Tweedfunk review 05-05-12…

TWEEDFUNK

LOVE IS

SELF-RELEASED

FINE WINE–A REAL MOTHER FOR YA–GETTIN HOME–DANCEMAKER–PICK EM EARLY–FRAGILE SMOOTH TASTE–WHAT HAVE I DONE WRONG–ALL OVER YOU–SEX MACHINE

 

Milwaukee, WI-based Tweedfunk has only been together for slightly less than two years, but they have already made quite the splash in the blues world.  2011 saw their first release, “Bringin’ It,” garner national attention, and now, they’ve unleashed a sophomore slab o’ soul entitled “Love Is.”  This one is seven originals and three dynamite covers that show why they pack every dance floor throughout the Midwest.

 

Smokey is on vocals, and is a natch’l-born soul man.  JD Optekar is on guitar, Jimmy Voegell is on keys, Donnie Mac is on bass, and Marcus Gibbons is on drums.  The set’s co-producer, Greg Koch, adds guitar on two cuts.

 

These guys have one foot in the deep traditions of Chicago blues, and the other one, “the good foot,’ one might say, rooted in the funk of James Brown and Johnny Guitar Watson.   Check out the leadoff tribute to hot ladies everywhere, “Fine Wine,” that is punched up nicely by the horn section.  “Dancemaker” uses the horns and B-3 to make the funk hit the fan, while Smokey shows us he knows his way around a ballad with “Fragile,” and the poignant tale of “the road less traveled,”  “Gettin Home.”

 

We had two favorites, too.  If you’re in the club and on the prowl, it’s best to “Pick ‘Em Early in the night!”  And, their incendiary tribute to James Brown, “Sex Machine,” gets on up off its bad self and segues’ nicely into “Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Nothin!,” and is guaranteed to get you on your feet!

 

In fact, we can sum up Tweedfunk and “Love Is” just like this—you can get on up and you can get on down, but you sho’ nuff can’t sit down when Tweedfunk rolls thru your town!!!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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