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Tweed Funk – “Love Is”

Tweed Funk Follow-up Is Rockin’ & Smooth

Tweed Funk - Love IsBy Barry Kerzner

     Tweed Funk’s newest release, “Love Is” is s-m-o-k-i-n-g! The band has grown tremendously since their debut CD, “Bringin’ It”. The overall sound is much improved thanks to production by Greg Koch (who also plays on two cuts), and mixing by JD Optekar. In addition, the group has added a horn section (who will be joining them out on tour) and some Hammond B3. Production values really make this music shine.

     The fellas cover a lot of ground here. Gettin’ Home, a Chicago Blues style cut is slow, bluesy and has that smokey-club feel to it. A Johnny Guitar Watson cut, A Real Mother For Ya, is magnificent FUNKY blues (a really nice job on this!!!). All Over You is a great light & airy cut with some nice rhythm guitar. Dancemaker is straight-up club funk from “back-in-the-day”. Fine Wine is some swinging Memphis Soul  and the horn section really perks. Fragile is slow, smokey, smooth blues – a really stellar cut. James Brown’s Sex Machine is funky but I think this version breathes more than the original. Magic Sam’s What Have I Done Wrong has some thumping bass lines and killer organ.

     As musicians, these gentlemen get it done. Smokey’s vocals are soulful and lively. JD’s guitar playing is excellent and there is never a note out-of-place … it just flows. Donnie Mac is all over the bass: His lines thump, his tone is good and his playing is melodic … no simple eighth-note picking here! On drums, Marcus moves the beat along masterfully. He is delicate where he needs to be and groovin’ where required.

Tweed Funk is:

Smokey – Vocals

JD Optekar – Guitar/Vocals

Donnie Mac – Bass/Keys/Vocals

Marcus “MG” Gibbons – Drums

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(Originally published Tuesday, April 17, 2012)

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