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Good Humor Band & Bill Blue w/ Special Guests Brothers Egg

Good Humor Band & Bill Blue w/ Special Guests Brothers Egg

Sun, October 4, 2015

5:00 pm

$15 adv / $20 door

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Good Humor Band - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
Everybody has heard of Steve Earle, Delbert McClinton, Bob Dylan, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, John Anderson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Nighthawks and Garth Brooks, what a lot of people don't know is that there is a common thread between all of these artists. Every one of these acts have had at least one Good Humor Band member on their records or in their touring band. Back in the 70s and early 80s the Richmond based Good Humor Band was one of the busiest, and most popular bar bands in the mid Atlantic region. Cutting their teeth on roots Rock 'n Roll, Country, Blues, R&B, Swing and just about anything cool, they built a reputation for solid musicianship and an encyclopedic, unpredictable selection of songs, and witty behavior on and off stage. Sadly ( we thought at the time) they went their separate ways in 1983. Funny thing, by 1986 most of them had landed in Nashville, quickly securing gigs with some of the biggest and hippest acts in the music business. They have made a bit of an impact on Music City, as they have gone on to tour and record with literally hundreds of artists. Several of the band members went on to record their own critically acclaimed solo records as well.
The good news for Richmond is that the GHB comes home to perform a show every two or three years. The shows are always packed with old and new fans alike, a little like a homecoming event, and you never know what the band will do, who will sit in, or what songs they'll pull out of the hat. This December, Mike McAdam, Joe McGlohon, Gregg Wetzel, Dave Eggleston, Drake Leonard and Mike Lucas are getting back together and bringing the Good Humor Band back to the Tin Pan. We are very excited to welcome them home!
Bill Blue - (Set time: 6:00 PM)
Bill Blue will be appearing as a special guest with the "Good Humor Band" (6-7:15pm)

If you believe everything you hear, you’ll have bought the tale of how 30 years ago, Bill Blue, maybe the most talented but unknown American bluesman ever, got so disillusioned with chasing fame and fortune, that he gave it all up and drove to Key West off the Florida coast in his Cadillac. He had a pretty girl by his side and his guitar slung in the back, but not much to show for his many years on the road, paying his dues. That’s if you believe everything you hear.

Bill himself laughs good-humouredly when reminded of this oft-told apocryphal story. “Sure weren’t no Caddy I was ridin’,” he drawls, “and as for the girl..…!” But there’s a twinkle in his eye!

And yet, as is so often the case with apocryphal tales, there is a very real and human story behind the mythology. The fact is, aged nearly 70, Bill Blue is only now starting to get the recognition he deserves.

In his long musical journey, Bill, from Norfolk, Virginia in the US, has played alongside some legends and musical giants. Legends such as Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup who wrote several of Elvis Presley’s most important early records – tracks such as “That’s All Right, Mama” and “My Baby Left Me.” (Bill created and led Crudup’s backing band for 10 years until Crudup’s death in 1974.) Musical giants such as Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, The Allman Brothers, Albert King, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Winter
and ZZ Top. And Bill released several well received albums along the way and was signed to the prestigious Aldephi Record label. But that all came to an end 30 years ago when, broke and
disillusioned with the music business, Bill Blue settled in Key West, to take it easy and play the blues in the local bars and clubs, the way he’d started out doing.

Fast forward to 2013. Ian Shaw, the renowned UK record producer and studio owner, who had recently re-located to Key West, came across Bill playing in the bars, liked what he heard and offered to produce a new album for him.

The sparkling results of this joyous collaboration can be heard in their full glory on Bill’s sensational new blues album “Mojolation.” Bill’s down home, earthy vocals and rough-hewn riffing and slide guitar are perfectly captured by Ian’s pin-sharp, clean and sympathetic production and recording technique. In addition to some of Bill’s own regular (and excellent) backing musicians, Ian introduced some fresh musical blood to bring maximum impact to every track – such as virtuoso UK rock
guitarist Matt Backer (Julian Lennon, Bananarama, ABC etc) Oh, and a top notch horn section! All to superb effect. And the songs, almost all written by Bill himself, provide true to life images of
Americana past and present. The final number, ‘On The Road For Big Boy’ name checks his one-time famous boss, and the years spent working with him on the road.

Since its release, ‘Mojolation’ has been garnering ecstatic critical acclaim from reviewers and fans alike across America and far beyond. Just recently, Blues Matters Magazine gave ‘Mojolation’ a glowing/highly appreciative/positive review in its September issue number 80. Bill Blue himself is slightly bemused by all this sudden appreciation of his work. By his yardstick, he isn’t doing anything different to what he was doing 30 or 50 years ago. But one thing’s for sure – whatever success may come his way following the breakthrough success of ‘Mojolation’ – he ain’t about to change anything of his style and love of the blues at this stage of his career!
Brothers Egg - (Set time: 5:00 PM)
Brothers Egg formed in 2014 in Wilmington and Raleigh, NC when brothers Jamie Eggleston (guitar, banjo, drums, piano, vocals) and Hunter Eggleston (mandolin, guitar, drums, vocals) teamed-up with Suzanna Crist (fiddle, vocals) to forge a vibrant, individual sound from their wide range of instruments and musical influences. Their music and influences reflect an eclectic and driving blend of Americana, Roots Rock, Indie Folk, Bluegrass, Grunge, and World Music with influences including Dave Matthews, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, Habib Koiti, John Butler, and Led Zeppelin.

Brothers Egg hatched after Jamie spent time living and surfing in South Africa, where he honed his ear for African rhythms and melodies while traveling and making music throughout South Africa and Mozambique. In the meantime, Hunter thru-hiked, solo the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail where he gained a newfound appreciation for American roots music and Appalachian bluegrass. Jamie and Hunter returned from their far-flung adventures in South Africa and the Appalachian Mountains with new song ideas and a fresh approach to songwriting. Suzanna Crist, a classically-trained violinist with a beautiful voice, adds tasteful melodies on violin and bright harmonies to the Brothers Egg. Her musical influences include Radiohead and Bach, and her style on the violin adds another unique musical dimension to the Brothers Egg.
Brothers Egg is also a family affair. Their father played drums and recorded with some infamous R&B and rock bands out of Richmond, VA in the 1980’s, and he plays drums on the Brothers Egg newly released EP, Bleeding Slow. Their mother, Jenny Eggleston, is a visual artist and poet—she created the art for and contributed lyrics to Bleeding Slow. The driving blend of music by Brothers Egg reflects the fact that Jamie and Hunter each started out as drummers before learning stringed instruments. Live performances by the Brothers Egg are described as fun, high energy, musically stimulating, and a hidden gem.
Venue Information:
The Tin Pan
8982 Quioccasin Road
Richmond, VA, 23229