GuitaristÂ Jimmy HerringÂ is no stranger to adventurous new environs: The North Carolina native has fearlessly honed his now-formidable technique via stints with some of the giants of improvised music — from his earliest days in the van with Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit to high profile gigs with the Allman Brothers, The Dead, Project Z, Phil Lesh and Friends, and his ongoing role as lead guitarist in Widespread Panic. He recently collaborated with iconic guitarist John McLaughlin when Herringâ€™s band The Invisible Whip joined McLaughlinâ€™s 4th Dimension for an acclaimed run of shows celebrating the legacy of the Mahavishnu Orchestra. This fall, Herring unleashes his latest visionary concept upon the world:Â Jimmy Herring and The 5 of 7.
While the Invisible Whip focused on the instrumental side of Herringâ€™s musical persona, the newly assembledÂ The 5 of 7Â places his uniquely probing, responsive fretwork in the context of a vocalist-fronted, song-driven ensemble. At once accessible and provocative,Â The 5 of 7Â finds Herring joined by bassistÂ Kevin Scott, drummerÂ Darren Stanley, longtime collaboratorÂ Matt SlocumÂ on keyboards (Hammond B3, clavinet), and vocalist and guitaristÂ Rick Lollar. â€œRick, Matt, and Kevin had a band together called King Baby,â€ explains Herring from his home in Atlanta, â€œand I heard their record…I couldnâ€™t help but think, man, if I could get together, play some of Rickâ€™s songs, some of my songs, some covers, and maybe write a few things together, we may be on to somethingâ€¦â€