Funk: "Love Is"
J.D. Optekar and producer Greg Koch supplying the guitar
oomph, Tweed Funk takes the listener on an aural tour
of various soul and blues roads without diluting any
of the strength of those various avenues. Whether it's
J.B. funk, old-school horn driven R&B, or a simple
shuffle, the fellows know how to work it."
John Heidt / Vintage Guitar Magazine
"The band brings an edge to the music of their
forefathers by wrapping together blues, soul, funk,
and elements of hip-hop in show band style."
~ festival program
Trooper: "Upside-Down Town"
"When the Hammond B-3 kicks in to start this album,
trailed by Trooper's resonant, soulful, alt-country vibrato,
it's clear one of America's best (and underappreciated)
songwriters is taking us along for another enchanting
ride through a life of bruised relationships, guarded
hopes, and interesting characters.
Trooper, who has worked with Garry Tallent and the
legendary Dan Penn as his producers in the past, settles
in with Stewart Lerman (Marshall Crenshaw) this time
and they've assembled the usual fine cast of supporting
players, notably Kenneth Blevins (John Hiatt), Dave
Jacques (John Prine) and Kevin McKendree (Delbert McClinton)."
~ Jim Morrison / www.nodepression.com