Before joining Ben’s site I’d actually been devoting a lot of time to rhythm playing and singing.
I used to go to a local pub to play with some folkies (as they call them here in the UK). I’ve been going for a couple of years. Most of them seemed reasonably impressed with my guitar playing and would ask me to sing a song.
I simply couldn’t do it! I had go a few times and it never worked - I would completely forget the chord progression and crash. They’ve rarely asked me to do again as they know what will happen, I’ll get very embarrassed and crash out in confusion with a blank expression on my face.
I’ve had time to practice at home - live music is UK pubs is still not allowed (I think) - so I’ve not seen any of the good old boys for a while. I’ve been practicing sing Hank Williams songs and I really like Jimmie Rodgers along with other old timey music. The early bluegrass songs are often brilliant too - though I don’t get the high lonesome sound (I do like it but its not my favorite style). So I was interested if others here spend a bit of time trying to sing and what they sing.
Also when I first started to learn - I had no idea that Tony Rice used to frequently sing - he had an incredible voice and sang so well. I really value a song as a whole with lyrics, I’ve never been entirely interested in listening to bluegrass as just a melodic thing - though I do that sometimes and it is very beautiful. So if anyone could recommend any bluegrass singers or great songs - from any period I’d be interested to hear what people like listening to or performing as songs with lyrics.
Thank you for your time