Imagine if the people who made James Brown dance, Kool and the Gang “Celebrate”, and P-Funk’s Mothership fly, all joined forces with some of todays greatest talents for a timeless one of a kind collaboration. This is … The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown, arguably the most ambitious and most exciting music project of any genre, in decades.
The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown started as a star studded tribute to the history of Funk, Soul, R&B, Jam and Hip Hop. Members of Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Blackalicious, Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Lee Boys and Warren Haynes Band, united in late 2007 to create the sonic landscape that became The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown “Volume 1.” Released in 2012, “Volume 1” received global acclaim which paved the way for the next chapter, “Volume 2.” Currently in production, “Volume 2” continues in the same tradition with an expanded line-up that now includes members of The James Brown Band, Kool and the Gang, Earth, Wind and Fire , Living Colour, Fishbone, Mudvayne, Bill Wither’s Band, The Time, Sexual Chocolate Band, The Mike Dillon Band, and Tiny Universe.
“It’s quite extraordinary what they have put together and I’m honored to be a part of this project” says Taylor Dayne . “These are some of the biggest, baddest, greatest Jazz, Funk, Blues, players out there, and what can I say?… I’m a part of Volume 2, it’s very exciting!” Combining household names such as Taylor, Karl Denson, Fred Wesley and George Clinton with emerging stars like Soulful South African native, Laura Reed and the devil throated Reverend Desmond D’Angelo, the Getdown fuses nasty grooves with the freshest and most potent musical flavors, creating their timeless sound. “The entire project was designed to not only pay homage to it’s roots but also to inspire and encourage the next generation of talent to ensure this music’s longevity ” says Getdown’s founder and bassist John Heintz. The enticing magic that comes from this merger of old school and new school is very evident when listening to The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown.
“Thank You for the opportunity to play with some of my favorite people in this round world” Vernon
Reid (Living Colour)
The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown plans to tour in the summer and fall of 2015. A rotating lineup of a dozen or more can be expected any given night at a Getdown show. With a growing pool of more than 130 active musicians in the Getdown family ,each tour provides a unique experience for al l. “Getting everyone together takes a ton of work logistically but the end result is spectacular. We can’t wait to show our fans what we do live! I think people are going to get their minds blown.” Says Heintz’s production partner Frank Mapstone. As The Getdown prepares for their tour and completes Volume 2, Producers Heintz and Mapstone are releasing a multicolor 180 gram, Vinyl collector dream of “Volume 1.” The production duo also have a couple new projects in the works that are extensions of the Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown. These include The Big Ol’ Nasty Hoedown‘Volume 1’ an album that focuses on the Bluegrass, Country and Folk side of things, while Electro-Getdown will cater to the EDM movement. It has also been confirmed that “Volume 3” will immediately go into production upon the release of The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown “Volume 2” album.
Quotes from the Press:
“This is ridiculous! I can’t stop dancing long enough to write this damned review”
-Andy Snipper (Music-News.com)
“…just as much a social and cultural movement as it is a musical one”
-Ivan Orr (GrownFolksMusic.com)
“fills the void for funk music fans and even serves to introduce you to some acts you may not have otherwise discovered which is the Big Ol Nasty Getdown‘s strongest positive aspect”
-Mr. Christopher (Funkatopia.com)
“there are so many different styles, so many different instruments, so many different types of vocals, so many musicians who are just frankly at the top of their game, that it would be hard for anybody to say there wasn’t something they liked in there.” -Shane Halbach (Is This Thing On)
“the stratospheric hype actually rings true” -Nathan Leigh (Afropunk.com)