Jimmy Herring will be hitting the road under his own name, with a hand-picked
ensemble of all-star musicians in support. Pioneering a daring hybrid which
crosses rock energy with the sophistication and improvisational fire of jazz,
Herring’s dynamic, exploratory guitar playing has been a key component of such
renowned groups as the Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jazz is Dead, Project Z, and, most
recently, Widespread Panic – with whom Herring plays lead guitar to this day.
Much esteemed by his fellow musicians, Herring has also been called upon for
stints with Phil Lesh and Friends, the Allman Brothers, and the Dead.
2010 marks the
formation of the current rendition of The Jimmy Herring Band, featuring Herring
on guitar, drummer extraordinaire Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jazz is
Dead, Shawn Lane), prolific keyboardist Matt Slocum (Susan Tedeschi, Derek
Trucks), and the phenomenal Neal Fountain on bass (Col Bruce Hampton, Alex
“I love all these
guys and feel very comfortable playing with them. They're all members of an extended family of musicians that
stem from the world of Colonel Bruce Hampton. We joke all the time about how
there are two kinds of musicians, those who have played with Bruce Hampton, and
those who have not! These three
guys really have no musical boundaries.As different as we all are, what we have in common is that we don't make
any distinction between genres of music. To us music is music and that philosophy is one of the things we learned
The Jimmy Herring
Band will be performing a wide range of material, including compositions from
Herring’s long-awaited and much-acclaimed 2008 solo debut “Lifeboat.”
“The music for the upcoming tour will be
a mixed bag. Some stuff from the
album and some covers I have always wanted to play. Hopefully there will be enough freedom for everyone to relax
and have equal creative input. It's important to me to have fairly simple music that will allow for us
to reinterpret it on a nightly basis. Another thing I learned from Bruce Hampton is, the simpler the music,
the easier it is to reinterpret it each time you play it.”
Herring who just
toured with Drummer Lenny White (Miles Davis, Return To Forever) will be one of
the headliners at the New Universe Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina on
November 20-21 as well as performing there with The Lenny White Group paying a tribute to guitar icon John McLaughlin with whom he
co bills the House of Blues concert in Boston on November 16th.
10-Nov Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT11-Nov Chameleon Club, Lancaster PA12-Nov Toads New Haven, CT13-Nov The Met-Pawtucket , RI14-Nov Port City Music Hall,Portland, ME15-Nov Highline Ballroom, NYC16-Nov House of Blues,Boston (with John McLaughlin)18-Nov Visulite Theater Charlotte, NC19-Nov The Handlebar Greenville, SC20-Nov Lincoln Theater, Raleigh, NC21-Nov Lincoln Theater, Raleigh, NC22-Nov Hat Factory,Richmond, VA1-Dec Cox Capitol Macon2-Dec 40Watt Athens3-Dec Pourhouse-Charleston4-Dec Live Wire Music Hall-Savannah5-Dec Pisgah Brewing, Black Mountain6-Dec Rhythm and Brews, Chattanooga, TN8-Dec Mercy Lounge, Nashville9-Dec Bijou Theatre, Knoxville10-Dec Variety Playhouse, Atlanta11-Dec Workplay, Birmingham
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