The Colonel is back! Good Ol’ Days is honored and pleased to welcome back Col. Bruce Hampton & The Realms Of Ventilation to the Stage Friday, Dec. 7th!
No Cover Charge!!
Show starts 9ish
Be there early for seating!!
Bruce Hampton (born Gustav Berglund III, April 30, 1947) is a surrealist American musician. In the late 1960s, he was a founding member of Atlanta, Georgia’s avant-garde Hampton Grease Band. Adopting the moniker Colonel Bruce Hampton, retired, and sometimes playing a sort of dwarf guitar called a “chazoid,” he later formed several other bands, including The Late Bronze Age, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Fiji Mariners, The Quark Alliance and his most recent project, known as Col. Bruce Hampton and The Pharaoh Gummitt. As a member of the Hampton Grease Band, Bruce Hampton helped record the 1971 album Music to Eat, said to have been the second-worst-selling album in Columbia Records history. The worst selling album was a yoga instructional record.
Hampton’s band, The Late Bronze Age consisted of Col. Hampton B. Coles, Ret. (Bruce Hampton) on vocals, slide guitar, mandolin, and chazoid; Ben “Pops” Thornton (Billy McPherson) on vocals, guitar, saxophones, and keyboards; Lincoln Metcalfe (Ricky Keller) on bass, guitar, brass, and vocals; and Bubba Phreon (Jerry Fields) on drums, percussion, trombone, and vocals. Hampton helped start the 1990’s seminal H.O.R.D.E. tours. The best known of his bands to play H.O.R.D.E. is the jazz-rock outfit Aquarium Rescue Unit, which featured improvisational music all-stars Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, Rev. Jeff Mosier, Matt Mundy and Jeff Sipe.
Hampton was the voice of Warren, a talking potted shrubbery, in a 1998 episode (entitled “Warren”) of the Space Ghost Coast to Coast. Hampton played Morris, the songwriting band manager, in Billy Bob Thornton’s 1996 film Sling Blade. He also starred in Mike Gordon’s 2001 film Outside Out teaching guitar ‘out’struction.
Grammy Award nominated blues singer and longtime friend Susan Tedeschi wrote a song about Bruce called “Hampmotized.” It appears on her 2002 release Wait For Me. Hampton returned the favor on his most recent album with the song “Susan T.”
“This Brother is The Shizzazzle! The Alpha…The Omega…The Grand Effen Poobah of Funk!….Colonel Bruce Hampton!!“