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Local band celebrates milestone

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:03 PM

A local band is celebrating a milestone at a local landmark in April.

Wheathouse, described by members Bobby Hutson and Jamison Durham as "straightforward rock with a touch of the South," is celebrating the release of its first CD, "Days Since Past," with a party at the Capitol Theatre.

The show will be held April 12 at 8 p.m. 

Hutson said the band plays no explicit music, so the show is family friendly.

Durham said the band is excited to hold their release party in a venue that they grew up with. Both Hutson and Durham are from Lebanon and remember seeing the theatre for years in its dilapidated condition.

"Being Lebanon guys, we've seen that theatre all our life," Durham said. "As individuals, we were really excited that they reopened it. We had talked a lot about how we wished we could redo it, but knew that wouldn't happen."

Hutson said the release party will be "a homecoming in so many ways."

Durham said the band's name comes from the fact that they used to practice in a barn.

"They used to be called The Wheathouse Band, but now it's just Wheathouse," Durham said. He has been playing with the band for five years. He was invited to join them on stage and "jam" and he has been playing with them ever since.

"The current version of the band was formed when Hutson arrived a year ago. Hutson admits that he was following Wheathouse trying to recruit Durham into his own band that he was with at the time.

"I kept trying to steal him from them," Hutson said. "I was trying to get him to play with me."

Durham said that not long after, the band's current drummer left and they were in search of a new one. Hutson decided he would go and audition.

"I did better than I thought I was going to do," Hutson said. 

Durham added that the group "violated its own rule" of not selecting the first person they saw because Hutson did so well.

Durham said the band has a lot of classic rock influences, but "we're not trying to copy anybody. We do our own style of music."

Hutson added that the group has an "evolved Southern rock" style with "lots of guitar and drums."

The band has made a name for itself on the local scene, including being featured  as the artist of the week in August 2013 on 102.9 The Buzz out of Nashville. 

The band was also honored at the 2013 Nashville Independent Music Awards with a Best Hard Rock Band award as well as a nomination for Best Live Performance.

They are currently nominated in several categories at the 2014 Music City Mayhem Awards, including People's Choice Rock Band, Best Hard Rock Band/Artist and Hutson is a nominee for Drummer of the Year. Fans can vote for the band online at dungeonpromotions.com/mcma.

Anyone interested in tickets for the release party can visit capitoltheatretn.com. General admission is available for $10 or VIP tickets are available for $25 and include a "Swag Bag" with a t-shirt and other items.

"We just want to thank everyone who has supported us. We would not be here without them," Hutson said.

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