Simple Cavemen set list: March 3, Yalaha Bakery

If you’re in a band that specializes in Grateful Dead covers (among other cool nostalgic  chestnuts), there’s nothing more encouraging than arriving at a gig to find a parking lot full of vintage VW vans.

That was the happy scene awaiting the Simple Cavemen today at Yalaha Bakery. Whether it was the collectible wheels or something else, the crowd seemed especially tuned into the music today.

It was only a four-piece, with MacGyver out with the flu, so the band went a tad “unplugged” on some of the old favorites. Jimmy Carl finally debuted his new Guit-Sit, a hybrid guitar-sitar that still needs a catchy name. And Tie-Dye Thurston continued to impress with his new wah-wah pedal.

The band returns to the bakery on Saturday, March 17. We’ll try to find something Irish to add to the list that day, if only a song by the great Van Morrison.

Here’s what we played:

Set 1.  Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead cover); The Weight (The Band cover); Disaster; Samosa Girls; Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzell cover); Elias Mine; Compilation Blues; The Last Time (Rolling Stones cover).

Set 2. For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover); Watching the River Flow (Bob Dylan cover); Fortune Teller (Allen Toussaint cover, dedicated to Mary Beth from New Orleans); Marlena; Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (John Prine cover); When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan cover); Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed cover); Horizon Moon; You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones cover).

Set 3. I Know You Rider (Grateful Dead cover); You Got Me Runnin’ (Jimmy Reed cover); Ripple (Grateful Dead cover, by request); Lovin’ Arms (Tom Jans cover); She’s Gone; Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton cover); Sisters and Brothers (Charles Johnson cover); I Dream; Get Together (Youngbloods cover).

Simple Cavemen set list: Feb. 18, Yalaha Bakery

Wonderful weather for a three-piece version of the Cavemen on Sunday at Yalaha Bakery. Best compliment of the day: “Who originally recorded that song?” a woman asked us following “Horizon Moon.”

Uh, we did. How cool is that?

Jimmy Carl, D-Squared and Tie-Dye Thurston had a fine time mixing blues, originals and a few pop covers, mostly without incident. One exception was Tie-dye’s extended drum solo, an explosion of noise that happened when he leaned back to grab his specs, toppling the Cajon that was doubling as a chair and sending him backwards into his amplifier.

Boom! Followed by a bone-rattling blast of Townshend-worthy distortion. Next week, we wreck the hotel room! (Happily, Tie-dye is all right, though he landed harder on his back because he was holding his electric guitar aloft to keep it from being damaged.)

Here’s what we played:

Set 1.  He’ll Have to Go (Jim Reeves cover); The Weight (The Band cover); Watching the River Flow (Bob Dylan cover); Marlena; You Ain’t Going Nowhere (Bob Dylan cover); You Got Me Runnin’ (Jimmy Reed cover); Come On, Come On; Long  May You Run (Neil Young cover).

Set. 2. Canyon Full of Tears; Samosa Girls; Fortune Teller (Allen Toussaint cover); Compilation Blues; White Freightliner (Townes Van Zandt cover); Simple Twist of Fate (Bob Dylan cover); The Last Time (Rolling Stones cover); Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed cover); American Girl (Tom Petty cover); Like a Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan cover).

Set 3. Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison cover); T-Bone Shuffle (T-Bone Walker cover); She’s Gone; Hound Dog (Big Mama Thornton cover); Get Together (Youngbloods cover); Horizon Moon.