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The New Stew featuring Jimmy Hall

Harvester Performance Center
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When: Thursday, Dec 21, 2017 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM)
Door Time: 7:00 PM

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: We are very excited to announce a new collaboration with Jimmy Hall, famed founder of Mobile Alabama's own Wet Willie, collaborator and friend of the late Gregg Allman and band leader for Hank Williams Jr. The New Stew will be performing The Rolling Stone's, live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out from cover to cover!

The Players

JIMMY HALL FROM WET WILLIE, GREG ALLMAN BAND, JEFF BECK Jimmy Hall first gained notoriety as the lead vocalist, saxophonist, and harmonica player for the band Wet Willie, which emerged from Mobile, Alabama in 1970. His unique brand of R&B-infused rock and roll swagger propelled the group’s “Keep On Smilin’” to the Top 10 on the Billboard singles chart in 1974. After five albums with Capricorn Records, Wet Willie moved to the Epic label in 1977, carrying the singles “Street Corner Serenade” and “Weekend” to the Top 40. As a solo artist, Jimmy appeared in the Top 40 yet again with “I’m Happy That Love Has Found You” in 1980. His songs have been recorded by Gregg Allman, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Johnny Russell, and others. Additionally, Jimmy has been a vocalist and band leader for Hank Williams, Jr. since the 1980s. Jimmy and Jeff Beck first worked together on Jeff’s Flash album in 1985, which featured his vocals on the songs “Ambitious” and “Gets Us All in the End.” His work on the album earned Jimmy a Grammy nomination for Best Male Vocalist in 1986. That same year he toured Japan with Jeff’s band. The pair reunited for another Japanese tour in 2005 before going on to join forces once again for a 2014-2015 tour co-headlined by ZZ Top. Jimmy has been “honored and humbled” to work with Jeff frequently in recent years, including their third tour of Japan in 2015, a successful string of dates with Buddy Guy in 2016, and a just-completed European tour that culminated in a sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena with Van Morrison. You can hear Jimmy’s vocals and harmonica on Jeff’s most recent album, the critically acclaimed Live +. BENJI SHANKS FROM BLACKBERRY SMOKE, KRISTIAN BUSH Benji Shanks is a first-call touring guitarist, session player, and producer. An Atlanta GA native, Benji has been performing and recording for 20+ years. He’s a guitar player’s guitar player, widely known around the Southeast music scene for his unmistakable guitar tone and fiery slide playing. He is currently the guitarist for Kristian Bush (of Sugarland) and a member of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMYS. His touring schedule has taken him around the globe - UK, Europe, Australia, Japan, and every stop in North America. Benji has performed on The Grand Ol Opry stage, Conan O’Brien, The Today Show and other television programs. Benji has also recorded and performed with Blackberry Smoke, Brantley Gilbert, members of the Allman Brothers Band, Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule, members of The Black Crowes, and more.

DAVE YOKE FROM SUSAN TEDESCHI BAND, DR. JOHN, SCRAPOMATIC Dave Yoke taught himself guitar in his native Anniston, Alabama drawing on the blues enthusiasm of his older siblings. He launched his career as a founding member of the long-standing, regionally popular Second Hand Jive. In the mid-90s, Yoke moved to Atlanta and became an in-demand session player, joining forces with (Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown associate) Dr. Dan Matrazzo. Yoke was then invited to become a full-time member of the oft-Grammy-nominated Susan Tedeschi Band and the legendary Dr. John. He is also a permanent member of Scrapomatic, with whom he tours and has recorded three albums. As testament to his blues roots, Dave is regularly invited to sit in with the Allman Brothers Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Americana artist Kristina Trai.

JARED STONE FROM STONE'S STEW, JUPITER OR MARS. Jared Stone has done a few things. Played for country music stars, served in the USMC, drove minors across the country for merchandise %, studied music at universities, played a lot of jazz, made records, played on records, owned jazz clubs, built music venues, mended fences, promoted concerts and festivals, directed festivals and some other things that he is sure he can’t remember. He has a bad ankle from running in combat boots too long. He still plays the drums pretty good though.

MATT SLOCUM FROM OTEIL AND THE PEACEMAKERS, COL. BRUCE HAMPTON & AQUARIUM RESCUE UNIT, LEE BOYS Born in Newton, MA, he began his formal classical training at the age of 8, at the South Shore Conservatory of Music in Boston. At 14 Matt moved to Alabama where he was accepted to the Alabama School of Fine Arts. In the summer of 1991, he attended the Berklee College of Music Performance Summer Program, and was rated among the top 10 musicians in the entire program. Matt is a keyboardist whose skills are predominantly in-demand with southern jazz, funk, fusion & blues musicians. Matt has been a member of the Oteil and the Peacemakers, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jimmy Herring Band, Jeff Sipe Band, The Lee Boys, Susan Tedeschi band, and the Rich Robinson Band.

JONATHAN CANNON FROM OUTER SPACE A multi Instrumental musician, who hails from the Washington DC area, now resides and causes music to happen in Philadelphia, PA. Starting from a back ground of singing himself to sleep and hammering piano keys down with the damper pedal, he’s managed to not stop playing music yet. “Never met an instrument I didn’t like..” A graduate from VCU in VA, he works for local schools and universities as a sound technician, as well as records local bands. He also composes and performs for dance companies, plays bass, and sings regularly with various artists.

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