Surgeon General’s Warning
Surgeon General’s Warning first formed in late spring of 2011. Originally intended to be a cover band, the group’s formation was prompted by guitarist Chris Jones and bassist Tommy Bailey. To complete the lineup, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Travis Klein and drummer Jim Bailey joined. All four members originally intended the group to be a way to make extra money over the summer.
This plan changed, however, during the first rehearsal when the musical chemistry proved to be conducive to writing original material. With some discussion between all group members over the course of several weeks, it was decided that the focus of the group would shift from a bar-band playing cover songs to an original group.
By the end of summer 2011, Surgeon General’s Warning had recorded and digitally released its first single and B-side, “Hazardous” and “Day by Day,” two songs that not only remain in the groups repertoire to present day, but prove time and time again to be crowd favorites.
Surgeon General’s Warning became a regular sight at house-shows in the Morgantown area during winter of 2011, eventually making their way to the club scene in Morgantown shortly thereafter.
A year after their formation, Surgeon General’s Warning recorded their eponymous debut EP. It was released to a sold out crowd at 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown.
The group has since expanded their touring area along the East Coast, ranging from the Hard Rock Café in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to beachside blues clubs in Florida. Surgeon General’s Warning has shared the stage with local, regional and national acts including the #1 Billboard reaching Tantric, and Tim Reynolds of Dave Matthews Band who praised the group for their musicality and inventiveness. The band has cultivated a sound reminiscent of artists from past generations adapted for younger ears. Staples of their songwriting include guitar and riff-driven songs similar to Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix as well as fusion elements similar to Edgar Winter. Surgeon General's Warning brings to the table a fresh take on a classic style that is making a swift comeback with the likes of the Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., Government Mule, and Clutch.
"Led by guitarist Chris Jone's shredding licks, and Travis Klein's tasteful soul on saxophone, Surgeon Generals Warning's musicianship is hard to top" -The DA
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