A night as a "Country Rocker"
Bill Rowely rang me up and asked if I could help him out with a gig he had coming up. His regular guitarist has been 'layed low' and he needed to find a replacement. I said I could handle that and I'd seem him at the gig.
Friday arrived and showed up up the Morwell Club and set up.
The "Country Rockers" comprised:
For those that haven't heard Bill Rowley sing, then let me tell you, if you shut your eyes you'd swear Johnny Cash was singing.
Bill was very organised and had a song book for both John and I. Bill would yell out a number, we'd find the page and off we'd go. Sometimes Bill would show me how a particular lead riff would go, so it was a most active experience.
I'd played with both Steve and John before, but never in the same band. It was good fun. We had a great time trying to sing backup harmonies, determining when a song had finished, and all of the other stuff that goes along with backing up a performer.
Bill encouraged us to perform our own songs if we wanted to, so at times when Bill was searching for songs, we'd just launch into a song and go for it.
Must be showing our age as both John and Steve were wearing earplugs, and, I must admit, by the end of the night I felt as I should have as well.
Very good to have caught up with Steve and John.