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My musical performances

From roughly 2006 through 2014, I played two or three times a year at services of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Staunton, along with Matthew Poteat, Randy Hamblett, Colin Hester, and a few others. On September 21, 2014 (see August 8, 2016 blog post), I played with those guys at a peace rally in Gypsy Hill Park. Since March 2016, I have been playing at "open mic" events which are held each Wednesday evening at Queen City Brewing in Staunton, Virginia. The first time was kind of rocky, but I eventually returned and gradually got better at performing in public. I am grateful to Fritz Horisk and the Staunton Music Guild for providing this venue for aspiring musicians.

My own shows

Andrew at Bedlam Brewing 04 Jun 2017

In early 2017, I began asking around at various local venues about doing music shows, and had my first solo act (at Bedlam Brewing) in June of that year. I am very grateful for the support from my friends who have gone to see me play. I generally write one blog post per show (including brief summaries of my open mic appearances), but combined three shows (April-May, 2018) into one blog post:

  1. Jun 4, 2017 Bedlam Brewing ( + 7 open mic )
  2. Jul 23, 2017 Bedlam Brewing ( + 7 open mic )
  3. Sep 24, 2017 Bedlam Brewing ( + 4 open mic )
  4. Nov 17, 2017 Bedlam Brewing ( + 5 open mic )
  5. Jan 20, 2018 Valley Smokehouse ( + 3 open mic )
  6. Feb 17, 2018 Shenandoah Brewing ( + 6 open mic )
  7. Apr 20, 2018 Bedlam Brewing ( + 12 open mic ) *
  8. Apr 27, 2018 Shenandoah Brewing ( " ) *
  9. May 25, 2018 Bedlam Brewing ( " ) *
  10. Aug 31, 2018 Bedlam Brewing ( + 5 open mic )

Dates refer to when the events occurred, not the blog posts, which came later.
* Three separate shows, and 12 open mic events, were covered in a single blog post on July 28.

Original artistSong title# of times
I played
(at my own shows)
(traditional)Blue Ridge Mtns of Virginia1
10 CCI'm Not In Love2
Al StewartYear of the Cat1
Allman BrothersMelissa3
Andrew ClemBetter Left Unsaid5
ArgentHold Your Head Up1
AviciiWake Me Up1
BadfingerDay After Day1
BeatlesAll You Need Is Love1
BeatlesAnd I Love Her1
BeatlesCome Together3
BeatlesHere Comes the Sun2
BeatlesHey Jude1
BeatlesIf I Fell1
BeatlesLove Me Do2
BeatlesNorwegian Wood1
BeatlesYou've Got To Hide Your Love Away2
Billy JoelPiano Man4
Bob DylanAll Along the Watchtower1
Bob DylanLike A Rolling Stone3
Bob SegerTurn the Page3
Bobbie GentryThe Ballad of Bille Joe1
BreadGuitar Man1
Cat StevensWild World1
Chris IsaacsWicked Game4
Classics IVStormy2
Classics IVTraces1
Creedence Clearwater RevivalGreen River3
Creedence Clearwater RevivalI Put A Spell On You1
Creedence Clearwater RevivalProud Mary3
Creedence Clearwater RevivalSusie Q1
Crosby, Stills, & NashCarry On1
Crosby, Stills, & NashGuinnevere1
Crosby, Stills, & NashSimple Man1
Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungHelplessly Hoping2
David BowieSpace Oddity1
Doobie BrothersChina Grove3
Doobie BrothersListen To The Music2
Doobie BrothersLong Train Running3
Duncan SheikhBarely Breathing1
EaglesBitter Creek1
EaglesCertain Kind Of Fool1
EaglesDoolin' Dalton1
EaglesHotel California4
EaglesLove Will Keep Us Alive2
EaglesLyin' Eyes1
EaglesOne of These Nights1
EaglesOutlaw Man3
EaglesPeaceful Easy Feelin'1
EaglesSaturday Night1
EaglesTake It Easy1
EaglesTequila Sunrise1
EaglesTrain Leaves Here This Morning2
EaglesWitchy Woman4
Elton JohnBennie and the Jets1
Elton JohnDaniel1
Elton JohnRocket Man1
Elton JohnYour Song1
Eric ClaptonNobody Knows You When You're Down and Out2
Eric ClaptonTears In Heaven2
Fleetwood MacThe Chain1
Fleetwood Mac Landslide 2
Fleetwood Mac Never Goin' Back Again3
Gerry RaffertyBaker Street2
Gin BlossomsFollow You Down3
Gin BlossomsFound Out About You4
Gin BlossomsTil I Hear It From You1
Gordon LightfootIf You Could Read My Mind2
Green DayBoulevard of Broken Dreams2
Green DayThe Time of Your Life2
Guess WhoAmerican Woman (Wigeon)1
Harry ChapinCat's In the Cradle1
Hootie & the BlowfishOnly Want To Be With You5
James TaylorYou've Got a Friend1
Jethro TullAqualung1
Jethro TullThe Teacher1
John Cougar MellencampPaper In Fire1
John Cougar MellencampPink Houses3
John Cougar MellencampSmall Town1
John DenverBack Home Again1
John DenverTake Me Home, Country Roads3
John FogertyCenterfield1
John FogertyThe Old Man Down the Road3
Johnny CashFolsom Prison Blues1
Johnny CashI Walk the Line2
Johnny CashRing Of Fire2
k.d. langConstant Craving1
KansasDust In The Wind4
Molly HatchetThe Fall of the Peacemakers1
Moody BluesThe Story In Your Eyes1
Moody BluesThe Voice1
Moody BluesTuesday Afternoon1
Neil DiamondKentucky Woman (Warbler)1
Neil YoungCinnamon Girl (Teal)1
Neil YoungHarvest Moon2
Neil YoungHeart Of Gold1
Neil YoungLike a Hurricane1
Neil YoungMy My, Hey Hey2
Neil YoungSugar Mountain1
New Riders Of The Purple SageLonesome L.A. Cowboy1
Nitty Gritty Dirt BandMr. Bojangles1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsColorado Song **1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsCountry Girl2
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsFly Away Home1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsGypsy Forest1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsHomemade Wine1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsIf You Wanna Get To Heaven4
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsJackie Blue1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsLeatherwood3
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsNoah1
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsStanding On The Rock3
Ozark Mountain DaredevilsYou Know Like I Know1
Pink FloydBreathe In the Air4
Pink FloydComfortably Numb3
Pink FloydHey You2
Pink FloydTime3
Pink FloydUs and Them3
Plain White T'sRhythm of Love3
PocoCrazy Love2
PocoHeart of the Night1
PoliceDon't Stand So Close To Me1
PoliceEvery Breath You Take 1
PoliceInvisible Sun2
REO SpeedwagonTake It On the Run1
Rolling StonesSweet Virginia1
Rolling StonesThe Last Time2
Rolling StonesWild Horses2
Rolling StonesYou Can't Always Get What You Want1
Seals & CroftSummer Breeze1
Sheryl CrowA Change Would Do You Good1
Sheryl CrowMy Favorite Mistake3
Simon & GarfunkleAmerica1
Simon & GarfunkleEl Condor Pasa1
Simon & GarfunkleMrs. Robinson4
Simon & GarfunkleThe Sound of Silence2
Soggy Bottom BoysMan of Constant Sorrow1
Steve GoodmanA Dying Cubs' Fan Last Request1
Steve GoodmanCity of New Orleans3
Stevie Nicks & Tom PettyStop Draggin' My Heart Around1
Stone Temple PilotsInterstate Love Song2
Terry CashmanTalkin' Baseball (Willie, Mickey, & the Duke)1
The Who Behind Blue Eyes1
Tom PettyHere Comes My Girl2
Tom PettyI Won't Back Down4
Tom PettyInto the Great Wide Open2
Tom PettyMary Jane's Last Dance1
Tom PettyRefugee2
U 2In God's Country2
U 2With Or Without You1
Waylon JenningsLuckenbach, Texas3

Other songs
(at open mic events only)

Original artistSong titleApprox. # of
times I played
(at open mic events)
Alannah Myles Black Velvet 1
Alice Cooper School's Out 1
Bachman Turner Overdrive You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet 1
Bachman Turner Overdrive Let It Ride 1
Badfinger Baby Blue 1
Beatles Eight Days a Week 1
Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever 1
Beatles A Day In the Life 1
Beatles Penny Lane 2
Beatles Lady Madonna 1
The Byrds Eight Miles High 1
Collective Soul The World I Know 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival Who'll Stop the Rain 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival Fortunate Son 1
Creedence Clearwater Revival I Heard It Through the Grapevine 1
Eric Clapton Let It Rain 1
David Bowie Rebel, Rebel 1
David Bowie Golden Years 1
Dion Abraham, Martin, and John 1
Eagles On the Border 2
Eagles New Kid In Town 1
Eagles Peaceful Easy Feeling 2
Eagles Take It To the Limit 1
Eagles Best of My Love 1
Eagles I Can't Tell You Why 1
Eagles Heartache Tonight 1
Eagles The Long Run 1
Eagles Please Come Home for Christmas 1
Eagles Long Road Out of Eden 2
Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 2
Bing Crosby White Christmas 1
Eric Clapton Before You Accuse Me 1
Eric Clapton Hey Hey 1
Eric Clapton Layla 1
Firefall Strange Way 2
Firefall Cinderella 1
Goo Goo Dolls Iris 1
(Lerner & Lowe / R. Burton) Camelot 1
Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind, Love 1
Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues 1
Johnny Mandel Suicide Is Painless 1
Jose Feliciano Feliz Navidad 1
Linda Ronstadt It Doesn't Matter Anymore ** 2
Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama 1
Martina McBride Independence Day 1
Mel Tourme The Christmas Song 1
Molly Hatchet Fall of the Peacemakers 1
Molly Hatchet Flirtin' With Disaster 1
Moody Blues Nights In White Satin 1
Neil Young Sugar Mountain 1
New Riders Of The Purple Sage Panama Red 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Southern Cross 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Beauty In the River 2
Ozark Mountain Daredevils You Made It Right 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils It'll Shine When It Shines 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Black Sky 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Road to Glory 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Within Without 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Chicken Train 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils Out On the Sea 1
Ozark Mountain Daredevils It's How You Think 1
Pink Floyd Brain Damage 1
Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1
Pink Floyd Brain Damage 1
The Police De Doo Doo Doo, De Da Da Da 1
Sheryl Crow If It Makes You Happy 1
Sheryl Crow All I Wanna Do 1
Steve Goodman A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request 2
Ringo Starr It Don't Come Easy 1
Rolling Stones Ruby Tuesday 1
REO Speedwagon Ridin' the Storm Out 1
Ringo Starr You're Sixteen 1
Toto Africa 1
Toto Rosanna 1
U2 New Year's Day 1
U2 Pride (In the Name of Love) 1
Waylon Jennings Good Hearted Woman 1
The Youngbloods Get Together 1

Other events

Montage bird song medley

On December 12, 2016 I provided musical entertainment at the Augusta Bird Club's 50th anniversary dinner, playing five songs (or parts thereof), four of which are marked with asterisks in the open mic list above for December 14, when I played them again (in full). On the first song, "Take Me Home, Country Roads," I changed "West Virginia" to "Augusta County," and "Shenandoah River" to "Shenandoah Valley." The next four songs were all abbreviated, comprising what I called a "bird song medley," in which each song title was altered, along with a few lyrics where appropriate.

At the April 10, 2017 monthly club meeting I played the same medley again, but replacing John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" with "Tern, Tern, Tern" ("Turn, Turn, Turn") by the Byrds.

ABOVE RIGHT: The four birds (Kentucky Warbler, American Wigeon, Cinnamon Teal, and Mississippi Kite) about which I sang.
BELOW: Yours truly, performing at the Augusta Bird Club's 50th anniversary dinner on December 12.

ABC 50th anniversary dinner - Andrew Clem, Stark & Jean Smith, Emily & Tom Britt

Musical instruments

I play the following instruments:

Instrument When learned My profiency
Guitar 1969 Advanced
Piano 1988 Beginner
Charango 2004 Beginner
Harmonica 2012 Intermediate