All of a sudden life can turn on a dime. Overnight we went from a tight, polished band to three road dawgs with a young chic singer who had talent but not much stage time. There was no bottom anymore. There was a big hole where the pocket used to be. Billy and Dave had been developing “the pocket” and after 3 years of gigging the groove was solid. Now that was gone and it was time to troll on Craig’s List again.
Anybody that has ever been in a band knows how much it sucks to have to replace a member. You work to get the band tight, to learn how each other thinks musically and you rehearse, rehearse and then rehearse some more. When you get it tight and start to play like a unit something happens and somebody leaves the band. And that means auditions. UGH…..
Just about the time we put an ad our on Craig’s List my buddy Dave Harris tells me his bass player split and his band is setting up auditions also. Dave is a killer guitarist that plays in the blues band Lea and Triple Threat —– so now Im thinking — “how the hell are we both going find bass players?” Two bands looking for bass players at the same time? Its going to be cut throat. Its going to suck. But ya’ gotta suck it up and go through with it. Dave and I talk, share notes, set up auditions and we have no conflicts with players wanting to audition. How could that be?
Stephen is the first audition and he nails the audition, he’s a pro. The four of us look at each other and think “Damn, did we just strike gold?” After a few songs we were killing it and felt like Stephen would be a great fit but wait……we still had a second audition scheduled. The next audition is a guy named Charlie and damn if he didn’t knock it out of the park. Two auditions…two badass bass players….what are the odds…..this audition process is supposed to suck…..what just happened…..now we have a problem we never expected……out of two auditions both bass players were pros and we have to pick one…..what’s a band to do?