Tag Archives: Bring the Funk

Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples

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Artwork by Jude Kane/ Freakoutville; © Copyright Jude Kane

 

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, she collaborated with Hozier on “Nina Cried Power.” God willing, she will always want to sing.

Bob Dylan proposed to her but I guess she didn’t want to get married so she didn’t.

 

Mavis Staples website

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Bring the Funk Review: West End Blend

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West End Blend came out with a new album this month but I haven’t heard it yet. If it’s anything like their last album, Attitude, then it’s probably super awesome with lots of funk.

This is going to be a short blurb. All I want to say is that West End Blend brings the funk. I’ve included links to their music so please visit.

I would never tell you to listen to a band that isn’t worthy.

 

 

 

West End Blend website

West End Blend on Spotify

Old School Funk: Sly and the Family Stone

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Sly and the Family Stone were super talented musicians. Unfortunately, Sly was not a great businessman. The word is also that he did a lot of drugs back then which probably impaired his judgment.  I read somewhere that he carried his drugs in a violin case. (That is a genius idea- illegal or not.)

I don’t think the band stayed together for as long as they would have under normal circumstances. But what is normal in show business? It’s too bad that they didn’t have a super talented lawyer and a rock star accountant that they could trust.

Sly and the Family Stone left an impression.  At the end of the day, they are still in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Queens of Funk: Millie Jackson

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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 of her songs but I thought it was Gladys Knight. Their voices are so similar.

Jackson’s songs are funnier and naughtier than Knight’s. She is funnier than most people.

She’s not one to be ignored or pushed aside. Jackson started her own record company and had her own radio show for many years.

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Millie Jackson on Spotify

Old School Noise & Funk: James Brown

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What can you say about James Brown? He is usually credited with being the actual creator of funk plus the Godfather of Soul.

There are a few things that surprised me while learning more about James Brown.

  • He was involved with music from an early age – way before he went to prison as a teenager.
  • He knew how to play several instruments. I’ve never seen him play guitar but it makes sense.
  • People are surprised that he was a demanding bandleader. I’m not surprised. He’s not sloppy as far as being a musician or a bandleader. You have to be somewhat demanding to get the best out of people.

 

 

Queens of Funk: Chaka Khan

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Chaka Khan on Jimmy Kimmel Live. I’m almost 100% sure that the guitarist is Ricky Rouse.

Can you name anyone else in the band Rufus? I’d be willing to bet that people know Chaka Khan and draw a blank when asked who else is in the band. Rufus is a great band but Chaka Khan stole the show.

 

I love Chaka Khan. I love her so much that when I saw in concert, I went as close to the stage as I could get – almost to the fence. Normally, I hang out in the back. Not this time. I was so close that I could see the color of her eyeshadow. Of course, my camera was broken – I didn’t find out until later- so I don’t have pictures. The experience is still mine and no one can take it from me.

Several phones ago, “Tell Me Something Good” was the ringtone that told me that my boyfriend was calling. My co-worker used to laugh and say “Tell- Me -Something -Good is texting you again.”

My friend had a friend named Chaka Khan Jones. I was never brave enough to name my kids Chaka Khan.

Anyway, if you get a chance to see Chaka Khan live and in person, do not hesitate to go. She’s amazing and will probably obliterate your eardrums.

 

 

 

Old School Noise & Funk: Bootsy Collins

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Photo by Aimee Giese.  Greeblehaus.com

 

Bootsy Collins has been part of the funk music scene since 1968. Would people recognize him without the star sunglasses? I don’t think that I would know him without the glasses unless he said something.

 

  • Bootsy Collins doesn’t seem to age. The internet says he’s 66 but he seems so much younger.
  • Did you know that Bootsy Collins is from Ohio? He’s originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Bootsy Collins also has an actual name besides Bootsy. It’s William. Weird, right?!
  • He’s played as part of James Brown band, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic.
  • Did you know there was an actual Funk University? The website is here: Bootsy Collins Funk University

 

Bootsy Collins’ website