Tweed Funk's tune 'Love Ain't Easy' is part of Relix Magazine's CD Sampler in this month's issue - click to listen online or pick-up the issue with Ryan Adams on the cover at Barnes & Noble. The CD Sampler includes some great bands like Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Greensky Bluegrass, and more. 'Love Ain't Easy' started as a jam with bassist Eric Madunic and drummer Dave Schoepke in Dave's basement. Below you can check out the music video for 'Love Ain't Easy'.
Tweed Funk wins a Blues411 2016 Jimi Award for Best Soul/R&B Release for our album "Come Together". Congrats to the other nominees in this category: William Bell, Vaneese Thomas, JJ Thames, & The Soul of John Black!! Click the image below to see all the 2016 Jimi Award Winners and Nominees.
The band's latest CD was selected as a Finalist by The Blues Foundation for the Best Self Produced CD Award. Thanks to the Crossroads Blues Society of Northern Illinois for selecting our album to represent them.
Tweed Funk's latest album has also made several Top Album Lists for 2016 including the following for the Roots Music Report: No. 1 for Wisconsin; No. 6 on the RMR Soul-Blues Album Chart; No. 54 on the Top Blues Album Chart.
Tweed Funk's "Come Together" was also named to the Friday Blues Fix Top 20 Albums of 2016 and came in at No. 1 on WEFT's (Champaign-Urbana) Top 50 Blues Spins for 2016; No. 6 on WERU-FM's Top 10 Blues/Soul Albums of 2016; No. 6 on the Sunday Night Blues Project Best 15 Albums of 2016.
You can pick-up a copy of our latest CD "Come Together" which was dubbed Dan Aykroyd's "blues-breaker" on TheBluesMobile.com radio show; reached #11 on the Roots Music Report Charts; reached #19 on the Living Blues Chart; airplay around the world including BBC Radio; and had numerous fantastic reviews from publications world-wide. You can order your copy directly from Tweed Funk's website or the CD is also available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
Tweed Funk has announced that it is returning to the stage in 2017 following Joseph "Smokey" Holman's successful stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma. The band's first show back will be at Anodyne Coffee on February 25th in Milwaukee. Tickets are now on sale. The band has also booked a show at Buddy Guy's Legends in April and a summer tour in New England. Stay-tuned for more shows in the coming weeks.
American Blues Scene recently published an interview with Smokey following his successful stem cell transplant - you can check out the feature here.
Last week Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues had Eric Clapton as his Blues Breaker. This week Tweed Funk is his Blues Breaker! Here is what Elwood had to say: You got your horn section, got your back up vocals, got your powerful singer, got your MONSTER horns, got your rhythm section, you got your big band with a big sound out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ladies and gents, I give you the soulful explosive splendor of Tweed Funk. This is called "Love Ain't Easy."
Tweed Funk's new album "Come Together" reaches No. 11 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Chart for the Week of May 23, 2016 and debuts at No. 19 on the Living Blues Chart for May 2016. Additionally the song 'Come Together' hit No. 4 on the RMR Top 50 Blues Song Chart and the album is garnering praise from early reviews:
On par with Daptone Records soul darlings Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley. - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The world is about to tune into what has been Milwaukee's best kept secret. Tweed Funk is a high-powered, horn driven ensemble that has been winner of Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards since their 2010 formation. Come Together is their fourth release on the Tweed Tone label, and is a seamless combination of top tier musicians fronted by an energetic vocalist. - All About Jazz
Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk has been an integral part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6 piece soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70's. Tweed Funk boasts 5 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins since 2012 for the band and its members. In April of 2016 the band released their fourth CD, “Come Together”, consisting of 10 new original tunes. Tweed Funk toured the Midwest and east coast of the United States in support of their new album.
In March of 2016 front man, Joseph "Smokey" Holman, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The band took a 7 month hiatus in the latter part of 2016 while Smokey underwent a successful stem cell transplant. Following his treatment the band is returning to the concert and festival stage in 2017.
In September of 2016 American Blues Scene Magazine named Tweed Funk as one of 14 ‘New Old Soul’ Acts You Need To Hear Right Now. The article features soul stalwarts Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Leon Bridges, John Nemeth, Vintage Trouble, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and more.
Tweed Funk’s fourth CD, “Come Together”, performed well on the blues charts and received airplay and reviews from around the world. Additionally, the CD crossed-over to non-commercial formats outside of blues radio. “Come Together” reached #11 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Blues Album Chart and #1 on the RMR Soul-Blues Chart; reached #19 on the Living Blues Chart; featured as Dan Aykroyd’s (aka Elwood Blues) “blues-breaker” on the internationally syndicated radio program The Bluesmobile.com; airplay on BB King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM; and Joseph “Smokey” Holman was nominated for a 2016 Living Blues Award for Most Outstanding Blues Singer.
Tweed Funk won the WAMI for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year in both 2015 and 2012. In 2015, Andrew Spadafora took home the WAMI Award for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year; in 2013 frontman Smokey took home the WAMI for Male Vocalist of the Year and Bassist Eric Madunic for Bass Player of the Year. The song "Dancemaker" won Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine's Coolest Blues Song of the Year for 2013.
Tweed Funk has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast including: Bayfront Blues Festival, BBQ in DC, Blues at The Crossroads Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Northwoods Blues Festival, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Sioux Falls Jazz Fest, Smokin’ in Steele Fest, Waukesha Bluesfest, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Time Out Pub, Madam’s Organ, Slippery Noodle Inn, House of Blues – Chicago, Jazz in the Park, Summerfest, and many more. Tweed Funk has taken their show on the road playing in 21 different states throughout the USA.
Fronted by Smokey's sweet, soulful vocals, audiences can quickly hear how Smokey was a pick to hit the Billboard Soul Top 20 back in the 70’s on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom Records with the band Love’s Children. Eric Madunic's passion for Memphis-style soul in the tradition of Donald "Duck" Dunn can be heard in his bass playing and songwriting. Eric also played the organ, keys, guitar, and arranged the backing vocals for Tweed Funk's latest CD. Dave Schoepke, a veteran drummer of the Milwaukee music scene who has recorded and toured with Willy Porter, toured Europe with Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers, anchors the rhythm section. Dave is a 2009 WAMI Award Winning drummer and was a significant part of the songwriting process and new direction on Tweed Funk's latest album. Andrew Spadafora doubles up on saxophone and keys. Andrew's saxophone work on Tweed Funk's latest album earned him praise from some of the top blues publications around the world and he has taken home 2 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year (2015 & 2008). JD Optekar has served as the primary lyricist for the band and guitarist as well as introducing 5 of the tracks for the new album.