I was playing a set at the National Underground in NYC for Shayni Rae's Truckstop. I brought my acoustic guitar with a brand-new pickup and all my equipment that worked fine the night before. It didn't work. We changed the cables, changed the direct box, changed the channel on the sound board. Nothing worked. I tried to borrow my friend Aaron Lee Tasjan's acoustic guitar and a string was broken. My friend John Kengla was changing the string, and the peg broke off in the saddle! I was getting pretty stressed at this point, as you can imagine.
I had no choice but to play John's electric guitar. The strap was too long...trust me, I like to wear a guitar low because it looks cool, but boys have long arms like monkeys;)
It wasn't so bad. It was actually kind of fun despite the fact that I was flustered - all starting with my late arrival to the club.
So, I worked on it for a couple of weeks and got a few pointers from Masterson while he was in town for 48 hours and I officially went ELECTRIC at the Living Room on April 9, 2009. Not quite the impact of Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, but I did feel like I was having my Al Kooper moment anyway. If you haven't read Al Kooper's Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards, I highly recommend it.
Anyway, I'm loving it!