Going For Adds 5/10/16: People’s Blues of Richmond- Quit or Die

Photo by Josh Meister    People’s Blues of Richmond brings a carnival-like mayhem to their dark, blues-infused psychedelia. Band co-founders and lifelong friends Tim Beavers and Matt Volkes (bass, backing vox) began playing music together in college as a way to grieve the loss of a mutual friend. Those bleak, drug-fueled days pushed the two into an artistic bender of rock and blues that led to their 2011 debut LP, Hard-On Blues. They followed with the self-released Good Time Suicide in 2013, the album recorded on the exact same handmade ’68 Flickinger board used to record T. Rex’s Futuristic Dragon. Immediately following this album, People’s Blues of Richmond’s lineup finally solidified with the addition of friend and powerhouse drummer Neko Williams (son of Drummie Zeb of legendary reggae band The Wailers).

Word is starting to spread about the manic intensity of PBR’s live performances as they burn up the road, sharing bills with an impressive collection of artists from JJ Grey & Mofro and Black Joe Lewis to J Roddy Walston & the Business and festival favorites Modest Mouse & Gogol Bordello.

After years together, on the road and off, the three are more than just bandmates, they’re brothers. It’s a camaraderie that comes across in their music and beyond. “No matter what, we look out for each other,” Volkes says. “If I have a sandwich, Tim and Neko get a bite, too. We’re all in this together.”

“The whole concept behind People’s Blues of Richmond,” Beavers says, “is that we all struggle, we all experience pain. Life is full of highs and lows, and we all work hard to survive. So we do the only thing we know how—we get out on the road, and we keep moving forward. We become a part of something bigger than ourselves.”


“A maelstrom of songwriting.” – Guitar World

“Brings to mind two recent rock LPs in particular, both by the same artist: the Black Keys. The first is 2014’s Turn Blue; the psychedelic washes of “Outta My Mind” align quite closely with the ’60s psych mood of that album. Most of all, however, it brings to mind the megahit record Brothers, with its retro-minded production and songwriting.”
– PopMatters

“Blues-meets-Modest-Mouse-inspired crunch.” – Relix

“A cross between The Black Keys and Black Sabbath with a healthy dose of Led Zeppelin cock-strut appeal—dark and heavy rock n’ roll, dosed in psychedelia and driven by metal-shredded guitar and bluesy riffage.” 
– Creative Loafing

“All the basic components of a supposed good time in conjunction with all the bleak introspection of a suicide.” 
– Atlanta Music Guide

“They explore the gritty throes of addiction, but manage to come through with a spirit of shared humanity and infectious revelry.” 
-Triad City Beat

“Aggressive and intriguing, demanding all follow down their path of destruction and chaos.” – Virginia Local Music


1. Burning An Oak Tree

2. Richmond City Hangover Blues

3. Quit or Die

4. The House On Oregon Hill

5. I Love You

6. I Understand  

7. Just Tears     

8. All The Things (I Couldn’t Say To You)  

9. Never Enough  

10. My Guitar To Break

11. Red Eyed & Brain Fried  

12. Forward March

PBR -  Quit or Die album art

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