I first learned of Leeds UK-based funk instrumental quartet The New Mastersounds around the time of release of their 2008 album Plug and Play. They were scheduled to play a gig in my hometown (Asheville NC) and I had a tentative plans to interview the band when they arrived. But at the last minute (Asheville was an early date on the planned tour) the band ran into visa problems — a common problem for many bands at the time.
So I was thrilled to learn that The New Mastersounds would be coming here for the Earth Day weekend festival. More pleased to hear their new album Ten Years On. And delighted to set up an in-person interview with the band while they’re here. So keep an eye open for a New Mastersounds feature, coming very soon. And if you’re in the vicinity of Asheville NC, go see them. It’s free, but a bargain at any price. (Other acts on the bill are more of the jam-band variety: in those cases one gets what one pays for.)