Last night Exit 162 performed at Limestone Park on Tye Dye night and boy were they good and a surprise, too! (Exit 162 is the first Buchanan exit north on I-81.)
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Richard Furman on lead guitar, Matt Marshall in his ZZ Top beard and Dave Wright on the bass.
Steve McClung on the drums behind them.
Richard Furman is an institution at James River High School and he has taught there for many years. He teaches agriculture classes and is known for his competitive FFA teams in Forestry for one. He’s also noted for his small mouth bass fishing and conservation efforts on the James River. Who would have dreamed that he is the master of guitars riffs. Mr. Furman rocks — anyone who watched the show last night had to be impressed with his playing.
Two of his former students joined him in the band. Matt Marshall Class of 2007 and Dave Wright a 30-something from Troutville who didn’t give an age! Both learned guitar from Furman. Wright is also an excellent bass player. Together they grind out the tunes while McClung a fine drummer keeps the bangs the skins!
“A couple of years ago Dave asked me if we were ever going to have that band.” said Furman. So they started practicing. In 2007, drumer Steve McClung a 40 something joined and just this past March, Matt Marshall a 19 year-old former student joined in on guitar and vocals.
In their real lives the occupations are a teacher, Coyner Springs correction official, truck driver and welder and a farmer who also landscapes. A far cry from the wailing Rolling Stones and ZZ Top among the repetoire they played. They rocked! Exit 162 bills themselves as Classic Rock, Blues and a little Country with a few originals thrown in.
They do parties and events so feel free to contact them. Furman at 254-3349 or McClung at 969-7234.