The Ringers Announce Tour Dates

New band features jam band and fusion vets Herring, Krantz, Landau, Carlock & Mbappe

Wayne Krantz
Jimmy Herring

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The Ringers, a new band featuring Jimmy Herring (guitar), Wayne Krantz (guitar), Michael Landau (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums) and Etienne Mbappe (bass) will play a limited string of U.S. dates beginning next week.

The brief tour starts Feb. 19 in Athens, Ga., and winds up in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 23.

According to a press release, “The idea for the band came from Abstract Logix label founder Souvik Dutta. The concept was to bring together five guys ‘as a unifying artistic force, one where people put music ahead of their egos to collectively create great music.'”

Herring has played with the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and Phil Lesh and Friends and is now the lead guitarist for Widespread Panic. He also released a solo album, Subject To Change Without Notice, last August. Krantz released his 10th album, Howie 61, last April. He has played with Randy Brecker, Leni Stern and Steely Dan, among others.

Landau is a session musician and guitarist who has played with Joni Mitchell, Seal, Michael Jackson, James Taylor, Richard Marx, Steve Perry, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis. Carlock has recorded and/or toured with John Mayer, Sting, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Diana Ross, Faith Hill, the Blues Brothers Band, Mike Stern and others.

Mbappe is best known for his years with the Zawinul Syndicate. In the ’80s, he was a member of the fusion band Ultramarine. He also played with Ray Charles on his last album and is currently a member of John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension.

Tour Dates

Feb 19, Georgia Theatre Athens, GA

Feb 20, Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC

Feb 21, Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC

Feb 22, BB Kings Blues Club New York, NY

Feb 23, Howard Theatre Washington DC