‘General Hospital’ Hunks Release Debut Album ‘Volume One’ as Cover Band Port Chuck
Last fall, Scott Reeves -- former member of country duo Blue County, and now playing the role of Dr. Steven Webber on ABC's soap opera 'General Hospital' -- and three of his co-stars hit the road as cover band Port Chuck. Reeves, along with Steve Burton ("Jason Morgan"), Brandon Barash ("Johnny Zacchara") and Bradford Anderson ("Damion Spinelli"), toured select markets throughout the east coast, selling out each night within minutes of tickets going on sale. The high demand of their rock/country cover band drew much attention, and was back by popular demand in the spring of 2011.
"The second tour was phenomenal!" Reeves tells Taste of Country. "It was more than we could ever ask for. We played to more sold out venues, which blew our minds. The boys were chomping at the bit to get back on the bus. They got a taste of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle last year [laughs], so they were like kids in a candy store. We had a blast. We have a phenomenal band who are top notch, and the fans were overjoyed."
Now, the daytime hunks are giving their fans a little something extra with the release of their debut self-titled album, available through their website or CD Baby. The 10-track album contains many of the songs performed in their live shows, including Bob Dylan's 'Knocking on Heaven's Door,' Foreigner's 'Feels Like the First Time,' Bon Jovi's 'Living on a Prayer,' Scorpion's 'No One Like You,' Poison's 'Every Rose Has It's Thorn,' and Linkin Park's 'In the End.'
"They're songs that all match who we are," notes Reeves. "We took about two or three each, and a couple of them we all sing, but it was a blast to do. We got to take songs that we grew up with and do our own thing with them. There's also a bonus track that I think everyone is going to get a kick out of, and I'm not going to tell you what that is!"
Reeves, who obviously is no stranger to the recording studio, served as the album's producer. "I've always loved producing and getting to sit in that seat and wear that hat," Reeves says with a grin. "It was fun because the guys were so open to my direction because they have never really done that before. They let me take the wheel, which enabled me to let them do what they do and just kind of guide and direct them."
"There's one track that is probably one of my favorites," he continues, referencing Charlie Daniels' 'Devil Went Down to Georgia.' "I arranged it, but it's completely different than the original! So that was a fun thing for me to do. I got to take something and make it what I perceive it to be and fit the singing. It was fun to get to do that and stuff that I've been a fan of my whole life. It was a big endeavor because we had such a limited time to get it done. We did it within about a two-month period and got everything done."
The album is being labeled as 'Volume One,' which leads to the question ... will there be more Port Chuck music coming in the future?
"There will be more to come, definitely!" Reeves says. "There can be a [volume] two, three, four, five and six [laughs]! We've got an endless supply."
Reeves and Burton's passion for music has bled into the storyline of 'General Hospital' in recent weeks, as Reeves' character is a rocker at heart and sings from time to time. The two have also penned an original song that has been played during some of the story lines in the show. The collaboration on songwriting is something the actor/singer hopes carries forward to future Port Chuck projects.
"Steve and I are going to pull Brandon and Bradford in to sit down and be a part of that songwriting experience," says Reeves. "We have a couple things we're working on and have finished. We definitely want to start working original things into Port Chuck gradually."
In August, Port Chuck will once again be taking a short break from Hollywood to hit the road for a two-week tour covering the northeast, which will include Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Kentucky and New Jersey, before concluding down in Orlando, Fla.
"We're expanding a little bit this time because I know people want us to come that way," Reeves says. "As time goes on, hopefully we'll be able to reach every part of the country we'd like to reach. As our schedules change and as the climate changes, it's allowing us more time to do this. We're cramming more into a week, so we can have more time off and more time to do music."
But before hitting the road on the next tour, Reeves and his co-stars will headline two major events, the first being in Nashville on July 3 for the kick-off of the annual Let Freedom Sing 4th of July celebration taking place at River Front Park downtown.
"That's going to be big fun," says Reeves, who along with Burton calls Nashville his home when not filming the show in California. "The guys are going to be in for a real treat because they've never played for as many people as we're probably going to be playing for that night. They're guesstimating about six to ten thousand people, so that should be a blast."
Following their Nashville appearance, Port Chuck will then head back to the west coast, where they will headline the 'General Hospital' Fan Club Weekend event, taking place July 22-24. Port Chuck will perform the first night of the event at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, Calif. For a complete list of dates where Port Chuck will be performing or information on purchasing tickets or their debut album, visit their official website here.
Watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Port Chuck on Tour