Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band Release New CD, to Play Tupelo Music Hall

SPRINGFIELD, VERMONT – The Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band, (yes, I will refrain from calling them “The Law Firm” for short) a trio of veteran local musicians including singer/songwriter guitarist John Sullivan (John Sullivan Band), bassist Jeff Davis (Davis Brothers Garage Band) and drummer Andy Hanscom (8084,Bad Boys), came together about a year ago and have been steadily gaining momentum ever since... having recently released a CD of original material titled Bare Witness.


Article by Joe Milliken * Photos courtesy of John Sullivan

“Andy, Jeff and I have been working together for over a year now," John Sullivan said in a recent Standing Room Only interview. “We started out playing together with Jeff’s brother, Rick Davis in the Davis Brothers Garage Band and still do, but then we branched off as a trio with the Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band as a way to concentrate on my original songs.”

Although most of the 11 tracks cut for the new CD were written within the last year or so, there are also a couple written by John from days gone by. “There are two songs, “Next Time” and “Perfect World,” that I wrote over 15 years ago... in another time, on another planet,” John intimated. “I already have more new tunes for our next album and will probably also mix in some more older ones as well.”

The recording process for Bare Witness took place in a few area studios. “We recorded the basic tracks at our rehearsal hall, which is at Jeff’s home and I recorded the overdubs of keys, vocals and extra guitars at my home studio (Summer Street Studios) in Springfield,” Sullivan added. “We then brought the tracks up to Jeff’s cousin, Lane Gibson (DBGB) in Essex Junction, Vermont for mixing and mastering.”

As the band readies to begin the recording process for their next CD release, they are also ready to rock the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction, Vermont on May 30. “We are really looking forward to playing at the Tupelo and showcase our new album to everyone,” John added. “We are also going to donate the proceeds (after expenses) from the show to The Kindle Farm School in Newfane, which provides education to young people with disabilities."

The band will also have a couple special guests onstage at the show. “Early on in this project we realized that in order to perform the songs as they were recorded, with keys, vocal harmonies and extra guitars, we were going to need a couple additional players to play onstage with us,” John concluded. “So I asked Mark and Deb Bond (Last Kid Picked, Mistress) to join us for the show and they graciously accepted our offer.

“We’ve been in rehearsals every week since the middle of March and they’ve done a masterful job of learning all of the extra parts, and we are also going to be performing some of their originals as well. It’s really been a great collaboration so far and we are looking forward to playing more shows together in the near future.”

Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Brooks Hubbard will be opening the show at the Tupelo show and The Sullivan Davis Hanscom Band will be performing at a variety of locations throughout the region as a three-piece and hopefully, will get the change to do more shows with the Bonds, who also perform throughout the regions as a duo. “We are a band of seasoned musicians who still love to get out there and play live, so we hope to see everyone at the Tupelo for a night of great music and all for a great cause!”

For ticket information contract the Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction, Vermont at http://tickets.tupelohallvermont.com or by calling 802.437.5100. (Editor's note: also watch for an upcoming SRO CD review of "Bare Witness" coming soon.