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Local band makes splash in Nashville

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The area band 15th and Hulman, which mixes several genres to create their sound, consists of Jay Carpenter (from left), Jack Gibson, Don Price and Billy Goodrich. Recently, the band had the opportunity to bring their show to the Nashville, Tenn., music scene and play some of the more famous venues.
The four area musicians that make up the band 15th and Hulman have been rocking out for local crowds and recently have been getting the opportunity to play in the Nashville, Tenn., music scene.

The band consists of Jack Gibson, guitar/vocals, Don Price, drums, Jay Carpenter, guitar/vocals, and Billy Goodrich, bass/vocals.

According to Carpenter, the name of the band pays tribute to someone who helped them early on.

"There was a bar in Terre Haute that sat at 15th and Hulman called BJ's Lounge and the owner's name was Alvie Grindle," Carpenter said. "He helped all of us out over the years, and we kind of wanted to pay tribute to that. So we named (the band) after the location of that bar."

In August, band members said 15th and Hulman will celebrate four years of being together. However, until recently, the band had been a three-piece acoustic group.

The band decided they wanted to take the next step, and they felt like adding a drummer would help in that process.

The band said they originally called Price -- who they knew as a guitar player -- to ask him if he knew any drummers and he said "What about me?"

"I started as a drummer but then I progressed to a guitar player," Price said. "I'm going back to my roots."

The band said it went in several different directions before they started to carve out a niche artistically.

"We started out as an acoustic group," Crawford said. "People liked what we were doing, but we wanted more out of the crowd. We started to try to change it and playing dance music ... we went in several different directions until we found out what we do (now)."

As for what they play, band members said it's hard to put a finger on it.

"(We play) anything from Alan Jackson to Michael Jackson," Staunton resident Goodrich said.

According to the band, one of their biggest breaks yet came when they starting booking shows in the Nashville music scene -- specifically a bar called Tootsie's.

"We started out (playing) at Tootsie's on Broadway ... if anyone ever goes to Nashville they know what Tootsie's is," Gibson said. "Tootsie's is the known place just because everybody that's ever been anybody has played at Tootsie's."

The band said notable musicians including Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline and more recently Gretchen Wilson have stepped on stage at Tootsie's.

The band said they had originally went to Nashville to record their first album as a group -- which they hope will be out in August -- but then had to put it on the backburner when they started booking a lot of Nashville shows these last two-three months.

After starting out at Tootsie's, the band said they began to book shows and get offers to play at other music venues, not only in the Nashville area, but also some regional gigs in places like Wisconsin and St. Louis.

"We play at Knoxville ... we play locally here like on Tuesdays at Alabama (Brazil), or Thursdays in Terre Haute," Goodrich said. "We've (also) done some fairs and festival stuff."

15th and Hulman said they consider themselves to be "hometown boys" but like the opportunity to bring their show to people who don't know them or haven't seen them.

"When you're down in Nashville they don't know (the band or what to expect)," Goodrich said. "They can really see our talent come through, with the harmonies and then the show."

Their show is something the band is really proud of and is an aspect they feel helps set them apart.

"We're more than just a band that stands up and plays ... we've got the wireless headsets (and instrument hookups) -- so we go out in the crowd," Goodrich said.

They said the band sometimes doesn't even start on stage and involves a lot of audience participation.

Their shows are also longer than what some might expect.

"Most of our shows are three hours," Gibson said. "They're straight three hours -- we don't take breaks."

For now, the band said it is going to continue working on its album -- which is untitled at this time -- while they continue to play locally and in places like Nashville.

Those interested in checking out the 15th and Hulman experience can catch them locally on Tuesdays at Alabama Bar and Grill from 7-10 p.m., or at the Lake House on June 15, from 7-10 p.m.

The band also plays every Thursday at the Teepee Tavern in Terre Haute.

For more information log on to www.15thandhulman.com or check out their social media pages by searching 15th and Hulman on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

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I've known Donnie Price for years and there's no better drummer in the area as he.

-- Posted by My Dime on Wed, Jun 13, 2012, at 8:16 PM

They played at my son's graduation party last Saturday and they are awesome!

-- Posted by Kirk Smith on Wed, Jun 13, 2012, at 8:23 PM

Great Band, Great Guys and Great shows! If you haven't seen and heard them play need to! Always a great time with them!!!!

-- Posted by dmgmager on Thu, Jun 14, 2012, at 12:33 AM

Great band that you HAVE to go see and hear !!!! Always entertaining and these guys are the best around.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Thu, Jun 14, 2012, at 7:38 AM

Billy's been playing in bands for years. I've always enjoyed his voice. Anyone remember the band, MAKER? ; ) Billy Goodrich, Tim Huber and a few other guys used to play in the Roller Barn.

I'll be sure to see these guys soon.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jun 14, 2012, at 11:37 AM

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