About the WRB


The Whiskey River Band is

Tom McLear – Vocals, Harmonica

Greg Johnson – Piano, Hammond, Keys, Flute & Backing Vocals

Jim Bossie - Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Tyrone Tomkins – Bass, Backing Vocals

Tom Taggart – Guitar, Backing Vocals

WRB has been through some changes over the years and the past several months have been no different. As 2010 opens, it marks the return of two former members back to their rightful place in the WRB family. Virginia born and bred Tyrone Tompkins is back on the bass guitar for his second tour of duty with the band. He’ll be teaming up with Jacksonville, Florida’s “Jammin’” Jimmy Bossie on the drums. Jimmy has logged more time behind the skins for the WRB, than anybody in the band’s twenty plus year history. We are also, excited and pleased to welcome veteran guitar slinger Tom Taggart to the band. Tom’s unique combination of virtuosity and feel has allowed the band to take on it’s new streamlined approach. The group is rounded out by the long standing dynamic duo of Greg Johnson on keyboards and Tom McLear on vocals and harmonica. The band’s new lineup, is fresh and familiar all at the same time. Armed with their most versatile set list ever, the boys are poised to take the WRB to a whole new audience, while keeping their faithful followers happily riding the “Whiskey Train.”

Founded in 1987, The Whiskey River Band is an original Connecticut band, playing the finest Southern Rock north of Dixie. They are four time winners of The New Haven Advocate’s (local A&E paper) “Best Of” for Southern Rock/Country music – by enough of a landslide to cause them to retire the category for several years. Although they primarily play Southern and Classic Rock, they also incorporate Blues, and old R&B/ Soul into their sets. Over their 20 year career, they’ve shared the stage with bands like Charlie Daniels, The Outlaws, .38 Special, Johnny Winter, Marshall Tucker, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Doobie Brothers. The Whiskey River Band’s music is currently on heavy rotation on internet-based stations AllSouthernRock.com and on podcasts throughout the world.

Media reviews include:

“A blitz of melody and harmony, reminiscent of the Allman Bros. They boogie with the best.” -Meriden Record-Journal

“Fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Outlaws will love this band.” - Relix Magazine

“I live in GA and would swear you guys were local boys from down the road. How do a bunch of guys from CT end up playing Southern Rock like that?” - Jim McBride, Bottle O’ Blues.com

“One of the region’s noteworthy sextets. Tour de Force musicianship!” - Torrington Register

“These guys are the consummate party band…Be prepared to have a great time.” - The New London Day

“They are the real deal…you hear influences of Ronnie-era Skynyrd and Blackfoot, yet, they are from Southern New England!” - SouthernFriedMagazine.com

The Whiskey River Band on The Internet Archive.



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