SWEET COMFORT BAND was an American Christian rock band that first performed in 1973 in Riverside, California, and were active until 1984. The band was initially composed of keyboardist/lead vocalist, Bryan Duncan, and brothers Kevin (bass guitar) and Rick (drums/vocals) Thomson. The band was the brainchild of the Thomson brothers. Randy Thomas, guitarist/vocalist joined the group around 1976. After their second album, Sweet Comfort Band also became well known for their highly detailed, airbrushed album cover art by Kernie Erickson, a trend that had previously been considered too costly for Christian groups who did not produce the high-volume album sales of mainstream bands such as Kansas. The Sweet Comfort Band logo was created by Rick Griffin. Sweet Comfort Band was a late entry into Jesus music with their 1977 self-titled release on Maranatha! Records. When they started, they had a funky, jazzy, R&B and 70’s rock sound. This set them apart from many of the bands in the nascent Contemporary Christian music industry who were primarily performing folk-rock and soft rock. Few bands had the musicianship displayed by this quartet. However, Maranatha! decided to quit releasing rock and roll albums and focus on children’s releases, gospel and worship music. Light Records welcomed them for their second release Breakin’ The Ice. For the next six years they toured heavily to support their releases and the band drifted towards a more traditional radio-rock sound. Keyboardist, John Andrew Schreiner was added as a supplemental musician during their tours in later years, as Duncan took more of a vocal-heavy, lead frontman role on stage and away from performing integrated keyboard parts. The band went their separate ways in the summer 1984, culminating at their final concert near their home at Riverside Municipal Stadium after releasing six albums and garnering a large fan base. Bryan Duncan released a number of solo projects over the next eighteen years. Randy Thomas went on to found the band Allies and co-wrote radio hit Butterfly Kisses with former Allies band member Bob Carlisle. Rick Thomson co-produced a compilation album called Voices (Myrrh Records) in 1987 featuring CCM artists such as Bob Carlisle, Bryan Duncan, John Elefante, Tommy Funderburk, Benny Hester, Howard Mc Crary, Rick Riso, Matthew Ward and others. The project had numerous hits. Rick was also licensed as a General Contractor in 1984 and has run a successful construction business for 29 years. In 1987 he built Shelter Sound Studio and continued as a prolific songwriter and producer. As of January 13, 2010, the wife of Rick Thomson reported online that Rick Thomson, Randy Thomas, and Bryan Duncan are in the studio for the first time in over twenty-five years, having written several new songs. The band is currently in the planning phases for their first tour since the reunion tours of 2001, and are getting ready to tour again in 2013. Kevin Thomson, brother of Rick and longtime bassist for the group, died on May 30, 2010, after a long illness. The band’s 2013 album is called, The Waiting Is Over.
Band Members: Bryan Duncan: Keyboards, Vocals Kevin Thomson: Bass Guitar Rick Thomson: Drums, Vocals Randy Thomas: Guitars, Vocals
Discography: Sweet Comfort Band – 1977 (Maranatha! Records) Breakin’ the Ice – 1979 (Light Records) Hold on Tight – 1980 (Light Records) Hearts of Fire – 1981 (Light Records) Cutting Edge – 1982 (Light Records) Perfect Timing – 1984 (Light Records) Prime time – 1985 (Light Records) The Light Years – 1996 (Light Records) The Waiting Is Over – 2013 (Shelter Sound Music, Inc.)
Note: All albums from 1979 – 1984 was Reissued by Retroactive Records.
I made this Music Video Tribute was made in memory of Kevin Thomson of S.C.B. on May 30, 2010 – R.I.P. Things are not the same without you. You are missed.