funk Archive

Polyrhythmics: All for One and One for All

The band’s name suggests a sound that draws from the complex and intricate rhythms of the African musical tradition. But while Seattle-based Polyrhythmics began with Afrobeat as a musical starting […]

Album Review: Bernie Worrell – Wave from the Wooniverse

Musician and producer Bernie Worrell was a beloved figure here in my hometown of Asheville NC. While he didn’t live here, the keyboardist cultivated an ardent following in our mountain […]

Album Review: The Westbound Sound

Armen Boladian’s Westbound Records was an important force in the funk and r&b scene of the late ‘60s and early 1970s. With Funkadelic as its anchor artist, the label turned […]

Album Review: Eddie Roberts & The Lucky Strokes

Eddie Roberts can pretty much do it all. Guitarist in The New Mastersounds, he’s also a producer and label owner, applying his gifts to the work of other artists on […]

30 Days Out, October 2023 #2: Tennis, Nation of Language, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Graham Nash

Modern-day intelligent pop, homegrown funk, and rock royalty are just some of the highlights of live music in Asheville over the coming 30 days. Artist: Tennis Venue: The Orange Peel […]

Album Review: Flóki Sessions – Boots in Place

Here’s a quick dispatch. You may be familiar with Color Red, the label headed by Eddie Robers, guitarist in the New Mastersounds. If you know about him and/or his group, […]

30 Days Out, August 2023 #1: Circles Around the Sun, Hearts Gone South, Matisyahu, BJ & BJ

Two local-based legends, one other excellent WNC-based artist, and two very popular touring acts: Those are just some of the highlights of live music in and around Asheville in the […]

30 Days Out, July 2023 #1: Airpark, Led Zeppelin 2, Victor Wooten, The Nth Power

There’s a panoply, a surfeit, a veritable cornucopia of live music on offer over the next 30 days here in beautiful Asheville NC. Go enjoy some! Here are four recommendations. […]

Album Review: Ernie Vincent – Original Dap King

The title of this album is something of a red herring. Best as I can tell, New Orleans-based guitarist Ernie Vincent has no substantive connection to the Brooklyn-based ensemble that […]

Hundred Word Reviews, May 2023: Vinyl!

Me, I dig vinyl. I’m happy to sidestep arguments concerning sound quality versus their digital counterparts; while CDs and even streaming have their place, I prefer the tactile, participatory experience […]