Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Music: February 8 2011: Vincent Merricks

Vincent Merricks
Good guitar player, deceptive voice
(Display name: Todd Cody (RL name))

"Blues / Country / Pop"

Ganjo Mokeev was recommended on a GV thread. So I went to his show. To find Vincent Merricks. So . . . I started this blog entry from a distance and didn't realize I had the wrong singer until I went for the close up photograph. So . . . Merricks gets blog entry. heh.

Live Music with Vincent Merricks at Sunset Jazz Club on February 8 2011

From: USA: MA: Brockton

Songs: Arrived near start of set (I thought, then realized Merricks was covering for Mokeev, and was actually extending set). First song that "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" one by Trace Adkins. "Dream Lover" or something like that second song. Third song one from the 1950s. Or would have been, if he could remember the lyrics. A lot of starting and stopping during songs (forgot words, etc.). Considering Merricks was filling in, I give pass for that. hehe. His voice has some interesting hooks, but also gets overwhelmed, lost . . . a little soft compared to the rest of the music. Fourth song was a Josh Turner one. Fifth song BB King tune (blues), "Thrill is gone". I have to say that you need to give him time and he can grow on you. Making up mind after one or two songs can be deceptive. As in he is deceptively better than initial impression. heh

Vincent Merricks is a good guitar player. hehe, then there was "tuning song", as he referred to the time he tuned guitar. hehe Then "money for nothing, chicks for free". Switch genre to "Unforgettable". hehe "wrong verse" hehe. Ok, that is entertaining. "mix up the other way".

His voice is somewhat deceptive, somewhat weak sounding, but it can grow on you if you give him a chance.

Ok, I admit that every time in the past that I've caught Merricks, it was before or after some other singer I had gone to see. He was playing before that other singer's set, or after. So I never really gave him much of a chance. I'd listen to a bit of his act, then wander off to another singer, or stop listening to music for the night. I realize now that he is a lot more entertaining than I had thought.

hmm, he does a good Simon & Garfunkel song. Voice seems perfect for it.

Did a Dierks Bently song near the end that kind of shows something of the voice issue. Started off somewhat weakly, but as the song continued, the voice really started to work with the song, and gathered strength.

Then again . . . I did arrive for hour two of his show. And he noted at the end that he rarely has done that in SL. So . . . . my ratings reflect how he sounds in hour two. hehe

Schedule: ?

Websites: http://www.myspace.com/vincentmerricks (though not logged into MySpace since 12/20/2010)

Stream: ?

Song List:
from notecard: Here's a list of the songs I perform. I'll be updating this list regularly.

Original Songs
Behind Your Smile
Dangerous Games
Everything I Have
Fantasy Girl
It's Nothin'
New Religion
The Eagle Flies
Too Long
Well On My Way
Your Goodbye
You Don't Have To Say You're Sorry

Covers - Guitar backing tracks with live vocals and guitar - These tracks have no lead guitar in them so I get to play all the lead parts.
(Title - Artist)
Black Magic Woman - Santana
Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits

Covers - Full backing tracks with live vocals and guitar
(Title - Artist)
All My Ex's Live In Texas - George Strait
Bobby McGee - Kris Kristopherson
Good Hearted Woman - Waylon Jennings
He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk - Trace Adkins
I Love This Bar - Toby Keith
If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets - Joe Diffie
If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks
It's Five O'clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett
Livin' On Love - Alan Jackson
Love Without End, Amen - George Strait
Making Memories Of Us - Keith Urban
Remember When - Alan Jackson
The River - Garth Brooks
The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks
Then What - Clay Walker
To Make You Feel My Love - Garth Brooks
Wasn't That A Party - Tom Paxton & The Clancy Brothers
What She's Doin' Now - Garth Brooks
When The Sun Goes Down - Kenny Chesney
Whisper My Name - Randy Travis
Your Man - Josh Turner

All The Way - Frank Sinatra
Embracable You - Frank Sinatra
Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime - Dean Martin
Fever - Peggy Lee
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
Unforgetable - Nat King Cole

All I Have To Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
At The Hop - Danny and the Juniors
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers
Confidence Man - Jeff Healy
Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
Feelin' Groovy - Simon & Garfunkel
Fire And Rain - James Taylor
I Am, I Said - Neil Diamond
I'm Walkin - Fats Domino
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Little Sister - Elvis Presley
Love Potion No. 9 - The Searchers
Long Trian Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
Never Been To Spain - Three Dog Night
Operator - Jim Croce
Play Me - Neil Diamond
Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Tossin' And Turnin'
Treat Me Nice - Elvis Presley
Walk Of Life - Dire Straits
You've Got A Friend - James Taylor

Covers - Live vocals and guitar (No backing tracks)
(Title - Artist)
Amazed - Lonestar
Be My Baby Tonight - John Michael Montgomery
Bless The Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
Bring It On Home - Little Big Town
Bring On The Rain - Jo Dee Messina
But For The Grace Of God - Keith Urban
Carlene - Phil Vasser
Come A Little Closer - Dierks Bently
Daddy's Money - Ricochet
Dixieland Delight - Alabama
Don’t Happen Twice - Kenny Chesney
Down Home - Alabama
Everybody Wanna Go To Heaven - Kenny Chesney
God Blessed Texas - Little Texas
Good Morning Beautiful - Steve Holy
He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
Help Me Make It Through The Night - Kris Kristofferson
How Am I Doin' - Dierks Bently
I Believe In You - Don Williams
I Don't Even Know Your Name - Alan Jackson
I Don't Want To Miss A Thing - Mark Chestnutt/Aerosmith
I Miss My Friend - Darryl Worley
I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink - Merle Haggard
I'm Still A Guy - Brad Paisley
In This Life - Colin Raye
Jambalaya - Hank Williams Sr.
Just To See You Smile - Tim McGraw
Kaw Liga - Hank Williams Sr.
Long Neck Bottle - Garth Brooks
Love, Me - Colin Raye
Meet Me In Montana - Dan Seals & Marie Osmond
Misery And Gin - Merle Haggard
Moments - Emerson Drive
Must Be Doin' Something Right - Billy Currington
One More Day - Diamond Rio
Online - Brad Paisley
Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
Stupid Boy - Keith Urban
Teenager In Love - Dion and the Belmonts
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off - Joe Nichols
Tying To Stop Your Leaving - Dierks Bently
Waitin' On A Woman - Brad Paisley
Walking In Memphis - Lonestar/Mark Cohn
What Mattered Most - Ty Herndon
What Might Have Been - Little Texas
What Was I Thinking - Dierks Bentley
Whenever You Come Around - Vince Gill
You Had Me From Hello - Kenny Chesney

A Love Song - Kenny Loggins
Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
Make It With You - David Gates & Bread
Promises - Eric Clapton
The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
You Don't Mess Around With Jim - Jim Croce

See again? probably
Recommend? probably need to see again before make determination recommend or not
Vague rating:
song choice:
Entertainment: 8/10
Instrument: Guitar: 9/10
Voice: 6.6/10 (fluctuates between wanting to give 7+ rating for voice and 6+ rating, depending)

(as with last blog post I did, I'm not 100% healthy at the moment, ears/head off, so take ratings with that in mind)

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