Tony Leone talks Brotherhood

In the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood are riding a creative wave with a slew of studio and live records coming out amidst a rigorous tour schedule that only seems to fuel their fire even further. Their jaw-dropping new album, ‘Barefoot In The Head,’ marks the CRB’s third studio release in just two years, and it finds them pushing boundaries and breaking new ground with more joy and wonder than ever before. Overspilling with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, the album showcases the continued growth of Robinson’s songwriting partnership with his bandmates: guitarist Neal Casal, drummer Tony Leone, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, and bassist Jeff Hill. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that can only come from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength.

I’ve had the pleasure in the past to speak with Neal about upcoming shows in Madison as well as the last 3 new releases. This time around I got a chance to pick the brain of Drummer, Tony Leone. We discuss what the show on Sunday, November 19th at The Barrymore Theater will be like for those who miGht be new to the Brotherhood scene as well as why he has the best seat in the house possibly. We dive a little into the making of the new release and how returning to a familiar spot to create, went from black sheet to final product in a couple to few short weeks. We discuss one of the special guest collaborators on the track “Glow” off the new record, Alam Khan, and how his sound and being melding into their sonic and personal scene. It was interesting to hear what Tony said in comparison to Neal when in discussion about the band’s relationship and how, after being together for MANY tour dates and MANY albums in such a short period of time, these brothers keep making a tighter sound for us, and for each other.

Reality Check 1 2 with DoodleBUG

Every year or so I have the chance to catch up with my man Cee Knowledge, AKA DoodleBUG of Digable Planets. For me, its a chance to get into the mind of one of the principals in opening my mind to all the sounds. This time around we got to talk about some of the stops on the insects recent travels and tours. What it was like getting it on out in the eye again toGether as the Digable crew.

Cee Know and I discuss the reunion tour during spring and summer 2016 and how it was followed up with a live record “Digable Planets Live” on Ropeadope Records that dropped late June 2017. We lead you down the path of the question, will there be some new joints complied and released to the world with new rhymes, beast and jazzed-up-grooves? It is always nice to hear an influential artist, someone who is a part of a Grammy award winning group that created something new talk about who were some of the maestros behind getting their artist voice to come out, and both Cee and I release a little of that on you. We also take you back to a classic-ish moment in time and talk about the original meeting of our mutual funky-friend, DeeJay Alex J. It was for similar situations that brought all three of our world colliding. As always, the conversation strays into the land of NBA hoops and we make sure to get our Celtics and Sixers (hats worn just a little titled to the side) talk on the table, both always respecting the others squad. I am also pleased to report, that once any new project is ready to get a listen, I’ll get that listen and then be able to be the bridge to get that freshy fresh over to you.

On The Bubbler

The second portion of the proGram took the BUG to the cooler:

Sinbad’s Blues- Uncle Nephew F. Kyle Roussel
Shiver- Patrick Parcek
Strange Things Happening- Dave Keyes

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Samedi Glace- 3MA
Dis Lui Que Je L’aime Comme Mon Pays- Boubacar Traore Ft. Corey Harris & Cedric Watson

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Time Stamp Josh One
Clockwise- Josh One Ft. Quincy McCrary
How Soon is Now (Original Tempo)- October Star

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Resources- Mink
Mink Everything- Mink
Momsabop- Mink Ft. Abstract Rude & Jobe

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**Excerpt of My Conversation with Cee Knowledge the DoodleBUG of Digable Planets**
Creamspy Interlude- Digable Planets (live)
Soul Clap Interlude- Digable Planets (live)
Nickle Bags- Digable Planets (live)

The Whole Family

The first portion of the proGram had the entire family in mind, including the nose of the dog:

Sesame Street Theme- Delfeayo Marsalis
Georgia on my Mind- Rashaan Barber

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Pineapple Head- Dave Askren & Jeff Benedict
Hit Ones- Chet Doxas
Pénelope Ana (Love Interlude)- (U)nity
Perception- (U)nity
Us & Them- Ross McHenry Trio
At Odds With the World- Tony Burkill

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The Way Home- Ikebe Shakedown
Since You’ve Been Gone- The Allergies
Ce un Fantasma nel mio letto- Piero Umiliani
V.L.A.M. (Lack of Afro Remix)- Kind & Kinky Zoo
Fatebenefratelli- Funkallisto

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Answer to Mother Popcorn- Martha High
Going Down Slow- Dee Dee Bridgewater

greenarrowradio promo- Sharon Jones
Just Give Me Your Time- Sharon Jones & The DapKings
Dream Girl- Curtis Harding
Out on the Weekend- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats (live)

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Walking Again- King Leg
Butcher’s Tale (Western Front 1914)- The Zombies

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Back Where It All Begins- Great Caesar’s Ghost Ft. Butch Trucks (live)
***Excerpt of my Conversation with Melody Trucks***
Every Hungry Woman- The Allman Brothers (live, Atlanta Pop Festival, 1970)
Gypsy Woman- Bonnie Blue
Shovelin’ Coal- Bonnie Blue

Nobody- Brady Clampitt
Kiss The Wind- Brady Clampitt

Tentacle Strength

The first portion of the proGram had that stick it to you pre-show jazzed up feel:

Days Limit Lie- GVSU New Music Ensemble
Location Sharing- GVSU New Music Ensemble
Round Midnight- Wadada Leo Smith
Najwa- Wadada Leo Smith
Ronald Shannon Jackson (The Master of Symphonic Drumming & Multi-Sonic Rhythms inscriptions of a Rare Beauty)- Wadada Leo Smith

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Ides of March- Raoul Björkenheim & Ecstasy
Jitterfug- Raoul Björkenheim & Ecstasy

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Around We Go- Richard X Bennett
The Camel- Richard X Bennett
Ask Me Now- Barry Altschul & The 3Dom Factor Ft. Jon Irabagon & Joe Fonda

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Can’t We Be Friends- Roswell Rudd, Fay Victor & Lafayette Harris
The Brick- Lorenzo Feliciati
Piccadilly Sources- Schnellertollermeier
Affluenza- Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
MiCrOY Tyner- Phillip Gerschlauer David Fiuczynski Jack DeJohnette Matt Garrison Giorgi Mikadze
Zubatta Cheve- Gizmodrome

Introducing The Melody Trucks Band

Family. That’s how I feel about the many people I have met over the years while being in the arts scene. I recently had the opportunity to reach out to Melody Trucks to discuss her new project, The Melody Trucks Band. We got into how the project that started out as an unknown dream, turned into the beginning of a new family scene. Melody shares a few tales of how/when her father, Mr. Butch Trucks, first got a chance to hear her sing at a venue and how the surprise took place and how getting an opportunity to go on close to home tours with her dad will always be moments reflected on as irreplaceable. Being a new group, The Melody Trucks Band as of today have had three shows and we discussed each one slightly and how the band vibes with one another and even how at the end of the Family Jam, local musicians were invited to sit in and jam along. One of the big events on the band’s horizon will probably keep a long standing tradition alive of playing at The Funky Biscuit right around Christmas time. This year’s Brothers & Sisters Annual Holiday Jam is on December 23rd and will be celebrating The Allman Brothers Band and The Lives of Gregg Allman & Butch Trucks will be Featuring Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), Marc Quiñones (The Allman Brothers Band), Berry Duane Oakley & Other Special Guests including The Melody Trucks Band….What an amazing thing. While thus-far, the core group members have only played amazing cover tunes live, they have begun the creative journey of creating new stories together and I for one am looking forward to hearing what come out of it. One of the folks who adds to the band whenever humanly possible is Issac Corbitt and I would feel remiss if I forgot to call him out for his flexibility.

I have had the pleasure of being within the world of The Allman Brothers family through many great people, whether it was interviews with Derek and Warren or hanging with Chank at Gregg’s show in Connecticut, the warmth that surrounds these people is easily one of the coolest things I have been a part of. You will get that exact same feeling listening to Melody and I talk about the new beginning of this story she was never sure she would ever be telling.

The Melody Trucks Band

Head Light

The extra hour set turned on your head liGhts:

Kum Kum- Balkan Beat Box Ft A-WA
World Gone Crazy (feat. Lucinda Slim) (Sam Redmore Remix)- The Haggis Horns
Cold Fever (Trevor Jackson Dub)- Matias Aguayo & The Desdemonas
M.Y.D.Y.- Mydy Rabycad

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Visitar América- Da Cruz
Nossa Maneira- Da Cruz
Negra Sim- Da Cruz
Galleria- Ursula 1000
We Go High (feat. Tee Double)- Ursula 1000

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At Mosp Here (Fujiya & Miyagi Remix)- Re-TROS
Red Rum Aviv- Re-TROS
Masseduction- St. Vincent
Dancing With A Ghost- St. Vincent
Fear The Future- St. Vincent
Who Is This Guy- Superet

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Newsflash (feat. Elmer Demond)- The Urban Renewal Project

Green Dot Mosaic

The second portion of the proGram had the eyes dotted:

Call On God- Sharon Jones & The DapKings
(Take My Hand) Precious Lord- Dee Dee Bridgewater
B.A.B.Y.- Dee Dee Bridgewater

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Hurry Back Baby- Camille Howard
Calypso Cha Cha For Spooks- Monogram Caribbean Orchestra
Oppin’ For Later- Duke Groner

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Think (About It)- Martha High
Ol Skool- Crack of Dawn
Booby Ruby- Crack of Dawn
Shifting Sands- Ikebe Shakedown

Soul Sister Interlude- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield Ft. DJ Soul Sister
Sister Soul- Kermit Ruffins & Irvin Mayfield Ft. Wendell Pierce & Bill Summers

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Take a Little Time- Funkallisto Ft. Jess Roberts
Party Chez le Marquis- Kind and Kinky Zoo
Grandma’s Radio- Amp Fiddler Ft. Sound Boy
Keep Coming- Amp Fiddler

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Get Up!- B3 (live)
Blues Etude- B3 (live)
Young Street- Reggie Young
Humility- Kamasi Washington
Perspective- Kamasi Washington
Knowledge- Kamasi Washington

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The Liquid- Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
The Wanderer- Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri Ft. DJ Mr. Sonny James

Neck Riffs

The first portion of the proGram has a long neck to the finish:

I’m Hurtin’- Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Shadow of a Doubt (A Complex Kid)- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (live, Bridge School)
Heroes- David Bowie (live, Bridge School)
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Money Road Shuffle- Langhorne Slim
Bluebird- Langhorne Slim
House of My Soul (You Light The Rooms)- Langhorne Slim

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Something I’ve Down- Downchild
Not So Nice Anymore- Dave Keyes
Daily Bread- Bobby Kyle

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Keep on Moving- Kenny Neal
Where Did You Sleep Last Night (In The Pines)- Uncle Nephew Ft. Sami Stevens
World Keeps on Turning- Peter Parcek Ft. Luther Dickinson
Coffin Lid- Mark PORKCHOP Holder

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Let Me Out- Mark Sultan
Be The Blood- Mark Sultan
Mission Accomplished- Hard Working Americans (live)

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Don’t Forget About James Brown- The Original Blues Brothers Band
You Can Stay But t=That Noise Must Go- Chris Daniels & the Kings Ft. Freddi Gowdy

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She Came With Everything- Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple
***Excerpt of My Pre-recorded conversation with Marcus Randolph***
(Intro) Transplant- Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple
Mad At The World- Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple

Transplant by Marcus Randolph

While known as Robert’s cousin, and a founding member and the drummer of The Family Band, there is way more to the man Mr. Marcus Randolph than the man on the kit in the back. “Transplant”, the debut release from Marcus Randolph My Peeples Peeple from American Showplace Music was released on October 20th and I have been sharing portion’s with the listeners slightly before. I had a chance to catch up with Marcus about the new album to discuss the piecing toGether of the album, from recuperating and recovering from his very own transplant, to how/why we can all relate to the track, “Mad At The World”, to how momma got in on a track and how working with and being a brother to Mr. John Ginty has assisted in getting the project to the finish line. The sounds that fly off this album are in a changing space throughout. From Rock and blues to some soulful grooves, the funk oozes off into your ear and trickles down to your feet. I am sure some stompin’ with take place once it reaches your roots. As listeners and people of music, Marcus and I call on you to check out the style and see how it fits into your zones. Check out out chat here: