There’s nothing like going to an intimate music venue in Nashville and watching singer/songwriters practicing their craft while they perform original compositions that might just become somebody’s next big radio hit. But every now and again, it’s fun to just kick back at a bar to listen to a cover band playing songs where you know all the words and can lean your head back and howl along with the lyrics like a full-volume version of karaoke with a talented backing band.
It could only be better if you could request your own favorite songs from the band, but unless you know their repertoire, it’s hard to guess whether the players know how to play that particular song. Well, thanks to technology advancements, there’s a solution to that vexing problem.
mySetMusic is a special website where performers can upload their song lists and allow the audience to help program their live sets. Everybody knows that the band is more likely to play your request if it’s accompanied by a tip than if you just scream “Freeeee Biiiirrrd” at the top of your lungs (don’t do that,) so when you make a request through mySetMusic, you can choose how much you’d like to pay to hear that song. Requests which have the most money attached to them move to the top of the list, because this is of course a capitalist enterprise.
At AJ’s Good Time Bar on Lower Broad in Nashville, they’ve connected their Facebook page to mySet so that you can even make a request from the comfort of your own couch at home and watch the band on stage play it through a live stream. And you can bet that there are plenty of Alan Jackson classics on most of those bands’ lists, because you have to give some love to the bar’s founder/owner. From home or from the live audience, you can also tip the band directly through mySet, eliminating the worry about whether you’ve got enough cash to both pay for your beers and to tip the band (which you should!)
Artists can even create a special QR code to display which lets audience members scan it to go directly to their mySet page, and there is no cost to musicians to sign up for the service. The company takes one dollar from each transaction to maintain the website, but the lion’s share of all requests and all the tips go directly to the artists.
So whether you’re sitting at the bar at AJ’s Good Time Bar and don’t want to get up from your stool to drop a fiver in the tip bucket, or you’re sitting at home wishing you were in Nashville listening to a smokin’ hot band running through classic country and rock hits, you can be a part of the action and help support the amazing performers that grace Music City stages. Just log on, tune in and kick back with mySetMusic!