Chuckatuck native coming home for classic rock show

Published 6:49 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts wll welcome Vinyl Radio, featuring Chuckatuck native Tim Buppert, to the Birdsong Theater next weekend.

The 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, performance will feature 1970s classic rock.

Joining Buppert in the tribute band are Chip Martin, Ronnie Kimball and Ron Wallace. They will cover a “who’s who” of 1970s artists, including the Eagles, America, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Aerosmith, Styx, Queen and Led Zeppelin.

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Buppert made his living as a singing drummer from age 18 until moving to Nashville in 1991, when he put aside the drums to focus on a songwriting career. While performing his songs at the Bluebird Café, Buppert was asked to sing some demos for hit songwriter Don Schlitz. Fast forward 25 years and he has sung on over 8,000 recordings, including albums by Trisha Yearwood, Michael Peterson, Kevin Sharp, Billy Ray Cyrus and Rodney Atkins and on jingles for Pepsi, Luvs diapers, TNN and many more.

Vinyl Radio came together organically after the four musicians were asked to perform at a party for friends. After the first party, word spread quickly with more requests and offers and it brought up childhood dreams for the drummer.

“After that first gig, we all said, ‘Wow, that was pretty fun.’ But we also said if we are going to do this seriously we need to decide what is the band going to be about, so we kinda decided to do a tribute to the 70s and there’s so much to choose from in that decade.”

Kimball has shared the stage with superstars like Huey Lewis, Greg Khin, The Knack, Elvin Bishop and Tommy Tutone. He was lead vocalist/frontman with his AOR recording act Workforce on Scotti Bro./CBS Records.

Chip Martin cut his teeth on the classic pop sounds of the 1960s such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and other British invasion bands as well as American performers like the great Motown acts. Later it was the sounds of bands like the Eagles, Crosby Stills and Nash, and America that caught the attention of the already traveling singer-songwriter. He has a gold record for his song “Forget About Love” recorded by country star Mark Wills and has a song that is the title track (“Love Me or Leave Me Alone”) on Randy Meisner’s (formerly of The Eagles) latest CD.

Wallace has one of Music Row’s most recognizable and sought-after voices, earning him a spot on the A-List of Nashville session singers. Touring with then-newcomer Tim McGraw found him a spot on McGraw’s first video. Wallace recorded for Sony/Columbia and can be heard on recordings by country heavyweights like Don Williams, Ty Herndon and Faith Hill, including her No. 1 single “Take Me As I Am”.

‘You will wind up leaving younger than you showed up,” Buppert said of the two-hour show planned for next weekend. “It will be everything from Aerosmith to Zeppelin.”

Concert-goers are encouraged to wear 70s rock band t-shirts or tie dye to receive $1 off purchases of beer or wine. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25, $28, $32 and $35 for reserved seating through the SCCA box office at 757-923-2900, online at SuffolkCenter.org/vinyl-radio/ or at 110 W. Finney Ave.