Tweed Funk made the Cover of the February/March 2015 issue of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine along with the owners of the Slippery Noodle Inn and Tad Robinson (who has multiple BMA Nominations under his belt). This is the 20th Anniversary of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine and they are featuring 20 Blues Clubs in this Issue (including some of our favorite places to play). It is quite an honor to make our first cover and we hope you will check us out in the upcoming issue by subscribing or picking up a copy of the magazine! Lots of Big News ahead for 2015 - stay tuned! And we will be back at the Slippery Noodle Inn playing on April 10th and 11th!
Tweed Funk's "First Name Lucky" is continuing to receive kudos including being WEFT 90.1 FM Radio's #1 Blues Album of 2014 based on new blues spins for the year. Thanks to all the wonderful DJ's in Champaign-Urbana for this honor and thanks to our team and all the DJs that spun the record this past year!
Here are some of the other Top 2014 Lists that "First Name Lucky" was included on:
- #41 on the Roots Music Report Top 100 Blues Albums for 2014
- #7 on WERU-FM's (Maine) Top 10 Blues/Soul Musicians of 2014
- Soul of Blues Radio Cardiff in the UK Top Blues Albums of 2014
- #50 on Smokestack Lightin's Top 100 Blues CDs of 2014
- #75 on Stingray's (Canada) Top 200 Blues CDs of 2014
Tweed Funk's new CD "First Name Lucky" was nominated for a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the Soul Blues Album category. Other nominees in the Soul Blues Album category are John Nemeth, Bobby Rush/Blind Dog Smokin', Terry Hanck, JJ Thames, Eddie Cotton, and Frank Bey/Anthony Paule. With so many national heavy-hitters in the Soul Blues Album category it is an honor to just get nominated. In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, producers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twelve categories.
Tweed Funk will be performing at the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards on October 23rd at the Fluids Events Center in Champaign, IL. To purchase tickets to this premier event click here. Performances by: Bobby Rush And Blinddog Smokin’, Tweed Funk. Adrianna Marie and Her Groovecutters, Back Pack Jones, Annie Mack Band, RB Stone, Norman Taylor, Bernie Pearl with Barbara Morrison, Lisa Biales, Mark T Small, Lisa Mann, Toronzo Cannon, The Frank Bey Anthony Paule Band, Dave Riley And Bob Corritore, Brent Johnson and the Call Up, Shaun Murphy Band, Steve Dawson, Rachelle Coba, Too Slim and The Tail Draggers, Sean Chambers, Josh Hoyer. Trudy Lynn plus a few surprises! Artists subject to change!
Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues has dubbed Tweed Funk his "Blues Breaker" for his radio show (Jun 13/14) TheBluesMobile.com. Recent "Blues Breakers" have included Robert Cray, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, and Jonny Lang. "Tweed Funk was formed in 2010, and has been bringing the party to Milwaukee ever since. They got the horns, they got the rhythm section, they got Smokey Holman, the dynamic front man. Tweed Funk call themselves a show band, and they are proud of it. And now they are bringing a piece of that Milwaukee R&B to the world." Check it out at TheBluesMobile.com.
Tweed Funk's album, First Name Lucky, made the Living Blues Chart at No. 11 for April of 2014. This is the first time a Tweed Funk CD has appeared on the Living Blues Chart. First Name Lucky also debuted (4/11/14) on the Roots Music Report Chart Top 50 Blues Albums at No. 10 and has spent consecutive weeks on the Chart since it's debut. The CD has also been the #1 album on Roots Music Report State of Wisconsin Chart for consecutive weeks since it's debut. You can order your copy of First Name Lucky directly from our website.
Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk's national ascent has been driven by their horn-fueled, Memphis flavored blues, roots, and soul. 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 4 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins in the last 3 years for the band and it's members.
On March 31st, 2014 Tweed Funk released their 3rd CD, First Name Lucky. Inspired by a recent trip to Memphis, Tweed Funk wanted to create an organic album with a minimal amount of overdubs and production. Tweed Funk's goal was to capture the energy, excitement, and raw emotive power of 7 freshly penned original tunes and 4 select covers. Additionally, Tweed Funk released their debut music video from the new CD for the song "Blues In My Soul." "First Name Lucky" has been nominated for a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the Soul Blues Album category; debuted on the Living Blues Charts at #11 (April 2014) and the RMR Top 50 Blues Album Chart at #10 (4/11/14); has been featured as Dan Aykroyd's (aka Elwood) "blues breaker" on The BluesMobile.com syndicated radio program; and has received airplay on BB King's Bluesville on SiriusXM as well as over 150+ stations worldwide.
Tweed Funk won the 2012 WAMI for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year. In 2014 trumpet player Kevin Klemme took home the WAMI 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: Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Buddy Guy’s Legends, 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 the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
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. JD Optekar’s tasteful guitar lines and roots-rock vocals lend versatility to the band. Eric's passion for Memphis-style soul in the tradition of Donald "Duck" Dunn can be heard in his bass playing. The other part of the successful backbone of the band is Nick Lang on drums whose passion for jazz and blues is on display in his superb pocket-playing style. Add in a hot 2-piece horn section of Jon Lovas and Kevin Klemme and you have a full Memphis style soul-drenched show band!