Tweed Funk review…March 31, 2014…

TWEED FUNK

FIRST NAME LUCKY

TWEED TONE RECORDS

BLUES IN MY SOUL–TIME TO BURN–LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL–HOODOO POWER–DIVIDED–SUGARFOOT–DEED IS DONE–I GOT LOADED–SIPPIN’ MISERY–KNOCK ON WOOD–GET IT ON

Recently, the members of Tweed Funk took a trip down to Memphis to soak up a little bit of the ambience that town has to offer.  When they returned home to begin recording their third CD, they were so stoked from being in Memphis that they wanted to transfer that vibe onto the record.  And, with “First Name Lucky,” the results are in, and this one is a rousing success!  There are seven originals and four covers that positively drip with that Bluff City vibe.

Smokey Holman again holds down the majority of lead vocal duties, and kicks things off with his biography of sorts, the story of his coming-of-age with “Blues In My Soul.”  The horn section and JD Optekar’s wah-wah guitar drive Smokey’s tale of a serious woman with some “Voodoo Power” and a “mojo that’s workin’ night and day!”   “Divided” is a fine example of Smokey’s ability to bring a ballad to life, and make you feel as if you’re one of the forlorn lovers in that song who’ve forgotten “what made us great!”

The whole band gets in on the call-and-response of “Let The Good Times Roll” and a curiously-rockin’ tale of a young man’s paternity, “Deed Is Done.”  And, Bryan “Looper” Lucas gets in some cool harp in the set-closing traditional blues of a song that’s always lookin’ toward Friday nights, “Get It On.”

We had two favorites, too.  Brush-stroked drums and a muted trumpet back Smokey’s jazzy vocal, as he weaves a tale of one too many nights in a bar just “Sippin’ Misery.”  And, bass man Eric Madunic takes the vocal on a tribute to the late Donald “Duck” Dunn with his in-the-pocket read of the classic “Knock On Wood.”

Tweed Funk have carved out a sweet niche’ for themselves in a relatively short time.  They have competed in the IBC (in 2012) and have won just about every award conceivable from their home base Wisconsin Area Music Industry.  Now, with the release of “First Name Lucky,” they have a trifrecta of killer albums!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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