From Good Homes has announced their third annual Wellmont show, which is exciting news indeed! This year, however, they will only be playing one night instead of two. I am not sure of exactly why there was a change in format, but I can tell you this---buy your tickets now. If you have not seen this band in concert, you need to. They are one of the greatest live acts I have ever witnessed. Check out my review of last year’s show if you don't believe me.
Full information is below via the press release. Treat yourself this holiday season and see From Good Homes in concert. You will be all the merrier.
The members of From Good Homes have announced their annual Reunion show at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on Saturday, December 17th, 2011. The Wellmont Theatre was the site of From Good Homes’s reunion in 2009 over 2 sold out shows after a 10 year hiatus, of which Relix Magazine said the band’s “playing still feels as fresh and invigorating as it ever was”.
“There’s no better feeling than playing for our fans and friends in New Jersey” says Patrick Fitzsimmons, drummer. “The energy at The Wellmont is always so incredible and we feed off of that. This show should be a rocker!”
Since getting back together in 2009, the band has performed as part of the Dave Matthews Band Caravan in Atlantic City and this past weekend at Randall’s Island in New York as well as The Mighty High Festival in Tuxedo, NY, SteelJam Festival in Bethlehem, PA and headline shows at The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, The Historic Blairstown Theatre in Blairstown, NJ as well as annual shows at the Wellmont Theatre in 2009 and 2010.
Tickets for the shows are $30 in advance and $33 on the day of show. They are available now at www.tickets.com. More information is available at www.wellmonttheatre.com and www.fromgoodhomes.com.
The genesis of From Good Homes dates back to a high school band, when childhood friends Todd Sheaffer, Brady Rymer, and Patrick Fitzsimmons came together in rural, Northwestern New Jersey. Originally called “Old Crow”, and later evolving into “The Dogs”, the core line-up remained. With the addition of Dan Myers in 1988, and Jamie Coan in 1990, the band From Good Homes was fully formed.
Named after a judge’s explanation for leniency after the young band broke in to a club to finish their set, the band “from good homes” released 5 albums during their career- 3 of which were released by RCA Records. Their upbeat approach, solid songwriting, and unique sound allowed them to quickly develop a dedicated following on the touring circuit. The band performed over 1,500 shows across North America, including tours with Dave Matthews Band, Ratdog featuring Bob Weir and shows with Bob Dylan, Guster, Widespread Panic, Hootie & The Blowfish, Blues Traveler and many more.
Bringing together rock, jazz, folk, celtic and jam-band influences under one umbrella, rooted in Todd Sheaffer’s inspired songwriting, From Good Homes forged their own, instantly lovable music. Their unique style prompted one critic to affectionately label the band’s blend of influences as “Hick-Pop”.
After disbanding in 1999, band members went on to embark on individual projects. Todd Sheaffer formed the bluegrass-influenced Railroad Earth, which has released 5 records, with a 6th coming out this fall, and continues to sell-out shows throughout North America. After starting a family of his own, Brady Rymer began a career making music for children and families; his most recent release “Here Comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could” was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the Best Musical Album for Children category. Drummer Patrick Fitzsimmons has had a very successful run as a singer/songwriter, releasing 5 records independently and touring regularly in the Northeast. Saxophonist Dan Myers runs a production company, Dirt Floor Studio, and has worked on records with Adam Green, Sam Champion, as well as with Rymer and Fitzsimmons. He also appeared as a guest soloist on “Live Trax Vol. 16” the latest live release from Dave Matthews Band. Multi-instrumentalist Jamie Coan continues to write, perform and record and currently plays with the bands Fat Alice, Blue Spartina, Red Top Ramblers and Sweetgrass in the Charleston, SC area and also performs as half of the Folly Beach Rhythm Section which backs up Samuel David Owens.
From Good Homes is:
Todd Sheaffer – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Brady Rymer – bass, vocals
Patrick Fitzsimmons – drums, vocals
Dan Myers – saxophones, melodica, vocals
Jamie Coan – acoustic guitar, violin, mandolin, vocals