Southern Lights Revival

 
Greetings all!
Its been awhile since I've logged in so I
 thought I should check in and let you know whats going on.

Mostly just the same o same o.

I still answer calls for anyone needing me to cover bass for them ....or guitar ....or congas .... or ukulele ....... or vocals.
That is something I missed while being constantly out on the road. Being able to do different kinds of shows and playing different instruments. I have LOTS of time to do that now! I've even been able to answer some acting/extra work.

Can I be a little busier? Maybe. But this time around I'll be a little more careful. What's the saying? "Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it." And I had that touring with Kelly Richey for about the last 9 years. I wanted to be in a band that was going to play lots of different places and that band sure did. We covered just about all of North America. As far North as  Edmonton
, Alberta Canada. As far South as Key West, Florida. As far West as San Francisco, California. And as far East as Montreal, Quebec Canada. Would have never seen as much of the USA and Canada without being Kelly Richey's bassist. Great times! Only regret was not playing in front of family and friends in my home town.

Lately my regular musical outlet is still through my King James and The Verses project with John Switzer on guitar, Lou Rapier on Guitar, John beck on Keys, and Dave Kemp (Kelly Richey alum) on drums. We are a Classic Rock and Blues band that happens to cover the entire Eagles greatest hits. I enjoy singing and this band is my outlet for that.
KJTV does as many full band electric shows that we get calls to do but most of the year was really filled with the acoustic version of the band I've labeled "Jimmy and the Johns"
John Beck, John Switzer and myself can do "intimate" shows in coffee shops and brew houses like this shot at the Indiana City Brewery in downtown Indy. I handle most of the vocals and get to play bass, acoustic guitar, AND ukulele at these shows!

The newest project I'm involved with starting in 2014 is the 
Southern Lights Revival
"SLR" is an all original Blues band. Adam Huffer on guitar and vocals, Russel Huffer on harmonicas and vocals, Carrie Revel,on vocals, John Beck (from KJTV) on keys, and "Blaque Steve" on drums. I get to play bass with this group of young and very talented group of individuals. IM THE OLD BLUES MAN in this group! And it is very refreshing to get involved with Adam and Carrie's song writing. Great feel. Great to be around such young folks that have a REAL love for the Blues. I'm also having an outstanding time working sutff out with drummer "Blaque Steve". Just Google the guy to see what kind of pedigree he has. I didn't even bother doing that until after our first rehearsal. The man can definitely slather on the Funk or Swing the Blues as needed. As of this writing we have only done one show all together and I've never had such a promising and satisfying feeling for a first time out with a group. So any of you venues or headlining type bands out there that may happen to be reading this, please consider Southern Lights Revival as a band to share a stage with. That's the biggest obstacle for this band: booking. But when is that NOT the biggest obstacle for a band? A little tougher for this band because 1) its all orginal (shouldn't be but we all know how that is) and 2) its all original BLUES. Just in the last years playing with KRB I've witnessed the amount of Blues clubs new and established close their doors. Lots of clubs. More than just Blues clubs. I believe in Southern Lights Revival and we'll just have to see how everything goes.    


So there it is. Between King James and The Verses, Jimmy and The Johns, Southern Lights Revival, keeping a roster of students and working at R&R Musicand a few students at Clifford Corners , AND being a Grand Pa, Deanna and I are just sitting around relaxing nights and weekends. Something I haven't done in over 20 years. After some of the shoulder/ rotator cuff problems I was experiencing at the end of last year I'm just glad that playing still can have a "to be continued" attached to it.

...to be continued

Bass be with you
JV

2 comments

  • Jimmy V
    Jimmy V Indy
    Well would'nt you know it? Just when things were starting to happen with Southern Lights Revival an internal band conflict happens and Southern Lights Revival is no longer. Such is band life. All of the member will be continuing on but just not in the same band. More later as the story develops ...

    Well would'nt you know it? Just when things were starting to happen with Southern Lights Revival an internal band conflict happens and Southern Lights Revival is no longer. Such is band life. All of the member will be continuing on but just not in the same band. More later as the story develops ...

  • Jimmy V
    Jimmy V Indy
    So the new name of the Southern Lights Band is "A-TRAIN AND THE PO' BOYS" They/we move on without singer Carrie Revel and probably without drummer Blaque Steve. Line up now will be Adam "A-Train" Huffer on guitar and vocals, Russ Huffer on harmonica, John Beck on Key, myself on bass and/or congas. We have done one show with King James drummer Dave Kemp sitting in. We'll see where this all goes.....

    So the new name of the Southern Lights Band is "A-TRAIN AND THE PO' BOYS" They/we move on without singer Carrie Revel and probably without drummer Blaque Steve. Line up now will be Adam "A-Train" Huffer on guitar and vocals, Russ Huffer on harmonica, John Beck on Key, myself on bass and/or congas. We have done one show with King James drummer Dave Kemp sitting in. We'll see where this all goes.....

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