The Beachcomber


“Garage blues seems to be a fitting moniker for the band. With grimy punk lyrics, impassioned vocals and grooves that linger, PBR marks a welcome change from music that plays it safe. A record that unabashedly covers sex, drugs and murder might not be for the faint of heart, but it certainly deserves a listen.”

– Nikki Hedrick, Review of People’s Blues of Richmond’s Good Time Suicide (2013)

This Richmond, Virginia outfit’s “heavy, psychedelic, loud, manic, emotion-driven, rock ‘n roll kinda stuff” may not be the usual stuff of the 30A Songwriters Festival but the addition of some crunch to this year’s lineup is more than welcome. People’s Blues of Richmond are scheduled to perform twice this weekend – Friday, Jan. 17, at Pandora’s of Grayton Beach for the kick-off party, and Saturday, Jan. 18, at Santa Rosa Beach’s Vue on 30A at 8:30.

“PBR has been taking the country by storm with their psychedelic circus rock which mixes sounds of Led Zeppelin, Gogol Bordello and a taste of Modest Mouse,” according to the band’s official bio. “This three-piece powerhouse (Tim Beavers on vocals/guitar, Matthew Volkes on vocals/bass, Nekoro Williams on vocals/drums, and Tommy Booker on vocals/keys) has shared the stage with Flogging Molly, Bill Evans, Soulgrass, Galactic and countless other national touring acts.”

The band’s influences include “LSD and women’s legs” (they’re also fans of Dr. Dog, Spoon, Built to Spill, MMW, the Lawsuits, and Dopapod), and you can prepare yourself for PBR’s sonic assault by checking out these links: