Saturday, April 16, 2011
Zer0_ii thought that this month we ought to highlight some unsigned artists, give them a bit o’ the old web & ear time.
Unsigned artists...shit, from my years of doing EAT POOP! ‘zine I have so many demos, self-produced cds, or independent label materials I could do a whole blog on just it alone. But not many folks are looking for one-offs or obscure tuneage from long gone bands. I get sent all kinds of new musick over at NSS with review or post-up requests, but I’m sure hundreds of other blogs get the same stuff, so I only post it sporadically at best.
However, as a way for me to start off, I’m going to offer up some neo funk from a friend of mine. I was personally involved in this disc’s genesis & I believe its story is interesting, if tragic.
I used to work my wage-slave day job with Rick ‘G Funk’ Smith, guitarist extraordinaire. He was working with some other musickians who had all been in the business for many years, playing alongside the likes of Sly Stone, Larry Graham, & other great funkateers. He had an idea for an album & needed some help to make it happen. So I signed on as manager of the project & turned over my living room to weekly practices.
The disc We Come in Peace I am presenting now is the results. Shortly after the birth of this baby, Rick’s oldest son Alec ‘Young Ace’ Smith (who does the vocal intro & outro) was killed at a local Yuba City party. Thus sounded the funereal knell for this project that sadly I gladly share with you all now.
JoyRide is: Rick ‘G Funk’ Smith - guitar & vocals; Ken Miller - bass; Dwight Hogan - bass; Doug Smith - keyboards; Jarrett Aitkens - drums; & Kym Botts - vocals.
Year of Release: 2008
Label: Self released/JoyRide Music
Genre: Neo Funk, Urban Funk
Here We Come
I’m Alright Now
We Come in Peace
Just a Melody
Coffe with Mary
You Still Have Me
Download: JoyRide - We Come in Peace
Download Size: 117Mb