Mustang Sally (was Re: Pocono Blues Festival

Stan Erhart stan@ERHART.NET
Tue Aug 5 19:54:56 EDT 2008

That's hilarious.  I'm liking Buddy more and more.  I only saw him once 
and man he was loud, but he was full of energy and came to entertain. 
From: Michael Murphy <>
Date: 8/5/2008 4:37:07 PM
Subject: Re: Mustang Sally (was Re: Pocono Blues Festival

I remember a Chicago Blues Fets several years ago, when Buddy Guy was 
Headlining, and Scott Holt was still with him.  The powers that be 
a little newsletter, and one of the articles in it was "10 Songs We're 
Tired Of 
Hearing At the CHICAGO BLUES FEST".  There were songs like "Mustang 
"Sweet Home Chicago", "Everyday I Have the Blues", etc.  Buddy took the 
and used it as a set list.  Too Funny.

--- On Tue, 8/5/08, Stan Erhart <> wrote:

> From: Stan Erhart <>
> Subject: Re: Mustang Sally (was Re: Pocono Blues Festival
> Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2008, 5:17 PM
> There are many songs that I try not to play, especially at
> certain clubs
> (one booker thanked me sincerely when I said I wouldn't
> be playing MS at
> his club).  But I don't have a set rule on what I
> won't play, especially if
> someone tips reasonably for a request.  I can understand
> why some bluezers
> don't want to hear songs they've heard them a
> million times.  Familiarity
> breeds contempt (or boredom, even love sometimes).  But
> many of the people
> who frequent shows, especially bar gigs, aren't there
> to critique the
> originality of the band.  They're there to cut loose
> and have a good time.
> They will get genuinely upset if you don't play a
> request or a familiar
> song once in awhile.  They're paying their way and
> buying drinks, typically
> more than the blues crowd, so I don't think there's
> anything wrong with
> throwing them the occasional bone (Steve's phrase, I
> believe).  You hope
> the discriminating crowd won't walk out on you, but
> that's the chance you
> take, regardless of the flack you get from certain corners.
>  You're gonna
> get it from someone, so you just choose who.
> Regarding banning cliched songs or stage patter at the IBC
> or the Poconos,
> well, I guess it's up to whoever makes the rules.
> Stan
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> From: Gregory Johnson <>
> Date: 8/5/2008 2:05:01 PM
> Subject: Re: Mustang Sally (was Re: Pocono Blues Festival
> I think that this rule from The Blues Foundation may have
> been better
> placed
> under the originality category rather than the blues
> content. I would tend
> to
> think that if the song was done in a completely different
> arrangement that
> nobody saw coming from left field that the judges would not
> discourage it,
> nor
> would a bar crowd. Something that made people sit up and
> think, "Hey I
> recognize this for some reason . . . wait a minute . . .
> that's Mustang
> Sally!!
> I've never heard it done so different and fresh
> sounding . . . " Then and
> only
> then would the IBC judges probably look at it with a new
> light. It's just
> that
> everybody does the same old tired rendition that most
> people can hear it in
> their sleep. <yawn!!!>
> Greg

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