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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 02:01 AM
Part One

http://www.jambase.com/Articles/119716/Interview-Part-One-Jimmy-Herring

Just an insert but probably the best part of the interview

JAMBASE: If you donít mind my asking, when after you joined Panic did you start feeling like more of a member of the band and less of, if not a hired gun, a new guy in the lineup?

JH: Well, theyíve been my friends for so long Ė Iíve known them from í89 Ė so I always felt welcome. But no one is as hard on you as you are. Iím not really an Internet person so itís not like Iím going on message boards looking for dirt, but I also know there has to be some frustration out there sometimes about how I play Ė youíre just not going to please everyone.

Youíre dealing with a band with 27 years of history and a lot of diehard fans, man! I know what thatís like. When a band like Panic loses one of its shining lightsÖ[pause]Öwhen Mikey passed, thatís just hard. For anyone who was his friend or near his family or a big fan of the band, itís just never going to be the same. Thatís a testament to Mike, you canít just go replace a guy like him, he had his own sound.

I think Panic was similar to the Dead in that way. Those guys in the Dead all learned how to play coming up with Garcia. And after Garcia passed, they all had to find a new way to play Ė they could try to play the way they always did when he was alive, but if Jerryís not there to be part of that, itís just not going to sound the same. The guys in Panic had to react much the same way. They came up together, they lived together, they were longtime friends Ė itís a deep thing. I mean, they can get someone else to fill that void, but itís not going to be the same, and you know that, and I know that.

I had a long talk with all of them about this when I first joined. I didnít know that they would want me to stay Ė I really did think this was going to be temporary. Theyíre a family organization. They donít want some bitchiní guitar player, they want someone they can get along with and feel comfortable with.

Iím not hung up on it anymore. Iíve gone through periods where I felt real comfortable with the band and that I had a balance in between how much I wanted to play Mikeís lines and how much I could put my own thing in there. There are still times when Iím uncomfortable, and I think, Iím not paying enough attention to the original here.

JAMBASE: How do you wrestle with that?

JH: I go through changes and cycles. My basic approach was to listen to the records and listen to the live stuff, and if there was a certain type of thing every time Ė say, Mikey played the intro to "Surprise Valley" a certain way Ė and itís on literally every version Iíve ever heard of it, well, I began to view that as a part. I need to play it that way every time we play the song. And when I heard him do things completely different, I knew it wasnít something I needed to learn because he was changing it.

Itís always a work in progress. But this is the third major incarnation of the band and they guys are always telling me, man, donít be hung up on playing like anyone else but you. But I do wrestle with it. If youíre going to stand in the spot where a beloved person once stood and that person reached people deep in their hearts, you have to be respectful of that territory.

I tell you, I never saw this coming. And I never believed Iíd play with the Allman Brothers, or play with Phil and Bobby, either. I never thought Iíd get a call from JB saying come play with Panic Ė you could have knocked me over with a feather! So to get back to what you had asked about, I know I play more on the jazz side of rock Ďní roll, but I have long hair, and I play a solid-body guitar through a really loud amplifier. There are things with me that are going to come into the music, and some people will say, well, this isnít what I remember, but you just have to play from the heart as much as you have to do your homework.

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 04:39 AM
What a great guy. One of the best guitarists out there and yet so humble.

BTW, thanks for the link!

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 05:23 AM
" I know I play more on the jazz side of rock Ďní roll, but I have long hair, and I play a solid-body guitar through a really loud amplifier."
gotta love Jimmy. He's been thrown into some very awkward situations of replacing guitar icons, not so much Houser but to be thrown in front of thousands of die hard deadheads in the "Jerry" guitar spot had to be a tough gig which I think he filled admirably. And the Dickey replacement had to be very bittersweet, you get asked to join a band you cut your teeth listening to but you're asked to replace the guy that has been carrying the band for 30 years, not to mention the sh**storm of the Dickey situation.
I think Jimmy has always done a fantastic job of walking the thin line of being yourself while still tipping your cap to the original. Of course while not everyone's cup of tea his musicianship cannot be denied when listening to ARU or his solo stuff. As if all that's not enough, he's a very likeable guy, no ego whatsoever

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 10:46 AM
part 2 of the interview is due sometime today

 

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  posted on 10/24/2013 at 11:06 AM
You just have to change the end number in the prior link to see part 2.

http://www.jambase.com/Articles/119717/Interview-Part-Two-Jimmy-Herring

I like this.

JAMBASE: The reunion shows the Q played at Terrapin Crossroads last year, was it easy to just slip back in?

JH: It absolutely was. It was such a special band and is still is Ė it felt like a comfortable old pair of jeans and when we played the first show, we were all like, wow, that never really went away, did it? Sure, weíd get better at it if we did it more often, and I had to be reminded of a couple of things, but come on, the last gig with the Quintet was in 2003, and my last full gig with Phil was probably in 2005 in Vegas.

Many years had gone by, but Phil says to me, Jimmy, you know my schpiel [laughs]. Weíre all a school of fish. Sometimes you swim at the front, or the middle, or the back, and all of this could happen within eight bars of music. Phil thought of the band as a school of fish Ė not a perfect V-formation, butÖhe wants to apply nature to music. He wants people to play with him.

JAMBASE: Will there be more Q gigs?

JH: Well, I know thereís going to be the Christmas Jam, and I know Phil wants there to be more. Iím hoping that he does. Itís my favorite incarnation to play with Phil. Itís so comfortable, and everyone knows each other so well and is such good friends and we all know each otherís little stuff, and habits. We lived on a bus together, man. We played a lot of gigs back then. It was another time, but everyone loves each other all the way to their core. I sure do want to do more.

 

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  posted on 10/26/2013 at 08:27 AM
as a musician, i hope y'all have some idea of how amazing it is to see a guy that talented who seems to be an even cooler guy than he is a killer musician..

 

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