In February 2020, the Sol Roots band offered a set of earthy funk, deep blues, swampy rock and soul in entrance of a sold-out crowd within the coronary heart of downtown Washington D.C. This efficiency was captured as their latest recording Stay At The Hamilton. The lineup the night time of the recording included Sol on vocals and guitar, together with deep pocket drummer Eddie Christmas (New Orleans Suspects, Jon Cleary, Anders Osborne), harmonica grasp Phil Wiggins (Cephas & Wiggins) and proficient bassist Andreas Holmstrom. Among the many launch’s 5 tracks are inventive and distinctive preparations of the Grateful Useless’s “Sugaree” and Funkadelic’s “I Wager You.” Watch movies of each songs beneath.
The primary psychedelic-influenced video showcases an imaginative re-shaping of the Grateful Useless traditional, “Sugaree.” This model affords a spirited, energetic groove, punctuated by Sol’s funky tackle the vocals, and highly effective harmonica from Phil Wiggins. This rendition appears further playful and contemporary, that includes some lovely interaction between Sol and Wiggins as they every take turns with the musical lead. Watch right here:
The band supplies a dynamic cowl of a Funkadelic deep lower “I Wager You,” the place Sol leaps to the entrance, providing some expressive vocals, and smoky, mesmerizing guitar. Phil Wiggins drops some alternative way-back-yonder blues harmonica stylings, and Sol glides and dances throughout the frets in cascading runs of greasy tone. Eddie Christmas and Andreas Holmstrom present a rock-solid hypnotic groove for the others to float throughout. Watch right here:
For many of his life, Sol has been concerned with Music Maker Aid Basis, which is a non-profit group devoted to preserving roots and blues music. Whereas working with Music Maker, Sol has backed up and recorded with many musical pioneers and legends, together with blues luminary Taj Mahal on a number of events. One other latest Sol Roots video is an expressive remodeling of the Taj Mahal tune, “Queen Bee.”
Watch the Sol Roots Trio that includes Holmstrom on bass and drummer Vic Chase carry out “Queen Bee” from an outtake of a stripped-down uncooked livestream from Silver Spring, Maryland in June 2020:
These three movies showcase ingenious interpretations drawn from the jam band, funk, and blues/roots genres, spotlighting a number of the cultural areas from which Sol and the band draw inspiration, and discover a widespread assembly floor.
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