JBF Interviews & Reviews

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Andrew "Tuck" is a rock journalist who has written 50 articles over the last two years.  He is also a drummer and has toured nationally with the band 'is trio' from 2003 until 2009. Tuck is currently performing with The Rayburn Brothers Band as well as BordingHouse Quartet.  He resides in Santa Cruz, California and is active in the San Francisco & Monterey Bay music scenes. 

The Danny Mayer Brand
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 12 July 2015 18:09

dannymayer Five years ago when the band On The spot Trio was thriving in Santa Cruz and playing weekly gigs to packed crowds, I sat down with Danny Mayer to get a glimpse at the man behind the 6-string electric guitar. 

Attaining Nobility With "The Royal Noise" From Pennsylvania
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 08 June 2014 14:54

RoyalNoiseComparing oneself to royalty or using the term to describe a character trait is usually reserved for those of great importance or power.

Who is Wolfgang Rehmert?
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Saturday, 13 July 2013 16:58

wolfgangOn the big island of Hawaii, the Aloha Spirit has come to mean “Welcome to All”. For musician and singer Wolfgang Rehmert, that mantra has become his phrase to live by.  

Dead Winter Carpenters: Music, Family, Community & Bliss.
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 10 June 2012 14:48

DWC backdageIt’s rare that a band is recognized for their talent and given the chance to make it to the next level. 

Poor Man's Whiskey to Play The 4 Peaks Music Festival
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:22

4 PeaksThey guys from Poor Man’s Whiskey are gearing up for some big shows over the next few months. 

The Band "Bacon" Is Sizzling!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Monday, 19 December 2011 00:00

Bacon Press PhotoThe word bacon is usually synonymous with fried egg sandwiches or BLT’s.  But, in the San Francisco Bay area, it’s a band name for a bunch of guys who value good music and decent songwriting.

The Band "Poor Man's Whiskey" To Perform at The Fillmore Auditorium on 11-11-11. Don't Miss This One!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 16 October 2011 11:23

PMW Press PhotoWhen the stars align and the calendar has consecutive numbers listed in a row, something amazing is bound to happen.  On November 11th (11-11-11) Poor Man’s Whiskey will take the stage at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium.

'Strange Arrangement' from Chicago, My New Favorite Band!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 14 August 2011 10:32

Strange Arrangement press photoThe Chicago jam-scene has established itself as a music mecca thanks to bands like Umphrey’s Mcgee and the downtown Delta Blues clubs. 

It's All In A Name: "Pinna" from South Carolina
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Thursday, 02 June 2011 19:50

Pinna OnstageHaving the right formula for success means everything for young bands coming up in the ranks and trying to make it to the next level.

Jim Lewin with Great American Taxi. Getting The Praise He Deserves
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 00:00

Great American TaxiSanta Cruz California has its fair share of musicians

Catching up with The Band "Willies Light"
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Thursday, 03 March 2011 00:00

Willie LightBaltimore Maryland is best known for its amazing crab cakes, the Inner Harbor District, the Orioles baseball team and a great band in the jam scene known as Willies Light

Chroma: Bringing Color and Music to the Universe
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Saturday, 12 February 2011 15:07

Chroma is a Jacksonville based jam band trio that is gaining momentum in the southeast. 

Railroad Earth: A few minutes with Tim Carbone
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 00:00

Without question, Railroad Earth has reached a playing level that is unrivaled anywhere.

Steve Molitz and Particle! An Amazing Run!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Friday, 08 October 2010 18:24

Steve MolitzFor the last ten years, Steve Molitz and Particle have been touring the world, recording in the studio and partnering with every jam band out there. Call it pure luck or impeccable timing, the guys in Particle got popular early on in their career at a time when the “late-night sound” was first developing.

The Band Name "Jerry On the Moon" Reminds Me of Garcia in The Crescent
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Thursday, 07 May 2015 16:06

jotm One hour northwest of Atlanta near the border of Alabama lies a small, rural town called Rome, Georgia. The picturesque landscape boasts 18th century architecture and rolling hills. 

The California Honeydrops: Keeping It Creative & Crazy!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:59

honeydropsIf you thought the California Honeydrops were just another band, think again! The San Francisco Bay area musicians are not only developing a loyal following, they are also touring the world.

The Band "Blue Turtle Seduction" Reunites This Summer
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Thursday, 13 June 2013 16:28

BTSIf you haven’t heard yet, the band Blue Turtle Seduction is getting back together this summer for a series of shows at the beginning of August.  

Steve Kimock Has Achieved Greatness
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Monday, 28 May 2012 06:30

Kimock BioThere’s a lot to be said about the sheer determination, compassion and total commitment to one’s craft.  Guitarist Steve Kimock is someone who has put in the time as a musician and can teach us about following a simple path in life.

Discovering Garrin Benfield!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Friday, 10 February 2012 17:56

Garrin onstageGarrin Benfield embodies music with every note he plays – whether slow ballad, improvisational jam or Rock & Blues, Garrin feels the energy with a passion and intensity like no other. 

Wayne Healy With "The Freddy Jones Band" Looks Back On An Amazing Career, A Great Band And Wonderful Life.
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Monday, 05 December 2011 16:33

FJB PressDuring the early ‘90s and well before the internet craze, life for a musician was dramatically different.  At the time, up and coming bands could get signed to a major  label and stand out among the myriads of acts all vying for a place in history. 

Getting to know Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Saturday, 03 September 2011 19:32

Nicki Bluhm bioFate has a funny way of working itself out, especially when chance encounters play a large role in determining ones future.   Destiny can come knocking even when least expected. 

'Greensky Bluegrass' is Reaching Perfection!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00

Greensky Press PhotoWhen a national touring band receives widespread recognition for their hard work, it's confirmation that their music has reached a level only some can measure up to. 

Marcus Eaton From Boise, Idaho is On The Fast Track and Rising To The Top!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Monday, 02 May 2011 19:28

Marcus Eaton Press PhotoThere are individuals in the music business that have songwriting in their blood and embody all the elements of a rising star. 

Rob Barraco, Keyboardist with Dark Star Orchestra talks about the last twenty years
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 00:00

In the early ‘90s and deep in the heart of New York City, there existed a live music venue that helped shape and define the jam band genre today.

Zach Deputy: "Exploding on the Scene!"
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Tuesday, 01 March 2011 00:00

Zach DeputyAt this year's 20th High Sierra Music Festival, everywhere I turned people were saying the name Zach Deputy.

The Big Wu: Interview with keyboardist Al Oikari
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Thursday, 10 February 2011 00:00

West of the Great Lakes and lying just below the Canadian border is a jam band pocket in the heart of Minneapolis. 

Jay Seals from the band Blue Turtle Seduction: Emerging Triumphant
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Saturday, 20 November 2010 00:00

What does a band have to do to retain longevity and staying power in the music business in order to be successful and well known?  It seems like only a handful of the lucky ones ever make it. 

2014 Is Lebo's Year!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:33

Lebo OnstageOver the last 8 months and since the start of 2014, musician Dan Lebowitz aka “Lebo” has not only exploded onto the Jam-scene in recent months, but he has also become a household name. 

"The Revivalists" From New Orleans Might Be The Next Big Thing!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:54

revivalistsThe Revivalists from New Orleans have broken out into the limelight this year playing to large audiences, appearing at well-known festivals and opening up for big name acts.

The Nibblers from Sacramento Are On The Rise!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 15 July 2012 18:40

The Nibblers onstageEvery year at the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy California, one band emerges from the weekend on everyone’s mind after playing numerous sets onstage, in campgrounds, in the music halls or even on top of a Winnebago.

The Band "Grampa's Chili" Is Ready For The Next Phase
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 14:43

Chili GroupSan Francisco bay-area band Grampa’s Chili which got its start in the early ‘90s has been re-energized recently and the group is ready to tackle the music industry in 2012. 

The Band "Willes Light" Gets Ready to Release Their New EP "Whole New Reality"
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Monday, 26 December 2011 18:14

Wiilies Light WorldThe guys from the band Willies Light are at it again with their new EP called Whole New Reality just released this winter. 

'Spafford' Is Getting Noticed In The Southwest
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 30 October 2011 10:54

Spafford bioThere are countless pockets of jam-band communities around the country and Prescott Arizona is no different.

Eli Jebidiah's Leap of Faith from "Poor Man's Whiskey" to "Huckle"
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Sunday, 21 August 2011 17:26

HuckleImportant decisions in life require a lot of courage and strength to successfully navigate through the next chapter of ones career.

The Congress from Denver Colorado is Young, Talented & Ready For The Big Time!
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Monday, 04 July 2011 00:00

The Congress High SierraPlaying at The High Sierra Music Festival every July 4th has become a coveted honor for new bands emerging on the scene.  

Vince Herman "Still Going Strong"
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Friday, 29 April 2011 00:00

Vince HermanThe name Vince Herman carries a lot of weight in the JamScene.

We have all caught a show sometime in our music career and have danced hard to the sounds of Leftover Salmon. I think their blend of Cajun, Calypso, Jamgrass, Jugband and Southern Rock has given the

Interstate Stash Express: Power-Trio From Colorado
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 00:00

ISE live photoIn the music scene these days, finding a talented power-trio is a tough job. 

The Band iS from New Paltz, New York
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Saturday, 26 February 2011 00:00

Somebody in the music business once said that success is recognition for ones hard work. 

Ten Mile Tide: Transitioning into greatness
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

TMT PhotoTen Mile Tide had everything a band could want: great music, a bad-ass tour bus, a growing fan base and travels around the country.

John Craigie: Storyteller, Musician, Folk Singer
Written by Andrew Tuckman   
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:00

John CraigieMusic has a way of changing our lives and leaving lasting impressions in our minds forever.  The songs not only shape us as individuals but also affect our view of the world and make us who we are today. 


Where We've Been

Here's a few places you might have run into us at...

Power to the Peaceful Festival

Golden Gate Park, SF
September 10th, 11th and 12th


New Almaden Music Festival

San Jose/New Aladen
August 21st

High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy, CA
July 1st - 4th
See Photos from this event!