Herring (Guitar); Oteil Burbridge (Bass); Kofi Burbridge (Piano,
Keyboards); Jeff Sipe, aka APT Q-258 (Drums); Special Guests
: Greg Osby (Sax); Matt Slocum (Keyboards); Derek Trucks (Slide
Guitar); Bobby Lee Rodgers (Leslie and Rhythm Guitar); Ike Stubblefield
(Hammond B3), Tyler Greenwell (Drums), Scott Kinsey (Organ)
first solo record from Guitar maestro Jimmy Herring considered
by many musicians and fans to be one of the hottest guitarists
on the planet. It is surprising that it took him this long to
launch his debut record after founding or performing with outstanding
bands and projects - the Legendary Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project
Z, Frogwings, Jazz is Dead with Billy Cobham, Alphonso Johnson,
T Lavitz, Allman Brothers, The Dead, Phil Lesh, Justice League
and currently fulfilling guitar duties for jam band phenom, Widespread
This outstanding effort
which insiders and fellow musicians calling it an absolute musical
masterpiece is full of surprises that elevates Jimmy's already
fantastic reputation to be an outstanding guitarist. Jimmy Herring
wrote six of the tunes along with Kofi Burbridge who wrote two
tunes as well. They also do scintillating versions of Wayne
Shorter's Lost as well the Overture
from Walt Disney's Jungle Book. Get
ready for one of most impressive musical statements by one of
our very favorite musicians.
New to Jimmy Herring ?
They say, "It ain’t
braggin’ if you can do it." Jimmy Herring is too modest to
brag, but his guitar does a lot of the talkin’. And with the release
of his first solo recording, Lifeboat, people are going to hear
what Jimmy and his guitar have to say. Jimmy Herring is known
for his limitless improvisations , long flowing phrases, and highly
charged (and always very soulful) lead work.
Lifeboat features Jimmy’s fiery guitar playing, and six
Herring originals that showcase his stylistically diverse songwriting.
Jimmy Herring developed his reputation as a unique guitar player
from years of performing and recording with top-tier musicians.
After playing on the local scene of his hometown of Fayetteville,
North Carolina, Jimmy attended and graduated from the Guitar Institute
of Technology. In 1986, Jimmy moved to Atlanta, Georgia to teach
at the Atlanta Institute of Music and quickly established himself.
Herring still lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children.
In 1989, Jimmy joined singer and bandleader Col. Bruce Hampton
and his group Aquarium Rescue Unit – a seminal jam band which
mixed rock, free-jazz and bluegrass – and stayed until 1996. From
1998-99, nationwide exposure would come to Jimmy with the band
Jazz Is Dead; which also featured drummer Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu
Orchestra), bassist Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report), and keyboardist
T Lavitz (The Dregs). This group was known for playing jazz-fusion
instrumental interpretations of classic songs by The Grateful
Dead. Billy Cobham calls Jimmy Herring, “One of the best I have
ever played with."
Jimmy then played with The Allman Brothers Band for a summer tour
in 2000. After the death of guitar great Jerry Garcia, The Grateful
Dead’s bass player Phil Lesh continued to tour under the name
Phil Lesh & Friends. Herring was a full-time member of this group
from October 2000 to November 2005. In 2003 and 04 the surviving
members of The Grateful Dead reunited and Herring was asked to
fill the guitar chair.
Throughout this time, Jimmy Herring has continued to play in various
side projects, notably Project Z with Jeff Sipe (drums) and Ricky
Keller (bass). Lincoln Memorial, the second Project Z
recording, was released in the fall of 2005. August 2006 found
Jimmy taking over the guitar spot in the hugely popular jam band
Widespread Panic; a gig that he continues to this present time.
With Lifeboat, Jimmy Herring is poised to move from sideman to
the center of the stage. Lifeboat, is a wide-ranging work. From
foot stomping southern-flavored rockers; to modern bop and fusion;
to a cover of the Wayne Shorter composition “Lost”; and melodic
pieces full of subtlety and nuance; the music of Lifeboat, allows
Jimmy to express a full-range of emotions through his guitar.
Lifeboat, will amaze people discovering Jimmy Herring for the
first time…and surprise long-time fans as well.