Keep Runnin’, Mississippi CD Release

In mid 2014, Scott Lindsey, aka Janky, accepted the RPM challenge, an online challenge to write, record and release a full CD of music within one month. Janky jumped on it in his studio and began writing and recording songs that sounded like and paid tribute to Parliament Funkadelic. Janky has always been heavy into funk music from the ’60s and ’70s. With this love as a foundation, Janky recorded about 11 songs in two weeks playing all instruments. For vocals, Janky enlisted his old bandmate Rome Jones who currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the early ’90s, Janky and Rome were band-mates and played clubs around Dallas with music similar to Primus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rome and Janky were also close friends at the Art Institute of Dallas. Once Janky had everything recorded, he sent rough mixes to Rome to write lyrics and vocal melodies. In November 2015, Rome flew to Dallas to record vocals. Rome’s style is heavily influenced by Prince and P-Funk, which is apparent on this release. During college, Janky would stay at Rome’s apartment and the two would listen to P-Funk records, basking in the richness of the music. Once the vocals were cut, Janky began a very long, perfectionist mixing session. “I wanted to create a release like the old days when albums were a continuous story, not just a bunch of tracks. I wanted this to be a long, blended music composition that could be listened to in one long setting like Parliament Funkadelic or a Pink Floyd record. That’s back when music was an experience. I added a lot of samples and sound effects for depth.”

This music project is meant solely as a tribute to one of the best bands in history — Parliament Funkadelic. “[They] broke so many rules in the music world. They were also some of the best and most underrated  musicians in the world. I have studied their music and it has influenced me greatly — especially the guitarist, Eddie Hazel,” Janky said.

The project name, Keep Runnin’, Mississippi, comes from the lyrics of Music For My Mother off the album Funkadelic, one of Janky’s favorite tracks ever.

This release took far longer than the RPM Challenge of one month but it is now complete and available for stream on your favorite audio platform or purchase at CD Baby or iTunes.


Rome & Janky in 1993.

Frank by Pet Rock at Trees in Deep Ellum in 1993.

Underrated Eddie Hazel

On one Rolling Stone countdown of the Greatest Guitarists of all-time, Eddie Hazel ranks #83 sandwiched between Buddy Holly and Joe Perry of Aerosmith. Lenny Kravitz and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready profess their love of Hazel’s style and count Eddie as a major influence. Which begs the question, who is Eddie Hazel? If I told you about a psychedelic African American electric guitarist from the late 60’s that blended funk, metal, blues, and soul into a new art form, you’d like guess Jimi Hendrix. But Jimi had a protege who blew away listeners during this same period working with George Clinton and his band, Funkadelic. Eddie Hazel wasn’t around during Clinton’s P-Funk greatest success (Atomic Dog, Tear The Roof Off, Flashlight) but his dynamic raw guitar work with Funkadelic set a new standard with his groove-driven guitar funk.

Top 100 Greatest Guitarist That No One Knows

It’s About To Hit

11 Tracks dedicated to the masters of that which is not devoid of funk. This is a tribute to the old school crackly albums that stand the test of time as some of the best music that was ever created. This release is a tribute to the great influence on Janky and Rome Jones by Parliament Funkadelic. While in college in 1990 the two would listen to P-Funk records in Dallas apartments in total amazement.

Each song on this release was written and recorded with absolute focus on staying true to some of the most original music on the planet – P-Funk.

The band name is taken from the Funkadelic song Music For My Mother where George Clinton says he was in Keep Runnin’, MS before skatting one of the greatest, moaning harmonica solos on vinyl.

This is Rome Jones and Scott “Janky” Lindsey just staying grooved in their roots and paying tribute to the masters.

 

 

 

 

 

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Music For My Mother

Music for My Mother

Funkadelic
Produced by George Clinton
Album Funkadelic

[Verse 1]
Man, I was in a place
Called Keep Runnin’, Mississippi one time
And I heard someone on my way back
Sounded a little something like raw funk to me
So I slowed down and took a listen
And this is all I could hear, baby

[Hook]
Whoa-hah-hey
Whoa-hah-ha

[Verse 2]
It got so good to me, man, that I stopped runnin’
My feet was tired anyhow
So I reached in my inside pocket
And got my harp out
Sit down by old beat-up railroad train
And get me, get myself a little of that old funky thang

[Vocal harmonica interpolation]

Can you all feel what I mean?
This is what you call way back younger funk

[Hook]
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[Outro]
Say it loud – I’m funky and I’m proud
Say it loud – I’m funky and I’m proud
Say it loud – I’m funky and I’m proud
I’m aging
Old funk

Parliament-Funkadelic – The Mothership Connection (1976)

Cosmic Slop
Do that Stuff
Gammin’ on Ya
Standing on the Verge
Undisco Kid
Children of Production
Mothership Connection
Dr. Funkenstein
Comin’ Around the Mountain
P. Funk
Tear the Roof Off the Sucker
Night of the Thumpasorous Peoples
Funkin’ for Fun

Personnel (courtesy of Tony Warren):
George Clinton – Vocals
Garry Shider (diaper) – Guitar
Micheal Hampton (sombrero) – Guitar
Glenn Goins (purple leotard) – Guitar
Cordell Mosson – Bass
Jerome Brailey – Drums
Bernie Worrell – Keyboards

 

The Story of Funk – One Nation under a Groove.

In the 1970s, America was one nation under a groove as an irresistible new style of music took hold of the country – funk. The music burst out of the black community at a time of self-discovery, struggle and social change. Funk reflected all of that. It has produced some of the most famous, eccentric and best-loved acts in the world – James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, George Clinton’s Funkadelic and Parliament, Kool & the Gang and Earth, Wind & Fire.

During the 1970s this fun, futuristic and freaky music changed the streets of America with its outrageous fashion, space-age vision and streetwise slang. But more than that, funk was a celebration of being black, providing a platform for a new philosophy, belief system and lifestyle that was able to unite young black Americans into taking pride in who they were.

Today, like blues and jazz, it is looked on as one of the great American musical cultures, its rhythms and hooks reverberating throughout popular music. Without it hip-hop wouldn’t have happened. Dance music would have no groove. This documentary tells that story, exploring the music and artists who created a positive soundtrack at a negative time for African-Americans.

Includes new interviews with George Clinton, Sly & the Family Stone, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, War, Cameo, Ray Parker Jnr and trombonist Fred Wesley.