Dave Lavender: Road trippin’ for the vote

November 10, 2018

Veteran touring keyboard technician, Bruce Hendrix, left, gets to meet one of his rock and roll idols, Rob Halford, of Judas Priest, while working a concert for the iconic rock band. Hendrix, who lives in Huntington, is currently working with Fleetwood Mac, as they prep for a fall/winter U.S. tour.

Talk about rocking the vote.

You may remember my August profile on Huntington East High School and Marshall graduate Bruce Hendrix who has been a keyboard tech and musician on the road for the past 20 years with a who’s who of who’s cool in the music biz.

Hendrix, who lives in Huntington, was just out this summer with Hollywood Vampires in Europe and is out now with Fleetwood Mac.

Since Fleetwood Mac just played Columbus Wednesday, Hendrix took the opportunity to — on Tuesday — drive the six-hour road-trip from Columbus to Huntington and back just so he could vote here in H-town.

Cheers to Bruce for rocking the vote, and cheers to Bruce for a great rest of the tour with Fleetwood Mac.

‘Real Country’ showcasing West Virginia talent

USA Network is rolling out a new Nashville TV series, called “Real Country” that stars a panel of Travis Tritt, Jake Owen (who just rocked Huntington Halloween weekend) and Shania Twain. The eight-part series premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, and in each hour-long episode, Twain, Owen and Tritt will hand-select emerging solo artists, duos, and groups to perform in showcases that spotlight the rich traditions, songs and themes of country music. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music’s next breakout acts.

While there are a ton of these acts from Texas, little ol’ West Virginia, home to Brad Paisley and the late, great Little Jimmy Dickens, has two acts competing. Adairs Run, is a four-piece band that started as a duo when Todd Hanchock, a Princeton, West Virginia, native, and Pat Pollifrone, from Salem, Va., met at Marshall University in 2009. Adairs Run has opened for Brett Michaels, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, has been in Nashville since 2012 chasing that neon rainbow. Check out more of Adairs Run at https://adairsrun.com/

The other WV band, certainly needs no introduction. One of the hardest working touring bands, The Davisson Brothers Band was formed by brothers, Donnie and Chris Davisson Clarksburg native who’ve long been in Nashville as a touring act. They were recently named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know” and had a No. 1 hit in Australia with their single “Po’ Boyz.”

Go online at http://davissonbrothersband.com/ to find out more about DBB and go online at http://www.usanetwork.com/realcountry to find out more about “Real Country,” which will also feature special celebrity guests including Ashland native Wynonna Judd.

They shall be released

Just a couple months ago, my band got to share a bill with a super-talented and fiery jam-grass act out of Richmond, Virginia, who stopped into Black Sheep Stage at Pullman Square.

That group, South Hill Banks, which has been around since August 2015, is releasing its second album, today, Nov. 9, “No Time For A Breakdown,” that they have been crafting for the past 2 1/2 years.

Cheers to the guys Lance Thomas (vocals, guitar), Eric Horrocks (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Horrocks (banjo), Dan Fiasconaro (guitar, vocals) and Matt Eversole (upright bass) for success with the diverse album that has such great original tunes as “Appalachian Blues,” “Moving On My Mind,” and some killer instrumentals such as the transcendental, “Pharoah” and “Matt Jam” that showcases the breadth of their influences from funky jazz feels to bluegrass barn burning.

Here’s hoping their future tours will always wind through our river city. Check out more from the recent Floyd Fest “On The Rise” winners, at https://southhillbanks.com/

Judd out, on the road starting now

Congrats to my radio bub, Cledus T. Judd, who’s jumping back in the recording and touring game this fall.

Judd, who co-hosts the WTCR 103.3-FM weekday morning show with Judy Eaton, got back in the national country comedy game in August with ”(Weight’s Going) Up Down, Up Down,” a parody of the Morgan Wallen/Florida Georgia Line hit, “Up Down” and has a brand new video, “Got to Pee,” a send-up of “Meant to Be,” Florida Georgia Line’s massive cross-genre hit with Bebe Rexha.

Both videos. made locally by Josh McComas Productions (Josh McComas and Michael Valentine), have made a splash on CMT and Judd is not taking the success of those videos sitting down. He signed a management and booking agreement with Bang Productions whose roster has a network of 6.2 million comedy fans. CEO John Edmonds Kozma discovered Darren Knight in 2016 and produced his Southern Momma An Em Comedy Tour that has since sold out more than 200 consecutive shows.

The first Bang Productions date is today, Fridy, Nov. 9 as the The Southern Momma Cledus T. Judd Comedy Experience, rolls into the Knoxville Civic Auditorium & Coliseum

“When we looked at Cledus and how his fans react to him, I knew we had to have him as part of our family,” said Kozma in a release. “No one does what Cledus does, and we’re excited to work with someone so incredibly creative, talented and ready to take on the world.”

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/CledusT/ for more info on Judd and to check out the videos.

On a giving note

A big tip of the hat to Bob “Zilla” Wilson and the Moonshine Crossing boys for teaming up with the Caldwells for a fundraiser over the Halloween weekend, Freak or Treat Festival to raise funds for the educational support center for the Golden Girl Group Home in Ceredo.

Bands playing the fest included: Moonshine Crossing and Friends, Three’s Company Blues Band, Luna and The Mountain Jets, The Karpet Dabs, Blues Crossing, Mutual Admiration Society, The Nolan Brothers, Zack Sovine, and Tyler Brown.

They raised more than $3,700 to help Golden Girl’s educational support center. Go online at http://gggh.org/ for more info on Golden Girl.

On another giving note, other upcoming music-filled fundraisers to Save The Date for ... The Cabell Huntington Coalition for the Homeless’ Karaoke for a Kause returns to the V Club on Black Friday, Nov. 23. Enjoy a Black Friday night of music, raffles and a special Black Friday Black & Gold silent auction package that includes a Lynn Swann jersey, sweatshirt, Terrible Towel and two tickets to the Dec. 30 Steelers game at Heinz Field against the Bengals. There is a $10 cover at the door. Raffle tickets will be sold separately for prize baskets that feature gift cards, tickets, art and more.

Up river, the Point Pleasant River Museum, which suffered a damaging July 1 fire, is teaming up with internationally-known R&B and jazz singer, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., for a Home for the Holidays Fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Point Pleasant High School.

Tickets are on sale now by calling Ruth or Martha Fout at 304-674-0144.

Dave Lavender writes about music for The Herald-Dispatch. Contact him at lavender@herald-dispatch.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @DaveLavenderHD.

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