Out the Window
Here's a question for you. What do a salesman, an educator, a truck driver, a technology addict, and a brew master all have in common? Individually, they are all very good at what they do, but together, they form JB & Company, one of the hottest bands on the Country scene in Western New York. They share a love of music, a burning desire to perform, and a get down, fun lovin' attitude that captures the hearts of audiences wherever they play. Put them all on the same stage, anywhere, any time, and there's an undeniable magic in the air. Led by Michigan native John Braun, the band has a unique sound that some have described as "Country flavor with a twist." Braun, who plays acoustic guitar and sings lead vocals, has an unmistakable style that has developed over years of playing to a variety of audiences across the country. His easy-going manner and firm rapport with his fans have led him to opening positions for such diverse performers as Bob Seeger, Ray Stevens, and the Association, before establishing himself in Rochester, NY as a talented performer in the local music scene. It was there that Braun met Paul Lindsley, a bassist whose talents had only recently been resurrected after a hiatus that he describes as "self-inflicted, just till the kids grew up." His background covers a wide range of musical taste and experience, culminating in an acoustic trio that was quite popular in Rochester's early 70's. In the late '90's, Lindsley and Braun were introduced by a mutual friend, and they began performing together on a regular basis. As the song list grew, Paul recruited long-time friend and guitarist Danny Ray to come and sit in with him and John. Danny had only recently overcome an injury that forced him to put aside his instrument for a period of almost ten years. But his love of music and performing prevailed, so with grit and determination, he rehabilitated his injured hand, and began learning difficult finger style musical pieces to redevelop the skills he thought he would never use again. The smile on his face is a fitting testament to the satisfaction and joy that Danny has found again. As the band took on greater musical challenges, they found themselves looking for a keyboard player, Tom Homer, who's been a 'key' figure in a number of local bands, was also looking for something new, and so after a few sessions, a new dimension was added to the sound, and some new smiles got put on their faces. Tom describes his background as "having wasted childhood piano lessons and a perfectly good college education to play loud music at bars and weddings." He's played keyboard with bands of all sizes and descriptions, but claims to have found "home" with the boys in this band. Tom's amazing keyboard skills have taken the band's sound down the road and around the bend, and the journey has just begun. The most recent recruit to the 'Company' is Jim McDermott, in the role of drummer. After filling in on a few occasions, it seemed only natural to ask Jim to join when Warren Skye felt the need to move on. Jim has been involved in a number of musical projects, and takes his role as timekeeper seriously. His experience lends an air of confidence to his playing the forms a solid foundation for the rest of the band. Jim loves an plays all kinds of music, but he's discovered a new level of performance with this band, and he's ready to take on the challenge. Music fans from all over western New York have been raving about this band, especially for it's versatility. In just a short time, performing with Josie Waverly, a perennial favorite among Country fans, the band has opened for Joe Diffie, Phil Vassar, Daryll Worley, The Marshall Tucker Band, Sawyer Brown, David Lee Murphy, Kevin Sharp, Diamond Rio, Steve Azar, Keith Urban, Rascal Flats, Julie Roberts, Kerry Harvick, Billy Currington, and CMA "Entertainer of the Year" Tim McGraw. With vocals that can go from lush and romantic to hard and edgy, and a range of material that provides favorites for just about everyone, JB & Company is sure to give you "Music that makes you feel good!"