Who are we
We are from Upstate New York around the Binghamton area. We have a long collective history of experience and musical abilities.
We like a good groove, lots of jamming and killer guitar work on top of honest vocals.
The GBB has it roots in a local band called "Rusty Still". At places like the Blue Moon, The Barleycorn and T.J O'Malleys we began our live playing in the mid 80's thru the early 90's with Nick, myself and our childhood friend and drummer Jamie Lane. After Jamie's tragic passing in 1994, Nick began to play full time in his College band, Frostbit Blue, and we drifted apart musically.
Recently at a one-off show in Jamie's Memory, we decided to do some local gigs around here...Thus began the Gravelding Brothers Band.
Nick's command of the vocal stylings of Greg Allman, Doug Grey and Ronnie Van Zandt allow us to play a wide range of southern rock favorites including, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Outlaws, The Allman Brothers and the like. Nick is also the lead vocalist & guitarist in a very popular New York State Band originally hailing from Oswego called Frostbit Blue. Nick's guitar playing is also one of the strong points of the band. His influences range of course from Duane Allman, Toy Caldwell, Hughie Thomassen, Dicky Betts, Eric Clapton as well as many others.
My playing, Scott Gravelding, also comes from the same fertile rock guitar ground of the 70's with the added influences of Jeff Beck, lot's of Blues players..ie..the 3 Kings (BB, Freddie and Albert) and SRV and some good 80's metal players like Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen.
Our combination in guitars is always easy as brothers and we strive to seamlessly weave our playing into the context of this band.
With his ability to deliver solid beats no matter who he’s working with, Gary Armstrong’s versatile style and impressive high vocal range allow us to venture where we normally wouldn’t go. He has performed with Carl Dixon (former lead singer of the Guess Who and Coney Hatch), Johnny Petillo (producer and former member of Danny and The Juniors), Karl Probst (one the originators of Dueling Pianos) in addition to performances with current members of Grand Funk Railroad’s founder Mark Farner’s band Nr’G, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Foghat along with former members of Royal Hunt (Denmark) and Lynch Mob.
Brother Benny's bass playing is always grooving, melodic and rumbling in the great tradition of Berry Oakley, Jack Bruce, Paul McCartney and others. Benny is the owner of a local music store called "Music City" and has played with many people including his band "Brothers of the Road". His good time feel and world class musicianship keeps us rooted and is always a potent sound in our mix. Benny is also the bass player in Frostbit Blue as well.
We specialize in good musical interactive between ourselves..We are unafraid to improvise, change, make these songs our own in terms of arrangements and we have alot of fun doing it.
We are starting to incorporate some original material and look forward to introducing it into out live set......
STAY TUNED !!...and wear your hat!