Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten and Widespread Panic and Aquarium Rescue Unit guitarist Jimmy Herring join forces this fall for their first tour together. Don't miss these two musical powerhouses as each brings his band to the B.B. King Blues Club stage for an evening of memorable performances.
Victor Wooten, now a five-time Grammy Award winner, first hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, he has also become widely known for his own tours and Grammy-nominated solo recordings, including his latest original release Palmystery (2008). His sought-after skills and growing popularity have lead to recordings and performances with artists such as Chick Corea, The Dave Matthews Band, Bootsy Collins, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, Prince, India Arie, Keb Mo, Dennis Chambers, Susan Tedeschi, Gov't Mule, Bruce Hornsby, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Frank Gambale, the legendary Moroccan group Nass El Ghiwane, and many others.
Wooten is a loving husband and father of four, a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician and acrobat, and the winner of every major award given to a bass guitarist, including being voted Bassist of the Year in Bass Player Magazine's readers poll three times (the only person to win it more than once.) In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine voted him one of the Top Ten Bassists of All Time. Continuing to grow and always willing to share his gifts with all who desire to learn, it seems that Wooten has no plans of slowing down. He recently formed his own record label, Vix Records, and re-released his pioneering debut solo CD. The new version, A Show of Hands - 15, contains three bonus tracks and was released last year. Keep your eyes peeled for two new releases on Vix this fall.
American guitarist Jimmy Herring is a musician's musician. The North Carolina native has been playing guitar for close to 40 years and exhibits signs that he's just getting started. A staple in the jazz fusion and jam band scene, his playing style melds the influences of Jimi Hendrix's raw emotion, the twang of Steve Morse, and the flowing phrases of jazz legends Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Herring was the founding member of seminal band Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit. In 1997 he cofounded Frogwings, after which he joined Jazz is Dead. He has also enjoyed tenures with the legendary Phil Lesh, The Other Ones, his experimental trio Project Z, and Widespread Panic, with which he continues to perform to this day.
Although Herring is featured on more than 20 records, he has only released two solo projects. In 2008, the humble guitarist broke away from working as a sideman with the release of his first solo endeavor, Lifeboat. The highly melodic album boasts a personal side of Herring, unseen in his previous projects. His second solo release Subject to Change Without Notice, released earlier this year, is a record that pushes the guitarist's music to another level. Herring again surrounds himself with close friends to make a strong, uninhibited record featuring mostly all originals as well as rousing covers of the Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Hope." On this sophomore solo effort, Herring again demonsrates without doubt that his music and playing ability are continually growing, and that his music will continue to thrill fans and fellow musicians alike.
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