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Funky to the Bone (feat. Freddi Gowdy)

by Chris Daniels & The Kings

This is Funk and Soul at it's best. A cross between Sly & The Family Stone and Chicago 67' Big horns and big fun!
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1. Funky to the Bone
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2. Something You Got
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3. Don't Let Your Mouth Write No Check (Your Booty Can't Cash In) [feat. Freddy Gowdy]
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4. Joy
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5. Cool Breeze
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6. Dance Dance Dance
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7. What a Day
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8. Nobody Knows
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9. Survivors
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10. Birthday Suit
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Album Notes
FUNKY TO THE BONE is a collaboration between two well-traveled musical traditions and two old friends: sweet soul music and horn-band funk n roll. Guest artists include Billy Payne from Little Feat, Hazel Miller from Big Head Todd's band, Carl Carwell from Earth Wind & Fire, Christian Teele from E Town and so much more.

The roots are in Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago 67 and Sam and Dave but this sound is different, new and fresh. The Kings are different from The Soulsetters or the Freddi Henchi Band of the 1970s and we are indebted to that music and those players. But we didn’t want this album to be a reincarnation of that sound. The Kings with Randy, Kevin, Bones, Jim and Doody took some of the best tunes from those Freddi Henchi days and combined them with new songs and new sounds to create FTTB. It’s a coming together of Sly Stone with BS&T and the Saturday Night Live Band. It has the punch of funk n roll, the sounds of the horn-band songbook I learned at the feet of mentors like Al Kooper and the crunchy raw energy of the Kings. We combined all that with the amazing soul and voice of Freddi to create “Funky To The Bone” - and it’s really fuck*^g fun. I hope you have as much fun listening to this album as we did making it…because we had a blast!

Here is the history of the project
I first met Freddi in a dressing room at the Good Earth in Boulder in the 1970s. He was in a full-length gold lamay jumpsuit and Afro and I was in leather, flannel and a ponytail. I was playing with the all-acoustic jam band Magic Music that was opening for the “Prophets of Funk” - Freddi Henchi and the Soulsetters. It would be like a show with 2 Chainz and The Weepies now but it worked then. Freddi “Love” Gowdy and Marvin “Henchi” Graves, evolved out of the Phoenix, Arizona band “The Jokers” in 1966. Discovered and nurtured by a local radio disc jockey and producer named Hadley Murrell “The Crown Princes of Funk” moved to L.A. and signed various record deals – eventually to Epic and then Warner/Reprise who released their first album “Dance.” Because of that album and numerous singles the band toured the US. The “Soul Setters” were the party-masters of the college circuit. Their introduction to Colorado was in the college town of Ft. Collins where the audience was not sure (at first) how to react. According to Fred, “They were throwing “stuff” at the band (like the Blues Brothers movie). They didn’t stop until Bobby Soul (sax player) set his 45 on the organ.” Needless to say they didn’t have to play Rawhide and the gig turned into a two-week college party free-for-all!

Despite a cover by Humble Pie of their song “Funky To The Bone” (FTTP) the band’s albums and singles never got the airplay they deserved. In 1970 Freddi and Henchi decided they’d had enough of L.A. and moved to Colorado. It was a good music scene with Caribou Studios and Feyline Concerts giving them recording time and opening act slots on major shows. In Boulder they teamed up with Larry Wilkins, who’s band King Louie and the Laymen was a 1960s Colorado frat-party favorite. Larry was writing with Fred as far back as their “Dance” album days. Freddi & Henchi started out as the ‘house band’ at Alan Roth’s Skunk Creek Inn until Marvin opened his own club in 1973. And that’s when I first did gigs with them at the Good Earth in Boulder. Magic Music would do our mountain acoustic set and the fans would get “blissed out” -- and then Freddi would hit the stage and the whole place erupted into the “soul-shakes.” There was no division of audiences into opposing camps – everybody loved it all. Freddi tells jaw-dropping stories of those days in Colorado - all night parties with John Denver, opening for James Brown at his peak and shows with the likes of Steely Dan, Billy Joel, Elton John, and Tina Turner to name only a few. The Soulsetters, and later the Freddi Henchi Band, were the hottest funk-machine west of the Mississippi and nobody was better at making a college crowd dance.

Magic Music was Colorado’s first jam-band, playing the second and third Telluride Bluegrass festivals. Our wild and crazy times involved Steve Martin, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dan Fogelberg and others. Like Fredddi & Henchi, no recordings of Magic Music ever got any real radio play or chart action. With the advent of disco Magic Music broke up in the late 70s. I went on to tour with various artists from Russell Smith (Amazing Rhythm Aces) to Spoons before I formed Chris Daniels & The Kings in 1984. (Note: A new album by Magic Music will be released in 2015).

Boulder’s Blue Note, where the likes of Robin Williams showed up to party with the bands and do stand-up slots between sets, became the home for the Kings and Freddi. And over the next few years CD & The Kings and the Freddi Henchi Band were always chasing each other around. We played the same rooms – sometimes back to back, and had the same booking agent. The Kings big horn-band sound and the Freddi Henchi funk-express drew from a similar fan-base. There were lots of weeks when we’d play two clubs in the same town, sometimes on the same block. We’d stagger our breaks so that Tony, Bob or Larry could come and sit in with the Kings or we could go over and sit in with Fred.

Henchi “officially” left the band about 1986 but continued to sit in. They kept the name, even though Freddi was now the center of the show. Freddi laughs saying, “people used to think my last name was Henchi!” We used to see each others’ equipment trucks getting stopped by the cops at two in the morning. As Freddi says, “When I see a photo of that old van we had, man I can still smell the tequila, weed and sex in that truck.” It was the same for the Kings’ tour-truck the “Pale Intruder.” I’d see them pulled over and just keep on going knowing we’d been lucky that night and they’d see us pulled over the next week and they’d moon us as they went by. Through all of the 1980s the two bands played 300 or more nights a year.

In the 1990s the Kings got a break with a record deal from Provogue Records in Holland. It began with our album “That’s What I Like About The South” produced by BS&T founder Al Kooper. It featured one of the Freddi Henchi classics, “I Like Your Shoes” that is still the most requested song on our play list. For the Kings our focus became Europe – doing 20 tours there in the next 18 years. We got deals in the States and recorded 11 albums with producers like Billy Payne from Little Feat and with Larry Wilkins from Freddi’s band. The Kings celebrated their 30th year in 2014 and I was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame along with Judy Collins, John Denver and a host of others.

The 1990s were harder for Fred. Henchi struggled with various issues but Fred soldiered on with the supported band mates Bob Yeazel, Jerry Kenzer and Harold Lee. But that voice, that golden Ray Charles like tone brought people to their feet every night. In 1995 Henchi reunited with Fred and they played shows on and off for the next ten years. On June 8, 2009, Marvin Henchi Graves, Freddi’s life long partner, succumbed to the ravages of cancer. Freddi kept on - singing on various record projects but not performing much live. He survived his own battle with cancer in 1999 and thanks to some great doctors and his amazing wife Karen he got stronger than ever.

I saw Freddi at Henchi’s wake and we talked. I didn’t know it at the time but I was about to enter my own battle with Leukemia. Thanks to a bone marrow transplant I got from my remarkable sister Jane I was given a little more time on the planet and the chance to do this album with Fred. Some were not so lucky. We lost Tony Bunch the amazing back flipping percussionist from Freddi’s band and Larry Wilkins who co-wrote most of the Freddi Henchi songs. Others like Colorado Hall of Famer Bob Yeazel, who co-wrote one of the songs on this album, are still going strong.

At a Colorado Music Hall of Fame function in 2011 I saw Freddi and asked what he was doing and his reply was, “Well nothing really man, just kind of cooling my heels.” I couldn’t help myself and replied, “No, no, no you’re not retiring yet, you are way to good looking for that!” And that is how this project was started. I don’t know if Freddi became a King or we became ‘profits of funk’ – probably a little of both. For the past two years we have been doing about 100 shows a year together.

In the summer of 2014 and fall of 2014 we recorded this album between shows and what you hear is what we do ... no synths, no clap tracks, just sweet soul and funk music with a rock n roll edge. Chris Daniels 2015



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