Re: Your first gig experience.
It was just before my 16th birthday and I got chance to play in a trio that played everything from James Brown to Merle Haggard. We were playing at an
Air Force base enlisted club and I was nervous and probably a little timid. The band leader was 20 years my senior and a very good musician (guitar).
I remember him turning around several times during the evening and screaming obscenities at me for not playing in tempo or not playing loud enough.
I wanted to hide, and I was sure it would be my first and last gig with them. I got through it, and the band leader agreed to give me another chance. I
practiced my ass off and had a much better performance the following week. I played in that band for five years and learned a lot about Music and life in