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Latest Album "Come Together"
- Blues 411 Jimi Award for Best R&B/Soul Release of 2016
- Finalist for The Blues Foundation's Best Self Produced CD Award
- #1 for Blues Spins for 2016 on WEFT Champaign-Urbana
- #1 on the Roots Music Report Top Wisconsin Albums for 2016
- #6 on the Roots Music Report Top Soul-Blues Albums for 2016
Dan Aykroyd's "Blues-Breaker" on The Bluesmobile.com radio program; #11 on the RMR Top 50 Blues Album Chart; #19 on the Living Blues Chart; 2016 JIMI Award Winner for R&B/Soul Release of the Year from Blues411.
1. Light Up the Night (Madunic/Optekar, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
2. Don't Give Up (Madunic/Schoepke/Optekar, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
3. Muse (Optekar/Madunic, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
4. Sweet Music (Madunic/Optekar/Holman, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
5. Come Together (Optekar/Holman, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
6. Embrace (Optekar, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
7. Who Is This (Schoepke/Madunic/Spadafora, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
8. Love Ain't Easy (Madunic/Schoepke/Optekar, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
9. Bullet (Optekar, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
10. Soul Rockin (Optekar/Madunic, Tweed Tone Publishing, BMI)
Joseph "Smokey" Holman - Lead Vocals
Eric Madunic - Bass, Hammond organ on 1, 2; Rhodes piano on 6; Guitar on 8; Backing Vocals on 8
Dave Schoepke - Drums and Percussion
Andrew Spadafora - Tenor Sax and Bari Sax on 8
Doug Woolverton - Trumpet
JD Optekar - Guitar
Chrissy Dzioba and Sara Moilanen - Backing Vocals on 1, 2, 5, 6, 8
All songs arranged by Joseph Holman, Eric Madunic, JD Optekar, Dave Schoepke, and Andrew Spadafora. All horn parts written and arranged by Andrew Spadafora. Backing vocals arranged by Eric Madunic.
Special thanks to Doug Woolverton from Roomful of Blues for his trumpet work on the album and conducting an impromptu series of trumpet clinics in the Shorewood School District.
A big shout-out to Steve Hamilton of Makin' Sausage Music for his fantastic ears, wonderful smile, cool studio, and flexibility in working with us crazed musicians!