Along for the Ride is the fourth of seven bands to be profiled in the Daily Report. (See other bands’ stories in Related Items.) The bands will compete at LawJam 2013 – the fourth annual battle of the Atlanta lawyers’ band – at 7 pm, June 8 at the Variety Playhouse.
How did you pick your band name?
Each of us chose a word during our free-association session after emerging from a recent sweat lodge treatment. Although our guitarist wanted to use "Ride the Along For," "Along for the Ride" seemed to be the most logical sequence for the words we chose.
How did you all find each other?
Hunting the dangerous, elusive Chupacabra.
How do you know the nonlawyer members?
Can you ever truly "know" someone?
How long have you been together?
Four years, 6 months, 27 days, 5 hours, 11.29 seconds (at press time).
Where do you play?
TJ’s Sports Bar in Roswell, The Family Dog in Virginia-Highland, Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell, Sideways Bar in Athens, and private parties. We try to gig once a month at Atlanta metro venues, typically bars, private venues and kids’ birthday parties (clown costumes, animal petting zoo, bungee jump at extra charge).
Have you ever been in any other bands?
Yep. Each of us has had a variety of previous band experience. But you are familiar with exactly none of them.
What are your musical influences?
Scott Hitch: In no particular order: Patto, The Charlatans (U.K.), Al Green, Sam & Dave, The Mar-Keys, The Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Allman Brothers, Blues Brothers, Funk Brothers, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Sam Phillips, Sloan, The Creation, Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Wilco, Son Volt, Daptone Records, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, The Byrds, The Faces, Fela Kuti, Ray Charles, Charlie Parker, Agent Orange, 7 Seconds, Big Star, The Replacements, James Brown, James Taylor. … Oh, and also pretty much anything by Engelbert Humperdinck (or Tom Jones).
Patrick Webb: Just throw a dart at Hitch’s list; I’m sure that’s correct.
Brendan Parnell: Gheorghe Zamfir, "The Master of the Pan Flute."
A.C. Johnson: GE Smith and the Saturday Night Live Band.
Craig Savage: Bel and Biv, but not Devoe.
Do you have a story about meeting your musical idol?
Hitch: I first met Michael Stipe at a Pixies show at the Georgia Theatre. We agreed that the Pixies played a good set. Man, it was hot in there.
Parnell: I first met Michael Stipe at The Taco Stand in Athens. I was sitting at the bar and was halfway through my burrito when I looked to my left, and he was sitting at the barstool next to me. He looked up, I said, "hey," he said, "hey," and we both resumed eating our lunches.
Johnson: I have argued music theory extensively with each of the Spice Girls. No real stories, though.
Savage: I have not yet met Michael Stipe, but I have met Michael Anthony.
Webb: Hitch is my idol.
What was your favorite concert of all time?
Hitch: Neal "Big Daddy" Pattman and his band, Normaltown Café. Harmonica heaven, and the "Disco Twist" 1994. Bonus: first concert: KISS with Ted Nugent.
Webb: Each gig we play.
Parnell: Phish, Madison Square Garden, Dec. 30, 1994.
Johnson: Gov’t Mule with John Scofield, Georgia Theatre, Athens, 1999.
Savage: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig), "Three Swans" Tavern, 1780.
What was your musical education or training?
Parnell: Tablature to Van Halen’s "Cabo Wabo" in Guitar Player magazine.
Johnson: Trumpet, marching band.
Savage: Concert, jazz, marching, rock, orchestra trained. Amateur large animal handler (no training).
Hitch: I awoke from a fevered dream, and suddenly … G/C/D [chords].
Webb: Trial, and mostly error.
What’s the biggest venue you’ve ever played?
Parnell: If "the biggest venue you’ve ever played?" means "the biggest venue you’ve never played," then I would definitely have to say Wembley Stadium.
Savage: West Beth Theatre, New York
Hitch: I once whistled, musically, at the base of Niagara Falls.
Webb: Woodstock … Georgia.
What are your special plans for Law Jam 2013?
We’re gonna sing real purty and rock that joint.
Where can we see you play next?
Horseshoe Bend Country Club, May 25.
Along for the Ride is the fourth of seven bands to be profiled in the Daily Report. The bands will compete at LawJam 2013 – the fourth annual battle of the Atlanta lawyers’ band – at 7 p.m. June 8 at the Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E. Proceeds will benefit pro bono legal service providers and Atlanta Bar youth programs. Purchase tickets at http://www.variety-playhouse.com.
MEET THE BAND: Along for the Ride
- Scott Hitch, guitar, Burr & Forman
- Patrick Webb, guitar, Burr & Forman; Brendan Parnell, bass, Quirk & Quirk
- Craig Savage, drums, sales manager at Canon Business Solutions
- A.C. Johnson, lead guitar and back-up vocals, environmental consultant at Dovetail Environmental.
- Genre: Classic rock, jam and alt-country