The Reverend Tor Band was formed in western Massachusetts by front man Tor Krautter in 1996. Since it's conception, the band has evolved into a power house on the east coast club and festival circuit, performing in venues from Maine to Key West Florida. In their native New England, the band keeps a heavy touring schedule enthusiastically supported by a large following of dedicated fans who affectionately call themselves Disciples.
The groups members are an eclectic crew of experienced professionals. Members of RTB have worked with the likes of The Band, Little Feat, Bill Monrow, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie. Together they have shared the stage with members of The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, and New Riders Of The Purple Sage. They have performed at festivals and concerts with The Jerry Garcia Band, Los Lobos, The Funky Meters, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Max Creek and The Derrick Trucks Band. They where even asked to back up legendary blues man and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, Johnny Johnson for a few shows on his 1999 tour.
RTB's large original repertoire feature funky, bass oriented rhythms and foot stomping percussion. Bouncy guitar lines pull the whole groove together and creates an entrancing state that makes ones body want to move. Soulful melodies are immediately memorable. Even the bands cover tunes have a distinctly "Torricized" feel and include B-side tunes from The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers and others.
The Band has three CD's out on Smelly Dog Records, "In Search Of Ecstasy," "Whatever It Takes," and "2000 Lives." All are excellent examples of their dedication and meticulous approach to the quality of their music. On stage the band's energy is intense. These boys are not afraid to break a sweat and rarely have a problem getting the crowd on their feet. One club owner called them the hardest working band he'd ever met.