Crushed Velvet & The Velveteers —
Love & Truth ... LP VintageLeague, 2021. New Copy ...
A nicely collaborative project from Crushed Velvet – aka Alan Evans of Soulive, working here at a level that's much different than the style of that jamming instrumental trio! Evans handles much of the instrumentation here, along with help from some guest horn players, and very nice organ from Darby Wolf – but the main difference is in the singers, who are a really great lineup that not only handle lead vocals from track to track, but also pen their own lyrics to the instrumental tunes crafted by Alan! The lyrical contributions make the record much stronger than just another funk set with a singer thrown into the mix – and singers include Brother Goodlove, Kim Dawson, Yanick, and Saundra Williams – on titles that include "You Are My Home", "Good Thang", "Really Can't Get Over You", "We Are Not OK", "Say Their Names Be The Change", "As Far As We Know", and "Keep On Fightin". LP, Vinyl record album
Heavy funk from drummer Alan Evans – stepping out here with a groove that's a bit grittier than some of his previous work, in a setting that's nicely lean and stripped-down throughout! The trio features Danny Mayer on guitar, plus lots of keyboards from Kris Yunker – who plays Hammond, Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keys on the set – but still in a way that lets the funky drums and guitar lead the grooves, instead of drenching the whole thing in too much complicated keyboard play! There's a nice edge to the record throughout – and titles include "Book It", "Midnight Mirage", "Strangest Thing", "The Hitchhiker", "Birth Of Peace", and "Route 68". LP, Vinyl record album