On why The 13th Amendment?:
“I discovered that the Blues connects to audiences all over the world. I suspect it’s because everybody gets The Blues. In teaching about this music to international audiences, I always have to go back to the source of the Blues which runs right into the Spirituals. I decided I wanted to experience singing these songs with my main voice - the drums. In my own way I’m reclaiming the drums to the tradition. I can only imagine the reason why the spiritual tradition is drum-less is because the drum was taken away (during the period of slavery in the American South). The 13th Amendment is about freedom. We take this approach musically. The 13th Amendment?: it’s Jazz, it’s Funk, it’s Blues, it rocks, it swings, it’s Free.
*The 13th? will be recording soon in December. Until then, here are some live demo performances:
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