Celebrated Southern Gentleman Guitar slinger Jimmy Herring and the 5 of 7 performs live in New England.

The Center for Arts, Natick MA

September 26, 2019

Photos and video by Jennifer Simon

Legendary guitarist Jimmy Herring graced the stage at TCAN for a two-night sold out run in Natick, MA. No stranger to the jamband music scene, his pedigree is hardly to be trifled with: he got his start with Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Then he formed the band Jazz is Dead (which is exactly what it sounds like.) He did time in Phil Lesh and Friends, then was hired as a guitar player for one run with The Dead, then did time as the lead guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band for a while, and for the last 5-10 years has been the lead guitar player for Widespread Panic

This time around, his new band the 5 of 7 features Jimmy along with bassist Kevin Scott, drummer Darren Stanley, keyboardist Matt Slocum, and vocalist/guitarist Rick Lollar. The two nights they performed at TCAN featured identical setlists, moving from funk to R&B to even a splash of metal to keep things interesting.

The set featured lots of long-riffing keyboard solos between Matt Slocum and Jimmy.

I liked the Steely Dan-style vocals from Rick Lollar.  “Former Lives” is a good example of this.

The band lived up to Jimmy’s reputation for long shows- sure seemed like a nice guy, sharing the stage with his fellow musicians during the long, slow, funk and R&B jams.


  1. Black Satin (Miles Davis cover)
  2. The Big Galoot
  3. Matt’s Funk
  4. Sketch Ballad
  5. Soulful Hang
  6. Miss Maybelle
  7. One Strut
  8. 1911
  9. Check the Hand
  10. Former Lives
  11. Buddy
  12. Kaleidoscope Carousel
  13. Two Good People (Zone 28 Grams, Baby Gas & King Cydal cover)
  14. Traffic Boom
  15. Scapegoat Blues (encore)


Fri, SEP 27  The Ridgefield Playhouse  Ridgefield, CT

Sat, SEP 28  Brooklyn Bowl  Brooklyn, NY

Sun, SEP 29  The Ardmore Music Hall  Ardmore, PA

 Tue, OCT 1  The Hamilton Live  Washington, DC

 Wed, OCT 2  The Broadberry  Richmond, VA

 Thu, OCT 3  Harvester Performance Center  Rocky Mount, VA

Fri, OCT 4  Lincoln Theatre  Raleigh, NC

Sat, OCT 5  Neighborhood Theatre  Charlotte, NC

Thu, NOV 7  Victory North  Savannah, GA

 Fri, NOV 8  The Orange Peel  Asheville, NC

Sat, NOV 9  Georgia Theatre  Athens, GA

Mon, NOV 11  Hargray Capitol Theatre  Macon, GA

Tue, NOV 12  Songbirds South  Chattanooga, TN

Wed, NOV 13  The Basement East  Nashville, TN

 Thu, NOV 14  Saturn  Birmingham, AL

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