HORNBUCKLE, “DENVER’S FIRST FAMILY OF THE BLUES” RETURNS HOME FOR 2-MONTH ‘VIRTUE & VICE’ TOUR
Hornbuckle, “Denver’s First Family of the Blues” recently celebrating 20 years together as a band, have come home. The brothers – guitarist/vocalist Michael Hornbuckle and brother, bassist/vocalist Brian Hornbuckle – kick off a two-month ‘Virtue & Vice’ tour of their home state with a show on Friday, May 23 at Dickens Opera House in Longmont (complete itinerary below). Virtue & Vice is the title of their recently-released album to critic’s acclaim.
What the Press is Saying !
“Hornbuckle’s sound is fresh and interesting…on Virtue & Vice these guys have managed to find a way to give the blues a mainstream, pop-driven sound, while at the same time staying true to their bluesy roots. The songs themselves are nothing short of excellent.”
“Not since ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn has there been a band that could wind a mean bar room boogie and bring the blues home like the Hornbuckle Brothers. Michael & Brian Hornbuckle take their inherited skill and bring serious fire to the front house in Virtue & Vice, their latest, and what will probably be recognized as one of the best new independently produced albums of the year.”
In a recent interview Michael Hornbuckle was asked about the difference between the music scenes in Los Angeles (where he has recently settled) and Denver. “The difference is significant. You would think that the huge population and the incredible talent that is in L.A. would equate to packed clubs that pay well, but that is not necessarily the case. There are gems in L.A. where you can see world-class players performing for tips in a small bar. L.A. is geared for production and that’s what most the serious cats do there. They play live for fun but the paying work is in a studio somewhere. Denver, on the other hand, is geared for live music. If you can play then you can gig. We have the occasional breakout act, but mostly it’s about building a following and playing the rounds. The Metro Denver area is very spread out, so each city has its own crowd. It’s because of that that there is a circuit a band can do without burning out the area. Denver is not like, say Kansas City, where you are accessible to the whole MidWest to play clubs. Denver is far from any other major market so people here appreciate what they have and support their musicians.”
In discussing their new album, Brian Hornbuckle says, “On “Virtue and Vice” we try and cover a lot of ground; sixteen songs of memories, love, lust, protest and personal discovery. We really tried to infuse as many influences as possible while still keeping continuity from song to song. We did some reggae in “Complicated”, funk in “Slave to the Benjamins,” a Latin feel on “Moment In Time” and a 70’s rock feel in “Ride Away”. All of it injected with the blues since that is still the main language we speak musically.”
HORNBUCKLE ‘VIRTUE & VICE’ TOUR – LIVE SHOWS & SPECIAL EVENTS
- May 23 (Fri.) DICKENS OPERA HOUSE Longmont, CO
- June 1 (Sun.) ZIGGIES LIVE MUSIC Denver, CO
- June 7 (Sat.) ANGELO’S CD (IN-STORE GIG) Denver, CO
- June 14 (Sat.) ZIGGIES LIVE MUSIC Denver, CO
- June 27 (Fri.) STARGAZERS THEATER Colorado Springs, CO
- July 5 (Sat.) THE ORIENTAL THEATER Denver, CO
- July 6 (Sun.) ZIGGIES LIVE MUSIC Denver, CO
- July 18 (Fri.) ZOO BAR Lincoln, NB
- July 19 (Sat.) ZIGGIES LIVE MUSIC Denver, CO
- July 23 (Wed.) HERMAN’S HIDEAWAY Denver, CO
- July 26 (Sat.) CONTINENTAL ROOM/LOUNGE Denver, CO
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