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Born out of a love for an art form that paved the foundation for three decades of popular music, The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown is a star-studded tribute to the history of Funk Music and authentically touches on almost every style of music. The Getdown was created by John Heintz (Bass/Producer/Founder), John-Paul Miller (multi instrumentalist/producer), & Derrick Johnson (multi instrumentalist). Getdown saw its earliest incarnation more than five years ago at a New Orleans gathering that would soon go down in history. What began as an all-star meeting of the minds in the Crescent City quickly gave rise to a collective of musicians working tirelessly to remind the music industry of why funk was such an important part of the American cultural evolution.
Drawing from a reserve of more than one hundred musicians, The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown has created an avenue for some of the genre’s most influential figures to share the stage with its future stars. Showcasing recorded and live appearances from many of funk’s luminaries and legends – notably George Clinton, Garry Shider, Michael “Clip” Payne. Ian Neville, Belita Woods, Sidney Barnes, Gift of Gab, Kendra Foster, as well as grammy winning artists Kofi Burbridge and Agent 23 Skidoo – The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown is quickly generating an international reputation for producing some of the heaviest grooves heard in years.
Those interested in experiencing The Getdown’s Earth-shaking pocket need look no further than their release Volume 1. Drawing upon the aforementioned heavyweights as well as members of Galactic, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dumpstaphunk, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and many more, the gang has assembled eleven unforgettable tracks over a number of sessions that took them all across the country. The result is a generous hour-long listen that has earned the praise of funk fans the world over.
Even before it was released, “Volume 1’s” single “College Funk” was awarded the 2011 “Funk Song of the Year” at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs), and garnered nominations for 2012 “Album of the Year” at the LA Music Awards and 2012 “Country Song of the Year” at the aforementioned HMMAs. Sadly, in the five years since the actual sessions, Belita Woods and Garry “StarChild” Shider passed and the resulting album, “The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, Volume 1,” is dedicated to their memories.
After making such a huge splash in such a short time, it should come as no surprise that the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown is already hard at work on the next step of their collective journey. Discussions for some dates both on US soil as well as abroad are underway for 2013. The initial line-up for Volume 2 is confirmed and the first session start Feb 17th 2013 in Asheville, North Carolina. Musicians from Fishbone, Morris Day and the Time, Mudvayne, P-Funk, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, SciFi, The Soular System and several other folks from “Volume 1″ will be attending. Stay Tuned for additional information and official “Volume 2″ line-up announcements.

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