Im planning on playing some solo acoustic shows locally in the next month or so. Im very nervous, primarily because I havent played solo anywhere besides the street or the bus station. Im also concerned about how long I'll be playing, whether I'll have enough songs and how the crowd will react to no vocals. I dont know how long of a show venues will expect from me, it will just be local bars. Ive been told they pay very well considering the size of the town, but my music is in a very different vein than anyone I've seen or heard of around here. I'll be playing slide almost exclusively Will be using: *12 string+single coil: Open C, C#, and B *6 string dreadnought+humbucker or piezzo: open D, G, C standard, etc. *6 string closed top acoustic w/humbucker+piezzo and flatwounds: Open G, C, Bm *classical tuned to standard or drop D First set would go something like this: Foggy Mtn Breakdown- Scruggs Hear the Wind Howl- Kottke June Bug- Kottke Too Much Alcohol Medley-Hutto Born in the Country- Roderick Available Space- Cooder Come on in my Kitchen- Johnson Tennessee Toad- Kottke 7 minute break... Remember, this would be 100% wothout vocals. I cant play and sing at the same time, each requires too.much attention to detail for me. Almost nothing I play is done to a T, and I've tried to learn to improvise and play songs in the same general ways without playing them exactly the same way each time. A lot of singer songwriters I've met can do very well playing and singing a song about the same way each time but if they tend to struggle to alter their chord progressions or organically improvise. Not all but many, most I'd say. I on the other hand have no problem organically improvising becuase thats almost all I do but I cant sing while doing so. My voice isnt so great to begin with and has had some damage done to it, it requires more attention to keep in key than I can spare while playing solo. Any advice or information you think I should know or consider before this?