Heavy Vinyl "Things"

A Q&A with local bassist Todd Herrington about tonight's family affair.


  • Scott Elmquist

Local bassist Todd Herrington loves his "Things" album so much, he had to celebrate it twice.

Tonight marks the second release party -- the vinyl version -- for Herrington's "Things" album, which features a strong mix of veteran local musicians with recognizable names. The party goes down at the Broadberry with DJ Harrison spinning plus special guests; the show starts at 10 p.m. (ladies get in free before 11 p.m.) and regular tickets are $7.

After his late gig last night, Herrington e-mailed us the answers to a few questions. Also you can check out our prior coverage by jazz critic Peter McElhinney when the album was originally released:

Style Weekly: So this is mainly to celebrate the vinyl version, correct?

Yes, this as an event for the vinyl version of "Things." The album has been pressed in 180 grams and has been remastered specifically for the vinyl format. It sounds so good! A lot of the original musicians will be there. Unfortunately, Daniel [Clarke] is on the road with Ryan Adams and Lydia [Ooghe] is in L.A. . . . Tonight is really about playing music with my friends and getting the record into everyone's hands. There was just so much love and hard-work put into it by everyone involved, I feel this version of the album really, really deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. Not for my benefit mind you, it's just such a cool little RVA collaboration and I'd like for everyone to see what this city is doing and capable of, even if it's on a small level like this.

So who will be playing?

Me- bass/ guitar/ vocals; Samantha Reed- Vocals; Reggie Pace- Pace-station; Trey Pollard- Pedal steel; Kelli Strawbridge- drums/ vocals; Andrew Rapisarda guitar/ bass/ vocals; Ben White- keys/ vocals; Hector Barez- percussion; Charles Owens- sax; Bob Miller- trumpet; JC Kuhl- Sax; Toby Whitaker- Trombone; Elliot Currie- Guitar/ Vocals.

How has the album been received since it arrived?

The digital version came out about year ago and has had an incredible response. I'm very flattered by all the attention it's getting and am beyond psyched to have this version released. This is the way the album was intended to look and sound from the beginning. I can't wait for people to check it out.

How did you first get involved in music?

Music was always all around me. My family are big music enthusiasts and my grandfather always played piano around the house and we would hang around and sing, etc. I just always wanted to play music for the sake of playing music. It's kind of funny, but when I transferred to a new school in the 8th grade, I met a kid who said he was in a band, and it just clicked. Up until that point, it had never occurred to me that I could be in a band or anything like that. So he said, "Do you play anything?" and I said, "Yeah, piano." To which he said, "Aw, too bad!" We really need a bass player." So I said, "I play bass." Which is crazy because I'd never even touched a bass. To this day I don't know why I said it. So, I went home and said to my family that I wanted a bass guitar for Christmas and, bless them they're the most amazing people, they ordered me this tiny little bass and 25-watt bass amp out of a Sears Christmas catalog. When it arrived, I swear the moment I opened it, it was like lightning, I was completely connected to the instrument, understood it, and was just so at ease with it. Never felt awkward playing it or anything. I learned "Heard it Through the Grapevine" that day and never looked back.

Who are your biggest influences as a bass player?

That's such a tricky one, it changes constantly. But I will say that at my core, from when I was a kid just starting, I've loved Paul McCartney, James Jamerson, Bootsy Collins, and everyone and anyone who was even remotely influenced by them.

Can you talk about playing with local musician Daniel Clarke? Seems like he's really out there doing it with the big Ryan Adams tour. Last I saw, he had Johnny Depp sitting in with him.

I love Daniel. I've been playing with him for a long, long time now and he's just such a great, I don't know, friend really. He's obviously an incredible musician, but I just enjoy hanging out with the guy. I am so happy for him and all the great things that are happening for him. He's got some really exciting stuff coming together now that I'm sure you will be hearing about in the future.

What's next on your plate?

I've been working on another record the same way as "Things," just very organically and on my own time. We're putting the finishing touches on the Mekong Xpress and The Get Fresh Horns record now, which will be out early next year, and the DJ Williams Projekt just started recording at Jellowstone Studios. So lots and lots of music.

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