709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

The Fairlanes

December 12, 2015  ·  8pm/$8

One of the Triad’s most enduring bands!

After two decades as a trio, guitarist/vocalist, Mark “Buddy Ro” Harrison, drummer/vocalist, Chip “Memphis” Click, and bassist/vocalist, Ken “lil’ Kenny” Graham, have added Philadelphia, PA native, Glenn Bickel on the keyboards and vocals.

Glenn’s playing adds a whole new dimension to this band, and you can hear his love for Ray Charles, Professor Longhair and Booker T., as he blends that into his own distinctive style. Glenn is a thirty-five veteran of the Philly blues and R&B scene, playing with several different bands throughout the northeastern U.S. He has shared the stage with artists ranging from Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall, Roomful of Blues, Jerry Jeff Walker, and The Temptations, among many others. He also enjoys jamming with his two, very, talented sons Taylor & John.

Glenn and his wife, Jeannette moved to North Carolina last year for Glenn to start a new job. Not knowing anyone here, Glenn said his biggest fear was not being able to find like-minded, passionate players, but those anxieties were soon subsided. He did what most newcomers do, and started going to area jam sessions at clubs. He went to Walkers bar in Greensboro for their weekly Monday jam and met the jam host, Chris Carroll. Chris was The Fairlanes original bassist and still plays regularly with Harrison on other projects. Still looking for a band, Chris suggested he go hear the Fairlanes. After meeting Glenn, and jamming with him at the “Chris and Buddyro” weekly gig on Sundays at Wahoos in Greensboro, Harrison invited him to come and sit in with the ‘Lanes.

After meeting Kenny and Chip and playing at a couple of gigs, Glenn was invited to join the band full-time. “Basically, it was a no-brainer,” says Harrison. We weren’t really looking for anyone, but knew one day someone would come along and fit right in and take this band to another level. We are very, very pleased. The three of us have been together so long that we and our wives are family. So, bringing in someone new is a big deal.