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Hunch Up On That Guitar Son!

Updated: Dec 20, 2018

Years ago when I first started getting my feet wet good in this world of making music with friends and fellow bandmates, we started doing the inevitable that any young aspiring musician types do. Playing live shows. For myself I was always the reserved quiet guitarist that was quite comfortable and content with just being the sideman for the most part. Always preferring to stand there, hold it down, groove out, and feel what was going on instead of opting for what would have been a more forced "strut your stuff" flamboyant stage persona. I never could really bring myself to fake anything or act out for the most part. Mostly out of fear of drawing attention to myself more than anything as from earlier life experiences I learned very quickly that by drawing attention to yourself, whether intentional of unbeknownst, could easily make you a target for ridicule or worse and was not something I felt any need to engage in.


Once I started playing with some friends and we had a pretty good local following going and doing a number of live shows, I soon became the recipient of a great amount of unsolicited advice coming from a variety of sources. I'm sure EVERY band or musician out there has experienced this to at least some degree, and it can sometimes be hard to adjust to. For myself it was mostly "you need to move around on stage more". Not one for taking advice I would usually just let these comments go in one ear, out the other, and let them fade off into the cosmos. Reason being is that I have found that most people who offer up this well intended advice are more often than not, looking at what a band is doing and not necessarily listening as much to what a band is doing. As in, for many the whole live music experience is more about the visual than the music, and that line of thinking is probably the source for most of the theatrics and elaborate stage shows we've had around since the early 1970s. Which is great, just not where my center of focus has been.


It just so happens that one of these well intended advisors is a close family member who has given me (and many others) more unconditional support since I first started on this musical journey back in 1986 than any one person could possibly hope for. That person was my dad, Jim Hance. Although sometimes he could be a little rough around the edges and rub you the wrong way, down deep inside he did have a heart of gold!


From where I'm standing he was, bar none, THE undisputed king of unsolicited advice if there ever was one. Always dropping such stunning pearls of wisdom as...


"WHAT YOU NEED IS A COUNTRY SONG THEN EVERYONE WILL JUST FLOCK TO YOU... THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE WANT"


Or what would have potentially been an outlandish show-stopper of a somewhat bizarre proportion in...


"WHAT YA'LL NEED TO DO IS GET YOUR TWO SISTERS UP ON A PLATFORM DANCING ON EITHER SIDE OF THE STAGE WITH Y'ALL TO GET EVERYONE INTO IT... THEN PEOPLE WILL GO CRAZY"


One of his best pieces of observational commentary has to be in what he said after we played at a Jacksonville area venue before a deafening audience of about 1400 screaming fans is yet another priceless nugget of wisdom... again…


"WHAT Y'ALL NEED IS TO DO A COUNTRY SONG AND THEN THEM PEOPLE WILL GO CRAZY… I'M TELLIN' YA"... As if that very thing did not just unfold before his very eyes (less that elusive much sought after country song of course).


I hated to be the one to have had to tell him that “IF” all these people that are "FLOCKING TO YOU" and "GOING CRAZY" for that one country song that everyone is "GOING CRAZY FOR" do indeed "FLOCK TO YOU" and "GO CRAZY", then what are they gonna do for the next 2+ hours of the show when the band is playing loud bluesy rock and roll music? Anyway...


Which leads me to the crown jewel of them all that has resonated the loudest down though the years in the form of my father's reference to my noncommittal to engage in excessive movement on stage and is THE most profound advice I have ever received from him to date which is…


"SON… WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS HUNCH UP ON THAT GUITAR AND PEOPLE WILL GO CRAZY"!!!


So in tribute to the King of Unsolicited Advice, I pull and post this video from the archives just for you dad so that in the afterlife, you can finally stand proudly, look down, and draw on the comfort that after all those years of counseling and administering practical sound advice, I have finally heeded your words of wisdom and have indeed once and for all "HUNCHED UP ON MY GUITAR"... So please, do Enjoy!


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yBt2I-XnSY


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