Taddy Porter

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Taddy Porter
Origin Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Hard rock
Years active 2007–present
Labels Primary Wave Music
Website http://taddyporter.com/
Members Andy Brewer
Joe Selby
Doug Jones
Kevin Jones

Taddy Porter is an American rock band formed in 2007 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, United States.[1] The band members are Andy Brewer (lead vocal/guitar), Joe Selby (lead guitar/backing vocals), Doug Jones (drums), and Kevin Jones (bass). The band describes their sound as a mix of classic rock and blues in a modern-rock setting.

History[edit]

Taddy Porter was initially envisioned as the duo of Andy Brewer and Doug Jones, but after taking guitar lessons from Selby, Brewer decided to bring him on as lead guitarist and the three invited Jones' brother, Kevin, to fill out the quartet.[2] The name of the band was chosen after Andy noticed it on a bar beer list and believed it fit the band. The band originally began building their act at Dirty's Tavern, a local bar in their hometown of Stillwater.

In December 2007 they recorded a 4-track EP, Monocle, produced by Trent Bell at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman, Oklahoma.[3]

In late 2009 Scott Frazier of Overtone Music Group was sent to Oklahoma City to see another band. Taddy Porter approached him and asked him if he would watch their support set. Frazier was so impressed he signed them to a management contract within a few days.

Frazier's partner, Rick Smith had this assessment of the band, “This band is going to be the biggest one in my 35 years of doing this. This is truly something special. This is Paul Rodgers 1969, if Free came from Stillwater, Okla., or if Joe Cocker had a baby with Robert Plant, it would be Andy Brewer. All the successful great rock bands of the last 30 years have had that dual focus — whether it’s starting with Jagger and Richards, or Lennon and McCartney or Tyler and Perry or Axl and Slash. You have to have the two front guys in Andy and Joe. Joe will be one of the quintessential guitar players of his generation. This is a band that only comes around like once in a generation. They’re that special.”[4]

The band was signed to a record deal with independent label Primary Wave Records, which not only allows the band to retain the rights to its songs, but also includes distribution through EMI records.

The band was also placed as the "freshman" act on The Class Of 2009 Tour with Red, Pop Evil and Saving Abel. The "Class Of" tours was the collective brainchild of Scott Frazier, Rick Smith and Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music Management along with Justin Hirschman from Artist Group International. The concept is to bring together rock artists who have had substantial Top Ten hits at radio in the current year as well as one act who is provided an opportunity to launch its act. The 2009 tour took place from October 27 through December 19, 2009.

The band's debut single "Shake Me" was featured on Monday Night Football on December 21, 2009. It was also used in episode 24 of the ABC sitcom Cougar Town on May 24, 2010 (previously "In The Morning" had been used in episodes 18 and 21.) "Shake Me" was also featured in the NBC show Chase.

During the 2010 Major League Baseball season "Shake Me" has been used by New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey while warming up and also when batting at Citi Field. "I was looking for a warm-up song and I decided to go with 'Shake Me' by a killer new band named Taddy Porter. It sounds huge in Citifield and it has been working out great," says Pelfrey. Pelfrey's pitching coach at Double A Binghamton in 2006 was Mark Brewer, Andy's father. (Andy's grandfather was Jim Brewer, a relief pitcher who spent 17 years in the major leagues.)

The band had two songs ("King Louie" and "Mean Bitch") featured in the seventh season premiere of Entourage on HBO June 27, 2010, and two songs ("Railroad Queen" and "King Louie") can be heard in the upcoming John Cena movie "Legendary".

On July 27, 2010 it was announced that Taddy Porter would tour with Slash and Myles Kennedy for eight dates in September 2010.[5]

In the Autumn 2010, the band will be touring with Canadian band Finger Eleven on select tour dates, as well as with Evans Blue.[6] They will also open for Alter Bridge on select dates in the United States.

Model Chelsea Tallarico, daughter of Aerosmith lead singer and former American Idol judge Steven Tyler, is featured in the band's 2011 music video for the song "Long Slow Drag."

The groups next album Stay Golden was released on February 26, 2013.[7]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Monocle (EP) (2007)
  • Taddy Porter (2010)#24 Top Heatseekers
  • Stay Golden (2013)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Main.
2010 "Shake Me" 24 Taddy Porter
"Big Enough" 34
2011 "Long Slow Drag"
2012 "Fever" Stay Golden

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orgel, Cynthia (13 December 2012). "Q&A: Everything Taddy Porter Touches Turns To Gold: Under The Influence Of Optimism And ‘60s Jams". FILTER Magazine. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "From jock to rock with Taddy Porter". June 29, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Taddy Porter a throwback to simpler days of hard rock 'n' roll". March 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Taddy Porter on stage at Flint Machine Shop feb. 25". February 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Taddy Porter To Tour With Slash". July 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ Finger Eleven
  7. ^ Orr, Dacey (7 November 2012). "Song Premiere: Taddy Porter - "Fever"". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 

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