Jimmy Herring announces new Band and Tour- The 5 of 7

JIMMY HERRING Announces NEW BAND
THE 5 OF 7 SET TO JOIN CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED GUITARIST ON FALL TOUR

Kevin Scott, Darren Stanley, Matt Slocum and Rick Lollar are The 5 of 7
Tour Starts September 12 – Continues Through October 5

(Athens, GA) – May 8, 2019 – Guitarist Jimmy Herring, has announced an exciting new band, The 5 of 7, and will hit the road debuting their live show, including brand new music, to fans. Beginning in Denver, CO on September 12, they will play three shows in Colorado before heading to Iowa, St. Louis, Chicago and Indianapolis. The tour will then head to the east before winding its way down to North Carolina for two shows, with this first leg ending on October 5th in Charlotte.

Jimmy Herring is no stranger to adventurous new environs: The North Carolina native has fearlessly honed his now-formidable technique via stints with some of the giants of improvised music — from his earliest days in the van with Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit to high profile stints with the Allman Brothers, The Dead, Project Z, Phil Lesh and Friends, and his ongoing role as lead guitarist in Widespread Panic. He recently collaborated with iconic guitarist John McLaughlin when Herring’s band The Invisible Whip joined McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension for an acclaimed run of shows celebrating the legacy of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This fall, Herring unleashes his latest visionary concept upon the world: Jimmy Herring and The 5 of 7.

Jimmy Herring
Jimmy Herring

While the Invisible Whip focused on the instrumental side of Herring’s musical persona, the newly assembled The 5 of 7 places his uniquely probing, responsive fretwork in the context of a vocalist-fronted, song-driven ensemble. At once accessible and provocative, The 5 of 7 finds Herring joined by bassist Kevin Scott, drummer Darren Stanley, longtime collaborator Matt Slocum on keyboards (Hammond B3, clavinet), and vocalist and guitarist Rick Lollar. “Rick, Matt, and Kevin had a band together called King Baby,” explains Herring from his home in Atlanta, “and I heard their record…I couldn’t help but think, man, if I could get together, play some of Rick’s songs, some of my songs, some covers, and maybe write a few things together, we may be on to something…”

“In addition to being a fine guitar player, Rick is a really powerful singer,” Herring continues. “Some of his favorite singers are Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, and those are some of my favorites, too.” Supporting Lollar’s soulful vocals, Herring, Scott, Slocum, and Stanley provide a roiling sonic undercurrent drawing from all walks of their respective musical journeys — with one common thread: “We all have the Atlanta, Col. Bruce Hampton connection with each other,” Herring says, acknowledging their shared roots in Hampton’s spontaneous, dynamic, and challenging groups. “That’s important to me because it’s such a different thing — if you’ve been through that school, you want to play with people who have been through that too…you understand how to think on your feet and exist in the moment.”

From fatback, roadhouse R&B to more expansive, jazz-inflected explorations, The 5 of 7 demonstrates Herrings chops not just as a musician, but as a bandleader and catalyst. The novel vocal element is just one more texture at his disposal. “With instrumental music,” he reflects, “people expect to hear your solos, but they’ve just heard you play the melody! You can overexpose your voice. With Rick, I can play behind him, then step out with a solo, and give a fresh feeling to the song — take it to another place.”

Setting out on the road this September, Herring is typically modest when describing what audiences can expect from The 5 of 7: “There’ll be vocals, there’ll be instrumentals. There will be funk and rock and roll, with some songs leaning towards more sophisticated harmony…but, to me, it’s just music.”

Jimmy Herring and The 5 of 7 on Tour:

09.12.19 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
09.13.19 Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO
09.14.19 Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
09.18.19 Wildwood Saloon – Iowa City, IA
09.19.19 El Volcan – St. Louis, MO
09.20.19 Park West – Chicago, IL
09.21.19 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
09.24.19 The Egg – Albany, NY
09.26.19 The Center for Arts in Natick – Natick, MA
09.27.19 Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
09.28.19 Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
09.29.19 Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA
10.01.19 The Hamilton – Washington, DC
10.02.19 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
10.03.19 Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA
10.04.19 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
10.05.19 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

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