I've played guitar on and off (mostly off) since I was 7. I'm competent but I realized back in junior high that I wasn't talented enough to be great, and I've just continued playing for fun whenever an opportunity arose or when my Mom pestered me enough. My last guitar was stolen when my apartment was broken into in NYC, but I really wasn't playing much there because you can't shake a tree there without a professional musician falling out of it; even stupid little open mic things were packed with musicians far more talented than me. Thankfully I'd kept an old Seagull at my Mom's place and I've been using my time in East Texas Exile to reconnect with my musical roots. I picked up another acoustic, a Fender Jumbo cutaway with a pick-up, just because I liked the tone and the price was right. Sure enough, right after that I stumbled into an opportunity to play rhythm at the Circle C Cowboy Church in Mount Pleasant, which is cool because I like the church and the band is excellent (I'm definitely the weak link, but fortunately it's mostly boom-chikka-boom-chikka C-F-G stuff). So I picked up a little acoustic amp (oxymoron?). Actually, I've picked up three of them, one at a time, looking for the right sound. Fortunately I've been able to trade out and trade up each time. So anyway, after I started doing this, I started getting offers to appear at little acoustic nights in the area. At first I did it mainly to make my Mom happy, as she enjoys seeing me play in public far more than I enjoy performing. But I've met some cool people and some pretty girls doing this, so I've been doing more of it. So the problem: I seem kind of stuck in a rut with my selection of songs. I tend heavily towards the Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, and James Taylor (whose songs I learned when I was like 9 or 10, I probably wouldn't have the patience to learn them now). They tend to suit my voice and my ability level, and they are all amazing songwriters and they go over well with the natives. I was in an acoustic band in law school and we did acoustic versions of a lot of non-traditionally acoustic songs like War Pigs, Hungry Like the Wolf, Stayin' Alive, 99 Red Balloons, Bizarre Love Triangle, some Flaming Lips songs, and a reggae version of Comfortably Numb.* But that was a different audience than what I'm playing to now. I'm willing to think outside the box, but I don't want to get shot, like I would be if I played Tod Snider's "Conservative Christians" or CCR's "Boys From Oklahoma." So what up? Any suggestions? Steer me towards some good acoustic numbers that also allow me to get home safely. *We also did a wonderfully juvenile original song that my roommate and I wrote called "My Wood." It was an experiment in writing a pop song. The first thing to do when writing a pop song is to rip off another pop song. I built it around the hook from The Outfield's "I Don't Want to Lose Your Love Tonight" and a couple of other songs. People called our song "totally retarded but really catchy."