Artist of the day: Southern Train
They could've been called Band of Brokers, these commercial real estate executives who dusted off the guitars of their teen years and started jamming. It was after the real estate collapse, so they had plenty of time on their hands.
"There wasn't a lot to do back in '08 and '09 but drink beer and play music,'' said Bill Reeves, 45, one of the founders of the band Southern Train.
But what started off as just something to do has turned into a regional success. They've performed at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Skipper's Smokehouse and the Bourbon & Brews Festival, and they were one of the groups opening for Los Lonely Boys at the Tampa Margarita Festival in May.
These real estate rockers, who crank out a range from Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love to Willie Nelson's Whiskey River, are set to play at the grand opening of Water Works Park in Tampa on Saturday.
For more on Southern Train, click here for Philip Morgan's story.