Virginia and The Slims started in Summer of 2013 with Virginia DeMoss on

vocals, Perry Lavin on drums, James Kamp on tenor sax, Harry Schaefer

on bass, Ginger Drake on alto sax and myself, Sean Anderson, on guitar.

Virginia's husband came up with the name and we loved it. The idea was

to play blues but to play songs people would respond to, especially

swing or jump blues as no one else locally was focusing on that.
Eventually

Virginia left to start a family, Ginger left for Nashville, and Perry

and Harry left to pursue their first love, Indian classical music.

James and I reorganized with Sid Heilbraun, a rock solid bassist, and

Brian Gant, a Nashville pro on drums. Rebecca O'Quinn came on board as

our singer. After about a year she left, and we met our current

vocalist, Joanna Best. Joanna can bring across old time blues like no

one's business and has a great disposition. Just recently we added a

long term friend of ours and killer harmonica player, Bill Mattocks.

We've just recorded our first EP and are super excited about it! It

has our interpretations of six truly classic songs and we really think

you're gonna love it! Come check us out sometime and thanks for

stopping by.






JOANNA BEST - Lead Vocals




Joanna

Boyd Best began singing in public at age 6. Fronting bands in Chapel

Hill, Kansas City and Lawrence, KS she discovered the fun of old blues

tunes. She has covered the waterfront in genres, but particularly enjoys

the jump blues and swing tunes with Virginia and the Slims. She also

taught public school music for fifteen years.













SEAN ANDERSON - Guitar

I

started listening to blues when I first heard Robert Johnson at age

twelve. Then I got into the Chicago stuff and Stevie and at 16, I got

my first guitar. It was a black squire Stratocaster but it looked close

enough to Eric Clapton's "Blackie" to make me happy. I never had

lessons. I figured out tab and started learning the rock songs that had

shaped my youth. I went in the army at 17 and continued to learn

whatever I could of rock and blues. After I got out at 23, I went to

college at UNCW and discovered the local blues jam in Wilmington. I

just kept going, every Tuesday night for years, and played with amazing

people. Eventually I got into modern blues and West Coast jump blues

and swing, and I'm still working on that and probably will be for the

rest of my life. Moving to Asheville has exposed me to tons of amazing

local artists across the spectrum of music and I do everything I can to

support this incredible community.










JAMES KAMP -

Saxophone, Vocals
James is a southeast Missouri native who grew up

listening to everything his am transistor radio played in the late 60's

and 70's. All kinds of great music before music

became segregated and bland. He took piano and guitar lessons as a kid,

and still had time to play football most days. James didn't join his

first band till he got out of college in 1984. He's played in bands

since, always doing only originals until the last few years. Everything

eventually leads back to the blues (James' first 45 was "Sugar Sugar" by

The Archies, but the flip side was called "Truck Driver" and believe it

or not it really was a slow blues. And his mother can tell you that

both sides of that record were played...and played...and played). The

blues are Rockin' again for James with Virginia & The Slims, only

now they are alive, jumpin' and swingin'!







SID HEILBRAUN - Bass, Vocals



Growing

up in a house full of music, my brain starting analyzing what I was

hearing at an early age. My father would listen to symphonies while

following along the written transcripts, excited to know the string

section was about to come in. Although classical music was playing in

the house and I took piano and organ lessons a child, I rebelled and

started playing drums at 13, followed by guitar, followed by Bluegrass

banjo! I've played lots of different genres with many great musicians

over the years...Latin, Bluegrass, Country, Blues. I am thoroughly

enjoying this jazzy, swingy, jumping blues music with Virginia and the

Slims!









BILL MATTOCKS - Harmonica
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Seattle Washington native with strong musical roots in the Blues, Bill

Mattocks is a veteran performer fronting Blues and Rock Bands for many

years. Bill is known for his ability to interpret songs in his own way

using powerful Vocals and a Unique Harmonica style. From 2006 to 2013.

The Bill Mattocks Band was one of the Northwest’s best Blues Rock Bands,

known for being a tight well rehearsed band producing a High Energy

Show of Classic and Contempory Rock and Blues. Moving all of his music

projects to Asheville, North Carolina in September 2013, Bill is now

performing with Virginia and The Slims and also has created the latest

version of the Bill Mattocks Band following the same traditions and

guidelines that served him so well in the Northwest.





BRIAN GANT - Drums
Brian

grew up in Nashville and found unmatchable energy and inspiration in

music from as far back as he can remember. He discovered his passion for

drums at the age of 11 and never looked back. From playing in metal

bands in high school, to playing Americana, rock, jazz, and pop in the

bars and clubs of Nashville, Brian has had the pleasure to play with a

wide variety of talented musicians over the years. Yearning for a slower

pace and smaller community, Brian is now enjoying the substantial music

scene in Asheville.