Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Play it again

If you're into the Dap-Kings, Booker T & the MGs, or The Budos Band, you'll love Countryfied.

The organ-driven combo is fronted by Myron Walden, who has a gloriously gospelly tenor sax sound.

The band's self-titled debut isn't out until June 1, but you can get a taste of the Brooklyn band when they play Coco 66 in Greenpoint on April 26.

Also, check out the clip below of Myron and Co. playing "Say it Again":


Anonymous,  April 22, 2010 at 10:21 PM  

Saw them last week in Greenpoint. They rocked it! Walden's now playing with pedals on his horn and they've added guitar to the line up. Lots of talk about how nobody composes in the blues idiom any more--I don't know if this is exactly blues or rock or soul or whatever--but it's Walden's compositions and it doesn't matter what you call it, you'll be moved.

David Miller April 23, 2010 at 8:11 AM  

I was at the show last week in Greenpoint as well and was baptized into the awesomeness that is Countryfied. I had never seen Myron live before, but was moved to write him an email after the show. Here is an excerpt:
"Going to a concert or even hearing a record can be a religious experience. I’ve certainly had them in my young life. The first time I heard A Love Supreme (and every time since). That time the Allman Brothers played “Franklin’s Tower” for the first time. Many of the times I’ve been to see Chris Potter’s Underground. But never before have I felt an artist preaching to me like you did. The music tonight was not played; it was felt. And it was not made to be passively heard; it was made to be actively listened to. I felt you were speaking to me from a pulpit tonight, and I was mesmerized. I’ve never seen a jazz artist with as much stage presence as you have – as much ability to control the crowd and give them not only what they want, but what they need. I know it’s probably second nature to you at this point, but every gyration, every call-and-response with Mike Moreno, the times you went out into the crowd and blew, and even the times you laid out and put yourself offstage just barely out of view. It was all part of that master plan to get everyone involved."

So PLEASE go see this band. That is all.

Luis Camacho,  April 26, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

I'm not as eloquent as the above dudes, but it was an awesome performance on April 12 that I caught @ COCO66. I didn't memorize the names of each musician but they were each amazing.

I've known Myron for 21 years and he was a big mentor for me so I'm partial to him, but that guitar player was jaw dropping. The drummer has such a great feel and he grooves like few others I've heard. The Organist really understands his role and when he solo's it's always in the pocket, not too much, not too little. I hope this band goes far and wakes up many to the various nuances of Jazz.

Keep up the good work Myron.

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