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PAPA MALI (of 7 Walkers)
Musician. Recording artist and producer. Singer/songwriter. Guitarist. Self-confessed vinyl junkie. Collector of vintage musical instruments and studio gear. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Relocated with family to Louisiana at the age of 3. Attended grade school through high school in Shreveport. Spent most summers and holidays with mother and grandparents in New Orleans or on road trips with travelling salesman father. Received first guitar at age 5. Spent weekly allowances and paper route money on rock/blues/soul records and cool clothes. Came of age, learned how to make out, get by and get high amongst the cottonfields and bayous of Caddo Parish. Left home at 17, learned to hitch hike and rediscovered an ongoing wanderlust, on the highways and backroads of America. Educated in cars, bars, juke joints, filthy dives, record shops, flophouses, nightclubs, touring vans and cheap motel rooms throughout the deep south. Baptized in the blues, gospel, soul and rock and roll music of the Mississippi delta. Co-founder and current member of 7 Walkers, along with Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), George Porter Jr (The Meters) and Matt Hubbard. Now residing near Austin, Tx. Can usually be found performing at festivals, theaters and clubs across the US and abroad or in the recording studio, 'chasing down that devil sound and searching for an echo'.
IKE STUBBLEFIELD Hammond B3 virtuoso Ike Stubblefield is a music industry legend. With almost 50 years in the business, you may think he's seen and done it all, but he's just getting started. He cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. He lent his soulful R&B style to Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters and George Benson, and helped create the classic B3 sound that others would imitate for generations to come. In 2010, he collaborated with Grammy-winning Atlanta soul man Cee Lo Green, recording organ and keyboards on 9 tracks. These days, the B3 icon and mini-Moog master stays busy jamming with Papa Mali in New Orleans, rocking with Big Hat in Nashville and producing out of his Atlanta studio. Drawing from his recent time with the Derek Trucks Band and years on the road as a musician-for-hire, Stubblefield is finding his true passion collaborating with old friends and bringing the loose ends of an illustrious career together on his new project, The Ike Stubblefield Trio. "I'm combining all elements of my 46 years of playing," said Stubblefield. "My style's kind of all over the place so it's not a jam band, or jazz or funk necessarily, but it has all those elements." Stubblefield's craft and ingenuity on the keys landed him a plethora of jobs within the music field. Always busy with a new project, his career twists and turns have involved writing and scoring music for commercials, TV shows and film; founding clubs in Vancouver, Toledo and Atlanta; and performing as one of the world's premier organ players. "The B3 organ at the hands of a player like Ike Stubblefield becomes a force of nature," one reviewer wrote following his headlining of the 2011 Savannah Music Festival. A fixture of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in the early 1970s, Stubblefield broadened his sound to fit the rock stylings of Janis Joplin, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Rod Stewart and Boz Scaggs. His reputation as a musician's musician ensured his spot at the top of industry insiders' lists of the most sought-after supporting band mates. After traveling the world as a performing artist, Stubblefield took to the studio in 1976, producing, composing and writing songs with the likes of Phil Spector and Quincy Jones. Other world-famous collaborators would include Jim Capaldi of Traffic and singer-songwriter/guitarist Larry Lee. Following 13 years of studio work through the 80s, Stubblefield spent much of the 90s performing in jazz clubs across the Pacific Northwest like Vancouver's The Purple Onion and Seattle's Jazz Alley with his band Is Not Was. After relocating to Atlanta in 2001, he Packed folks in at The Roxy, Variety Playhouse and The Dogwood Festival. After 10 years of fighting with Cancer , Ike's back up and running stronger than ever..kicking off 2012 with a new CD, featuring 5, new 2012 Grammy winners performing on it, and he himself performing on 29 Cd's last year CeeLo, Jimmy Herring and most recent Ruthie Foster"s "Let It Burn" to name a few... But no matter the job, Stubblefield continues to earn accolades from his peers and critics alike. Ike Stubblefied is more than just a performer, he's an artist in the true sense of the word, and whether writing, producing or composing, he is always working to perfect his art.
JEFF SIPE Jeff began to play drums in the sixth grade. Then In 1975, Jeff's first stepping stone was attending the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. One of Jeff's dreams finally came true when he was accepted to Berklee in 1977. While at Berklee, Jeff studied under Bob Kaufman and Bill Norine, he attended clinics given by Alan Dawson and was taken under by his mentor Lee Venters. Jeff was lucky enough to attend Berklee with an impressive cast of musicians like Branford Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern and Jeff Watts, Kevin Eubanks, Dean Parks, Steve Vai, just to name a few. While studying at Berklee, Jeff met and played in a band with Steve Vai and Baron Brown called "Winter". This experience turned Jeff on to a wide world of music and rhythm which gave him valuable tools that he still carries with him today. After his stay in Boston, Jeff moved to Atlanta in 1983. There he began gigging and teaching at the Atlanta Institute for Music and at a popular hang out for Atlanta drummers, Atlanta Drums and Percussion. Jeff spent time sitting in with local musicians and was introduced to Bruce Hampton through Dan Wall, a keyboardist that he had been playing with..and that's the rest of the story. It seemed too fitting that their first meeting took place at a wedding because not only was there a marriage there was a wedding of vast musical intention. Jeff then asked Oteil Burbridge and Jimmy Herring to sit in on this free willed musical band wagon and the Aquarium Rescue Unit was born. In 1996, Jeff met up with Swedish-born bass extraordinaire Jonas Hellborg and the Memphis guitar monster Shawn Lane. This Trio did many Europoean tours as well as American tours. Jonas released 4 recordings of this band including "Temporal Analogues of Paradise", a classic. Jeff's interest in bluegrass music led him to 3 years with "Leftover Salmon" where he gigged almost non stop! The recording "Nashville Sessions" was a high lite of that period having an opportunity to work with Randy and Earl Srcruggs, Bela Fleck, Waylon Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Taj Mahal, & Jerry Douglas among others. Jeff took on his own creation known as the Zambiland Orchestra. This experimental big band featured Ricky Keller conducting members of Phish, Widespread Panic, Michael Ray and the Cosmic Crew, the Derek Trucks Band, the Fiji Mariners, MOE, Little Feat, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Warren Haynes, Stanton Moore, the Atlanta All-Stars, Little John, Sonny Emory Randy Honea, and many others. The Zambiland Orchestra performed as a charity event for six years in a row every December just before Christmas at the Variety Playhouse as a benefit for Hospice and the food bank. By the 4th year into it there where 83 players on stage being conducted by the great spirit Ricky Keller and Jeff. One invited guest was Matt Butler who was so inspired by this spirited event that he began his own version called the" Everyone Orchestra". Even more recently Jeff teamed up with long time friend and guitar maniac Jimmy Herring on a project known as Z, that's Project Z to most. Together with fellow Atlantian producer/musician Ricky Keller and mega organ/keyboardist Oliver Wells, Project Z recorded a self titled debut album filled with juicy fusionisk tunes that gathered praise from all realms. Since then a second Project Z has been released as well as Jeff's solo release "Timeless" featuring Paul Hanson, Derek Jones, Jason Crosby, Kofi Burbridge, Count 'M Butu and Derek Trucks.
COUNT M'BUTU Count M'Butu was born Harold L. Jones in Georgia, 1945. As a young boy he sang in the church choir and from that moment on he could see the sun, he knew that music would be in his future. But it wouldn't be until many years later that the Count would be able to fulfill his dream. In 1976 the Count studied music at Georgia State University. He then transferred to The Neighborhood Arts Center College in Atlanta, GA where he learned more about African history and music. That same year he was invited to Nigeria to continue his studies. The sights and sounds of Africa's beautiful green surroundings awakened deep spiritual feelings for the Count. He knew he was on the right path. While in Africa, the Count not only learned more about playing the drums but he also learned the art of drum making. It was there that he became enthralled with the wide array of percussion instruments. And the drum became his instrument of choice. He also performed in various African ballets, which tell the history of Africa through song and dance. Upon returning to Georgia, the Count completed his degree in African studies but continued to study under the great Armando Peraza, percussionist for Santana. In 1979 the Count began performing publicly. His first big break was playing percussion on a Nationally syndicated music variety show called "The Memphis Music Store. " Guests included Herbie Hancock, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn and Rufus Thomas, among others. When the show was canceled, the Count went on the road with artists Nancy Wilson, The Manhattans and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. The following year, the Count traveled to Europe and moved around performing for American soldiers stationed overseas. Upon returning to the U.S., the Count, who worked as percussionist at a popular nightspot in Atlanta, met Argentinean beauty Graciela Lopez. Lopez was the lead singer of the band. And as those old-sayings go, the two fell in love and began making beautiful music together. Graciela added Latin flavor to the Count's African sounds. In the late eighties the Count met underground legend Col. Bruce Hampton. Col. Hampton has worked with other well-known musicians such as the infamous Frank Zappa and Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for the Rolling Stones. The first time Col. Hampton met the Count he proclaimed he shall be called Count M'Butu. That was the first of many synchronicities. You see, the family that the Count lived with in Africa was called M'Butu but there was no way that Col. Hampton could have known that. The Count claims that Col. Hampton was like his lucky rabbit's foot. It was a meeting that was meant to be. The following five years were dedicated to recording and touring with the legendary Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit. The band played in front of thousands of fans all over the U.S. and was a staple on The HORDE Tour, composed of various bands such as Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors. They garnered critical acclaim from their peers and critics alike. In 1995 the band broke up and the Count pursued a solo career. During this time the Count was recording for Warner/Capricorn Records. He, along with Graciela Lopez and Harry Case, began working on the making of SEE THE SUN. The album is a variety of melodious jazz rhythms that include a unique and inventive fusion of African and Latin sounds. In the last few years, the Count has shared the stage with such artists as Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler, The Allman Brothers, Phish, and Edwin McCain, among many others. The Count continues to teach his unique style of hand drumming and is also active with the Seminole Indian Tribe in Okeechobee, FL. He can be heard playing the drums on two of Chief James Billie's CD's. In 1999 the Count signed with Terminus Records and finished producing his long awaited solo-debut, SEE THE SUN featuring Graciela Lopez. This latest accomplishment is due out in March 2001. The record displays the talents of some of the finest musicians in the world. It is the culmination of years of influences and friendships that blend to make rare magic. This year, the Count played percussion for Debbie Allen's play "Soul Possessed." Singer James Ingram and the great Arturo Sandoval were part of the repertoire. The amazing play was sold out for two months while it played at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta. Currently the Count is living in Atlanta, GA and is concentrating on the release and promotion of SEE THE SUN.