After a two month hiatus, I’m back in the mix with these interviews with influential drummers. This installment features the great Robin Russell, the man behind one of the funkiest on-record drumming performances ever (New Birth’s “Got To Get A Knutt”) and the current source of rhythm in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. An amazing (and under-appreciated) drummer with an amazing story. Each interview I conduct feeds me more information as a I travel down a new musical path. Enjoy.
Greasy Listening got a few write-ups and Pablo and I were out in the field promoting Greasy Listening, our latest album as The Du-Rites. Check out what we (and others) have to say…
If you want to pick up a vinyl or CD copy, get it on Bandcamp (while supplies last). Digital download with bonus features there as well and also available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, etc.
I’m a guest on Peter Agoston’s (Culturama) The House List Podcast this week. I talk about my musical path from grade school through the rap years, leaving music, the book, learning drums and returning to music and making funk in the present. Throw it on this weekend on a long commute!
So each year Bandcamp picks 5 of the bunch of artists that use its services that stood out in their opinion. It’s an accolade somewhere between a Grammy and winning the Scrambleboard on Soul Train. I was one of the 5 for 2016. No prize, but I get to run my mouth about what happened to me musically in 2016 and what’s on deck for 2017. Thanks to all of you who supported Fish-n-Grits, The Du-Rites and everything else I got involved with this year. Read the feature HERE.
With a budget of $0.00 and an album that doesn’t neatly fit into one genre, The Du-Rites didn’t expect a wave of media coverage. But we have gotten some ink and air time since the October 21 release (in addition to tweet endorsements from RJD2, Dante Ross, Phonte and Masta Ace). More to come, but here’s a few:
Convinced? Get the album on vinyl or digital download with bonus liner notes on Bandcamp. Also available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, at ReDefinition Records (vinyl), in mom and pop shops, etc. Not convinced? Shit happens!
So here’s a mini-doc about my funk band with longtime cohort, Pablo Martin – how we formed, the making of our debut album, etc. Done by David Saklosky of Gusto Gold Films. Hope you dig it.
And for people who have no time to deal with vinyl and tapes, The Du-Rites’ album is now on iTunes (click that). Today’s release date of October 21 was chosen purposely, as my late grandmother (“Evil E”) would’ve celebrated her 93rd birthday today. Grandma is bestowing the funk upon us from heaven. That’s all we’ve got for today. Enjoy the music!
Spoke with The Witzard blog for a bit about upcoming projects (The Du-Rites and SuperBlack), the making of Fish-n-Grits, my book, why I don’t do rap tours, why rap music doesn’t need to be “saved” and the elusive Swagmaster Bacon! Read it here and enjoy.