Tim Herron Corporation to bring 'AmeriBeat' sound to Backwoods Pondfest

SYRACUSE - This band has got the beat.

The Tim Herron Corporation formed about 10 years ago when the band's namesake, Tim Herron, and friends P.J. Bullock and Eric McElveen lived in an old firehouse on Syracuse's north side. Bullock, the band's original drummer, and Herron were in another band at the time with McElveen as their manager. The group consequently broke up and McElveen filled the bass slot, leading to the formation of the Tim Herron Corporation.

The band, which today also consists of sidemen Jay Barady on mandolin and Mark Nanni on keys, comes from "a very rootsy background," combining extended jams of rock and roll, bluegrass, folk and attitude into a blend they call "AmeriBeat."

"The Grateful Dead only extended their songs because the songs were good and we take that to heart when we develop our music," explained Herron. "The jam is only a small portion of the song, melody goes a long way and the song also has to serve the party. We feel our shows are conversations, we touch on political subjects as well as emotional and we like to talk about it through our songs and encourage a dialog with our listeners."

Herron first began playing Plattsburgh as a sideman with a group called Dexter Grove "many moons ago," he said. While playing with the group - which included Jim Loughlin, drummer for the popular jamband moe. - Herron fell in love with the Monopole.

"It's a staple on the jamband scene and we've always loved being there and the vibe from the people," said Herron.

The Tim Herron Corporation stopped touring for awhile while McElveen was living in Los Angeles, only playing a handful of gigs a year. When Herron and his band decided to head back on the road again, the Monopole was "on our radar from the get go," he said.

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