Jimmy Herring Announces New Band and Tour – The 5 of 7

By Stu Kelly / May 8, 2019

North Carolina native and guitar virtuoso Jimmy Herring has shared details about a new band called The 5 of 7. The 5 of 7 finds Herring joined by bassist Kevin Scott, drummer Darren Stanley, longtime collaborator Matt Slocum on keyboards (Hammond B3, clavinet), and vocalist/guitarist Rick Lollar. The new band will hit the road in September for a tour making their live debut in Denver at the Gothic Theatre before making their way through the Midwest and on to the east coast, where the tour will wrap up in Herring’s home state North Carolina. 

Herring boasts an extensive resume starting with his early work with  Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit to high profile stints with the Allman Brothers, The Dead, Project Z, Phil Lesh and Friends, and his ongoing role as lead guitarist in Widespread Panic. Herring also  recently collaborated with iconic guitarist John McLaughlin when Herring’s band The Invisible Whip joined McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension for an acclaimed run of shows celebrating the legacy of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The 5 of 7 gives Herring the opportunity to explore more creative side projects and take a step away from his instrumental jazz fusion. “With instrumental music,” Herring reflects, “people expect to hear your solos, but they’ve just heard you play the melody! You can overexpose your voice. With Rick, I can play behind him, then step out with a solo, and give a fresh feeling to the song — take it to another place.”

“Rick, Matt, and Kevin had a band together called King Baby,” explains Herring from his home in Atlanta, “and I heard their record…I couldn’t help but think, man, if I could get together, play some of Rick’s songs, some of my songs, some covers, and maybe write a few things together, we may be on to something.” Herring continues, “in addition to being a fine guitar player, Rick is a really powerful singer.” “Some of his favorite singers are Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, and those are some of my favorites, too.” 

Check out a list of confirmed dates below. 

Jimmy Herring and The 5 of 7 on Tour:

09.12.19 Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
09.13.19 Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO
09.14.19 Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
09.18.19 Wildwood Saloon – Iowa City, IA
09.19.19 El Volcan – St. Louis, MO
09.20.19 Park West – Chicago, IL
09.21.19 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
09.24.19 The Egg – Albany, NY
09.26.19 The Center for Arts in Natick – Natick, MA
09.27.19 Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
09.28.19 Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
09.29.19 Ardmore Music Hall – Philadelphia, PA
10.01.19 The Hamilton – Washington, DC
10.02.19 The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
10.03.19 Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA
10.04.19 Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC
10.05.19 Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC

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Stu Kelly