The seminal New Jersey band From Good Homes will reunite for two shows this December. The self-proclaimed “hick-pop” band will perform at Montclair, NJ’s The Wellmont Theatre on December 18 and 19, marking the first time the band has performed together since its final show in Stanhope, NJ in August, 1999.
From Good Homes formed in the 1980s around the core trio of Todd Sheaffer (guitar), Brady Rymer (bass) and Patrick Fitzsimmons (drums). The Northwestern New Jersey friends originally called themselves Old Crow and later The Dogs, before settling on From Good Homes in the early 1990s. Saxophonist Dan Myers joined in 1988, while multi-instrumentalist Jamie Coan signed on in 1990. The band’s honest, Celtic-influenced brand of pop served as a bridge between early second generation jambands like Blues Traveler and organic pop groups likes Guster. From Good Homes released five albums during its carer and toured nationally with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, RatDog, Widespread Panic, Hootie & The Blowfish and Blues Traveler. The group was one of many jambands to be nabbed by the major labels in the mid-1990s after the success of Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler and Phish and released three albums on RCA. The group also received an award for twelve consecutive sold-out shows at New York’s Irving Plaza. From Good Homes is also featured in the original Jam Bands book that inspired Jambands.com.
After parting ways in 1999, Sheaffer found success with his new band Railroad Earth, Fitzsimmons released multiple albums as a singer/songwriter, Coan started performing with the The Red Top Ramblers in the Charleston, SC-area, Rymer focused on Children’s music (he was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Musical Album for Children category earlier this year) and Myers formed a production company and studio that produced recordings for Adam Green and Sam Champion.