Very pleased to announce that we'll be back in New Orleans in May for our 13th consecutive Jazzfest shows, on the SECOND WEEKEND, as is the custom. This year we'll be back at the House of Blues on Decatur Street. Friday's show is the more civilised time (doors at 8pm), while Saturday will be the traditional crazy late-night affair at which we start playing around 1am (once everyone has made it through the doors) and play until the small hours. Feel free to come to both shows!
During a tour pitstop in June this year we returned to Welcome To 1979 studios in Nashville, TN to record a follow-up to our 2016 live-in-studio album. We performed 15 tunes in front of a small invited audience, recorded them straight to tape using tasty vintage gear, and selected 8 favourites to go onto a vinyl LP, adding two more for the CD and digital releases. (The extra two tracks are also on a download card that comes free with the LP). The first Nashville Session album was organ-only, so to give this one a different flavour Joe played acoustic upright piano, a Fender Rhodes, a Wurlitzer and a Prophet 5 synthesizer. With no edits and no overdubs, both albums capture the band's heavily-improvised and energetic approach to live performance yet share the same warm, naturally crunchy, analogue tape sound of the classic soul-jazz and funk recordings of the late 60s and early 70s which first inspired us to start making music together nearly 20 years ago. If you head to our music page and click on each title you can listen to a 30-second preview.
We'll be back in the Colorado mountains at the beginning of January for 4 shows in 3 ski towns: Aspen, Steamboat and Vail. Check the tour page for details and tickets.
We're playing TWO shows at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City on New Year's Eve this year. The early show features special guest Robert Walter on keys. Doors at 8pm, opener 9pm, we play 10 till midnight. The second show is a special late-night performance for Phish-heads who aren't ready to go to bed after their MSG show: Doors 1:30am, we play 2-4am. How do we do it, you ask? We run on renewable energy.
Our studio album, "Renewable Energy", recorded over two sessions in New Orleans and Denver, is out now on One Note Records on CD/LP/Digital*. The record features stellar guest performances by Mike Olmos (trumpet), Joe Cohen (sax), Sam Bell (percussion) and Adryon de León (vocals on "Gonna Be Just Me"). The excellent artwork was designed by Mike Tallman of Add Noise Studios .
You may even find a copy on the shelves at your local record shop, if it's hip enough...
* available in Japan on CD & Digital Weds April 18th via P-Vine Records