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Country Funk


A mature and masterful full length effort with 8 original songs and 1 cover song - Will bring you down to the bayou and out onto the prairie! - Excellent vocals and highly original COUNTRY 'fried" FUNK sound! Sonically brilliant!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Country Side of Life
PO Boyz
4:04 $0.99
2. All I Need
PO Boyz
3:34 $0.99
3. Reno Blues
PO Boyz
5:13 $0.99
4. Living Strong
PO Boyz
4:56 $0.99
5. Big Sir
PO Boyz
8:33 $0.99
6. Bunky's Basement
PO Boyz
4:20 $0.99
7. Dear Robert
PO Boyz
4:37 $0.99
8. Caledonia Mission
PO Boyz
3:05 album only
9. Elmore
PO Boyz
4:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Excerpts rom Emerson College Radio - WERS - Review of Country Funk:

"...climbing organs that burst like marshmallows in a microwave."

"...Wagley's guitar eases us into to an Allman-esque word painting of wayward traveling through a world where the black jack dealers always know who you are..."

"...listening to the new nine track album, the Po Boyz' sound does have a food quality to it, a permeating crunchiness. It's not a knock at the self-production, but a visual acknowledgment of the spirit of their influences—the parade booms down the street, Hollis' spiraling Hammond organ calls for beads to be thrown from windows, which hit the hot asphalt and give way to Mannion's quick and compact drumming."

"..could-be sing along "Bunky's Basement."

From WERS.COM - March 15th, 2010:

Boston's funkiest organ trio, Po' Boyz, came by WERS to record our weekly series, On the Verge, which showcases our favorite up-and-coming artists. The band is three parts: Keith Hollis, Hammond B-3 Organ, vocals; Sean Mannion, percussion, vocals; Andrew Wagley, guitar, vocals. After an hour-long set-up, the boys laid down two tracks from their new record, Country Funk. The record features nine songs (eight original tracks) including "Bunkie's Basement," and "Country Side of Life;" songs they played for us in studio. After the performance the guys spent time chatting with WERS about the new record, the self described "country fried funk sound," and what's next for Po' Boyz.

WERS: So what's your back-story? How did you get started as a band?

Keith Hollis: That's a good question. The drummer [Sean] and I came to Boston from various locations throughout the United States. [We] play music here, and we've been playing together for a long time—over ten years. We got together with Andrew back about five years ago and started doing this project, Po' Boyz—playing the New Orleans funk, and slowly our own original influences have been seeping in. You know, when Andrew joined the band we sort of changed and became what we are today.

WERS: Okay, so speaking of influences, what are your major influences?

Andrew Wagley: Definitely The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, a lot of the classic rock stuff…Santana…but of course various Jazz and Blues artists…

Hollis: Lonnie Smith…

PoBoyz05Wagley: Definitely Lonnie Smith, who else?

Hollis: We love New Orleans music…

Sean Mannion: The Meters.

Wagley: Definitely the Meters…

Hollis: But we do our own combination…we have a Hammond B-3 Organin the band, so there's a lot of lineage of history, of Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, and a lot of the soul organ players of the seventies. Mix that in with the Grateful Dead influence and you get Po' Boyz, every Saturday night at the Middle East.

WERS: Very cool. Then where did the country theme come from for this record?

Wagley: I live up in New Hampshire, so we wrote a lot of the songs up there. These guys would come up, spend a couple days, and we'd just hang out in the country, write songs, [play] acoustic guitar, keyboards, whatever. We kind of let that be our theme, just country life.

Hollis: It seeps in, you know. You live in Boston, and you head up to New Hampshire, and it's a change of scenery. It's like going on vacation from the city life, so it starts to effect your energy system—in a good way.

WERS: Where do you see this band going in 2010?

Hollis: Well, we have a steady gig at the Middle East and we're really excited about our new CD. For us it's a fresh start because it's the first CD that we all play on together. We hope to go down to New Orleans Jazz Fest this year and play some venues there in the city in the end of April, beginning of may—and just keep doing what were doing. We're slowly trying to build a steady fan base here in the northeast, and we're also planning on touring the Bay Area in California and Colorado next year.

PoBoyz06WERS: Great.

Hollis: Yeah, it's exciting.

WERS: Are you planning any collaboration with other local musicians—or are you just doing your own thing for now?

Wagley: We've just been doing our own thing, we're trying to collaborate with each other and keep writing more tunes. We pretty much have enough material to start working on our second full-length album, so we're hoping to start working on it this fall.

WERS: All right, well I'm going to wrap this up, but just to leave off—as a Boston-based band, what's your favorite part of Boston?

Hollis: Our theme song is "Welcome to Allston." Allston's our favorite part of Boston.

-Words by Lindsay Tucker and images by Fernanda Gomez



Keith Hollis - Hammond Organ, keys, vocals
Sean "Buzzy" Mannion - drums, percussion
Andrew Wagley - guitars, vocals


Hanna Leess - vocals
Cory Williams - pedal steel

Recorded in April 2009 at Sage and Sound Recording, Hollywood, CA
Mixed at Design Fx Remote Recording, Burbank, CA
Mastered By Joe Gastwirt in Oak Park, CA
Band Photography by Ryan Wall
Album Cover Painting by Olga Melman
Album Design by Abby Getman at www.gogogetman.com

As the title implies, COUNTRY FUNK represents a new musical direction for the PO BOYZ- over the past 5 years PO BOYZ have opened their "musical doors" to include elements of gospel, country, soul, rock, R & B, and jam, along with plenty of vocals!! And of course plenty of funk funk! COUNTRY FUNK features 8 originals and 1 cover totaling over 40 minutes of music.

COUNTRY FUNK album was mastered by industry great Joe Gastwirt, famous for re-mastering the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash, and was recorded and mixed by industry veteran Gary Ladinsky, who is well known for his work with Van Morrison, Bill Withers and rock band Cheap Trick.



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