Hampton reunites influential Aquarium Rescue Unit

Col. Bruce Hampton has a way of making musicians better. His surrealist, boundary-breaking approach to music, improvisation and life in general has a magical effect on those that play with the “father of jam bands.” Members of Phish, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, R.E.M. and The Grateful Dead, Derek Trucks, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes and many more consider Hampton to be a musical visionary and at least partially credit him with their successes. (more…)

Col. Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit Return to Search for Tasteful Chaos in a Mediocre World

“The sad thing is that you can’t go see a horrible band anymore. Everybody is mediocre,” said Col. Bruce Hampton in a recent interview with The Marquee. “When I was growing up there were awful bands that would barely finish the tune, and I’d go every night to see what not to do. I really liked those bands but there’s nobody awful anymore. I want to hear the potential for chaos.” (more…)

Expect The Unexpected: The Legend of Col. Bruce Hampton

L4LM Editor Dave Melamed had the opportunity to sit down with the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton ahead of his upcoming reunion tour with the Aquarium Rescue Unit. Back for their first full-fledged tour in over 20 years, Hampton advises to “expect the unexpected” at the scheduled shows. With a legacy that combines blues, rock, and all things bizarre, Col. Hampton’s quiet influences run deeply throughout the jam band world. (more…)