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 Bonnaroo, SXSW, 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 www.bigsamsfunkynation.com
June 14 Frisco, CO @ Annual Colorado BBQ Championship
June 27 Ferndale, MI @ The Parliament Room at Otus Supply
June 29 Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota Jazz Club
Aug 17 Ithaca, NY @ Cornell University
Aug 25 Brattleboro, VT @ The Stone Church
Aug 29 Philadelphia, PA @ Ardmore Music Hall
Sept 8 Greensboro, NC @ The North Carolina Folk Festival
Sept 9 Greensboro, NC @ The North Carolina Folk Festival