Clayton-area cover band Next of Kin will fill Middletown’s Moose Lodge 1295 with familiar music -- country favorites and some southern rock and classic rock tunes -- on Saturday, Feb. 4. The concert begins at 8 p.m.
Originally formed around 2006 by members who were all related, Next of Kin now features a new lineup – that’s been together since 2011.
Brice Massie (lead singer) and his father, Homer Massie (guitarist), shed light on the songs in the band’s playlist, as well as discuss the group’s origins.
Q What do you like about playing at the Moose Lodge?
Homer: The crowd, everything, the people.
Q What are some of the covers in your rotation?
Brice: Mostly we play country, which is probably guys like Jason Aldean and Luke Bryant. We’ll also play some ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Homer: We’ve had several compliments on our musical arrangement. A lot of bands just play country – we kind of do a mixture.
Q How did Next of Kin get started?
Homer: When [Brice] got out of the service [in ‘93] we would get together on the weekends and play, sing harmonies and stuff like that. Then eventually my grandson [Lee Tracey] would come to me and wanted to know how to play the guitar. He was having the bus drop him off twice a week in front of my house; he’d come up the driveway and… one thing led to another and right now he’s an awesome lead guitar player. From there Brice’s son [Layton Massie] said he’d play the drums. My brother-in-law [Dave]… I had a bass guitar that I got from a pawn shop and I gave him the bass guitar, showed him a few things and how to play on it. One thing led to another and next thing you know, we had a band and we ended up calling it Next of Kin.
Q When guitarist Bob Cornett and drummer Kenny Alexander auditioned to join the group in 2011, what did you see in them that assured you they were a good fit for the band?
Brice: For Kenny, I like his timing and that he can listen to a song and he can play it just the way he hears it.
Homer: Bob just fit in – he’s a good all around guy. He’s easy to get along with and he’s a phenomenal guitar player. He’s not a rookie; he’s been around the block and has played in many bands over the years.
Brice: He’s technical, but he can also adlib.
Q Brice, what’s it like playing in a band with your dad?
Brice: It’s hard enough to have a band and then you have family members, too; that’s a new element [laughs].
Homer: [Outside of a family-based band,] if you have some differences with a guitar player, you just get rid of him and get somebody else.
Brice: It won’t ruin Christmas [laughs].
Homer: But here when you have family, man, you have to work it out somehow. Sometimes you need some down time. Ever since we’ve gotten Kenny, the group we have now has taken off. These are really exceptional musicians we have. Kenny is probably one of the best drummers in our state.