Capturing the creative spirit of the music created by one of the most prolific rock bands in American music history is not something one decides to do without inspiration. In fact, it is inspiration of the soul that has brought together the members of HOTLANTA. The grind of the every-day, the mundane if you will, is what causes this manifestation of energy and the desire to grab hold of music so special; soul music, bluesy, country, folk, funk, down-home gospel inspired music of one of the worlds greatest jam bands ever. “The” jam band it could be said. Experience the emergence of an inspired group of people joining together in a single, common cause. That being to recreate a feeling, a vibe, a spirit of music and love and passion. The music of an American icon, the music of The Allman Brothers B”and.
The Allman Brothers Band is one of the greatest rock bands of all time. With their blend of rock, blues, jazz, and country their versatility and musicianship has been unmatched. Many other southern rock bands such as Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special et al came along. While very successful and great bands in their own right, no one equaled the Allman Brothers Band.
In the late ‘60s to early ‘70s the Fillmore East in New York was the premier rock concert venue in the US with shows put on by promoter Bill Graham. In a time when such acts as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Jefferson Airplane, CSNY, and Led Zeppelin played there, the Allman Brothers were once called “Bill Graham’s house band” because they played there so often. He thought they were the greatest of all. George Kimball of Rolling Stone magazine hailed them as “the best damn rock and roll band this country has produced in 5 years”. The Allman have finally retired the band and their members have divided up into various bands like Government Mule, Tedeshi Trucks, Jaimoes Jazz Band .
Tad Isch: Founder and Producer, Drums
Tad grew up in Moorestown NJ. He began playing drums in the late 60’s playing in various local area cover and original bands as well as a studio drummer for Mirror Sound Studios, formerly in South Jersey and now in Seattle Washington. He appeared on many original projects with various artist. Tad studied briefly with Rick Jeager (Dave Mason) and most recently Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers Band. He has recently also played on stage with members of GOVERNMENT MULE,TEDESHI TRUCKS,NORTH MISSISSPPI ALLSTARS, JAIMOES JAZZ BAND, and more. Tad plays the exact same drum kit as Butch Trucks his instructor for the last three years at the Allman Brothers Music Masters Camp and has traveled with Butch to local Club Events helping as Drum Technician , and at times, drum partner! Come hear Tad play play Butches parts as taught by the master himself! . Both of Tad’s parents are retired music teachers, one at University level and one High School. Tad also played Classical Cello for over twenty years.Tad spent time as part of a production company producing concerts and worked as Stage Manager with artist such as Billy Joel, Bonnie Ryaitt, Arlo Guthrie, Stanley Clarke, Hall and Oats, Little Feat, and many more . He was hired right out of college by ESPN for the “Top Rank Boxing” show and was with them for a several years…He also worked on live Philly Sports telecast including Flyers, 76ers, Phillies.
Clyde Crum…Lead Vocals
Jeff Stahl…Lead Guitar
Brian McMahon…Lead Guitar, Music Director
Brian started playing when he was about eleven . His first group called “The 9th Division” included neighborhood friends. They started playing parties and dances around ’67 doing early Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Yardbirds, Cream, Hendrix, and The Doors.
Moving into the 70’s Brian played with area favorites that included “Charity”, “Adom”, “Cook E Jarr” and “Fragile”. In the 80’s he became more interested in studio work-ran a small studio in his basement and was a staff engineer at TMP Studios (The Music Place) from ’88-’94. Also during this period he had a chance encounter with Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding (drums and bass for Jimi Hendrix) and was part of a group built around them to play a at the Delaware Music festival in August of ’87.
In 97 Brian joined the Soul Survivors and worked with them for over 10 years. During this time he got to meet many interesting players and artists and play at some large venues-Wachovia, the Kimmel, Mann Music Center and even the World Trade Center in July 2001! Brian says -Joining “Hotlanta” in 2010 is really returning to my roots and I’m looking forward to see where that’ll take us.” Brian is the on stage music coordinator during the show…he keeps things moving along!
Mark Young: Bass Guitar…
Mark was born and raised in central New York and studied classical piano and violin starting when he was five years old. After discovering the electric bass in the seventh grade, he began playing in bands that would lead him to play shows throughout the region over the next 15 years. Mark has special memories for a band named Mad Jack which played covers of country, blues, and southern rock and released four albums of original music. The band has played shows with Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, Gregg Allman, Blackfoot, Johnny Winters, Mountain, The Marshall Tucker Band, and many other national acts. Not only did Mad Jack provide awesome experiences, both on and off stage, but Mark also met the woman who would become his wife at a Mad Jack show and they’ve been happily married for almost 25 years.
Mark’s classical training has had a strong influence on his playing today. He says: “While the bass is primarily a supportive instrument that supplies the rhythmic glue between the drums and guitars, Allman Brothers’ songs place special emphasis on melody and harmony in the bass parts. I stay true to the spirit of the original parts written by Berry Oakley, Lamar Williams, Allen Woody, and the others, but I apply my own interpretation when playing and will often stretch the songs’ boundaries in homage to my heroes.”
Larry Bishov: Drums…
Since the late 60s; Larry has played with numerous bands playing many genre’s of music, from hard rock(as it was called back in the day),classic rock, blues, R&B, Soul, Motown. Never a flashy drummer, always content to “keep it in the pocket”.
Bands Larry has worked with include Jumpin’ the Gun, The Leisurematics, The Fabulous Textones, Soul Control featuring June Evans, the Bob Piot Band, Classic Sun and BD Mylo and the Go Daddy’s just to name a few.
Dr. Jim Sipio: Keys…
Dr Jim Sipio is on Keys for Hotlanta. Jim is an accomplished keyboard player who has brought a new demension to Hotlanta. Hear him play Greggs signature leads on the hammond B3. Jim has played with several local bands over the years and won a competition last year at the Keshwick Theater. Phenominal player! In addition his stage personality is something to watch! Check him out!