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Down With The Ship

by John Hickey

This is RAW Funk, the music you want to hear. From a Guitarist with Bernie Worrell & The WOO Warriors, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and the John Hickey Band.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Means Of Production
4:23 $0.99
2. What I Want To Do
4:07 $0.99
3. Down With The Ship
5:07 $0.99
4. Rub and Tug
5:33 $0.99
5. See An N
4:53 $0.99
6. Lost
1:20 $0.99
7. Know Me Better
4:51 $0.99
8. On the Water
4:05 $0.99
9. Dead Bead
3:45 $0.99
10. Brokedown
8:09 $0.99
11. Pot Top
3:30 $0.99
12. Only Time
3:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
At the age of 27, John Hickey is an up-and-comer in the funk scene. Having played and recorded with George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, and Bootsy Collins, John has been thoroughly schooled by the masters. Yet despite the undeniable influence of these classic funksters, John's music remains fresh, personal, and always...ALWAYS groovin'.

John took up the guitar at the age of 14, heavily under the influence of Hendrix, Miles Davis, and James Brown. He relocated from Texas to the tri-state area in his late teens, playing nearly more than half a decade in power trios and developing an aptitude with a wide range of instruments, including guitar, bass, keyboards and drums.

In 2001, Hickey became a tech and driver for the WOO Warriors, a band fronted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bernie Worrell, original member of Parliament Funkadelic and the Talking Heads. While on tour, Worrell heard John play guitar in music store and decided to let John sit in with the band. Sitting in on one or two songs a night quickly turned into half the set, then the whole set. Little more than a year later, Hickey became the WOO Warriors full-time lead guitar player. As for Worrell's opinion of John's debut album "Down With The Ship", he believes that... "John Hickey is gifted and ready for his music to be heard and appreciated."

You can currently see John performing with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, a band that virtually invented the genre of funk rock. John is a featured soloist and appears on the band's latest live album.

"Down With the Ship" includes guest appearances by a number of notable musicians. Bernie Worrell plays keys on track number 4. Legendary Bass Player T.M. Stevens, who has recorded with James Brown, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner and Steve Vai (among others) appears on track 7. Gregg Fitz, from Bootsy's New Rubber Band as well as Quazar lends his vocal and keyboard talents to a number of tracks. Cincinnati area Bass Player Freekbass (produced by Bootsy Collins) can be heard on track 9. Finally, Drummer Garry Sullivan rips through most of the album with a ferocity that can only be expected of a member of the hardcore band, the Cromags.

In the two years that he spent recording this album, John has toured the U.S., played on numerous albums, and set himself apart by his artistic and professional integrity. In short, he is an emerging artist to watch.



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Howard Burchette: The Funk Show on 90.7 WNCU FM

A must for any P-funk fan or a fan of the funk of any kind.
Down With The Ship is the first solo effort by guitarist John Hickey, who spends most of his time touring with Bernie Worrell & the Woo Worriers plus George Clinton & the P-Funk All-stars. The CD contains twelve tracks, two of which are instrumentals including the title. The CD opens with The Means of Production containing heavy guitars, great drumming and a classic P-Funk foundation. The title track Down With The Ship is a funky electronic instrumental jam from beginning to end. Rub & Tug begins with a nice instrumental groove which is accompanied by smooth vocals. The track also included P-Funk keyboard legend Bernie Worrell. See An N is more upbeat laden with heavy bass and smooth vocals. The track Lost is moody and gives you a sense of the space age. Know Me Better is more of a heavy rock sound and is more related to the early days of Funkadelic. On the Water is the second instrumental which is a nice slow groove with a guitar intro. A vocal introduction begins the selection Dead Beat and Brokedown is an 8 minute P-Funk jam. Pot Top has a more folksy bluesy feel while Only Time is more psychedelic. Down With The Ship is a must for any P-funk fan or a fan of the funk of any kind. John Hickey has created his own style of the funk and is keeping it alive.

"Bustin," Bob Mitchell

The energy this cat plays with is beyond belief.
Woo Warrior John Hickey makes his mark and delivers one of the best releases of the year. Up until last spring I had never even heard of this master multi-instrumentalist/performer. I then caught the Bernie Worrell set that May in Atlanta and was literally mesmerized by the front man, whose lead guitar not only blazed thru several P-funk classic like Red Hot Momma and Cosmic Slop, his flavorful vocal chops cut to the ear hole.

Hickey is joined on this diversified set by the Woo Warriors for the most part, with plenty of guest’s spots from keyboardists Greg Fitz and the master Bernie Worrell. But its Hickey who is firmly in control here. He very confidently builds up some addictive pop/funk steam on all of the tracks. I especially love how he goes back to the solid foot on the first cut, reminds me of classic Parliament.

Hickey’ s lead and rhythm guitars flow freely with Bernie’s spacey synch. Heavy bass synth licks over majestic colorful arrangements that throb with life and fire. All kinds of sounds and effects come up in the polyrhythmic mix, of course Bernie pulling notes out of thin air. What I find is a delightfully playful intermingling of blues, rockabilly, hard funk, rock, classical, ballads.

Songwriting as well as vocal prowess shows on all the cuts, really top-notch production makes the sound here very alive and crisp. Seems like all the musicians on here are just wide open and free form in the studio, they capture a live element of performance on this cd. Hickey will just scorch a wicked solo at will and feels the groove.

The energy this cat plays with is beyond belief. Like a modern day Ernie Isley, he just gets down in the frame and latticework of the song and illuminates everyone around him to a higher energy level. . Bernie Worrell’s preposterous bass synth and clavinet squiggle often accompanies these moments of shredded guitar bliss. It takes a tremendous spunk and courage to go “Down with the Ship”.

Matt Blank

Hickey gives up the FONK!
This cd is great top to bottom. He really mixes up different funk styles, no two songs sound alike. He can play all the instruments, but also has a lot of great guest appearances, too. Not the best singer in the world, but this cd is too greasy not to have. PICK IT UP!

Upper Room With Joe Kelly WVOF 88.5, Fairfield, CT

An amazing CD that blends modern-day funk, rock and R&B.
"John Hickey's CD "Down With The Ship" is an amazing CD that blends modern-day funk, rock and R&B. John is a great multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. His guitar shines on this CD. When you have living legends such as Bernie Worrell and Greg Fitz amongst others want to play on your record, you know John Hickey has the musical chops."

funkmusician taki76

This is some beautiful stanky funk Listen 2 my creative FUNK also

Richard Taliaferro

Laid back Funk
Nice laid back grooves and yes i love the verse from the second track I do what I wanna do cause I do

Oliver Dean

A real Funk masterpiece, I knew I'd dig a few tracks, I love the whole thing
A real Funk masterpiece, I knew I'd dig a few tracks, I love the whole thing!!!!!!!

The first three tracks are really strong as I played these and thought hey this cd's worth it for these alone, but the quality just kept coming and never let up.

The music is awesome, the guitars and keyboards of course, and great bass throughout (the Freakbass lines on Dead Bead are paarticularly tasty). In addition to all that you have some really great vocals in a style unique to Mr Hickey but as Funky as it was back in pyramids.. Loads of different takes on the Funk throughout the CD. NO weak tracks.

True Funkateers old and new will love this can't recommend it enough. phew......

For Hickey, funk is more of an emotion than a genre
As guitarist with George Clinton's P-Funk All-Stars and Bernie Worrell's Woo Warriors, John Hickey has brought his share of latter-day funk to the world. On Down With The Ship, his solo debut, Hickey has crafted a more personal statement. Though he gets help from Worrell (who turns in a perfect solo on "Rub and Tug") and others, Hickey plays most of the instruments, including drums on a few tracks. The album is funky, no doubt, but is so in a genuine, old-school way -- more psychedelic than soulful (though it musters more feeling than most the hyperspeed Berklee graduates out thar these days). For Hickey, funk is more of an emotion than a genre, and Down With The Ship shows it. It is not a dance party, but it is a cool listen.

Bob Davis: Soul-Patrol

John has a pretty nice debut CD called “Down with the Ship”

At the age of 26, Soul-Patroller John Hickey is an up-and-comer in the funk scene. He has played and recorded with George Clinton, Bernie Worrell, and Bootsy Collins. I have had the chance to see John perform live, both with his own band, with George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars and also as a member of Bernie Worrell's W00 Warriors. John is a standount FUNK guitarist. Now John has a pretty nice debut CD called “Down with the Ship”. The CD features guest apperences from "a few friends": the album boasts guest appearances by distinguished musicians such as Bernie Worrell, Gregg Fitz (Quazar and Bootsy’s Rubber Band), T.M. Stevens (James Brown, Shocka Zulu), Garry Sullivan, and Donna McPherson. It's pretty much an all instrumental album that reminds me of the albums we used to listen to back in the 1970's in dark rooms with lots of incence burning :) If you too used to spend a lot of time in rooms like that (or if you still do) then you will dig this album. The strongest cut on the CD is the Funkadelic inspired "Know Me Better". John Hickey is someone for Funkateers to keep their eyes on

adam N.J.

take me aboard and funk me up
this cd is damn funking good (((O))) the whole cd is classic, not one bad tune on this mother from beginning to end. trust me and buy it.