People's Blues of Richmond / Press

“PBR had just come off a ten day tour when they learned of the news that they would be performing at Lockn'. PBR was formed in Richmond, VA in 2009 and consists of Matthew Volkes on bass, Nekoro Williams on drums and Tim Beavers on guitar and vocals. Williams was also lucky enough to perform with Lettuce at the festival on Thursday night. Their set was packed with high-energy, funk rock beats. The Stage design included a mannequin, blown up cutouts of their faces in front of the stage, and an oversized baseball bat. These guys definitely got the audience on their feet despite the blazing sun. At one point, Beavers was playing the guitar with his teeth. The set ended with the smashing of an old television and speaker on stage. Overall, their tight sound reflected the excitement of performing at such a large event.”

"As fans filtered in on Friday morning, the noticeably larger crowd gathered for an afternoon of new sounds like the blues-meets-Modest-Mouse-inspired crunch of People’s Blues of Richmond..."

“Good Time Suicide was a swan song for People's Blues' original lineup, before adding drummer Nekoro Williams, a regular on the Virginia music scene and the son of Wailers drummer Drummie Zeb. Now the band is a tight unit of close pals, passing around the telephone and finishing each other's sentences as their 15-seat van cruises through North Carolina.”

“The first time was an accident: At a show in Knoxville a few years back, guitarist Tim Beavers' Gibson SG crapped out on him halfway through the band's second set, so he took it off and threw it face-down, breaking it in two pieces. The last few times, the destruction was intentional. Just a few weekends ago at a festival in northern Virginia called Pasture Palooza, bassist Matthew Volkes smashed a TV with an axe. In late June at Mebane, N.C.'s The Big What? Festival, Beavers smashed a guitar. Not his SG again — this time a cheapo, $100 Squier Stratocaster, but the effect was no less visceral. Beavers destroyed another dollar-bin guitar at a hometown show in Richmond that weekend, too. Volkes recounts those stories with chest-puffing pride. "It's something new we've been doing," he says. "We're just trying to make it more of an exciting show. At the end of it all, I guess we still have some energy to get out."”

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“People’s Blues of Richmond (PBR) will be playing SXSW for the first time this year, and they seem to know to heed to the other bands’ advice. “I would just say that our goal right now is to go out and have a good time. It’s most important to remember that, and everyone loses sight of that for a second; it’s hard when you’re on the road, when you’re reaching for a goal, but you have to forget about all of that sometimes and just not stay focused and just have fun with it all,” said Matt Volkes, bassist of PBR.”

"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 Hotbox Sessions are recorded in one take, so bands have to bring their A game when they make one of these videos, but if there's one thing we know for sure about People's Blues Of Richmond, it's that they are a well-practiced live act. They prove it 10 times over in this video, nailing this song without any visible miscues while at the same time putting across a fun vibe that separates it from just another studio track. I can imagine that this video will be rather paltry compensation for all the PBR fans out there dying to have a new CD they can blast in their car stereos, but playing this video a couple dozen times in a row should help to take the edge off the anticipation while we wait for Good Time Suicide to drop.”

“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."

“The group's self-released debut recording, "Hard On Blues" ( available for free download at reverbnation.com/peoplesbluesofrichmond), is a mix of modern Black Keys blues with the Muddy Waters-inspired jam-based swagger of British trio Ten Years After. Although they wear their influences on their sweat-drenched sleeves, they retain their own distinctive voice, creating a brand of classic rock that is all their own. They are pretty hard, if not downright impossible, to resist.”

“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"

Style Weekly

"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.”

Sarah Shay - Brick Magazine

“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.”