Wednesday, May 23, 2012

CD Review: Big Ol' Nasty Getdown Gets Funky On "Volume 1"

Funk music all-stars, the Big Ol' Nasty Getdown is a rotating door of musicians that come together to have fun and relive some of Funk music's greatest moments. Created by John Heintz, John-Paul Miller and Derrick Johnson about four years ago, the Big Ol' Nasty Getdown was born from the sounds of New Orleans. Their debut album is entitled simply "Volume 1" and features the legendary George Clinton as well as members of P-Funk, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Blackalicious, Graham Central Station, Galactic and loads more. The album was released on May 22.

The album opens with a great introduction instrumental ("The Big Ol' Nasty Getdown") that puts funk beats, horns and guitar licks right in your face to enjoy. The album's first single, "College Funk" won the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media award for Funk/Groove Song of the Year. The song is another instrumental full of deep bass groove and some blazing solos placed over a dance-floor beat. The album does carry its share of vocal performances, especially from the ladies as in "Include Me" and "Platinum." George Clinton adds his vocals to the slow, deep groove of "The Beauty of Pretty," before closing the album with the 20-plus member band coming together, locking into a groove on "It's So Hard To Go" and then the hip-hop flavored "Amplify."

As production begins for "Volume 2," the Big Ol' Nasty Getdown are also putting together a fall tour. For more information, please visit

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