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  JOE BONAMASSA FINDS HIS GROOVE WITH ROCK CANDY FUNK PARTY ALBUM
8th January 2013

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With its reboot of classic 70s/80s jazz-funk, Rock Candy Funk Party (RCFP) delivers a sound that's as celebratory as the name suggests. The group is powered by a line-up of world renowned players—album producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar), Mike Merritt (bass) and Renato Neto (keyboards)—who came together for the sheer fun of making music, and a mutual love of genre-blurring grooves.

RCFP's first album, 'We Want Groove', is released in the UK by Provogue Records on Monday January 28th 2013 (US release is Tuesday January 29th). Fans can get their first taste of the album by obtaining a free download of the single 'Octopus-e' by clicking here.

The album, featuring nine tracks, eight originals and one cover, is full of space and texture, mashed up funk, jazz, rock and virtuoso musicianship. The album includes a bonus DVD that comprises a making-of featurette, two in-the-studio featurettes and the official music video for 'Octopus-e'.

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While the album is instrumental, the interplay between RCFP's members—whose collective credits include Joe Zawinul, Hugh Masekela, Prince, LL Cool J, Ruth Brown, Chaka Khan, Simples Minds, Billy Idol, Tito Puente, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm, Conan O'Brien, Luther Vandross, Sheila E. and many more—is a riveting conversation all its own.

"It really was the definition of collaboration, one of those records where you want to bottle the vibe and save it for all albums," says Bonamassa.

That improvisational nature comes through on We Want Groove, which was recorded live over the course of ten straight days at Tal Bergman's studio in LA. The environment was egalitarian and ego-neutral, with each player sharing equally in creating the music.

"The concept of this record had everything do with interplay," says Bergman. "Everybody fed off each other, reacted, and captured the moment."

In title and spirit, the album tips its hat to Miles Davis' classic 1982 live instrumental LP 'We Want Miles', which Mike Merritt says "was kind of a template for our project". Its influence is one of many echoing through RCFP's re-imagination of jazz-funk—the album opener, 'Octopus-e', boasts a sinewy funk groove that suggests a meeting between Jeff Beck and the Average White Band.

The gorgeously atmospheric 'The Best Ten Minutes Of Your Life' has an early 70s Temptations-style groove that just "lays there for late night". The album closes with the lush and soulful melodies of 'New York Song'. "All flavors went into making this album," says Bergman, citing other influences including Herbie Hancock, James Brown, Weather Report, Earth, Wind & Fire, Led Zeppelin, Sly Stone, and, of course, Miles Davis.

"Tal did a great job making sure the album didn't become over indulgent," says Bonamassa. "The challenge was to keep it fresh without our influences overwhelming the music—to keep the band vibe without it becoming too many ideas from too many people. It was important to commit to the moment and keep it fresh, and fun. There is a fine line."

RCFP grew out of Bergman and DeJesus' 2007 instrumental album Grooove Vol. 1, and subsequent live dates at L.A.'s storied jazz spot The Baked Potato. They encouraged other musicians to jam with them, including Merritt, (currently a member of The Basic Cable Band on Conan) and Neto (who toured with Prince from 2002-2011) who joined the line-up early on. Bonamassa made his RCFP debut in early 2012 during one of his rare breaks from the road when Bergman - who has toured with the guitarist - invited him to sit in on a pair of gigs.

To celebrate the release, RCFP will play two exclusive sold out shows on January 23 and 24 at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles.

We Want Groove – Album Track Listing

CD
1. Octopus-e
2. Spaztastic
3. Ode To Gee
4. We Want Groove
5. The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life
6. Animal/Work
7. Dope On A Rope
8. Root Down (and Get It)
9. New York Song

DVD
1. The Making of We Want Groove
2. In the Studio – Episode 1
3. In the Studio – Episode 2
4. Official Music Video for Octopus-e






WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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