hq by Matt Klein

Hector Qirko, guitar and vocals; Dirk Weddington, saxes; Jim Williams, bass; and Steve Brown, drums (click on names for individual bios). We formed the band in Knoxville TN in 1985, which means that we made it to nearly a quarter-century -- not bad, for the same four guys (we also had the good fortune of having Joel Fairstein and Chico Crawford join us on keyboards at different points). Loosely speaking, blues, although with a lot of other styles in the mix, including even the occasional polka. So maybe "World Blues," or "Pan-Americana," or something. But always blues -- electric, Chicago-style blues in particular -- at the core.

The band as seen by Marcy Reed


We were voted Knoxville’s “Best of the Best- Favorite Local Music Group” for 2000, and also “Best Local Blues Band” about a dozen times. All this through Metro Pulse’s annual reader poll. A great honor, especially considering how much excellent music, of all kinds, comes out of K-town.

D,S,H,J; photo by Shannon Stanfield

Our favorite review, from the Down Home in Johnson City:

“Undoubtedly, four of the finest musicians to grace our stage. Not just another blues band. Not just another rock band. Not just another jazz band. They play all these styles and more. But regardless of the direction they take, each and every musical path is truly exceptional. Words are not enough.”

(Actually, words like those are more than enough...)

Dirk on samurai vocals at the Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC; photo Rob Gardner

 

Backstage at the Down Home

We put out a record every five years or so- not exactly reckless about it, in other words...

At the Bridge St. Cafe, Hot Springs, NC

Played Bonnaroo 2006 (more photos here) - that was fun!

"Guitarist Hector Qirko, leader of longtime Knoxville favorite the Hector Qirko Band, performs in the Troo Lounge on Friday, day two of the Bonnaroo Music Arts festival in Manchester, Tenn." (photo by Saul Young, article by Wayne Bledsoe, cover of Saturday June 17 paper)

More band photos here.

Hector with the Posidhon guitar