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 #104547  by DenverEd
 Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:57 am
Curious as to how many different tunes y'all have in your quiver? We have an ongoing battle between playing songs to death and trotting out new ones that maybe aren't ready to go. I'm firmly in the new tunes camp. Sometimes we will run through a new tune once or twice and then let 'er rip. Let's say the results are mixed. We've played out 8 times and have played 85 different songs. Interested to hear your thoughts.
 #104548  by strumminsix
 Fri Oct 21, 2011 11:58 am
we have about 125 in the line-up of which I think 15 are just for acoustic shows.

That said, after you guys get another 50 shows under your belts you'll likely find the number of songs per show decreasing as you take time to let the songs breath a bit more, breath between songs more, etc.

We have gone from almost 30 songs a night to now maybe 23 and playing the same amount of time.
 #104599  by mttourpro
 Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:58 pm
We've done 261 different tunes in about 8 yrs.

I'd consider at least half of em in rotation.

We had a year when we learned at least one new song for every gig.
We had another we tried to really focus on about 100.
We're somewhere inbetween now I think.
 #104614  by strumminsix
 Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:17 am
We area straighter GD band without much cross-over at this point. Here is our list which I think is a bit light. 107.

Alabama Getaway
Around & Around
Beat It On Down The Line
Big Railroad Blues
Big River
Bird Song
Black Throated Wind
Brother Esau
Brown-Eyed Women
Casey Jones
CC Rider
Chinacat Sunflower
China Doll
Cold Rain & Snow
Crazy Fingers
Dancin' in the Streets
Dark Hollow
Deep Elem Blues
Don't Ease Me In
El Paso
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Feel Like a Stranger
Fire on the Mountain
Franklin's Tower
Friend of the Devil
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad
Good Lovin'
Greatest Story Ever Told
Hell in a Bucket
He's Gone
Hey Pocky Way
Iko Iko
I Know You Rider
I Need a Miracle
It Takes A Train to Cry
It’s All Over Now
Jack Straw
Johnny B Goode
Lazy Lightening > Supplication
Let it Grow
Let the Good Times Roll
Little Red Rooster
Looks Like Rain
Loose Lucy
Mama Tried
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Me & Bobby McGee
Me & My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Might As Well
Mississippi Half-Step
Monkey & the Engineer
Morning Dew
Mr. Charlie
The Music Never Stopped
New Minglewood Blues
New Speedway Boogie
Not Fade Away
On The Road Again
One More Saturday Night
The Other One
Playing in the Band
Promised Land
Queen Jane Approx
Race is on
Ramble on Rose
Rosalee McFall
Row Jimmy
Samson & Delilah
Scarlet Begonias
Second That Emotion
Shakedown Street
She Belongs to Me
Ship of Fools
Stella Blue
Sugar Magnolia
Terrapin Station
Tennessee Jed
They Love Each Other
Throwin' Stones
Touch of Grey
Turn on Your Lovelight
US Blues
Uncle John's Band
Victim or the Crime
Wang Dang Doodle
Watchtower, All Along the
Werewolves of London
West LA Fadeaway
Wharf Rat
The Wheel
Woman Smarter
 #104686  by tigerstrat
 Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:06 am
Cats Under The Stars probably only has about 35 tunes ready to go, this after about 1.5 years of activity and lots of personnel changes. However, we only play out roughly about once a month, with very few shows going more than one set, probably 8-10 tunes per show. So even if we repeat a few, they don't feel too badly done-to-death.

Change is coming though, we're going to start doing a monthly residency "evening with" (alone on the bill) show at the Mt Tabor Theater, so we'll be adding more JGB tunes and probably crossing over into GD tunes, having guest players, experimenting on the fly, etc.

As Ramblin' Rose, we probably covered about 150+ GD, JGB and a handful of "bonus material" tunes over 9 years or so.

How's that for exactitude!