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Sweet Comfort Band

Sweet Comfort Band was one of the most original and influential Christian rock bands of the 70’s and 80’s. From their home base in Riverside, the four man group was formed during the Southern California Jesus Movement. As musical missionaries, they toured extensively until 1984. Their style defies easy description, since Sweet Comfort Band compositions are known for an eclectic mixture of rock, funk, soul, and jazz. Rather than limit their appeal, this musical diversity has won them legions of loyal fans.

SCB produced six groundbreaking records that were renowned for high quality artwork, and excellent musical content. This is a band that made its name with undeniable musicianship. The band’s impact reaches far beyond the decade they spent together. The accomplishments of the former members help to highlight this.

With the four original members, Sweet Comfort briefly reunited in the summer of 2001, to play a few select Christian festivals for fortunate fans that had not seen the band for 17 years! Fans who came to hear live renditions of their favorite radio hits would later claim that the concert performances exceeded their expectations. The band still had it. But this brief reunion proved to be the last glimpse of ‘Sweet C’ with Kevin on bass. Five years later Kevin suffered a serious spinal injury that left him paralyzed.

In 2009 Sweet Comfort Band reformed. New songs were being created at Rick’s Shelter Sound Studios in Riverside California. There was new energy and a sense of rebirth. Then Kevin Thomson, worn down from his years of being paralyzed, passed away on May 30, 2010. One of Kevin’s last wishes was that his sons perform with SCB. On June 16th 2010, Sweet Comfort Band played in memory of Kevin at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California. Bryan, Rick, Randy and keyboardist Rob Rinderer were joined by Joshua Thomson on guitar and Elijah Thomson on bass.

Stunned by the loss of Kevin, the three surviving members of Sweet Comfort took comfort from the promise of eternal life that Jesus offers to those who trust in Him. They knew that their reunion needed to be on a level of excellence that would honor Kevin’s life. Returning to writing and creating new music, some songs from the early sessions began to be jettisoned in favor of even more material as the band continued to write and record.

By the summer of 2012, the band felt they were creating something beyond even the best music of their heyday. The project, spanning four years, was taking on the feel of an epic accomplishment. The band is confident that there is much yet to say.

The early Sweet Comfort Band songs are now part of the soundtrack of the early Jesus Movement. But along with these classics songs will be exciting new material that expresses the matured faith of these seasoned professionals. The principal performing members will be Bryan Duncan, Randy Thomas, and Rick Thomson. Joining them in honor of his dad, will be Elijah Thomson on bass. Eli was a small boy when the band toured. Now he heads up many of the production chores, inspiring the band to create a new sound that compliments their classic songs.

“Kevin used to push this band, sometimes to the limit!” says Randy. “Now we’ve had to reorganize and restructure. We want our reunion to be something Kevin will be proud of. We sure miss him. There are some very cool moments on this record when recording where Eli sounds exactly like his dad!”

With such a long record of solo credits, Bryan has shown he can excel again as the front-man of a band effort: “I’m pretty amazed at how the band dynamic forces me reach for things I didn’t think I could do. These guys keep raising the bar, and now I have to sing over it!” Rick has become the band’s driving force for artistic achievement. “I keep telling everybody- this has got to be great. And it is- it’s the best record we’ve ever done.”

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