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Birth  of a cover band

Jimmy Just Quit plays live for the first time at BTU Saturday

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Ryan Behan of Greenfield

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Ryan Behan of Greenfield

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit rehearsing in Greenfield

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Jimmy Just Quit rehearsing in Greenfield

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Ryan Behan of Greenfield

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Ryan Behan of Greenfield

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit rehearsing in Greenfield

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Jimmy Just Quit rehearsing in Greenfield

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jarad Weeks of Greenfield on bass

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Jarad Weeks of Greenfield on bass

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>effects

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    effects

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Detail

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Detail

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Danny Hescock sings

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Danny Hescock sings

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Paul Tacey

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Paul Tacey

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are Danny Hescock, Jarad Weeks, Ryan Behan, and Paul Tacey

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are Danny Hescock, Jarad Weeks, Ryan Behan, and Paul Tacey

  • Julie Orfirer and Robert Markey of Ashfield hope that their work brings awareness to the topic of human trafficking. Their show "Safe?" is on view now through February 20th at the Geissler Gallery at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Recorder/Trish Crapo

    Julie Orfirer and Robert Markey of Ashfield hope that their work brings awareness to the topic of human trafficking. Their show "Safe?" is on view now through February 20th at the Geissler Gallery at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Recorder/Trish Crapo

  • Photo by Julie Orfirer.

    Photo by Julie Orfirer.

  • Photo by Nayana Glazier.<br/>Ashley Blom as Alice in the New Renaissance Player's production of "Alice in Wonderland," which opens Friday.

    Photo by Nayana Glazier.
    Ashley Blom as Alice in the New Renaissance Player's production of "Alice in Wonderland," which opens Friday.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Ryan Behan of Greenfield
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit rehearsing in Greenfield
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Ryan Behan of Greenfield
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit rehearsing in Greenfield
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jarad Weeks of Greenfield on bass
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>effects
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Detail
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Danny Hescock sings
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are drummer Ryan Behan of Greenfield, bass player Jarad Weeks of Greenfield, and guitarists Paul Tacey of Greenfield and Danny Hescock of Gill.
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Paul Tacey
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>Jimmy Just Quit in their Greenfield rehearsal space are Danny Hescock, Jarad Weeks, Ryan Behan, and Paul Tacey
  • Julie Orfirer and Robert Markey of Ashfield hope that their work brings awareness to the topic of human trafficking. Their show "Safe?" is on view now through February 20th at the Geissler Gallery at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Recorder/Trish Crapo
  • Photo by Julie Orfirer.
  • Photo by Nayana Glazier.<br/>Ashley Blom as Alice in the New Renaissance Player's production of "Alice in Wonderland," which opens Friday.

T here wasn’t anyone named Jimmy among them, yet when three area musicians split from their bands and reformed together as a cover band, the name they picked was “Jimmy Just Quit.”

“It’s a huge coincidence that three of us were coming out of other bands,” said Paul “Chuck” Tacy, 31 of Ashfield.

The name Jimmy Just Quit is a line from the 1996 movie “That Thing You Do.” When a band member quits, its manager, played by Tom Hanks, turns to the band’s leader and says, “Jimmy just quit,” as if the band leader hadn’t just witnessed it moments before.

“I thought it was a cool name for a band,” Tacy said.

“Chuck and I found it hilarious, a perfect name,” said Danny Hescock, 33, of Gill.

The third member to recently leave a band was Ryan Behan, 29, of Greenfield. Add Jarad Weeks, 23, of Greenfield and you have the four-member Jimmy Just Quit, which will have its first live performance Saturday, Feb. 16, at Between The Uprights on Avenue A in Turners Falls.

For the past few months, two band members — Hescock, a vocalist and guitarist, and Tacy, the lead guitarist — played acoustic music inside Between The Uprights on Saturday nights, catching the attention of bar-goers as a new local cover band that can perform the music of artists from Stevie Wonder to Lenny Kravitz or Neil Young.

After years of playing in other bands, the four musicians met mostly by happenstance.

Tacy and Hescock have actually played in several bands together, including a rock band, City on Fire, in 2010. They played together in another cover band but quit it to pursue something different together.

It was Hescock who reached out to Behan, a popular long-time drummer. They had played together in a Misfits cover band two years ago and an original band eight years ago.

Big into heavy metal music, Behan spent the past eight years playing for WrenchNeck, a local metal band, until that band went on hiatus. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do in terms of original music,” Behan said.

Then, he got the call from Hescock. “He was the first and only drummer I contacted,” Hescock said.

Behan was hesitant to join a cover band at first, being more accustomed to original, heavy-metal music. He joined anyway.

“I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s broadened my horizons,” Behan said.

Then came base guitarist Jarad Weeks, the son of Lenny Weeks, owner of Tire Warehouse in Greenfield. When Hescock’s father, Danny Hescock Sr., visited the Federal Street store, he met Weeks, who works as the store manager. Hescock’s father learned Jarad Weeks was also a musician and suggested he call Hescock.

Though Weeks hadn’t played in a band for a year, he was looking to start again. He took a chance and gave Hescock a call. The band found its fourth member.

While the musicians jammed well together, most of them found a common bond with their fondness for Pearl Jam, an American rock band that formed in the 1990s.

Hescock, Tacy and Weeks had been watching a Pearl Jam documentary when they asked Behan to join Jimmy Just Quit. Although Behan isn’t a huge fan, he sees the members of Pearl Jam as skilled musicians and respects his band mates love for their music.

“This band has been formed by Pearl Jam,” Hescock said. “Somehow it had influence on us starting to jam.”

The member of Jimmy Just Quit have other characteristics in common. They all got their start at a young age and most of them did not stop at learning one instrument.

Hescock got his first drum set at 10 from his father, who plays for another local band, The Colt 45 Band.

Hescock drummed away in his bedroom, beating the drums and symbols. It came in handy as a tool to annoy his older sisters.

When Hescock turned 16, he wanted to try a new instrument. So, his father walked into the garage and carried out a bass guitar. Within three months, Hescock was in his first band. Hescock now plays guitar, bass and drums.

Hescock has learned much from his father, who often plays for benefits.

“He wants to make sure everyone has a good time. He’s given that to me,” Hescock said. “When you get up and play in front of a group of people, if you’re really having fun, it translates immediately to everyone.”

Weeks got his start in music early, when his family visited Scotland while he was in second grade. It was there he discovered the bagpipes. On his return to Greenfield, Weeks met his music instructor Eric Goodchild, a professional bagpiper from Shelburne. “That led to other musical interests,” Weeks said.

Weeks started his first band in seventh grade. In high school, he began playing live shows with a band called Exit Reason. Weeks plays the guitar, base, drums, ukulele. He also sings.

Jimmy Just Quit is Week’s first venture into a cover band. “The most fun part is playing in front of other people ... you can see they’re happy because of something you’re playing,” Weeks said.

Behan began playing drums at 15 with a group of friends. “A couple of guys got guitars. By default, we had to start a band and I had to get drums,” Behan said. “The idea appealed to me. My parents got my a drum set and I’ve been playing ever since.”

Though Behan has attempted the guitar, he continues to stick to the drums. He now teaches drum lessons at Sonic Creations in Greenfield. “I’m obsessed. Drums are my inner passion,” Behan said.

Behan’s uncle and cousin were both influences in his music career. His uncle plays in AfterGlo, a local cover band. Behan’s cousin also plays the drums.

Tacy was initially influenced by his father, who was also a musician. “It was natural for me to go down that road,” said Tacy, who got his first drum set in fourth grade. In seventh grade, Tacy wanted to try something new and his father offered his old guitar. By the time he was at Mohawk Trail Regional High School, Tacy was playing in his own band.

Now, Tacy plays drums, the guitar and bass. He also sings vocals and owns his own recording studio in his basement, where Jimmy Just Quit rehearses.

Jimmy Just Quit covers a variety of artists that also include Sublime, Maroon 5, the Foo Fighters and, of course, Pearl Jam. “There is nothing we won’t play,” Hescock said. “We play songs you wouldn’t normally hear covered ... anything fun.”

“It’s neat because these are songs that are fun to play and we can give our own take on the song,” Hescock said. “When people hear songs that are familiar, it’s easy for them to sing along.”

At one show, an audience member told the band that he didn’t like a song until they covered it. “When someone says you guys did it in your own way and delivered it in a way that makes me enjoy the song, I’m humbled by that,” Hescock said.

With their first live gig coming up, Jimmy Just Quit credits Lew Collins, owner of Between the Uprights. “A lot of bar owners tell you to make them money ... Lew is open to working together,” Hescock said.

To help promote Saturday’s show, Collins is giving away two free tickets to the Dropkick Murphy’s in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Curly Fingers Dupree, which often plays at the club, is the opening act.

There is a $5 cover at the door, which includes a raffle ticket. The purchase of each drink special nets an additional raffle ticket. The concert tickets will be given away during the last set of the night. The winner must be present.

“I hope that when people come see us (that), at the end of the night, they feel it was worth the $5,” Hescock said. “I’m sure that the gig will have something incredibly entertaining happen.”

Staff reporter Kathleen McKiernan has worked at the Recorder since 2012. She covers Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland and Whately. She can be reached at kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268

Staff photographer Paul Franz has worked for The Recorder since 1988. He can be reached at pfranz@recorder.com or 413-772-0261,
ext. 266. His website is www.franzphoto.com.

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