Big Sam’s Funky Nation; “What’s My Name (Big Sam)”, NEW Album Songs in the Key of Funk, CO Dates in July

New Orleans-based funk band Big Sam’s Funky Nation premiere their new track“What’s My Name (Big Sam)”

today on PopMatters. The soulful song highlights the band’s legendary musical prowess while showcasing their lively personality through playful lyrics. “What’s My Name (Big Sam)” is off the band’s upcoming album Songs in the Key of Funk released Friday, May 4, 2018 tying into their performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. PRESS HERE to listen.

Bootsy, Prince, & Mike Jones are just a few artists that came to mind when writing this song. I was thinking to myself that I needed an anthem! We perform all over the world & I would say the name of the band about 9 times every show, & after every show, some people would still ask… “what’s the name of the band???” It was either that or getting me confused with other trombonists, so I figured I’d write a song to clear up any confusion. – Big Sam

Big Sam’s Funky Nation recently released the video for the second track off the upcoming album, “PokeChop,” which premiered on Glide.The lively and colorful video on the streets of New Orleans is the perfect companion to the song’s simmering beat punctuated by seventies-style synths that give way to lively horns, handclaps and howls. PRESS HERE to watch.

Against the backdrop of Crescent City, Big Sam’s Funky Nation released five fan favorite albums and quietly developed a devout following. Powered by jaw-dropping technical talent and uncontainable energy on stage, their performances have become the stuff of legend. Big Sam ensures you’re not just a part of the crowd, but “a part of the show dancing and singing along.”Beyond standout sets at the likes of Voodoo Music + Experience and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the band has performed at BonnarooSXSW, and Austin City Limits, to name a few.


“Big Sam” Williams (trombone, lead vocals), Drew Baham (trumpet, vocals), Jerry Henderson(bass), Keenan McRae (guitar), Alfred Jordan (drums), and Kendrick Marshall (keys) have kicked off their summer tour and are gearing off to perform at various festivals.

Stay tuned for more new music and in the meantime, for more info on Big Sam’s Funky Nation, please visit

Songs in the Key of Funk cover
To watch “PokeChop” video, PRESS HERE
To stream “PokeChop” via Spotify, PRESS HERE
To purchase “PokeChop” via iTunes, PRESS HERE
To stream “Buzzin'” via Spotify, PRESS HERE
To purchase “Buzzin'” via iTunes, PRESS HERE
Upcoming Shows
June 7                    Charlotte, NC @ River Jam – U.S. Whitewater Center
June 8                    Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
June 9                    Asheville, NC @ Xpand Fest
June 14                  Frisco, CO @ Annual Colorado BBQ Championship
June 15                  Albuquerque, NM @ ABQ BioPark Zoo
June 16                  Taos, NM @ Taos Mesa Brewing
June 22                  Norfolk, VA @ Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Festival
June 23                  Washington, DC @ The Hamilton Live
June 24                  Pittsburgh, PA @ Jergels
June 26                  Ann Arbor, MI @ Ann Arbor Summer Festival
June 27                  Ferndale, MI @ The Parliament Room at Otus Supply
June 29                  Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota Jazz Club
July 4                      Nederland, CO @ Caribou Room
July 5                      Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
July 6                      Telluride, CO @ Sheridan Opera House
July 7                      Basalt, CO @ The Temporary
July 12                    Tyler, TX @ Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue
July 13                    Arlington, TX @ Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
July 21                    Nashville, TN @ City Winery
Aug 3                      San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Aug 4                      Mammoth Lakes, CA @ Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
Aug 6                      Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Aug 7                      Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
Aug 8                      Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
Aug 10                    Crystal Bay, NV @ Crystal Bay Club
Aug 11                    Belden, CA @ For The Funk of it Fest
Aug 12                    San Jose, CA @ San Jose Jazz Summer Fest
Aug 17                    Ithaca, NY @ Cornell University
Aug 18                    Salem, MA @ Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
Aug 19                    South Burlington, VT @ Showcase Lounge
Aug 23                    Hartford, CT @ Infinity Music Hall
Aug 24                    Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts
Aug 25                    Brattleboro, VT @ The Stone Church
Aug 29                    Philadelphia, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
Aug 30                    Amagansett, NY @ The Stephen Talkhouse
Aug 31-Sept 1       Charleston, RI @ Rhythm and Roots Festival
Sept 2                     Westport, CT @ Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
Sept 8                     Greensboro, NC @ The North Carolina Folk Festival
Sept 9                     Greensboro, NC @ The North Carolina Folk Festival
Sept 13                   Evanston, IL @ SPACE
Sept 14                   St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
Sept 15                   Lawrence, KS @ Lied Center of Kansas
Sept 21                   Atlanta, GA @ Venkman’s
Sept 22                   Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Pour House
Sept 28-Oct 1        Queensland, Australia @ Caloundra Music Festival
Nov 11                    Stillwater, OK @ Oklahoma State University

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