I’m in the middle of a very productive year musically, releasing lots of independent albums, but that doesn’t mean I don’t put in 40-60 hours a week with my “real job” developing solar farms. I live in Atlanta where you gotta make some dough to feed the oven, so a “real” job is quite a necessity. Although I’m working hard with my record company and PR to turn that table, this old song of mine seems even more ironic to me today (now that I have a “real” job and am not a full time musician anymore). Thanks for listening and supporting independent music!
Yet another intermittent song post from my ‘Risky Biscuits’ album. We are finally getting near the end. This little diddy is a comedy song featuring the ultra talented Coda Baerfider spouting tongue in cheek spiritual wisdom (in prompt-tu) with the brilliant sax work of Gary Hartle in the background. We recorded the sax in the bath tub!
Yet another song from ‘Risky Biscuits’. This is a love song with a big chorus featuring the great Andrej Kurti on violin. Dwayne Wallace does double duty replacing my normal choppy piano playing with his great skills (he also plays bass). I’ve always felt this one hasn’t quite reached it’s fully potential and may get a rewrite and record in the future. Thanks for listening!
I figured since I’ve definitely changed my paradigm in the last few months that this song was appropriate for today. This one’s off my Parakeet Nelson “Risky Biscuits” album. It was my first collaboration with Dwayne Wallace on bass and it also features Brian Head on drums and Winslow Willard (where are you Winslow?) on guitar as well. But truly the highlight is my utterly brilliant friend Mike Elam on Flugelhorn. Have a great Sunday!!
I did something unique for today’s song. I went into my massive tape archive from my Mealtime Brown days in Athens and pulled the chorus from a 1/2 inch reel I had. This comes from a song I started with Rico Davenport (aka Coda Baerfider) but never finished for some reason. Rico is one of the great talents in the world that has yet to be discovered. He has introspective spoken word stuff and of course tons of hilarious and gangsta songs. You can also hear him on my ‘Risky Biscuits’ album several times on songs like “Don’t U Funk With Me” and the hilarious “First Funk Baptist”. Click here to listen to those songs! Thanks for listening.
More and more I listen to early Bob Marley (before the British producers) and I also listen to Toots and the Maytals. That’s good stuff. In no way does that give me a reggae pedigree. I’ve listened to it for 20 years but I know you’ve got to live it to really live it. I’ve written a fair amount of reggae tunes over the years, probably the best of which is “U Don’t Believe my Traction” my ‘Risky Biscuits’ album. That still is one of our favorite tunes to play live.
“Skankin’ Ain’t Easy” is a little more laid back however. The only way skankin’ should be.
Thanks for listening!
I took it back to that old school slow funk jam on this one. I am absolutely loving playing drums every day, even though it’s just for five minutes. My drum parts are finally getting done in one take. They’re not perfect, but I can’t really be perfect in my recordings for this format; because I have to squeeze the song in each day on top all of my normal life.
I’m a country boy but I love the big city vibe. Places like Vegas, or Chicago or New York are great just because there is lots of people and energy. And house music. A good beat keeps everybody happy and it’s not used in that way enough. I guess that’s what “Country Boy Funk in the City” is about.
I’m also kind of giving my own song “Country Funk” a shout out. If you haven’t heard “Country Funk” (featuring my old friend P-Noid) Search: Parakeet Nelson “Risky Biscuits” and give it a spin. It’s also pretty funky.