Jelly The Flaming Lips
Chewing The Apple Of Your Eye The Flaming Lips
Superhumans The Flaming Lips
Good Feeling The Violent Femmes
Eternal Flame The Bangles

Abandoned Love Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning The Velvet Underground
Here Comes My Girl Tom Petty
I’ll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground
I’ll Keep It With Mine Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning Coming Down Kris Kristofferson (Johnny Cash)
Centerfield John Fogerty
Runaway Train Soul Asylum
Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter Herman’s Hermits (Trevor Peacock)
Sounds Of Silence Simon and Garfunkel
Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
Mrs. Robinson Simon and Grafunkel
American Pie Don McLean

Here Comes Your Man Pixies
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? REM
I’m Waiting For The Man The Velvet Underground
Here Comes The Sun George Harrison
Cowboy Song Thin Lizzy

Should I Stay, Or Should I Go The Clash
Sultans Of Swing Dire Straits
When I See You Smile Bad English
Here Comes The Night Them
Two Princes Spin Doctors
So You Want To Be A Rock N Roll Star The Byrds
Nothingman Pearl Jam
Over And Over Neil Young
Lola The Kinks

For other sets I played in 2015 and earlier, check out these open mic posts.  Thanks for reading!

 

Open Mic Set Lists, July 2015, The Hub, Grand Forks, ND

I had another great time playing songs at The Hub open mic last night. This time my set list gravitated towards the guy who said he liked my voice, even though he figured I didn’t like it myself, and said I sounded like Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips. Well, I do like my voice, although I always find it a little unwieldy. Last night, it felt really good though. And so did my guitar. I strummed it harder than I usually do, with more energy than I usually portray, and without a pick! The intro riff to “Blister In The Sun” took off like a cannon ball on the street, and the crowd sang along and cheered with the introduction of every new song. Too bad that guy wasn’t there this time to hear it.

Here are the songs I played, 7/21/15:

Blister In The Sun – Violent Femmes
Turn It On – The Flaming Lips
To Ramona – Bob Dylan
Better Man – Pearl Jam
Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
She Don’t Use Jelly – The Flaming Lips
Chewin’ The Apple Of Your Eye – The Flaming Lips
Superhumans – The Flaming Lips
Good Feeling – Violent Femmes

Here are the songs I played last week Tuesday, July 14th. I was thinking a lot about baseball and summertime.

Centerfield – John Fogerty
Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter – Herman’s Hermits / Trevor Peacock
The Sound Of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
American Pie – Don McLean
Pancho and Lefty – Townes Van Zandt

And here are the songs I played the week before that, July 7th, 2015:

Abandoned Love – Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground
Here Comes My Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground
I’ll Keep It With Mine – Bob Dylan
Sunday Morning Coming Down – Kris Kristofferson
Pancho and Lefty – Townes Van Zandt

Every one of these nights was a lot of fun, and each one seems like it was even better than the last. I especially like it when the crowd sings along, and when other musicians come up and sing or play guitar with me on a few numbers. I can’t wait for next time; I’ve already started scribbling song list ideas for at least three different sets. It’s always interesting how different songs can be arranged together to form a loosely connected set list whole. That’s another very rewarding part about playing the open mic.

Open Mic Set List, Tuesday, June 30th, The Hub, Grand Forks, ND

Here is the set list I played last Tuesday at the open mic. It was a fun set, inspired and well-played, I felt. I remember talking about the Glen Campbell show that was on television Sunday evening. And playing with Chris Erickson at the end of the night was just as great, and better!

Here Comes Your Man – Pixies
What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? – R.E.M.
I’m Waiting For The Man – The Velvet Underground
Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison
Cowboy Song – Thin Lizzy
Pancho And Lefty – Townes Van Zandt

Open mic set list, January 27, 2015

I played these songs Tuesday at The Hub’s open mic night. At the end of the night I noticed the bartender was wearing a Dark Side of the Moon t-shirt. Far out, man!

Breathe – Pink Floyd
Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
Never My Love – Addrisi Brothers
All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
I Like Girls Who Drink Beer – Toby Keith
Time Is On My Side – Norman Meade
Time – Pink Floyd
Frankie’s Gun – Felice Brothers