PRESS PLAY! 2.27.2015
This week’s playlist rewinds the clock to a pivotal time in music. During the 60s and 70s, rock n’ roll was in full swing with powerhouses from England like The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin. The blues scene, however, was going through a big change. This rebel named James Brown began to take elements out of soul and created a revolution of music called funk.
Brown took instruments traditionally used for melody, and used to accent the beat. Sadly, he passed far before he would ever know how much of his music would impact the world. Today’s biggest top 40 hit, “Uptown Funk,” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars is largely based on musical precedence set by James Brown and other kings of rhythm to follow like Clyde Stubblefield, Curtis Mayfield and Rick James.
We have a handful of tunes from Tuxedo, Breakestra and Lettuce. Last track on the playlist is an hour long set with a tour through funk. Getcho good foot on. Until next week, peace!!! Bop City-