Out today on Color Red - the first digital single from our forthcoming album featuring Lamar Williams Jr. If you happen to be in Portland ME, Fairfield CT or Brooklyn in next few days you can come see us play it live - see tour page for details.
We've now been together as a band for 20 years so we're celebrating our anniversary throughout 2019. We kick off the festivities with the release of a 7″ single on May 3rd via Color Red to coincide with a two-night stand at the House of Blues New Orleans during Jazz Fest.
Vocalist Lamar Williams Jr., who has joined us for our 2019 run, is featured on the A-side "Shake It." The flip side features a percussive collaboration with Thievery Corporation drummer Jeff Franca on "Permission To Land." News of further 20th birthday plans is coming soon...
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.