ALL TOMORROW’S PETTY Winter Residency
BBGUN, DARYL CROW, and HARVEY BENSON
ALL TOMORROW’S PETTY
All Tomorrow’s Petty is not a “tribute” band, per se. It is a (part of a) night that you spend with your friends in (or near) a bar or some other celebratory site/occasion. While you’re there, you hear a bunch of songs written by Tom Petty and played by homeboys/girls who enjoy playing them together. If you already like Tom Petty’s songs, you’re happy to hear them rendered in a mostly recognizable fashion. If you are deluded into thinking you don’t know or like any Petty songs, you are forced to confront this wrongheaded notion.
You might drink, you might not. You might sing, you might not. You will most likely discover something about yourself or your friends that you were not previously aware of — it could be a small thing, but small things are still things. You will absolutely hear electric guitar, which is widely (if not officially) recognized as the national musical instrument of the United States of America. Assuming you and your friends live in these same United States, this element will make you feel at ease and all the more able to enjoy the invaluable company of your friends. You will not hear the lyrics to “Free Fallin'” (sorry). Your actual lifespan on the planet will be extended by a minimum of four hours, perhaps more if you choose to sing.
Members: usually JT Bates, James Diers, Jacob Hanson, Rob Skoro, and whoever else shows up.
Past participants have included (in no particular order): Joey Kantor, Luke Anderson, Linnea Mohn, Cameron Wittig, Dave Campbell, Jeremy Hanson, Molly Priesmeyer, Haley Bonar, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Martin Devaney, Josh Grier, Andrew Broder, Joe Horton, Frankie Lee, Janey Winterbauer, Al Church, Neal Perbix, Maggie Lane, Maggie Morrison, Eric Pollard, Sarah Perbix, Jenny Kapernick, Mike Lewis, Alicia Wiley, Joe Christenson, David Huckfelt, Benson Ramsey, Torey Bonar, Savannah Smith, Sam Cassidy, Matthew Foust, Zach Coulter, Bryan Nichols, Lisa McGuire, Matthew Foust, Danny O’Brien, Don House, Aby Wolf, Mike Rossetto, and Har Mar Superstar.
BBGUN began in a sunny living room, over coffee, on a Friday morning that quickly turned into every Friday morning. Musicians and songwriters Al Church and Neal Perbix’s distinct styles, matured over years of Minneapolis gigs, wove to form lyrics that are both contemplative and playful and harmonies both sophisticated and singable. Complemented by Jeremy Hanson’s expert, easy drumming, their rock ‘n’ roll tunes sound best blasted from the speakers of a pickup truck. BBGUN’s solid debut album documents the anxiety and surprising joys of trading in late-night cigarettes for a kind of settling down.
All-male Sheryl Crow tribute
Alex and Phillip Hicks met Levi Stugelmeyer as children in southwest Minnesota. Their separate musical paths all convened in Nashville, but it wasn’t their scene, so they ended up back in Minnesota as quickly as they’d left. Minneapolis welcomed them home with a grueling winter. Broke and cold, they started writing songs. Motivated by familiar sounds of the Jayhawks, Wilco, Nirvana and Kent, but finding a musical direction all their own, the trio started playing shows as CHARN. They quickly developed a tight, aggressive live show, but it wasn’t until they added guitarist Steve Bosmans that they had their sound. Soon after, they released their debut album These Sins of Mine in August 2008.
Recorded in Omaha, NE with producer Jason Burkum, These Sins of Mine was done quickly, and captures the raw urgency of a band brimming with new songs and ideas. Heavy lyrics, chiming guitars and a driving rhythm section push these songs. The album swings from blistering rockers like “Satellites” and “A Love That’s True” to slow-burning ballads “Do You Believe?” and “Wake Up Dear” to midwestern jangle in “Happier Than Me” and “Holding Hands” naturally. Each song is a story tied to the next, with no fillers and no fallbacks.
While the band has been developing a large following in the Twin Cities since their album debut, they’ve gained national attention recently through a series of song placements on the hit MTV show Jersey Shore, as well as an international advert for House M.D. The band is currently finishing songs for their next album while taking in the continued success of These Sins of Mine.