Southern Music: The Art of Col. Bruce Hampton

Written by on May 4, 2015

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The Southern Music Sensation of Col. Bruce Hampton

What many people don’t know is that Bruce Hampton was born with the name Gustav Berglund III. Later on in his life he became a founding member of Atlanta Georgia’s innovative Hampton Grease Band, where he adopted his signature name Colonel Bruce Hampton, Retired. Among many other things, Hampton was a great musician, making music since the beginning of his musical career. One of his close friends Duane Allman helped motivate Col. to become more involved in the Southern Music Scene!

After the Hampton Grease Band ended, Bruce released a solo effort called One Ruined Life of a Bronze Tourist in 1978. He continued on to become a founding member of the band New Ice Age, which eventually evolved into the Late Bronze Age. The band released two albums in the early 1980’s called Outside Looking Out and Isles of Langerhan. Soon after this, he recorded his second solo album, Arkansas, and by the late 1980s The Late Bronze Age was unfortunately broken up.

Hampton formed the jam band Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit, which played several different genres such as country-swing jazz and southern music. The band featured Oteil Burbridge on bass and vocals, Jimmy Herring on the guitar, Matt Mundy on electric mandolin and vocals, and Jeff Sipe and Count M’Butu on the drums.  The first studio album that the band recorded was the Mirrors of Embarrassment in mid-1993. Shortly after the release, Hampton left the group. The Colonel soon formed yet another new band called the Fiji Mariners in 1994.

Two years later in 1996, Hampton showed off his acting skills and played  ‘Morris’, a songwriting band manager, in Billy Bob Thorton’s film called Sling Blade. In 1998 he was also the voice of Warren, a talking potted shrubbery, in the television show called Space Ghost Coast to Coast. In the same year he released a live album called Live and for the following years, Hampton was mostly on the road with his band until the group broke up in May of 1999. In 2006, Hampton formed yet another band called the Quark Alliance, and released Give Thanks to Chank in the following year.

Col. Bruce Hampton has had a busy career forming new bands and quickly moving on to the next, but this hasn’t stopped Hampton quite yet. Hampton is on tour for the year of 2015, making his way through the country. But luckily, if you can’t make it to one of his awesome shows, Deep Jams can provide you with a live stream of Hamptons southern music as well as other great tunes! Tune into today!

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