The GroovaLottos review…January 12, 2019….

THE GROOVALOTTOS

ASK YO’ MAMA

MGR 118

EVER SO CLOSE–WBAR–THE MEDIUM RARE GROOVE SHOW–ASK YO’ MAMA (IMA GROOVALOTTO)–DO YOU MIND (IFWEDANCEWITYODATES)–WBAR–THE REAL DEAL–JUST IS…–M.I.L.E.–TEMPLE OF A SACRED CLOWN–WILL I EVER–DEM BIG GIRLS–JUST FRIEND BLUES–THIEF IN THE NIGHT–AUTUMN MOON–WBAR–TO BE A GROOVALOTTO–THE STORM–IMAPHUNKYA!

The South-coastal, MA, funk brigade known as the GroovaLottos have just released their debut album, “Ask Yo’ Mama!”  All the songs on this hour-plus of stone cold funk are originals written by Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor, who doubles down on keys and vocals.  This is, if you will, more of a “concept” album, as the songs are interspersed throughout by humorous asides and snippets based on characters from a play written by Mwalim, built around a fictional radio station, WBAR-FM.

Obviously, this band is all about the funk all the time, and is full of irresistible dance grooves that guarantee a funky good time.  The players “introduce” themselves and this album on “WBAR–The Medium Rare Groove Show,” and get into a rowdy comedy routine that plays out like a modern-day “Who’s On First,” in trying to explain the album’s title.  They get into a Sly and the Family Stone groove on “Ima GroovaLotto,” before settling into what this band is all about.  They borrow a line from the iconic “Animal House” movie, and build a funky groove around it, “Do You Mind If We Dance Wit’ Yo’ Dates?”  “Just Is” follows a sweet, soulful piano lead, as our hero explains to a lover that “not everything needs words–it just is.”  Cheaters get called out in the tale of “those four women who are just friends,” entitled “Just Friend Blues.”

We picked two stone solid favorites, too.  Percussion-driven and piano-fired, everybody knows “real men need the meat,” on the ultra-cool “Dem Big Girls!”  The set closes on perhaps the rowdiest note of all–“ImaPhunkYa like you owe me money,” seven minutes of hot-buttered funky bliss!

It is no surprise that the GroovaLottos put the “fun” in “funk,” everywhere they go!  Hey–you wanna know who’s got  the best funk in town??  Just “Ask Yo’ Mama!!”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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