SETLIST: Brewers & Blues Against Hunger Tour

2107 Brewers & Blues Against Hunger Jam Setlist

The music like the brews all starts with a small basic set of ingredients. In brewing, you need grains, hops, water, and yeast. And in live blues, you need musicians, instruments, an audience, and songs. And although the tools are the same, what is created can be infinite. It is the brewers and musicians, and their unique and individual passions that create the tastes and sounds of this event.

No two can ever be the same. 

The Brewers & Blues Against Hunger has an entirely different lineup of musicians each night. In most cases, the musicians will meet for the first time just prior to taking the stage. So, to ensure a powerful event, and a strong cohesive performance, we've created a setlist that is provided in advance to all musicians - everyone is giving the same ingredients. The setlist is a mix of blues classics from a variety of artists. The songs were selected to represent a mix of artists, styles, and popularity at jams.

We want all to shine.

For this reason, we have selected the following tracks. Participating musicians can select their favorites, and bring in their own unique flavors, and style. The setlist helps ensure a better musical experience for all, musicians and audience. That being said, spontaneity and improvisation are ALWAYS encouraged. 

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We will provide all songs with backing tracks, tab, lyrics, lessons and more as time allows to ensure the best jamming experience ever. The set list is a guideposts of the jams, other songs can and are played. If there is a set of jammers that all know the same song or songs, not a problem.    

Easier for musicians

Hey Bartender - Floyd Dixon / Koko Taylor / Blues Brother
Key of C | 150 bpm | Youtube - B.Brothers  | Youtube -Dixon | Bass cover  |
Note: We will perform the Blues Brother version. 

"Hey Bartender" is a song written by Floyd Dixon in 1954. A cover by Laurel Aitken in 1961 made the song a huge success. It was subsequently covered and recorded live by The Blues Brothers in 1978 and also recorded by American country music artist Johnny Lee. It was released in June 1983 as the first single and title track from his album Hey Bartender. The song reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.

Dust My Broom - Robert Johnson / Canned Heat / Elmore James

"Dust My Broom" is a blues song originally recorded as "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" by American blues artist Robert Johnson in 1936. It is a solo performance in the Delta blues-style with Johnson's vocal accompanied by his acoustic guitar.  Johnson's guitar work features an early use of a boogie rhythm pattern, which is seen as a major innovation, as well as a repeating triplets figure. "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom" was issued before blues records were tracked by recording industry trade publications and, as with most of Johnson's recordings, has not been otherwise identified as a big seller at the time.

Born In Chicago - Paul Butterfield Band
Key of A | 150 bpm | Youtube - PB Band | Youtube | Guitar cover

"Born in Chicago" first appeared on the album "The Paul Butterfield Blues Band", the debut album by Paul Butterfield, released in 1965 on Elektra Records. It peaked at #123 on the Billboard pop albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 476 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, moving up to number 468 in the revised 2012 list, and also is ranked at #11 on Down Beat magazine's list of the top 50 blues albums.

Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King
Key of C# | 90 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson |

"Born Under a Bad Sign" is a blues song recorded by American blues singer and guitarist Albert King in 1967. Called "a timeless staple of the blues", the song also had strong crossover appeal to the rock audience with its bass and guitar harmony line and astrology reference. "Born Under a Bad Sign" became an R&B chart hit for King and numerous blues and other musicians have made it perhaps the most recorded Albert King song.

Evil - Howlin Wolf / Koko Taylor
Key of G | 108 bpm | Howlin Wolf Video | Backing Track

"Evil", sometimes listed as "Evil (Is Going On)", is a Chicago blues standard written by Willie Dixon. Howlin' Wolf recorded the song for Chess Records in 1954. It was included on the 1959 compilation album Moanin' in the Moonlight. When he re-recorded it for The Howlin' Wolf Album in 1969, "Evil" became Wolf's last charting single (#43 Billboard R&B chart).

Big Ten Inch RecordBull Moose Jackson
Key of A | 160 bpm | Youtube video | Bass cover |  Guitar cover | Songsterr |

American blues and rhythm-and-blues singer and saxophonist Benjamin Clarence "Bull Moose" Jackson (April 22, 1919 – July 31, 1989) first recorded Big Ten Inch Record in 1951, near the height of his career. He is sometimes considered a performer of dirty blues, because of the suggestive nature of some of his songs, such as "I Want a Bowlegged Woman" and "Big Ten Inch Record".

Hard Times Killing Floor Blues - Skip James
Key of Dm | 100 bpm | Youtube video |

"Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" was recorded for Paramount Records in 1931 by Skip James. His guitar playing is noted for its dark, minor-key sound, played in an open D-minor tuning with an intricate fingerpicking technique, but these recordings sold poorly, having been released during the Great Depression, and he drifted into obscurity. After a long absence from the public eye, James was "rediscovered" in 1964 by three blues enthusiasts, helping further the blues and folk music revival of the 1950s and early 1960s.

You Don't Know My Mind (ac) - Mississippi Joe Callicott / Hugh Laurie
Key of A |  90 bpm | Youtube video | Joe performing this track | Guitar lesson (this lesson is in G, and we perform in A). Note: the song is performed in A, chords A7, D7, E with a shuffle.

"You Don't Know My Mind", also know as "Laughing To Keep From Crying" was recorded by Mississippi Joe Callicott in 1967. "Mississippi" Joe Callicott (October 10, 1899 – May 1969) was an American Delta blues singer and guitarist.

Damn Right I Got The Blues - Buddy Guy
Key of G | 137 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson | Buddy Guy performing at Guitar Center

"Damn Right, I've Got the Blues" is the seventh studio album by Blues guitarist Buddy Guy. The album has been described by Allmusic and Rolling Stone as a commercial comeback album for Guy after limited recording for the previous 10 years. In 2005 the album was reissued as "Damn Right, I've Got The Blues Expanded Edition", featuring two bonus tracks.

Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
Key of E | 150 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar Lesson | Songsterr |

"Boom Boom" is a song written by American blues singer/guitarist John Lee Hooker and recorded in 1961. Although a blues song, music critic Charles Shaar Murray calls it "the greatest pop song he ever wrote". "Boom Boom" was both an American R&B and pop chart success in 1962 as well as placing in the UK Singles Chart in 1992.

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker
Key of E | 125 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson |

"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (or "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer", its original title) is a blues song written by Rudy Toombs and recorded by Amos Milburn in 1953. It is one of several drinking songs recorded by Milburn in the early 1950s that placed in the top ten of the Billboard R&B chart. Other artists released popular recordings of the song, including John Lee Hooker in 1966 and George Thorogood in 1977.

Cold ShotStevie Ray Vaughan
Key of Ab | 110 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson | Bass cover
Note: Stevie plays a half step down, we will perform it in standard tuning to simplify for the jam, meaning it will be performed in Ab.

Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan covered and recorded "Cold Shot" live at Carnegie Hall while on tour for his second album, 1984's "Couldn't Stand the Weather". It was released on the album entitled, "Live at Carnegie Hall". The song written by W. C. Clark (born Wesley Curley Clark, November 16, 1939) is an American blues musician. He is known as the "Godfather of Austin Blues" for his influence on the Austin, Texas blues scene since the late 1960s.

Willie The Wimp - Jimmy Vaughan
Key of A | 136 bpm | Youtube video | 
Note: Stevie performed a half step down, we will perform this in standard tuning.

Bill Carter, of Austin, Texas first released the song as "Willy The Wimp (And His Cadillac Coffin)" on his 1985 album, Stompin' Grounds. Jimmie Vaughan played lead guitar on Carter's album, and his brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, released his version, titled: "Willie the Wimp" on his Live Alive album in July 1986. The blues-rock standard begins: Stevie Ray Vaughan performed the song live in concert at the Midtfyns Festival in Denmark in 1988.

Evil Hearted Me - Johnny Horton
Key of Gm | 95 bpm | Youtube video | 
Note: Originally played fingerstyle and rockabilly. We will perform this with a midtempo 12 bar blues shuffle.

The song was first recorded and released by Columbia on Johnny Horton's 1969 "Johnny Horton on the Road" as a honky tonk country song. Note: Originally played fingerstyle and rockabilly. It is performed as a midtempo blues shuffle.

Wang Dang Doodle (ac) - Howlin Wolf / Koko Taylor / Willie Dixon
Key of E | 120 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson

"Wang Dang Doodle" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon. Music critic Mike Rowe calls it a party song in an urban style with its massive, rolling, exciting beat. It was first recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960 and released by Chess Records in 1961. In 1965, Dixon and Leonard Chess persuaded Koko Taylor to record it for Checker Records, a Chess subsidiary. Taylor's rendition quickly became a hit, reaching number thirteen on the Billboard R&B chart and number 58 on the pop chart. "Wang Dang Doodle" became a blues standard and has been recorded by various artists.

The Thrill is Gone - BB King
Key of Bm | 85 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson

"The Thrill Is Gone" is a slow minor-key blues song written by West Coast blues musician Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951. Hawkins' recording of the song reached number six on the Billboard R&B chart in 1951. In 1970, "The Thrill Is Gone" became a major hit for B.B. King. Subsequently, many blues and other artists have recorded their interpretations of the song.

Tush - ZZ Top
Key of G | 145 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar Lesson |

"Tush" is a twelve-bar blues in the key of G, recorded by American blues rock band ZZ Top. The only single from their fourth album Fandango!. The song was named the 67th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers - ZZ Top
Key of G  | 135 bpm |  Bass Tab  |  Guitar Pro Tab | Recorded version | Lyrics

"Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" was released in 1973 on Tres Hombres (Spanish for "three men"),  the third album by the American rock band ZZ Top. The song is a fast pace 12 bar blues in G.

Easy Baby - Magic Sam
Key of Bm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson |

Samuel Gene Maghett, known as Magic Sam, was an American Chicago blues musician and learned to play the blues from listening to records by Muddy Waters and Little Walter. After moving to Chicago at the age of 19, he was signed by Cobra Records. He recorded singles for Cobra Records from 1957 to 1959, including "All Your Love" and "Easy Baby".  He was known for his distinctive tremolo guitar playing.

Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
Key of A | 120 bpm | Youtube video | Songsterr Muddy Waters version |

"Hoochie Coochie Man" (originally titled "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man") is a blues standard written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954. The song references hoodoo folk magic elements and makes novel use of a stop-time musical arrangement. It became one of Waters' most popular and identifiable songs and helped secure Dixon's role as Chess Records' chief songwriter.

Spoonful - Howlin Wolf 
Key of Em | 120 bpm | Youtube Howlin' Wolf | Lyrics

"Spoonful" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon and first recorded in 1960 by Howlin' Wolf. Called "a stark and haunting work" it is one of Dixon's best-known and most interpreted songs. Etta James had a pop and R&B record chart hit with "Spoonful" in 1961, and it was popularized in the late 1960s by the British rock group Cream.

I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James

"I'd Rather Go Blind" is a blues song written by Ellington Jordan and co-credited to Billy Foster. It was first recorded by Etta James in 1967, released in 1968, and has subsequently become regarded as a blues and soul classic.

Etta James recorded the song at the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It was included on the album Tell Mama and as the B-side of the single of the same name which made number 10 on the Billboard R&B charts and number 23 on the pop charts.

I'm Tore Down - Freddie King / Eric Clapton
Key of C | 150 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson |

"I'm Tore Down", sometimes known as "Tore Down" is a blues song made popular by Freddie King, when he released his take on the track in 1961 for Federal Records. Although it is often believed that King himself wrote the song, Sonny Thompson is officially credited as the author of the tune.

The British rock musician Eric Clapton brought the song to a much wider audience as he covered the tune for his 1994 hit album From the Cradle, which went on to sell more than 5,600,000 copies and reached number one on various national music charts.

Red House - Jimi Hendrix / Buddy Guy
Key of B | 80 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson

"Red House" is a song written by Jimi Hendrix and originally recorded in 1966 by the Jimi Hendrix Experience. It is a slow twelve-bar blues, which music writer Keith Shadwick calls "one of the most traditional in sound and form of all his official recordings".  It was developed during Hendrix's pre-Experience days while he was performing in Greenwich Village, and was inspired by earlier blues songs. Hendrix recorded several studios and live versions of the song during his career. "Red House" has also been recorded by a variety of blues and other artists.

Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson / Blues Brother
Key of E | 110 bpm | Youtube video | Guitar lesson

"Sweet Home Chicago" is a blues standard first recorded by Robert Johnson in 1936. Although he is often credited as the songwriter, several songs have been identified as precedents. The song has become a popular anthem for the city of Chicago despite ambiguity in Johnson's original lyrics. Numerous artists have interpreted the song in a variety of styles.

Walking By Myself Jimmy Rogers / Freddie King / Gary Moore
Key of E | 125 bpm | Youtube video | 8 Bar Blues |

Jimmy Rogers (June 3, 1924 – December 19, 1997) was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, best known for his work as a member of Muddy Waters's band in the early 1950s. He also had solo hits on the R&B chart with "That's All Right" in 1950 and "Walking by Myself" in 1954. He withdrew from the music industry at the end of the 1950s but returned to recording and touring in the 1970s.He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1995. In the mid-1950s he had several successful records released by Chess, most of them featuring either Little Walter or Big Walter Horton on harmonica, notably "Walking by Myself".

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The host band of the evening is Sweet Sixx & The Wild Pack Band. They will only play the first 3 songs of the show and provide backing to all guest jammers, or during a period of no guests. All musicians are welcome and often invited to participate in the opening 3-song set.


Sweet Sixx & The Wild Pack Band  |  CD Baby  |  Jango! Radio  |

The Sweet Sixx & The Wild Pack band is as the name implies, Wild. A blues rock band made up of a forever changing cast of musicians with Sixx and Rachel Pack aka "Sweet" as the founding and only two consistent members. Sixx on guitars and vocals and Rachel on bass and vocals.

Sixx and Sweet were married in 2003, after both spending their lifetime in promotion and marketing. They spent the next 10 years together producing hundreds of events; including 8 years of charity blues festivals.  In 2013, after falling in love with the blues, and with the encouragement of many musician friends, Sixx and Sweet Pack picked up instruments and formed their first band originally Sweet & Lowdown as a duo, and later changed to Wild Pack with the addition of drummers. 

Wild Pack is a full-time touring jam band primarily, however Sixx and Sweet look for any opportunity to play and occasionally perform as an acoustic or electric duo, or power trio. However, the majority of the time they're found hosting charity food drives for Blues Against Hunger Society, a group dedicated to feeding the hungry while preserving and promoting the blues.   

"We're blessed to be able to do what we love, follow our passion of helping others, travel and music. We now can play with musicians, far and wide, and share what we love. We hope to jam with you, sometime, someplace - out there in the WILD!"

Sweet Sixx & The Wild Pack Set Songs
(in rotation)

Aqui En El Siete
Key of D | 4/4 Blues Rock Jam |

Key of Am | 12/8 Slow Jam |

Keep Getting Better
Key of G | Blues Shuffle Jam

Lil Mojo
Key of D | Upbeat 12 bar Instrumental Jam |

Next Train Out of Town
Key of Em | Shuffle 12 bar Jam |

Can't Get Enough
Key of Em | 4/4 Blues Rock Jam |

Stop Lying
Key of A | Upbeat 12 bar Swing Jam |

Swapmeet Blues
Key of E | Ol' School Jimmy Reed Style Jam |

Bad Girls
Key of F# | Blues Rock 12 bar Jam |

Old Blue Jeans
Key of Am | Rhumba blues | Midtempo

Best Back Off
Key of Em | Blues rock 12 bar |