Tradition Brewing | Newport News, VA
July 7, 2018

There was a whole lot of hair on the stage as brothers, and brothers in music, in the form of the Richmond, Virginia-based quartet, Trongone Band took the stage at Tradition Brewery in Newport News. Touring in support of their album, Keys to the House, they got the crowd excited during their sound check and then kept their hands together and their feet on the floor during the entire performance.

If you mix Black Crowes, Blackberry Smoke, and the Allman Brothers together, you end up with this style of rocky Americana that is filled with thick keyboard and organ riffs and vocals provided by Ben (Wolf) White. The other brother in music is Chip Hale who led the band with his lively bass lines and harmonic vocals.

The Trongone Band takes its name from brothers, Andrew and Johnny Trongone, who formed the band with their father and played regularly at the Cary Street Café in Richmond. They have embarked on a southern-midwest tour to promote their debut album which keeps them busy through September and then to Belguim for a five week stretch of nightly shows at the Wavre-Sainte-Catherineat the end of the year.

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Words and Photos by Glenn Woodell (

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