Funk Legends For Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown

George Clinton and a
whole funkload more…


By Blurt Staff


Billed as “the biggest, baddest, bombastic dose of pure funk
you’ll ever hear,” the Bit Ol’ Nasty Getdown may reek more of hype-speak than
funk-stank from that description – but when you consider who’s actually
involved in the project, you may choose to believe the hype. The 60-plus
musicians and singers that make up Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown features an all-star
line-up of funk greats including George Clinton, Michael “Clip”
Payne, The Gift of Gab, Fishbone’s Norwood Fisher, Graham Centra Station’s
Patryce “Choc’Let” Banks, Kool & the Gang’s Michael Ray, Dirty Dozen Brass
Band’s Terence Higgins, P-Funk’s Danny Bedrosian and P-Funk sirens Belita Woods
and Kendra Foster as well as Reverend Desmond D’Angelo, Laura Reed and members
of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.The project is guided by the spirit of Garry
“Starchild” Shider who, until his untimely passing earlier this year,
was a major catalyst in the birth of the band.


The band’s debut CD, Big
Ol ‘Nasty Getdown Volume 1
, is scheduled for release on the Getdown
Entertainment imprint on May 3 – it was produced by John Heintz, J.P. Miller,
and Frank Mapstone and was recorded in New Orleans and at George Clinton’s
studio in Tallahassee, FL. It also features some of Shider’s final
recordings. “Garry was the glue that made the magic happen,” said
Linda Shider, in a statement. “He was the person we all looked to for
guidance. Even though he is not here,  he left his mark on The Big Ol’
Nasty Getdown. Being a part of this project has been awesome for me and I can’t
wait to play again with the band.” 




The first single is “Room 2012” – check it out, below.


The project came to life on Dec 15th 2007 when 30 musicians
from 15 different bands gathered in New
Orleans for a musical experiment that many said
couldn’t be done. Members of Parliament-Funkadelic, Galactic, The Dirty Dozen
Brass Band, The Lee Boys, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Dumpstaphunk, and the
Derek Trucks Band, to name a few, got together with the sights set on making a
historic album. The idea was to take all of those festival players that sit in
with different bands and put them all together to make an album. With the
line-up having grown to 60 musicians from 30 bands, plans are also to assemble
a touring band and take it on the road this summer.




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