SWIM Album 20th Anniversary Celebration
July for Kings, Cincinnati-based rock band spearheaded by Joe Hedges, will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their major label debut SWIM with an acoustic show at the Woodward Theater in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 26th. Musicians that have participated in the band’s studio recordings and live shows at various stages throughout its two decades of music-making will perform alongside Hedges including founding members TJ Miller, Jason Morgan and Sam Dobrozsi; bassists Drew Philips, Brian Ives and Aaron Thomas; Hedges’ long-time drummer and multi-instrumentalist Dan McQuinn; and frequent studio collaborator and guitarist John McGuire. This is July For Kings’ first performance in over six years and the first to feature a near-comprehensive line-up that celebrates the band’s history. Cincinnati entertainment personality Mark Borrison will serve as the MC.
July for Kings Bio
July For Kings are a melodic post-grunge and alternative pop/rock outfit that formed in southwestern Ohio in the late 90’s. Previously known as Swim, July for Kings were formed in the Middletown, OH area in 1998 by Joe Hedges and high school friends Sam Dobrozsi, T Miller, Jason Morgan and Travis Delaney. Within a few short years the band had released several independent albums and amassed a large following in the Cincinnati, Ohio area frequently packing venues such as The Mad Frog. This caught the attention of music producers and several record labels including Wind-Up Records, a label that had established itself through the success of the band Creed.
July For Kings ultimately signed with MCA Records and had several songs that fared well on radio stations across the country in markets such as Las Vegas, Memphis, Cleveland, Phoenix and Cincinnati. The band toured frequently performing with bands including Collective Soul, Counting Crows, Nine Days and Muse. July for Kings were dropped from MCA upon the label’s dissolution in 2003, and drummer Dobrozsi and bassist Morgan subsequently left the band. The band moved ahead with Hedges at the helm releasing several independent albums including Nostalgia in 2005, which was CD Baby’s #1 selling album during its initial release. The band went through several line-up changes including a stint with Amos Heller on bass, who has since played bass for many years with Taylor Swift. The band’s most recent album, Middletown, was released independently in 2015, and is available for download on Bandcamp and streaming on Spotify.
Hedges has also released several solo albums.