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TimBrooksHawk—The Musical Hybrid

By Sarah McCartan

What do you get when you cross two of the most applauded regular gigs in town? Why, you get “TimBrooksHawk,” of course. Although Timberhawk and Brooks Hubbert III have performed together in a multitude of capacities, they have yet to do so in a fully integrated fashion. That is, until now.

Saturday, Sept. 7, TimBrooksHawk will take the stage at Vinyl Music Hall, presenting a solid mix of both well-established and yet to be heard original tunes from each of the two respective acts.

“We decided it would be a really fun way to sort of re-dress both groups’ original material,” explained Jordan Richards, guitarist and vocalist of Timberhawk. “The idea is hopefully with this setup, they’re all going to feel like new songs again.”

If you have been around the music block in Pensacola even just once in the last decade, you’ve undoubtedly heard Timberhawk. From Seville to beach bars, Timberhawk regularly enhances local nightlife with a healthy balance of covers and original tunes. They have performed several times at Vinyl Music Hall, showcasing all original music, including a CD release show last Fall.

For this weekend’s hybrid performance, “we’ll be doing everything from the oldest Timberhawk songs to the newest Brooks Hubbert songs and vice versa,” said Richards. “We always jump at the opportunity to play with Brooks in any capacity. You’re guaranteed to learn something every time… man’s a wizard.”

Despite being a Gulfport, Miss. native, Hubbert has also been an active and visible part of the local music community in Pensacola for well over a decade, and has been playing music almost the entirety of his life.

“Music has always been a part of my life,” he said. “My dad is a musician and it was part of my landscape of youth. I started when I was six years old. I was playing violin and then went through a host of other instruments—drums, saxophone and then guitar when I was 13 or so.”

Between special events, and recurring weekly gigs, including Sunday nights at McGuire’s Irish Pub and Tuesday and Thursday nights downtown at the Ticket Sports Bar, Hubbert plays various combinations of covers and original music.

“It varies depending on the situation,” he said. “At Vinyl, it’s predominantly original music. At a bar, I’m not just going to sit there and pelt people with [only] originals. You hook them with something they know and they are apt to be curious about what you do.”

One might ask—what exactly does Hubbert do; or what exactly does he play rather?
“It spans across the board. It’s just one of those things—I love all music and it comes through,” said Hubbert. “What I try and tell people is: being from the South it’s hard not to be influenced by blues, bluegrass and country styles. Growing up close to New Orleans, jazz was a huge part of music education. Then what really inspired me to pick up a guitar after playing saxophone in band was heavy metal.”

Albeit best known for his guitar mastery and looping abilities, it certainly doesn’t stop there. This vocalist and multi-instrumentalist can be found playing one if not more of the following instruments at any given time—guitar, fiddle, harmonica, cello and mandolin.
For this particular show with Timberhawk, Brooks, explains, “It was just an idea—what if we joined forces and made a cool mash-up of ourselves? It’s fun doing something just because you can. And I came up with my own way of interacting with them—playing harmonica and mandolin at the same time.”

This setup is one that Richards affirms adds an exciting dynamic to the evening’s collaborative performance.

“With Brooks on mandolin and harmonica simultaneously, it adds a certain texture and fullness to the two guitars, bass, and drums set up we most often use in Timberhawk. And it felt really good and natural right from the get-go,” said Richards. “For all you guitar heads out there—worry not—there will be some songs that feature three guitars screaming at once. How could we not?”

While the plan is for this to be an evening of almost entirely original proportions—there is the informal promise of one, and only one, memorable cover song—for familiarity’s sake. And hey, maybe even a blast from the distant past. You never know. I for one will at least cry out for “Shotgun Girl” once, if not twice.

If you are unable to make the show, be sure to remain on the lookout for great things coming down the pipe from both acts in the near future. Brooks has not just one, but three albums currently in the works—his solo project, a duo with local drummer, and his full band called Serius Face. Meanwhile, Timberhawk’s primary focus for the remainder of the year will be centered on touring, writing and recording new material.

‘TIMBROOKSHAWK’
WHAT: Timberhawk and Brooks Hubbert III with Kaboom!
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7
WHERE: Vinyl Music Hall, 2 S. Palafox
COST: $10
DETAILS: vinylmusichall.com