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by Kris Lager Band

The Self Proclaimed 'Ministers Of The New New Feel Good Funk' are at it again, but this time they run the gamut of emotions. From funky fun, to serious ballads, to guitar driven grooves. Kris Lager lays down the sounds that only a 20 year veteran can.
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Plugged in & Turned On
5:13 $0.99
2. Ministers of the New New Feel Good Funk
4:39 $0.99
3. Sunny Day Souldier
5:26 $0.99
4. Love & Understanding
3:36 $0.99
5. Fly on My Friend (Tribute to Brad Cordle)
6:31 $0.99
6. Mercy
4:44 $0.99
7. Revolution
5:52 $0.99
8. I'm Happy but I Ain't Proud
4:25 $0.99
9. Let Me Do My Thang
7:38 $0.99
10. There'll Be a Day
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the music business, the Kris Lager Band has released another remarkable collection of heartfelt, groovy, and lovable songs entitled Spectrum.

The Kris Lager Band has developed a 'play by their own rules' reputation and it shines through in their music and on this record. Spectrum is a genre melting display of world class musicianship and songwriting. Showcasing twenty years of songwriting, performing, and touring experience Kris Lager presents his brand of ‘Feel Good Music’ with the help of his long time drummer John Fairchild AKA Scooby Sha Bo Bo, sax man LeFever, and Bass pro Aaron Underwood as the backing band.

Spectrum was mixed by Grammy Award Winner and Legendary Producer, Jim Gaines (Van Morrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Steve Miller). This is the second recording in a row Jim has mixed for Kris Lager Band; branding the songs with his signature and timeless sound like he has on so many other classic records.

The album was recorded at one of U.S.A.'s premier studios; Catamount Recording in Cedar Falls, Iowa by Travis Huisman. The studio is responsible for hit singles, many major label recordings and a couple grammy nominations. Travis invited Kris Lager Band into his state-of-the art studio after seeing them open for ZZ Top.

The opening track is a bluesy guitar driven statement about the power of music and it’s ability to help you get ‘Plugged In & Turned On’. Throw in a line such as ‘Music is my escape, and lord knows in this day in age we all gotta find a peace of mind somehow, someway'. And you start to get a sense of what Kris, as a songwriter is all about (In case you didn't already know).

The second track is a funky groove that ordains Kris Lager Band as the 'Ministers of The New New Feel Good Funk'. Then it is followed up by a remake of one of their most popular songs. (Originally recorded on their Swagadocious CD) Sunny Day Souldier. The song has become a live staple at Kris Lager band’s shows over the last decade and they wanted to re-record the song to showcase the evolution that has naturally occurred since it was first released.

Another highlight of the recording is a tribute to Omaha legend, Brad Cordle. Kris wrote the song the day he found out Brad had passed away. Brad Cordle sang and wrote ‘Aim it At The Milky-way’ off of KLB’s Rise and Shine CD. Kris and Brad had wanted to record and work together more but unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards. That’s where the song begins: ‘Please don’t leave. There’s so much more music to be sang’.

You have the reggae tinged song ‘Mercy’, and The Rolling Stones-ish/ Black Crowes-esque politically charged 'Revolution’. ‘I’m Happy But I Ain’t Proud’ is a straight ahead country song that in a perfect world would be on the radio. Another KLB live staple and anti-war on Drugs anthem ‘Let Me Do My Thang’ appears on an album for the first time.

The album comes to a close with the Percy Sledge/ Otis Redding inspired soul tune ‘There’ll Be A Day’. A look at death and fragility where Kris sings, ‘There’ll be a day when I’m no longer here. I’m no longer somewhere singing my songs’. Let’s hope that someday is very far away.

Kris Lager is an artist who uses his art form as a vehicle of expression. An artist aware and concerned of the impact his art has on the audience, but one who doesn’t play within the rules or pander to a certain demographic. An authentic and one of a kind entertainer.



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