Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples

  Mavis Staples can do what she wants. She wanted to sing and there’s almost no one better.  She’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Staples has also been a Kennedy Center Honoree. She’s still singing and writing music. Her newest album, If All I Was Was Black, was released last year. This year,Continue reading “Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples”

Queens of Funk: Millie Jackson

Millie Jackson is sassy. Sassy may be an understatement. If you hear her music, you will not forget who she is. Her career began when someone dared her to enter a talent contest. She won the contest and the bet. I didn’t know who Millie Jackson was before this year. I had heard one ofContinue reading “Queens of Funk: Millie Jackson”

Bring the Funk Music Review: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops

  Funk isn’t just one sound. Some funk is more rock. Some funk has elements of jazz or the blues. Aaron Kamm & The One Drops’ music leans more towards the blues than rock. However, they aren’t just a blues band or a reggae band. They play a decent mix of everything – reggae, soul,Continue reading “Bring the Funk Music Review: Aaron Kamm and the One Drops”

Interview with . . . Quantum Split

Quantum Split was in the Battle of the Bands at AfroPunk this past July. They made it to the final four, which is an accomplishment. They bring an equal amount of funk and noise to the stage. I cannot wait to see them live. Until then, Quantum Split is here on the blog today forContinue reading “Interview with . . . Quantum Split”

Bring the Funk Music Review: OTEP

OTEP has been known to bring in the noise and the funk. I can’t tell if there’s more noise or funk. Anyway, they have a newish album out called Kult 45. It has controversy all over it – from the cover to the last lyric. Music isn’t always shiny happy funk. Sometimes music can getContinue reading “Bring the Funk Music Review: OTEP”

Old School Noise & Funk: George Clinton

No one ever asks why I have lost a bit of hearing. Maybe they don’t notice that I’m trying to read their lips. It’s part of the reason that I don’t do phone interviews anymore. It could lead to some serious misquoting. I used to be able to hear. Then I went to see GeorgeContinue reading “Old School Noise & Funk: George Clinton”

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