Rose Center to host LIBC band
The Rose Center will be rocking.
Lowland Industrial Blues Company will be performing a high-energy, classic rock and blues concert on Friday, Oct. 11 at the facility.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
The band is made up of Randy Goan, keyboard, organ and vocals, John Long, lead guitar, Greg Maynard, vocals and guitar, Tony Ritch, bass and vocals and Roger Hess on drums.
The group – made up of veteran musicians with long careers and ties to either Morristown or East Tennessee – is a relatively new endeavor that brings together a variety of styles.
“This band, Lowland Industrial Blues Company is by far the best band I’ve been in,” Maynard said. “Best collective musicians and sound. We have not been together for years, but it sounds like we have.”
Goan, who started playing in 8th grade in Morristown with a band called the Corbatas, says he’s excited about this new musical adventure.
Goan’s musical career took him to Atlanta in the 70’s, where he joined a band called “LCR,” that played all original music. They recorded at Stone Mountain Studio and the Paul Davis Studio in the late 70s and early 80s. He moved back to Morristown in 1981 and started playing with Dewey and Lewis McGuire and Carroll Ruth.
The band changed names a lot, but kept busy playing gigs all over East Tennessee. After another break to raise children, Randy started playing with LaBron Lazenby of Knoxville- including a gig at the Rose Center.
Lead guitarist Long followed in his father’s footsteps. He cut his teeth as a young musician playing gigs at the Morristown Moose Lodge and other places around town.
After a couple of bands, Long’s group Shalyss found a groove and began to play steadily in Morristown, Knoxville, Johnson City, Asheville Grove Park Inn and other venues.
The band disbanded in the early ‘80s.
“I took an eight year break from music but continued to play on my own during that time,” he said.
Long rejoined the music scene and worked with several bands through the 90s and into the 2000s. His last band, Twenty Ounce Toast, played together for several years but not steadily in front of an audience. It eventually disbanded as well.
“Several months after that, I received a call from Roger Hess about auditioning for the lead guitar position with Lowland Industrial Blues Company,” Long said. “Along with my history of playing music, the various bands I have been in have played for many benefits to help raise funds for charitable organizations.”
Maynard has been a professional musician for 39 years.
“Through these past 39 years, I have played with some great musicians, too many to name them all. John Michael Montgomery, his brother Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Lou Tumey (guitar player for Faith Hill),” he said. “My producer John Lawry (keyboard player for Petra) taught me so much, not just about music, but about the business as well.”
Ritch played Contemporary Christian music for close to 20 years in several churches in South Carolina.
After moving to Tennessee, he played with a Southern Rock band called Halfway Home until 2002.
They played a lot of places in Knoxville, including The Hill, Six Pockets, Cotton-Eyed Joe’s, and Underdogs, where they were the house band.
Since then he has played in jam sessions with a lot of musicians, but when he met the members of this group, everything just “clicked,” he said.
Tony lives in Lenoir City and travels up to Morristown to rehearse with Lowland, because he feels it’s really going somewhere.
Hess started as a roadie for a band called Stoned Oak when he was just 16 years old. He followed them for several years, building a passion for music.
Roger began drumming with solo bands on the East Coast, one three-piece band in particular, RDW Project Band, garnered a close following.
Roger has followed his music career to Tennessee, on to Houston, Texas and back to Tennessee where he said he has joinged equally talented group of guys with a mature love of music.
-From Staff Reports