You would think that a group of guys starring in hit television shows would already be living the dream. But according to Bob Guiney (The Bachelor, GSN Live) and Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias) from Band From TV, this isn’t always the case. “Actors always want to be a rockstars,” Guiney says. “And vice-versa.” Rocking for a good cause, it seems, is even better.
Recently, Guiney and Grunberg were kind enough to set aside time and' chat with me by phone. We talked about their recently reissued CD, Hoggin’ All the Covers-Unleashed!, their goals for the band, and the fun they have doing good work while making great music.
A few years ago, Grunberg decided to form the band after participating in a charity event in Dallas, Texas where he played drums in an all-star group. There he met vocalist Bob Guiney. They had such a great time making music and seeing the proceeds going to worthy causes, Grunberg thought, “Why not form a band of our own and donate what we earn to charities close to our hearts?”
From there, Grunberg recruited stars such as Hugh Laurie (House), James Denton (Desperate Housewives), and Bonnie Sommerville (Cashmere Mafia, The Ugly Truth) to join them and Band From TV was born.
Originally released in 2008, Hoggin’ All the Covers is currently the band's only album, recorded live in front of an enthusiastic crowd, who were no doubt familiar with the group's members from their acting work. A big surprise was in store for those who doubted the band’s musical acumen, because these guys can really rock.
They chose their set list wisely. Yes, there are versions of such classics as “Mustang Sally” and “Lean On Me”, which are not only expertly rendered but performed with enthusiasm and respect for the material. But a couple of surprises are thrown in as well, most notably an upbeat bluesy treatment of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene”, featuring Hugh Laurie on piano and vocals.