Our name was taken after a business that operated in Vestal for many years. Actually, we're really paying homage to the music store, The Guitar Center, which was located upstairs over the Hi-Way Fruit Market. Most of the band is made up of family members, all of whom spent their youth growing up in that music store, so the band's name has lots of memories and legend behind it.
Bendher is central New York's premiere rock band. Larry, Don, Fletch and Rob have years of experience and have traveled from California to New York in various bands along the way. Such acts include the Riflebutts, Fester, Rip Tyed and many others. Bendher is loud and Bendher is proud. Their original tunes such as "Black Dress Beauty Queen" and "Here and Now" will be instantly identified with their unique sound of smoking guitar licks, driving bass, thunderous drums and vocal harmonies lead by their entertaining and energetic frontman.
Tim Ruffo has been influenced by a variety of Outlaw Country icons such as Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. He also found inspiration from Pink Floyd, Johnny Winter and the Rolling Stones. Growing up listening to his mother playing guitar and singing old country songs around a campfire, Tim had first hand exposure to music as an outlet and expression of life, whether it is during hard times or times to party hard. Tim left home at 16 years old, joining the Air Force. He traveled all the way to Alaska, meeting people and making memories, he learned how to live hard, work hard and play hard.
Brian Wolff is the lead singer and lead guitarist for Texas-based rock band Fair City Fire.