the city with Good Humor
Bill Craig, Richmond
love their history. Though it's not taught in any school
that you'd admit to having attended, the history of the
Good Humor Band is a pretty riveting read.
Bet you didn't know that the band,
a mainstay of the
Richmond rock scene during the mid-'70s and '80s, got its
start on North Carolina's Outer Banks as The Wrong
You'll find that nugget and more in the liner notes of the
band's new self-titled CD, which the boys will bring with
them when get back together in Richmond for High on the
Hog 25, a barbecue benefit bash for Church Hill
Association and Church Hill Crime Watch.
"It's good reading, it's like walking through
Richmond's rock and roll past with those names and those
bars," explained Good Humor Band guitarist Mike
McAdam from his Nashville, Tenn., home.
In addition to an informative CD booklet, the album
features 19 songs - six new ones recorded last year in
Nashville and 13 pulled from the band's past.
The band's legion of fans will recognize the album's
let-the-good-times-roll mix of rock, rockabilly, rhythm
and blues, surf guitar and classic country.
The High on the Hog lineup of the Good Humor Band consists
of McAdam, Wetzel, Drake Leonard, Joe McGlohan, David
Eggleston and Mike Lucas along with Steve Bassett. Look
for guest appearances from band alumni Manny Green and
former lead singer Jimmy Morgan.
There's been some pretty significant life after Good Humor
for the boys.
McAdam's currently touring with Radney Foster and LeRoy
Parnell. Once a member of Reba McEntire's band, McGlohan
is currently living in Huntsville, Ala., and helping
jump-start T. Graham Brown's career as well as playing
with former Nighthawk Jimmy Thackery.
Leonard's a part of Sherrie Austin's and David Ball's
bands while Wetzel installs cable during the day and plays
with his own Nashville band by night. And Central
Virginians don't have to travel far to hear Lucas and his
Richmond-based Reverb Rockets.
Loyalty and stability aren't exactly core values of the
rock 'n' roll business but the Good Humor Band gets
together on an almost annual basis (this year's holiday
show is scheduled for Dec. 29 at The Canal Club).
McAdam offered a simple theory about what sets GHB apart
from your garden variety rock 'n' roll combo: "We all
still like each other."
Where: Playing during High on the Hog, which runs
noon-sunset Saturday at Libby Hill Park Cost: Free
Details: (804) 788-1715
Another show: Saturday night at Poe's Pub, 2706 E.