South Charlotte

Band brings different groups together through its music

A love for Jack Daniel's and a passion for music brought Lisa Harp, 42, and George Chapman, 48, together three years ago.

Chapman was the lead guitarist for his band T.O.D. (Three Old Dudes) and Harp was a drummer in search of a group to jam with. The two joined forces to create a band and named it after a famous slogan on a Jack Daniel's whiskey bottle.

Eric Hutchins, 42, met Harp and Chapman through mutual friends and settled into the group with his guitar, and soon after, bassist Rob MacWilliams, 47, joined the trio.

Finally, Hutchins introduced Tara Tucker, 35, to the group, who would step up as the band's lead singer.

The Olde No. 7 Band was born.

The band's signature sound is full of classic rock 'n' roll, covering hits from Led Zeppelin to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Having a lead female vocalist allows the band to expand their song catalog to include covers from Janis Joplin and Joan Jett.

All of the male members agree that having Tucker at the front of their group, as well as having Harp on the drums, draws in the crowd.

"Having two female members, it's rare," said Chapman. "People tend to like it. It also helps people remember who we are."

With the majority of its members residing in south Charlotte, the Olde No. 7 Band primarily plays at local venues such as Fox and Hound in Ballantyne, Sammy's in Pineville, McKoy's Smokehouse and Saloon and Buffalo Wings & Rings in Ballantyne.

In April, the band helped Buffalo Wings & Rings launch their "bike days" on Sunday afternoons and will continue to perform there throughout the summer. They also are a staple sound, along with revving motorcycle engines, at McKoy's Smokehouse on Friday evenings for their "bike nights."

This is one of the main goals of the Olde No. 7 Band: to bring a different vibe to south Charlotte that is a fun, rock 'n' roll, "bike night" atmosphere. This particular vibe is rare to most south Charlotte locations, but the Olde No. 7 Band is willing to bring all types of people together through their music.

"We like to see bikers sitting next to a guy in a pink Lacoste shirt, both rocking out to our music," said Chapman. "We all grew up listening to the songs we play."

The Olde No. 7 Band also is about having a good time.

And with all five members holding steady careers, from a business owner to a full-time student to a geologist, the members turn to the Olde No. 7 Band as their escape.

"The band lets us get away from our work," said Hutchins. "The most important thing (to us) is to have fun playing. This is what we love to do."