“Toe tappin’, hand clappin’, booty shakin’ grooves. That’s exactly how I would describe People’s Blues of Richmond, who recently brought their bluesy rock and roll to The Camel. Tim Beavers (vocals/guitar), bassist Matthew Volkes, drummer Neko Williams, and keyboardist Tommy Booker make up the gritty yet soulful group known as PBR by most Richmonders. Now despite their name, I’d say they are a whirling, weird mix of blues and rock with some psychedelic influences strewn throughout. More on the rock side if you ask me, but doesn’t matter, they were raw, extreme, and most importantly, put on a kick ass show. ”
"Opening acts The Stanfields and local favorites People’s Blues of Richmond proved that Flogging Molly only bring out the most tight and eclectic of support. Both groups played solid sets that rival even the most experienced of road-dogs. A three-piece akin to the likes of ACDC and other rock-greats of past decades, People’s Blues of Richmond made no reservations of using their stage-time to the fullest. Blending the mentality of a jam-band with thick, bluesy riffs, swift tempo changes and blistering solos, the boys got the crowd moving early on in the evening."
“Oh my, it’s the pure rock and roll of People’s Blues of Richmond. These lads just won’t let up and neither should you.”
"The Richmond-based band People's Blues of Richmond (PBR) opened with a loud, driving set that perfectly matched the energy of the crowd pouring in the doors. For the day after Christmas, this was a crowd Emilio's wouldn't soon forget. (Oh! And stay tuned for a feature on PBR, people. These guys are good, loud, in your face and not-to-be-missed. Check them out ASAP)."
“The People’s Blues of Richmond delivered their guitar-driven heavy riffs to a grateful crowd. Having garnered support up and down the East Coast for their late 60s inspired psychedelic blues, PBR set the tone for an afternoon of music that defied expectations. The shirtless Tim Beavers (lead guitar and vocals) thrashed and stomped across the stage channeling a persona that was equal parts Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The thunderous rhythm section made up of bassist Matt Volkes and drummer Raphael Katchinoff had the crowd grooving along to a righteously heavy take on the Led Zeppelin classic “When the Levee Breaks.””
"...deliver the rock ’n’ roll goods"
"Like San Fransisco in 1967, but better!"
“Once they become full-fledged rock gods, drummer Raphael Katchinoff, bassist Matthew Volkes and lead singer and guitarist Tim Beavers might have to revamp their back story. That the People’s Blues of Richmond met at a local open-mic night does not a legend make. But it did make for some heavy rock ’n’ roll rooted in Piedmont blues. The trio understands what it means to come of age in Richmond, so they make no apologies being a dirty band for a dirty city. Their first album, “Hard-On Blues,” contains more sexual innuendo than Led Zeppelin and more alcohol references than George Thorogood, tempered by the same songwriting strength that made those acts classic.”
“...their arrangements of both classic blues tunes and blues-based rock songs show a creativity and solid commitment that means this young band is definitely worth a listen.”
“In the arena of homegrown tunes, one Richmond-based trio, People’s Blues of Richmond (PBR), is taking their audiences back to what they call “heavy and raw” Rock ‘n’ Roll/Blues music mixed with touches of folk tunes and psychedelic sounds. The three say they formed about a year and a half ago and recently released their first studio album, “Hard-On Blues,” this past June. Here RVANews sits down with PBR vocalist and guitarist, Tim Beavers (21); drummer, Raphael Katchinoff (23); and bassist, Matthew Volkes (21) to learn about the band, the vision, and the experience.”
“The band that kicked off the weekend festival was PBR, The Peoples Blues of Richmond. Raz and I were drinking PBR’s before the set and the band members of PBR came over to our booth, commented on our choice of beers, and introduced themselves. After some conversing and sessioning, they left and took the stage. These motherfuckers rocked out. Definitely an ill mix of rock and blues. What a way to kick off the event.”