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How do you describe the Big Pappy Hinds Band? Some say the obvious. Pappy is big. While that is true, it is not the reason the band is called that. The band itself is big. Check the foundation. Drummer Mike McCallister is a Berklee Graduate. A trained professional with a history of being an "accompanist", playing gigs as a hired sideman. He was drawn to the group as an opportunity to show he was far more than just another 'accomplished' pro.
Like the famous Lynryd Skynryd Band, this group features a classically trained pianist. Yet due her dedication to the feel of the music, she refuses to use the sheet music she has so mastered. Sudie Hinds will amaze you with improvisation of classical riffs that serve as intros to a couple of the more hard rocking tunes and then rip some solos.
Now to some, the idea of a bunch of high muckety-mucks from the world of music academia playing blues just may not wash with some folks. No, indeed. They pulled in a good old boy hot guitarist named Arno Lamb whose education and inclination comes from the Georgia clay and the lakes he pulls fish in from. When you hear the "Figgy Stomp", you know what I am talking about. A Sophisticated Southern Man.
But then it gets crazy because they have this hippie Yankee screaming some blues like Jimi Hendrix. Though raised to the North, Michael Jamsmith has spent more than 30 years exploring the music of the south with some of the very best musicians the South has to offer.
What pulls this all together is the bassist/lead vocalist: Pappy Hinds. By the peak of the evening he plays like a manical redneck, you can put sheet music in front of him and he will read it and play it as he has done in theatrical productions like Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita. The soulful side of his singing evokes the legendary vocalist Elvis crossed with Ronnie Van Zant, while the more high energy tunes find Pappy hollering like a man caught up with some spirits...or maybe a demon or two. As can be expected, his back up band all are superb soloists. Pappy is known to wail on a tune here and there. He won't sound like Jaco or Stanley Clarke, but I can promise you neither of them every sounded like Pappy Hinds. Easily the one of the more unique players in the scene.
The mix is advertised as blues and Southern Rock but they also throw in gems like Jethro Tulls "Locomotive Breath" and Jimi Hendrix' Voodoo Chile. They play stuff you may have never thought of Southern Rock such as Atlanta Rythym Section and Elvis Bishop, along with regional acts like Wet Willie.
The Big Pappy Hinds Band is in pre-production for its debut release for December.