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People’s Blues of Richmond comes to Boone

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Article Published: Mar. 20 | Modified: Mar. 22
People’s Blues of Richmond comes to Boone

People’s Blues of Richmond, featuring Matt Volkes, Tim Beavers and Nekoro Williams, will perform Friday, March 21, at Murphy’s in Boone.

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People’s Blues of Richmond — a nonstop, in-your-face, circus rock act — will leave you trying to catch your breath and wiping the sweat from your brow after each set.

“I like to think it’s like watching an action movie,” bassist Matt Volkes said. “It’s a rollercoaster the whole time. To watch us, it’s like watching something on two wheels and wondering if it’s going to flip over. If we are playing a 90-minute set, we might give you a chance to catch your breath, but, for the most part, we are going to try to amp you up as much as we can.”

The high-energy trio, featuring guitarist Tim Beavers, Volkes and drummer Nekoro Williams, takes Boone by storm at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub this Friday night.

“When you come out to see us, expect to have a good time,” Beavers said. “You might want to take a nice nap beforehand and get a few beers in you, because we will be in your face to get everyone moving and having a good time.”

People’s Blues is an intense and manic resemblance of some of their biggest influences, including Led Zeppelin and Modest Mouse, with their own unique high-octane rock show.

For Beavers, playing in a college town like Boone is unlike any other stop along their tour and is a nice break from the “high rise” of larger cities. It also offers an at-home feeling for the group.
A previous High Country show conjured memories of a particularly memorable performance at Galileo’s, Beavers said.

“After the show, we went back to a friend’s house and stayed up to about 5 or 6 a.m., building fires and having a good time,” he said. “We are really big fans of house parties around there.”

“I really like Boone,” Volkes said. “It’s an earthy town with a lot of great food and musicians. It has a really good vibe as a college town.”

For the trio, touring is one of the best parts of being in a band.

“I like how everything is fresh and new with touring,” Beavers said. “We are always trying to build a (sense of) community with touring, and it’s starting to feel more and more like home.”

“There’s nothing like it, and I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it,” Volkes said. “It’s that 45 minutes that gives me that high. I get to travel the country with my best friends, and it’s a lot of work with a demanding schedule … We are all committed to it, and (the band) comes first on our list.”

Currently, the group is working on an EP and will continue to promote music from previous albums at its shows. “The new stuff should be coming out within the next six months,” Volkes said.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Murphy’s is located at 747 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, or to give the band a listen, visit

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