August 23rd, 2012
Doors @7pm show @8pm
$20.00 advance/$25.00 day of show
1962- Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
1975-Started playing guitar at age 13: first guitar was a Fender Bronco
1980-Attended Berklee College of Music Summer Session
1980-Graduated from high school
1984-85-Attended Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Hollywood, California
1986-Moved to Atlanta to teach at Atlanta Institute of Music; meets drummer Jeff Sipe
1986-88- plays with musicians such as Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, who introduce him to Col. Bruce Hampton. Later meets and plays with Kofi Burbridge, Count Mbutu, and Matt Mundy.
1989- Asked to join Bruce, Oteil, and Jeff to form Aquarium Rescue Unit.
1989-1995- Aquarium Rescue Unit with Col. Bruce Hampton.
1995- Col. Hampton leaves ARU. Singer Paul Henson joins.
1997-Frogwings with Butch Trucks, Derek Trucks, John Popper, Kofi Burbridge, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones
1998-99 – Jazz Is Dead with Billy Cobham, Alphonso Johnson, T Lavitz. After Billy Cobham departed in 1999, Rod Morgenstein and Jeff Sipe took over the drum chair.
2000-Project Z with Ricky Keller and Jeff Sipe . Begins recording Project Z’s Debut Album
2000-January-Auditions for Phil Lesh and does Spring Tour
2000 with Phil Lesh and Friends
2000 May- joins Allman Brothers from May to late September for ABB Summer 2000 Tour
2000 October- becomes full time member of Phil Lesh and Friends
2002- (March) Recorded Project Z’s second album (to be released in Aug/ Sept. 2005)
2002 Fall-joins original members of the Grateful Dead when they reunite as the Other Ones
2003 and 2004 – The Dead Summer Tours
2004 Fall- works on Mahavishnu (Meeting of the Spirits) and Miles Davis (Black Satin) Tribute Albums
2005- A short hiatus until going to play with The Codetalkers featuring Col. Bruce Hampton. Continues to play with Phil Lesh.
2006- Spring-Herring, Rodgers, Sipe, Fountain and Van Allen
2006- Summer- Herring, Rodgers, Sipe and Fountain
2006- Fall-Joins Widespread Panic for Fall Tour
2007- Continues to play with ARU, WP and some close friends
2008- (October) Releases first solo album, Lifeboat, on Abstractlogix, Continues with Widespread Panic
2009- Takes Jimmy Herring Band on the road for Spring and Summer Tours, Continues with Widespread Panic
2010- Widespread Panic releases Dirty Side Down
Opening Uncle Daddy
Uncle Daddy is the vintage sound of wood and steel hitting you in the chest with the authority of 21st century rock. Uncle Daddy—that is frontman/guitarist TJ Stafford, violin player Robbie Anderson, cellist Jacob Szekeley, mandolin player Andrew Jed, guitarist Noah Needleman, and drummer Christopher Allis—built their identity on the west side of LA, filling small hometown clubs and inspiring fans with their sound. In almost no time at all, the band began selling out some of LA’s premier venues including The Troubadour and The Roxy. Now, with the release of their latest full-length album “Good Mourning,” Uncle Daddy will soon be coming to a city near you.
For frontman TJ Stafford, Uncle Daddy is about life in its most visceral sense. As he says, “the songs we write are a result of acknowledging every emotion and feeling that occurs in life. Thus, what you hear is sometimes angry, loud, and dirty. But you also hear a sense of humor, beauty, and always a sense of hope.” Whatever comes from the success of Uncle Daddy and their latest full-length album “Good Mourning,” the band is ready, unflinching, and forever grateful.