SYRACUSE - This band has got the beat.
The Tim Herron Corporation formed about 10 years ago when the band's namesake, Tim Herron, and friends P.J. Bullock and Eric McElveen lived in an old firehouse on Syracuse's north side. Bullock, the band's original drummer, and Herron were in another band at the time with McElveen as their manager. The group consequently broke up and McElveen filled the bass slot, leading to the formation of the Tim Herron Corporation.
The band, which today also consists of sidemen Jay Barady on mandolin and Mark Nanni on keys, comes from "a very rootsy background," combining extended jams of rock and roll, bluegrass, folk and attitude into a blend they call "AmeriBeat."
"The Grateful Dead only extended their songs because the songs were good and we take that to heart when we develop our music," explained Herron. "The jam is only a small portion of the song, melody goes a long way and the song also has to serve the party. We feel our shows are conversations, we touch on political subjects as well as emotional and we like to talk about it through our songs and encourage a dialog with our listeners."
Herron first began playing Plattsburgh as a sideman with a group called Dexter Grove "many moons ago," he said. While playing with the group - which included Jim Loughlin, drummer for the popular jamband moe. - Herron fell in love with the Monopole.
"It's a staple on the jamband scene and we've always loved being there and the vibe from the people," said Herron.
The Tim Herron Corporation stopped touring for awhile while McElveen was living in Los Angeles, only playing a handful of gigs a year. When Herron and his band decided to head back on the road again, the Monopole was "on our radar from the get go," he said.
"Making that a regular stop again was important to us," said Herron.
The band came back to Plattsburgh in the spring of 2009 for the first time in about six years and when they did, they noticed "a huge change." Luckily, it was one for the better.
"The vibe was even better than before and there was a buzz in the air," said Herron. "All the caf s and shops were very exciting to see, it seems like the town got even more hip then it was six years ago and that can't be said about upstate New York towns everywhere."
The Tim Herron Corporation released its latest album, "Trivium," last November and is currently working on its next compilation. The band is now gearing up to play Backwoods Pondfest at Twin Ponds Campground in Peru Saturday, Sept. 11, and the Sterling Stage's Last Daze of Summer Sept. 16-19 in Cayuga County.
(Editor's Note: The Tim Herron Corporation will perform at Backwoods Pondfest next Saturday at 1:15 p.m.The band can be found on-line on Facebook and MySpace and at www.timherroncorporation.com where free downloads of their music are available.)