Texas Music Magazine calls Mingo Fishtrap “”the space where melodic pop meets gritty Memphis soul, with a twist of N’awlins funk.”” Like kudzoo vine crisscrossing the Mississippi Delta, Mingo’s tenacious sound infiltrates the musical landscape on a sanctified mission to shake your soul.
The critically acclaimed collective have found their sweet spot. Now four albums deep, Mingo has honed its sound, rubbed shoulders with musical idols, and delivered powerhouse live shows to crowds of thousands across the country and globe in the years since the band’s inception in a tiny dorm room in Denton, Texas.
Mingo’s fourth full-length record, the aptly-named On Time blends punchy horns and gritty grooves with greasy funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and sixties soul sensibilities, that transcend both era and genre. “My first love is classic sixties soul, funk, and Motown,” says Roger. As the band has grown, this early love affair has become a bigger part of Mingo’s musical landscape.
“It’s clear that even with the revival of soul and funk music in recent years, only a few bands can match the vocal intensity Blevins offers combined with the instrumental prowess of his bandmates.” – jambands.com
The Young Senators Reloaded
Living in the Nation’s Capital, you would have heard The Young Senators
performing seven nights a week at concerts and nightly music events called go-go’s. At that time, the term “go-go” was a musical event, not a style of music. The Young Senators played, and still play, all genre’s of music from FUNK, to POP/ROCK and R&B, but is, credited with having kicked off the hallmark style of music called “Go-Go” because of the call and response, and driving beat of their music.
In 1969, The Young Senators owned their ownrecord label, Innovation Records,as well as a number one single “Jungle.” In 1972, The Young Senators went on to tour and record with the late Eddie Kendricks of the legendary Temptations becoming the first ever tour band to record with a major Motown artist. You can hear them on “Girl, You Need Change of
Mind”, “Keep On Trucking” and ‘’Boogie Down”, all went gold. For the last 20 years, June 11th is annually celebrated as “Eddie Kendricks and The Young Senators Day” as a part of Black Music Month. Recently, deciding to get the group back together, Jimi Dougans (vocals and congas) contacted his long time sidekick, and bandmates James (Drummer) Johnson (drums and vocals), and Frank Hooker (keyboards and vocalist) and it became very clear that they still had a passion for performing and made the decision to reload, and give their many “ol’school” fans a special treat by performing together again. Now reloaded with, Edmond (Bubba) Harley (vocals and bass), Tye Lovelle (vocals and guitar)and, Anthony Emerson (Keyboards and vocals),