Good Songs for Jam Nights? Suggestions?

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  1. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    I am starting to love playing in public and when the band is not gigging that means jam nights.

    The problem is that when you get called up you are expected to call the song, which generally means you have to sing it.

    I am a passable singer, not great at memorizing lyrics, but I can do this since I want to play. Has anyone else been in this situation and what songs did you pick to learn to sing? I am looking for songs that fun to play, but also fairly easy to sing, that most people will know...

    Some of my ideas:

    Jumpin' Jack Flash
    Gimme Three Steps
    Sweet Home Chicago
    Still Got the Blues (just not sure most people know this one)

    Suggestions.... ? (the main criteria is that it has to be easy to sing, easy to play or well known for the other people on stage, and it has to be fun to play lead to...).
     
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    If it's a blues jam, you need to find popular blues songs, or at least ones with simple I-IV-V progressions, while avoiding overplayed numbers such as Red House, Mustang Sally, and Stormy Monday.

    If it's a rock jam (my favorite type of jam) it actually gets much harder, especially if you're up there with other jammers instead of most of the house band. Usually the house band will know a good number of songs and will have the chops to pick up on songs you want to play that they don't know. Jammers at rock jams, however, seem to be notorious for not knowing any songs except the few they've prepared, and once you have two or three jammers up there, the odds for one song being on all three lists is slim.

    Thus, you may find yourself having to descend to the lowest common denominator of rock tunes, and some of those are the same ones that get played at blues jams (and for the same reason stated above):

    Mary Jane's Last Dance
    Born to Be Wild
    All Along the Watchtower
    Hey Joe
    Red House
    Gimme Three Steps
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Free Bird
    Stormy Monday
    Feelin' Alright
    Johnny B. Good
    Crossroads
    Sunshine of Your Love
    Comfortably Numb

    If you can find other tunes that can be taught quickly (and I mean in less than a minute) you can play those too:

    Blue on Black
    Any song at all with a I-IV-V progression
    etc.
     
  3. direwolf

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    Cortez Em D Am
    Oh sweet nothin DCG
     
  4. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    Comfortably numb is a good suggeston - just a lot of words, though.

    I guess lyric sheets are acceptable at jam sessions.
     
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    Funky Bitch - Son Seals
    Mr. Charlie - Grateful Dead
    Use Me - Bill Withers

    The Jerry Garcia band has a huge catalog of funky blues tunes that are good numbers at blues jams.
     
  6. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

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    Sweet Jane by Lou Reed

    (Just thought of it myself)
     
  7. stevieboy

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    I was at a supposedly straight blues jam once and got put up with some rockers that wanted to play Can't You See.

    And it was a lot of fun.
     

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