What does Little Green Chairs sound like?
Typically, this is a question asked of a band before you see them play. Yet
this is often the question asked of Athens-based funk-rock band, Little Green
Chairs, by folks who have just seen them play. So, where does LGC reside on
the musical map? Responses have varied from "somewhere in between Rush and Cat
Stevens" to "a cross between Steel Dan and James Brown" and many more. They
have even drawn comparisons to Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers; a big thril
for the band to hear. For the members of LGC though, they are happy to tell
anyone that they sound like Little Green Chairs.
The band derives its distinct sound by incorporating the influences of each
band member to create something beyond their own inspirations. The sound is
built on the ideal of rock-solid songwriting that uses socially-conscious and
relevant lyrics. The foundations of these songs are found in the deep grooves
pulled from the soul and the pounding rhythms found in the heart of the music.
The sound is filled out with jazz, reggae and non-conventional improvisational
elements that make up the brain/intellect of the sound. The components are then
focused and arranged into a sound designed to resonate with the dancing masses.
The result is a "70's radio"-style hybrid that is not easily defined
in one genre or another. In one instance, funky, the next, arena rock, the music
continues to move and move the crowd to dance. The music is not only greater
than the sum of its parts, but something rarely attempted (let alone achieved)
today in music... it is original!
Formed in 2002 by musical collaborators Ryan Taylor and Dan Roth (Dan K Theory),
Little Green Chairs began as a newgrass group which quickly evolved into a full-scale,
more progressive sound with the addition of a rhythm section in 2003. After
a few inceptions, the rhythym section finally solidified with lifelong friends
Adam Funk (drums) and Paul Fulbright (bass), both from the recently relocated
Virginia-based "Papa Funk".
In 2004, they were off and running, touring around the Southeast and spreading
their sounds. Gaining steam and building a steady following, tragedy struck
in November of 2004, as bass player Paul Fulbright died of an asthma attack.
When putting together a memorial show for Paul in February of 2005, LGC turned
to Greenville, SC bass player and friend Dave Cannon (Flat Front Tire, Tambou
Fou) to fill the spot. Originally slated to play only the memorial show, LGC
quickly found Fulbright's full-time replacement in a friend, as it became evident
that Cannon brought a new dimension to the evergrowing sound.
Since February 2005, the lineup consists of guitarist/vocalist Taylor, keyboardist/vocalist
Roth as well as bassist Dave Cannon and drummer Adam Funk. And never comfortable
where they lay, LGC continues to grow their music and sound by adding accomplished
guitar player, Johnny Mosier (Blueground Undergrass) for select shows throughout