Funky Brewster EP
FUNKY BREWSTER They weren't just a band 'If these guys do not get signed, there is no justice in the music business.' -J.J. Program Director station KLFX Killeen, TX - 'This is the sound the rock industry has been looking for, not the same old rehashed alternative sound coming out.' -Rick Rooney of Planet Dallas Recording Studios- 'I loved it. I listened to the tape four times in my car already. It's like rock music with a definite funk groove that keeps you movin'.' - Interscope Records promotions manager Kat Finley - - These were just a few of the things being said about the newest funk-rock band to take the southwest by storm. Their name was Funky Brewster. Many described this four-piece band as the Chilipeppers meets Living Color, with Extreme along for the ride. No matter what terms you used to describe them, one thing was for sure; they definitely made a lot of people funk rock fans. Armed with powerful originals like 'You' 'Enemy,' 'Hoon,' and 'Redneck Rap' these hometown boys dealt a serious blow to the Dallas local music scene in the mid nineties. Funky Brewster consisted of Vernon Wallace (lead vocalist), whose voice was said to be a mix between Darius Rucker and Cory Glover (go figure), Jason Pratt (lead guitarist), who besides being a Jazz major at University of North Texas was a very accomplished rock and funk guitarist, Don Whittemore (bassist), a most original and creative bassist and sound engineer and Joe Goodman (drummer), a very aggressive and talented drummer with a heart of gold. While together Funky Brewster performed with many national acts in and around the Dallas area such as Storyville, Missing Persons, Pimpadelic, The Toadies, Zac Maloy (The Nixons), Bowling for Soup and 'David' just to name a few. They also headlined local clubs Dallas City Limits, The Rage, Trees, Twenty First Amendment, Rick's Place, The Rehab Lounge, The Elephant Room and The Reign. While in Albuquerque, Funky Brewster held top billing at such venues as The El Rey Theater, Senor Buckets, Rascals, Brewster's, The Golden Saloon and Zipperz. Funky Brewster's debut EP 'Follow The Noise,' was received very well in the rock/alternative market. In fact 'Follow The Noise' captured two consecutive Z-Rock pick of the week nominations nationwide. This EP also caught the attention of A&R representatives from Atlantic, Interscope, Epic, Geffen and Mercury Records. Funky Brewster disbanded in 1998 due to changes in the music industry and the individual artist wishing to pursue other interest. Although the band has ceased to continue, the music lives on. Funky Brewster's debut CD 'Follow the Noise' and the follow up EP 'Stone Soup' continue to sell on CD Baby, Itunes, Rhapsody etc... The memory of this band will live on forever in it's songs, history and message, which was always 'positive' and always 'true.' The album 'Stone Soup' was the culmination of a distinctively different professional union between four very accomplished, yet cohesive musicians. Funky Brewster spent over 9 months writing and performing the songs from 'Stone Soup' live before considering recording them. When asked how this approach differed from the first EP, vocalist Vernon Wallace said, 'On the first EP we were very green. We spent a lot of time and money writing and producing in the studio. With this EP we worked the songs live for a long time and then proceeded to replicate that feel and sound in the studio.' Aptly titled, this EP was a definite soup. 'Stone Soup' mixes everything from powerful funk infested grooves like 'You' to harmonious and soothing ballads like 'Hoon,' which was written to commemorate the passing of Blind Melon Lead vocalist Shannon Hoon. But without a doubt Funky Brewster's fans will tell you their favorite song has to be 'Redneck Rap.' 'Redneck Rap' is a hilarious romp through the day of a weary truck driver who let's his eye for beauty override his sensibilities, and as the title says you can only imagine what happens next. With this blend of pure emotion, humor and strength 'Stone Soup' grasp not only the ear, but also the soul of it's listeners. Produced and recorded solely by Funky Brewster, 'Stone Soup' was an unprecedented venture into a realm of music that has all but been forgotten by today's musical community. As said by guitarist Jason Pratt, ' We just wanted to bring people back to a time when you could enjoy music without having to be depressed first.'