Vince Junior Band Bio
"Vince Junior Band was wonderful at the Whole Foods Tap Haus. They were true professionals, talented musicians, and excellent at engaging and audience of all ages." Krista Stearns, Asheville Whole Foods
The Vince Junior Band has been together since 2013, playing around the Asheville area. “I think we have a unique blend of genres. You’ll hear the flavors of blues, funk, Louisiana, Reggae, and Soul, coupled with some unusual topics.”
Indeed, at a recent Vince Junior Band show, the audience heard a surf version of a Jimi Hendrix song, a Reggae Beatles number, an original song about a 69 Camaro, and another original tune that could double as a pasta recipe. And surprisingly, they all sound like they belong together. “I try to write about topics that I don’t hear people write about,” says Junior. “The hardships of parenting, getting older, working all day and pursuing the dream with little fuel left.”
Vince Junior does have some credentials under his belt. He’s shared the stage with Robert Cray and Paul Geremia, won a
Parents’ Choice award for his CD of children’s music, and was a finalist in the Cape Fear Blues Competition. He’s also an elementary school teacher in Asheville City schools by day. He’s a winner of the USA Today All USA Teacher Team. And he’s also a former Peace Corps Volunteer, an original cast member of the New York Off Broadway hit, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, husband, and father to two middle schoolers.
With a voice that some have compared to Tom Waits and Dr. John, Vince Junior has some pretty impressive guitar skills. “I’ve always played with my fingers, and with a Stratocaster through a tube amp, that can get a pretty sweet sound,” says Junior. “And with this new band, I’m working on bringing in some of that Steve Cropper, Cornell Dupree, and James Burton styles.”