#1
Hey,

I'm looking to put together a 7 or 8 piece blues band (drums, guitar, singer or two, bass, keys, sax, horn etc.)

I've been thinking about doing this for a couple of years now and finally have the inspiration to see this thing through after spending a week in blues clubs in the southern US (I'm in an area where it is rare to see this type of band).

Anyways, I'm looking for song ideas that we could do that work with the horns (I have a ton of experience with 3, 4 and 5 piece rock bands, but never went this large). So, I'm looking for ideas past that of what are on my blues brother's albums! But I am looking for upbeat fun songs to play...something that we could probably do local gigs and everyone could enjoy.

I'm also willing to step into the funk world a bit...brickhouse, play that funky music, superstition etc. as I think they would be a blast and an audience would love them...any help would be appreciated.
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#2
check the first album of the electric flag..michael bloomfields' project..some fun tunes and a show stopper.."you dont realize"
#3
Check out the Mellotones on you tube - it's a band out of Halifax that fits your bill. Their set should give you some good ideas.
#5
Quote by wolflen
check the first album of the electric flag..michael bloomfields' project..some fun tunes and a show stopper.."you dont realize"


Quote by reverb66
Check out the Mellotones on you tube - it's a band out of Halifax that fits your bill. Their set should give you some good ideas.


Good choices, too.
#6
Check out Lucky Peterson.
He used to have a horn section so he writes with the idea of a horn section in mind although his band now plays those parts on keyboard.
An experienced horn section will easily hear and play those brass parts as they were originally intended.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alzAG7rCAQA


And then you have dynamite Johnny Guitar Watson ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSTNba03mHk


.. and look in some ol' Joe Zawinul classics like this one ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klHwDsy6vmk


... and why not review some Blues Brothers classics like this one ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GuDnwc0KSw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A1nvE-1gDs

All along this path I tread
My heart betrays my weary head
With nothing but my soul to save
From the cradle to the grave.
Last edited by ColdGin at Apr 5, 2014,
#8
Tedeschi Trucks Band is an 11 piece and does a great job with it. Just about any old funk/soul that uses a horn section would be a good starting point.
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