CHRIS DANIELS AND THE KINGS
FEATURING FREDDI GOWDY
FUNKY TO THE BONE
MOON VOYAGE RECORDS
FUNKY TO THE BONE–SOMETHING YOU GOT–DON’T LET YOUR MOUTH WRITE NO CHECKS–JOY–COOL BREEZE–DANCE DANCE DANCE–WHAT A DAY–NOBODY KNOWS–SURVIVORS–BIRTHDAY SUIT
As are many of us, Chris Daniels and Freddi Gowdy are survivors, still standing after bouts with cancer. You gotta celebrate life as much as you can, and what better way than thru ten hot slabs of R & B-soaked blues from Chris Daniels and the Kings with Freddi Gowdy, “Funky To The Bone.” Guitarist Chris Daniels has been a staple on the Colorado blues scene, working with The Kings, his horn-fueled backing band, since 1984. Freddi has been rockin’ these blues since the Sixties, and by joining forces with Chris and the Kings makes this set a fine combo of Sam and Dave, Tower Of Power, Al Green, and even a bit of Chicago, and gets your blood pumpin’ and your booty bumpin.’
The party starts with funky guitar and the horns pitchin’ in over Freddi’s vocal to proclaim this set as “Funky To The Bone.” “Joy” has an uplifting, positive, gospel-inflected feel, while “Cool Breeze on a hot summer night” combines Stax soul with contemporary hip-hop. “What A Day” is a fine example of swing-styled blues, with tinkling piano courtesy of Billy Payne, he of Little Feat fame. The set closes with the bump’n’grind tale of Freddi hoping to find his woman ’bout 3 AM, dressed in her “Birthday Suit!”
We had two favorites, too. A clever take on the old soul adage of “talkin’ loud and sayin’ nothin” is Freddi’s reminder, “Don’t Let Your Mouth Write No Checks Your Booty Can’t Cash!” This one is a stone-solid dance floor burner with clever, humorous lyrics. Almost the polar opposite is the poignant “Survivors,” dedicated to all of us who’ve lived thru “the wind and the rain” and everything else life has thrown at us, sending a message of hope thru the power of this song.
Chris Daniels and the Kings featuring Freddi Gowdy and “Funky To The Bone” can be summed up by the phrase on the CD’s back cover art—“Rock and soul, funky blues, and a good time!” We couldn’t have said it better—dig this one with your dancin’ shoes on!! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.