Wednesday, November 20
Album Review: Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band - Onward! (2013)
YMBFBB is a high energy band that brings a nice mix of rock and roll and funk. If you didn't know them already; Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band formed in 2002 consists of Mary Frances “MaMa Funk” on keyboard and keytar as well as lead vocals. On bass and vocals is Al Al Ingram “Sweet Nassty” Ingram, bringing in the funk with the trombone is Derrick “Dr Ock” Johnson. On lead guitar is JP “Smoke Machine” Miller and keeping it all together is Lee “Insta Funk” Allen on drums. On October 22nd of this year, YMBFBB released their latest album. Onward! which was recorded in the band’s hometown of Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Recording Studio and engineered by Julian Dreyer who has worked with The Avett Brothers as well as The Smashing Pumpkins. The album includes eight tracks of rock and roll/funk with guest musician Mike Dillon. “Trunk Fallin' Off”, the first single from the release, is a hip hop/rap track with a southern sound. Al Al and JP spit lyrics over some hard beats while Mary Frances comes in for the hook. Also on Onward! comes my favorite track from YMBFBB, “Let Me In” where many horn lines mesh well with some nice psychedelic jams from JP “Smoke Machine” Miller.
The album as a whole is must buy for music fans who like a mixture of sounds together on one album. If you are looking for killer guitar solos on every track then this album is not for you. Onward! would be a great album to throw in during a party or event with high energy as this band lacks none of that. YMBFBB has played with greats such as Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins. If you are into funk this album will have you dancing from songs 1-8, YMBFBB has been on the festival circuit for years and they play 150 shows a year on average. With a name like Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band it hardly takes you see or hear this band, no matter your opinion, you will not forget them. If I were to have to rate this album on a scale from 1-10, I would give it a 7. Being as I do not like rap I would skip through track 3 “Trunk Fallin Off”, as for the rest of the album I think the funk is all there but the rock and roll side of YMBFBB needs to be more utilized as JP seems to have the potential to bring some nice rifts into their mix.
After listening to this whole album over and over I would love to see this band live as it's a well known fact that the energy at their gig's are through the roof and judging from the now notable performances from Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot, Trinumeral and more, they are an easy act to track down live. Overall I am now more interested in YMBFBB and cant wait to see what 2014 brings for this up and coming funk rock band.
Words: Tyler White
Editor: Samuel Martin
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