Mick Jagger turned 68 years old earlier this week. The Andy Warhol-created cover art for the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album is on display at the Frist. So what better time to celebrate the Stones in Music City? That’s exactly what The Long Players are doing tonight, when the better-than-average cover band will tackle Exile on Main Street.
The Long Players aren’t a normal cover band. The 5-piece band covers one album at each show, from start to finish. They enlist the talents of guest singers and musicians to try to recreate the sound of the original work as best they can. They only tackle about 5 albums per year, so a Long Players concert is an event worth putting on the calendar ahead of time. The band first came together in 2004, with the performance of The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed.
Guitarist Bill Lloyd was part of the 80s country/rock group Foster & Lloyd. He works as both a producer and session player now, and, as a songwriter, has had songs recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Keith Anderson, Martina McBride, and more. Guitarist Steve Allen was in the band 20/20. He now owns and operates Blue Planet Studio in Nashville. Keyboardist John Deaderick kicked around with multiple Nashville band in the 90s, and also played with The Dixie Chicks and Michael McDonald. He still works as a studio musician. Drummer Steve Ebe was part of the Memphis-based band Human Radio. Since moving to Nashville in the late 80s, Ebe has kept busy playing drums for various pop and country acts, and also teaching drums. The original bassist for The Long Players was Gary Tallent, of the E Street Band. When Tallent left Music City, Brad Jones took his place. Jones co-owns a music studio, and has worked as a producer with Jill Sobule, Josh Rouse, Yo La Tengo, and more.
A portion of the proceeds from each Long Players show go to charities, which have included Music Cares, The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and more.
What: The Long Players recreate The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street
When: Friday, July 29 at 930pm
Where: Mercy Lounge