About The Long Players
The Long Players are a group of Nashville-based musicians who have, since 2004, taken classic albums and performed them live in their original sequence. Recruiting guest artists from their exceptional musical community, the band has celebrated over 50 seminal albums over the last seven years and gained national notoriety with feature news stories by NPR Radio ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, The Associated Press and Reuters / Billboard Magazine.
Their faithful renditions of LP’s like Bob Dylan’s “Blonde On Blonde” (with sidemen from the original album, Al Kooper and Charlie McCoy sitting in) or The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” (with Stones sax man Bobby Keys sitting in), have raised the bar of what “playing in a cover band” is all about. Their sporadic shows are treated by both fans and the band as a celebration of the music that shaped their lives.
The founding members of The Long Players include Bill Lloyd (from 80’s hit country-rockers Foster & Lloyd), Steve Allen (from LA power-pop icons 20/20), Steve Ebe (from Memphis rock band Human Radio), John Deaderick (sideman to Michael McDonald/Dixie Chicks/Patty Griffin/etc.) and Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen’s E. St. Band).
When Tallent moved from Nashville in 2007, The Long Players enlisted musician/record producer, Brad Jones (who has worked with Josh Rouse, Jill Sobule and many others) to take over bass duties.
The Long Players not only tap into Nashville’s amazing talent pool for their guest singers but also for guest players, when the “platter du jour” calls for horns, strings or other additional players.
At each of the band’s public shows, The Long Players have chosen to take a portion of the proceeds and donate it to charity. On more than a few occasions, the money has gone directly to musicians to supplement health care expenses when insurance wasn’t enough. At other times the money has been donated to organizations like Music Cares, The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Alive Hospice and others.
With an average of around five public shows a year, the crowds line up early whenever the band plays. As busy as the individual members of The Long Players are, they are committed to finding the time it takes to learn, rehearse and perform these classic albums for an audiences happy to hear their favorite records brought back to life.
Bill Lloyd (Guitar)
FOSTER & LLOYD Fat Lady Sings 1989
Bill Lloyd is a Nashville based songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer who is most often remembered as half of the late ‘80’s RCA country-rock duo, Foster and Lloyd. Lloyd’s diverse musical activities include working as a producer (ranging from Carl Perkins to MTV reality show indie-rockers, The Secret), session player (from Brit-pop icons like Ray Davies of The Kinks and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze to country legends like Buck Owens and Steve Earle), sideman (Poco, Marshal Crenshaw and with Cheap Trick when they perform The Beatles Sgt. Pepper with orchestra) and as a songwriter (with cuts by Trisha Yearwood, Hootie and the Blowfish, Sara Evans, Keith Anderson, Martina McBride and many more). Bill has recorded a string of critically acclaimed solo records that blend his melodic power pop sensibility with finely tuned songcraft. During his stint as the Stringed Instrument Curator at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, he created the quarterly series Nashville Cats which he continues to host. Bill is also Music Director for the First Amendment Center in Nashville.
Steve Allen (Guitar)
20/20 Cherie 1980
Many music fans know Steve Allen from the years he spent in the Los Angeles based pop-rock band 20/20. This connection only shows a small part of his versatillity as a musician, songwriter and aritst. 20/20 appeared on American Bandstand and toured nationally behind the albums they made for Epic Records. It was Steve’s song, Yellow Pills, that became a perennial hit on LA radio. While 20/20 is beloved by fans of power pop, Allen’s ability as a guitarist to play a variety of styles of music is reflected in his role in The Long Players and as guitarist for artists like Steve Forbert, Amy Rigby and others who tap his talent as a sideman. Steve owns and operates Blue Planet Studio in Nashville and also makes music for commercial television and radio.
John Deaderick (Keyboards)
Keyboardist John Deaderick, moved to Music City from West Virginia in the early 90’s and found musical work peforming original music in Nashville-area bands such as The Bees and Daddy as well as working steadily as a sideman to superstar acts like Michael McDonald, The Dixie Chicks and others. John also stays busy as a studio player and producer.
Steve Ebe (Drums)
HUMAN RADIO Me And Elvis 1990
As drummer for Columbia recording artists Human Radio, Steve Ebe moved from his home town of Memphis when the entire band relocated to Nashville in the late 1980’s. An accomplished player, Ebe easily found work as a sideman for a variety of pop and country acts (everyone from The Boxtops and Badfinger to George Ducas and Radney Foster). Ebe also plays studio sessions and teaches drums besides playing in a variety of popular groups in the Nashville area. The Long Players are, or course, his favorite. . . as reported here on The Long Players website.
Brad Jones (Bass)
Brad Jones arrived in Nashville during the 80’s intent on making his mark as a recording artist. This quest culminated in his one, highly sought after, indy-pop solo album, Gilt Flake. Switching gears from artist to producer, Jones has (along with partner and co-owner of Alex the Great Studio, Robin Eaton) forged his own path as a producer of renown working with a host of arists; some include Jill Sobule, Imperial Drag, Steve Forbert, Chuck Prophet, Hayes Carll, Swan Dive, Yo La Tengo, The Shazam, Marshall Crenshaw and even fellow Long Player, Bill Lloyd. His bass-playing skills have also been tapped by Matthew Sweet, Marshall Crenshaw and others. After original bassist for The Long Players, Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen E Street Band) left Nashville, the band asked Brad to join.