Guitar Hero: With free time during Widespread Panic’s hiatus, Herring recently released a solo album.Jimmy Herring goes soloJimmy Herring has been asked to fill some big rock ‘n’ roll shoes. In addition to a half-year stint in the Allman Brothers Band following the departure of Dickey Betts, he’s played lead guitar for some notable Grateful Dead spinoffs, including The Dead and Phil Lesh and Friends, which found him reinterpreting the licks of Jerry Garcia. These days Herring is a full-time member of Widespread Panic—a role established following the untimely death of the band’s guitarist Michael Houser.With Panic mostly off the road this year, Herring took the opportunity to release a new solo album, Subject to Change Without Notice. Backed by a band of ace players from his Atlanta hometown, Herring uses the instrumental effort to deliver his fluid style through a range of genres from country rock jams to the spacey free jazz he explored two decades ago in his first notable band the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Ahead of a tour through the South this month that includes multiple stops in North Carolina and Virginia, Herring chatted with BRO by phone.BRO: You’re known for your work with well-established rock bands. When it comes to your solo work, what informs the various directions you take the music? JH: It comes from liking music from different places and cultures. For me, blues is the root of everything and from there my interests have grown to include a lot of jazz and funk, which is definitely heard a lot on this album. I cover the spectrum of American roots music that I listened to growing up, but the band and I also like to incorporate elements of Indian music and other sounds from abroad.On your new album you cover George Harrison’s “Within You Without You.” What makes you decide to interpret a lyrical song as an instrumental? To me, the human voice is the greatest instrument of all. But I don’t posses the ability to sing, so I try to do it with the guitar. If I am going to do a vocal tune, what grabs me is the melody. That song has such a strong melody, so when we’re playing it, I’m hearing the words and they’re coloring the way I play it in an instrumental situation.Jeff Beck is a master of playing vocal tunes on the guitar, and he’s a big influence. I also hang out with Derek Trucks, who plays guitar like a gospel singer. Hearing guys like that has also rubbed off on me.Some of the album hints back at the free jazz elements from your days in Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, a band many feel broke up before reaching its potential. How pivotal was that group in your development as a player? My musical journey has been a little bit backwards. Guitarists generally grow up learning the fundamentals and how to serve songs appropriately. Usually you learn the rules before you break them. Bruce’s band was my first real band experience, and his philosophy is more about being in the moment. He’s really into Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman. The focus was on improvisation and changing the way things were played from night to night. It forced me to become fearless in my playing—not afraid to make a mistake.After my time in the Aquarium Rescue Unit I started getting calls from bands that wanted me to play more structured songs. In many ways I went from the avant-garde back to things that were more basic. It wasn’t always easy and not a path I would necessarily recommend to new players.You’ve been asked to fill some big shoes on the guitar. Who are your heroes on the instrument? My older brother had a tremendous record collection, so Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers were in my DNA growing up. He also had a bunch of old blues stuff: Otis Rush, Albert King, and Freddie King. It was destiny for my brother to be my biggest influence.When the Allman Brothers called me, I didn’t believe it at first. The sound was already in my subconscious, but the struggle I had there was always thinking I was playing inappropriate things. The guitar sounds of Dickey Betts and Duane Allman are very distinct, so stepping out of that kingdom can send a song into another place that’s not in the expected style. I worried my vocabulary in free jazz wouldn’t sound right or I’d try to do too much. I admit that sometimes I play too many notes. I’m a long-winded person when I’m talking and playing.Since you’re now six years in with Widespread Panic, how have you settled in a permanent role with the band? The same struggles sometimes exist that I found in the Allman Brothers, but it’s a little different than playing with icons you’ve idolized since you were 14. Whenever you join a band that’s cultivated an established sound, you have to tip your hat to it. The difference in Panic is that the band members are my friends and my peers. I’ve known them since the late ‘80s; they used to bring Aquarium Rescue Unit out on the road and let us sleep on their hotel room floors. In the past six years the band dynamic has become a lot more fluid. They’ve never put any expectations on me, but I’m still always trying to make the right decisions for the music when we’re in the moment. Fortunately I’ve only been encouraged to play my way. •
E.ON is expanding its service business in operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms in the UK. The company said that going forward it will also be offering services to onshore wind farms in the UK and Italy.The service scope will cover full as well as tailored operation and maintenance solutions for wind farm owners in these countries. Both markets have a combined installed wind capacity of more than 25,000 megawatts.”We are able to draw on our experience in operating our own wind farms and apply it to the services we provide in Italy and the UK. We anticipate an increase in demand for maintaining and overseeing sites, since the warranty periods for many of these installations is set to expire,” said Anja Isabel-Dotzenrath, Chair of the Executive Board at E.ON Climate & Renewables.The offers for the two new markets cover the entire spectrum of operation and maintenance activities for onshore as well as for offshore operations in the UK.E.ON Climate & Renewables has been active in the wind service market in Sweden and the US since 2015. Since January 2017, these services are also available to wind farm owners in Germany. The operation and maintenance service in these markets includes site management, major correctives and wind farm optimization.
Jody Lee Swift 46, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday March 12, 2020 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born December 26, 1973 in Lawrenceburg, IN, son of Sharon (Donley) Miller. Jody worked for Ponderosa, Kroger, and Argosy Casino. Jody has been sick since he was 16 years old. He was a fighter. He beat all of the odds that life threw at him. He would never give up and he had a good life. He graduated from South Dearborn High School in 1994. He loved to play baseball and was on the swim team in school. Jody was an old Rock and Roll music fan. (His favorites were Kiss & Ozzy Osbourne.) He enjoyed playing guitar. He loved spending time with his son, Donovan, all his family and friends.He will be deeply missed. by his, grandpa, Ernie (Late Jackie) Donley of Aurora, IN; mother, Sharon (Donley) Miller of Moores Hill, IN, Son, Donovan Swift of Springs, TX; Sister, Buffy Schnitzler of Moores Hill, IN; Brother, Edward Kinnett of Versailles, IN; Several aunts, uncles and cousins. He will never be forgotten.He was preceded in death by grandma, Jackie J. (Buffington) Donley, aunt Judy Connelton and nephew John Andrew Creech III.Friends will be received Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 11:00 pm with Pastor Kenny Hopper officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Dearborn County Mental Health Center or Donor’s Choice. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com