had a brush with a more widespread following in 2000 following his debut for a major-record label,
, for the New York City-based Artemis Records. Artemis, a short-lived label run by record industry legend
, folded just a few years later, but while it lasted, the label had an impressive lineup of roots music artists including
Raised in Buffalo, N.Y., Hambridge
got his first set of drums as a five-year-old, and had his first band a short time later. The youngest of four children, he spent a lot of time listening to his older sisters' albums of the Rolling Stones
and the Beatles
, learning to play drums by ear off the albums he'd heard. He focused his efforts on music and football through high school, but when it came time to choose a collegiate path, Hambridge
chose the prestigious Berklee School of Music.
He fit right in with the then-lively club scene in Boston in the early '80s, and pursued gigs and his studies, graduating from Berklee on time. Shortly after graduating, he was tapped by the late Viriginia-based guitarist Roy Buchanan
and became his drummer and singer. He honed his chops after several years on the road with Buchanan
, and when he was home in Boston, promoters would call Hambridge
to help assemble local bands to backup the likes of traveling musicians like Chuck Berry
and Bo Diddley
While pursuing studio work, live gigs, and short tours with better-known artists in the '90s, Hambridge
put together his own band, TH & the Wreckage, the recipient of many Boston Music awards. After years of near-misses with a major record company deal, Hambridge
moved to Nashville with his wife and young daughter, but shortly before he left Boston, he played drums on, and produced, Susan Tedeschi'
s debut blues album for Artemis Records, the platinum-selling Just Won't Burn
wrote two of Tedeschi
's crossover hit singles, "It Hurt So Bad," and "Rock Me Right."
In early 1998, Hambridge
began to work on an album of his own songs that would become Balderdash,
his debut for Artemis Records. Tedeschi
, who would later go on to marry and record with Derek Trucks
, sings two duets on the album, "Opposites Attract," and "Boneyard." With its country and blues inflections, Balderdash
could best be described as a roots rock album.
Since recording with Tedeschi
in Boston in the '90s, Hambridge
has recorded and shared stages with a short who's-who of people in the worlds of blues and rock: Johnny Winter
, George Thorogood
, B.B. King
, Buddy Guy
, Shemekia Copeland
, Delbert McClinton
, and even Hank Williams, Jr
. Aside from Balderdash
, released in 2000, Hambridge'
s other releases include Still Running
, Bang N' Roll
, and Live
As a producer, songwriter, singer, and drummer, Hambridge
is at that age -- at least in the worlds of roots music and blues -- where he's just beginning to hit his stride. Expect more exemplary work from this accomplished musician in years to come.