thelongplayers 2020
2024 marks the 20th anniversary for The Long Players. Back in March of 2004 they played The Rolling Stones’s Let It Bleed to a full house at 12th and Porter, one of Nashville’s hot spots for many years. Built on the concept of doing a tribute to an album rather than one band or singer, they’ve become known for celebrating the LP (Long Playing) records that so many have loved and absorbed into their DNA. On these shows, they (along with a long and impressive list of guest vocalists) perform that album, take a break and come back with a second set of music from the artist whose album they’re celebrating.
Twenty years later, the band has performed over eighty different albums. That doesn't include the number of “theme nights” where they tackle genres like Motown, Stax, British Invasion, New Wave and others. While they’ve played many venues in Nashville (definitely the early-birds high-concept tribute bands) doing their own shows, they’ve also been a “band for hire” playing out of town festivals, corporate events and even weddings. Taking stock of twenty years of this labor of love, the band has a steady schedule of shows lined up at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville with no sign of stopping.
So who are these guys? Every core member has had a long musical history behind them before they assembled to play the classic albums they have become known for. How did this love-fest for iconic albums come together?
It started with Bill Lloyd, who’s had a career over the years as a songwriter/recording artist as well as a producer-session player and sideman. Bill was in the hit country-rock duo, Foster & Lloyd. He was also in The Sky Kings, been a sideman to Cheap Trick, Poco and others and has made many solo albums to critical acclaim. As a former record store clerk, Bill’s music-nerd factor is perpetual and Bill came up with both the name and the concept for this band, brought it to his friends who often gathered to spin records and once they agreed, The Long Players got truly birthed. It was, coincidentally, the same batch of guys who yearly played a night of John Lennon songs for charity so they already know they could play together.
Lead guitarist is Steve Allen. Steve was best known as being the guitarist, singer and songwriter in the Los Angeles via Tulsa-based 20/20. 20/20 made a real mark and still have a good many fans out there in the world of “Power Pop”, a genre several Long Players are known in.
Drummer Steve Ebe, is a Memphis transplant to Nashville who moved here with the band, Human Radio. Steve is one of the busiest musicians in Nashville, playing sessions as well as in several different bands AND teaching full time.
Original bassist, Garry TalleLONG PLAYERS LOGO 75nt, is, as most rock music fans know, the bassist for Bruce Springsteen & the E. St. Band. He's a record producer, solo artist and holds down the bottom in one of the world's greatest rock'n'roll bands. He’s in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame for heaven’s sake so it’s always a treat when he has time to rejoin the band for a show
Taking Garry’s spot in the band was record producer, sideman and recording artist, Brad Jones. Brad has produced many artists over the years (Hayes Carll, Josh Rouse, Steve Forbert, The Shazam) as well as making his own records. Like Bill Lloyd and Steve Allen, Brad is well regarded in the “power pop” genre.
The other spots in the Long Players lineup, are all filled by the “deep bench” that Nashville has to offer in the way of exceptional musicianship. Once, original keyboardist, John Deaderick left the band some years ago, the keyboard role has floated between talented folks like Jen Gunderman, Ross Rice, Jon Hamby, Steve Byrom, Jody Nardone and Seth Timbs.
Percussionist, Paul Snyder, is often supplements the rhythm section on many of the band’s performances. Another noted and stellar sideman, Jim Hoke (who can play damn-near anything) is often an adjunct member The Long Players extended unit.
Twenty does it not get old? Well, most bands don’t stay together for twenty years but this is a band that doesn’t argue about who sleeps in what bunk on the bus. They don’t travel regularly. They don’t argue over songwriting and arrangements. The songs have been written and the classic records are the blueprints they follow. They allow their own style of playing and musicianship to keep it from being a carbon copy but the parts are there. By keeping the music changing every show, they don’t get bored with having to play the same thing all the time. It’s a fresh album (or theme) with a new set of guest singers to add their own spin to these classic songs and classic albums. All reasons it just doesn’t get old.
One thrill that never get’s old is having someone involved with the original album (or song) onstage with them as they try and recreate a magic moment. It works more often than not. They’ve played Rolling Stones records with Bobby Keys, Dylan albums with Al Kooper and Charley McCoy..Byrds albums with Chris Hillman..Buffalo Springfield songs with Richie Furray..a John Hiatt album with John Hiatt..the list goes on. They also get their thrills out of showcasing new talent that you may have never seen or heard of. Nashville has an amazing community of folks who may not have had their break yet, but fit in perfectly for the album or theme of a Long Players night.
As long as people want to hear the music of the rock era, The Long Players plan to provide it for the Nashville community. 


Bill Lloyd (Guitar)

FOSTER & LLOYD Fat Lady Sings 1989

Bill Lloyd is a Nashville based songwriter, musician, recording artist and producer who is most often remembered as half of the late ‘80’s RCA country-rock duo, Foster and Lloyd. Lloyd’s diverse musical activities include working as a producer (ranging from Carl Perkins to MTV reality show indie-rockers, The Secret), session player (from Brit-pop icons like Ray Davies of The Kinks and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze to country legends like Buck Owens and Steve Earle), sideman (PocoMarshal Crenshaw and with Cheap Trick when they perform The Beatles Sgt. Pepper with orchestra) and as a songwriter (with cuts by Trisha YearwoodHootie and the BlowfishSara EvansKeith AndersonMartina McBride and many more). Bill has recorded a string of critically acclaimed solo records that blend his melodic power pop sensibility with finely tuned songcraft. During his stint as the Stringed Instrument Curator at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, he created the quarterly series Nashville Cats which he continues to host. Bill is also Music Director for the First Amendment Center in Nashville.

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Steve Allen (Guitar)

20/20 Cherie 1980

Many music fans know Steve Allen from the years he spent in the Los Angeles based pop-rock band 20/20. This connection only shows a small part of his versatillity as a musician, songwriter and aritst. 20/20 appeared on American Bandstand and toured nationally behind the albums they made for Epic Records. It was Steve’s song, Yellow Pills, that became a perennial hit on LA radio. While 20/20 is beloved by fans of power pop, Allen’s ability as a guitarist to play a variety of styles of music is reflected in his role in The Long Players and as guitarist for artists like Steve ForbertAmy Rigby and others who tap his talent as a sideman. Steve owns and operates Blue Planet Studio in Nashville and also makes music for commercial television and radio.

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Steve Ebe

As drummer for Columbia recording artists Human Radio, Steve Ebe moved from his home town of Memphis when the entire band relocated to Nashville in the late 1980’s. An accomplished player, Ebe easily found work as a sideman for a variety of pop and country acts (everyone from The Boxtops and Badfinger to George Ducas and Radney Foster). Ebe also plays studio sessions and teaches drums besides playing in a variety of popular groups in the Nashville area. The Long Players are, or course, his favorite. . . as reported here on The Long Players website.

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Brad Jones (Bass)

Brad Jones arrived in Nashville during the 80’s intent on making his mark as a recording artist. This quest culminated in his one, highly sought after, indy-pop solo album, Gilt Flake. Switching gears from artist to producer, Jones has (along with partner and co-owner of Alex the Great StudioRobin Eaton) forged his own path as a producer of renown working with a host of arists; some include Jill SobuleImperial DragSteve ForbertChuck ProphetHayes CarllSwan DiveYo La TengoThe ShazamMarshall Crenshaw and even fellow Long Player, Bill Lloyd. His bass-playing skills have also been tapped by Matthew SweetMarshall Crenshaw and others. After original bassist for The Long Players, Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen E Street Band) left Nashville, the band asked Brad to join.



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