224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
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Vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Greg Humphreys, Bassist Andy Ware, Drummer Dustin Clifford, and Keyboardist Russ Betenbaugh make up HOBEX, a band of veteran North Carolina rockers melding classic funk'n'soul music with rock'n'roll (think Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Otis Redding, JBs jamming with the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or Jimi Hendrix.) Fans have described their sound as "Soulternative music" - a southern rock'n'roll spirit infused with the funky soul grooves of Memphis, New Orleans, and Motown.
HOBEX has performed over 100 shows a year since the mid-90s, sharing the stage with artists like North Mississippi Allstars, MOFRO, Derek Trucks Band, Warren Zevon, Greyboy Allstars with Fred Wesley, Al Kooper, Bernie Worrell, Karl Denson and his Tiny Universe, Squirrel Nut Zippers, and Galactic.
People You May Know is a series of character sketches inspired by experience, observation, imagination, and affairs of the heart. You may know these people. You may even be one of these people. Every song is a story.
Of course, the album title is also a wink and a nod at social networks' current ubiquity and how these networks have changed our interactions with the world. They connect and reveal us to each other, but their presence can also serve to isolate us or complicate relationships.
People You May Know is my third solo album, following 2009's Trunk Songs and 2010's Realign Your Mind. While I'm still hewing roughly to the troubador's path, my genre adventures in songwriting continue. Jazz Standards, Soul Classics, Folk Songs, Beach Music, Murder Ballads, and Classic Pop Hits (among other things) flavor the gumbo this time around.
Many of these recordings were realized with the able collaboration of some very talented musicians and songwriters: Pianist Eric Hirsh, Bassist Peter Kimosh, Drummer Stephen Coffman, Guitarist Gibb Droll, multi-instrumentalist / engineer Eric Fritsch, Bassist Aaron Oliva, and songwriters Nancy Armstrong and Brian Ashley Jones. Thanks to these folks for their help. As always, Thank *YOU* for listening.