Color Red Music

Color Red Music

Posted By: CRED
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

Rooming House

By: Eric Martinez

Musical Style: Rock and roll, Psychedelic rock

Musical Influences: Ray Wyllie Hubbard, The Rolling Stones, Michael Houser

Musical Inspiration: Michael Houser's slow simple chord progressions inspired this track., The slow simple guitar progressions of Michael Houser.

Artist Statement: I was playing the music for Todd Nance at Daniel Hutchen's house one night and Todd started singing this beautiful melody to the song. I grabbed my phone and started recording it. Later I sent the music and some lyrics to Danny and he added some music and wrote these great lyrics. Since the recording of this song both Danny (May 2021) and Todd (August 2020) have passed away and Danny and I figured this was the last song (May 2017) Todd ever wrote. Danny wrote until the day he died. The last of which we wrote together is the last song on this record., I was showing this music to Todd Nance one night at Daniel Hutchens’s house and he started singing this beautiful melody to it. I grabbed my phone and started recording. I later sent the music and some lyrics to Danny and he added some music and had written these wonderful lyrics about a weekend in Tennessee. Mike “Spanky” McClure is on bass, John Neff  is on pedal steel, and Micah Munro is on background vocals. Since writing this song Danny (May 2021) and Todd (August 2020) have both passed away. Danny and I figured out that this was Todd’s last song that he wrote. Danny wrote till the day he died. 

Track Description: Rooming house was written with Todd Nance and Daniel Hutchens in 2017. Todd and I were at Danny's and I started playing this music which Todd sang a melody over and Danny gave us these great lyrics. Eric Martinez plays drums, guitars, keys, and sings. Mike "Spanky" McCluer plays bass. John Neff plays pedal steel. Micah Munro sings. Both Todd (August 20) and Danny (May 21) have since died and we figured this was Todd's last song. Danny wrote till the day he died. 

Posted By: CRED
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

Great Divide

By: Royal Horses

Musical Style: 70's Rock

Musical Influences: Neil Young, Marshall Tucker Band, Led Zeppelin

Musical Inspiration:  The chords first came together as a folk song on Shelby’s laptop, and became a full on rock anthem when the band took it into the studio. 

Artist Statement: ‘Great Divide is a rock anthem straight out of 1973. Raunchy guitars, driving drums, soaring vocals, and an epic battle riff at the peak will have you ready to get out there and either make the world a better place, or start breaking stuff. 

Track Description: “Great Divide” by Royal Horses could easily be mistaken for a rock anthem straight out of 1973. Stylistically reminiscent of Neil Young and Marshall Tucker Band, vocalist Shelby Kemp broods over the strangeness of American life over the course of the past few years. The apex of the track launches into an epic battle riff and emotive guitar solo that possesses the duality to either inspire listeners to make the world a better place or start breaking stuff. “Great Divide” is the first single off of the group’s LP ‘Where the Purple Flowers Grow,’ that the band recorded at Downman Studios in New Orleans with executive producer John Michael Early.

Posted By: Funk | Soul | Jazz
Thu, Dec 02, 2021

Blues For Bob

By: Tim Carman Trio

Musical Style: Organ Trio, 60's Soul Jazz, Jazz Trio, Soul jazz

Musical Influences: Jimmy Smith, Freddie Roach, Grant Green

Musical Inspiration:  Inspired by and dedicated to Bob Gullotti, Tim's first drum teacher and mentor. Bob passed away suddenly in 2020. The song was written in the studio and recorded in one take by Tim Carman, Steve Fell, and Ken Clark. Along with Bob's spirit, Jimmy Smith inspired the feel and soul of this track. 

Artist Statement: Inspired by and dedicated to Bob Gullotti, Tim's first drum teacher and mentor. Bob passed away suddenly in 2020. The song was written in the studio and recorded in one take by Tim Carman, Steve Fell, and Ken Clark. Along with Bob's spirit, Jimmy Smith inspired the feel and soul of this track. 

Track Description: Tim Carman pays tribute to his first drum teacher and mentor, Bob Gullotti, in “Blues for Bob.” Carman devised the idea for his latest project, Tim Carman Trio, in 2020 while quarantining in a New Hampshire cabin and revisiting records Gullotti presented him during his formative years as an aspiring jazz drummer. As he went down the rabbit hole and took advantage of time off the road with his primary project GA-20, Carman formulated the idea for the project. Tim Carman Trio is no-frills, timeless, B3 organ jazz Inspired by 60s icons such as Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and more. “Blues for Bob” is an original composition and the opening track off of the group’s forthcoming debut LP ‘Key Lime’ coming out worldwide via Color Red in 2022. Eddie Roberts, founder of Color Red and guitarist/bandleader of The New Mastersounds, touts Carman’s songwriting and proclivity to the organ trio format as “soul jazz how it’s supposed to sound.”

Posted By: CRED
Thu, Nov 18, 2021

Beginner’s Mind

By: Danny Mayer

Musical Styles: Funk, Psychedelic Funk, Instrumental Funk, Ambient, Blues, Lo-fi, Instrumental, Meditation, Reggae, Dub reggae, Dub, Instrumental hip hop, Lofi, Rock and roll, Afro Soul, Southern rock, Psychedelic Soul, Psychedelic Groove, Jazz-Reggae, 70's Jazz Funk, Psychedelic, world music, Worldbeat, Indian pop, Raga rock

Musical Influences: Parliament Funkadelic, Lee Perry, James Brown, King Tubby, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Marcus King, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Derek Trucks, Eric Krasno, The Grateful Dead, J Dilla, The Allman Brothers Band

Posted By: Afro-beat | Global Music
Thu, Nov 11, 2021

The Good Life

By: The Super 20

Musical Style: Instrumental, Groove, Afrobeat

Musical Influences: Rico Rodriguez, Tommy McCook, Afrobeat, Quantic

Track Description: The Super 20’s debut single “The Good Life” is an optimistic horn-driven track that evokes inspiration from reggae and afrobeat legends past and present. The project is the creation of longtime New York saxophonist, Lee Hamilton that features a cast of musical vagabonds who have performed with Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars, Chicago Jazz Underground, Debo Band, Slightly Stoopid and more. “The Good Life” summons emotions that are hopeful as well as tense and push forward towards the greater unknown reveling in the journey as a whole. Hamilton cites the Paulo Coelho book ‘The Alchemist’ as inspiration as well. The song channels influence by reggae greats like Rico Rodriguez and Tommy McCook as well curational expertise drawn from modern staples in the circuit like Quantic. It is the perfect introduction of a new project that savors every moment along the way from the beginning to the very end.

Posted By: CRED
Thu, Nov 04, 2021

Death Don't Discriminate

By: Eric Martinez

Musical Style: Rock and roll

Musical Influences: Ray Wyllie Hubbard, The Rolling Stones, R.E.M., Guy Clark

Artist Statement: I had just heard New Adventures in High-Fi by R.E.M. for the first time and definitely used their 90's rock band vibe for the feel of this song. Mike "Spanky" McCluer is on this track with Micah's voice soaring over the top.

Track Description: I wrote this song on May 17, 2016 which was the day Guy Clark died and also mine and Sarah’s 13th wedding anniversary. I gave it kind of a cowboy feel and the lyrics tangle through truth, love, and death. Around the time of this recording a friend sent me a track to listen to off an R.E.M. record from 1996 called New Adventures In High-Fi. I had never heard this record and was blown away. Huge distorted guitars, tight rhythm section, and Stipe’s vocal soaring over the top. Now I had a direction for the recording and brought on longtime Dyrty Byrds bass player Mike “Spanky” McCluer (also plays on Rooming House) and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. Micah Munro as usual sends it in to the stratosphere with her backing vocals. 

Posted By: CRED
Thu, Nov 11, 2021

Soho Filth

By: The Filthy Six

Posted By: CRED
Thu, Oct 28, 2021

Mr Shmingle Bangle (w. Snowboy)

By: The Filthy Six

This was an old tune i wrote many moons ago but just didn’t see sitting in a Filthy set. Revisiting it last summer i tweaked a few things around, borrowing the Latin to Swing idea from Cannonball Adderley’s “Azule Serape”, from his Quintet’s 'Live at The Lighthouse' album. While reworking this i found myself thinking a lot about James Bush, my old college roommate and Latin fan. He was a rich and cosmic character that lived life to it’s fullest but unfortunately found it hard to come down from the stars and keep his beautiful spirit down here on the ground. He had a certain way with words and "shmingle bangle" was one of his favourite phrases in nonsense speak. This one’s for you mucker. 

Posted By: CRED
Thu, Oct 28, 2021


By: Apollo Suns

Musical Style: Jazz blues, Chill-out, Jazz, 70's fusion rock

Musical Influences: Snarky Puppy, Miles Davis, Steely  Dan, Bill Cobham, Stevie Wonder

Artist Statement:  A brittle but hopeful love song. A walk down a freshly snow covered street in the heart of the city. This song just came together very quickly and felt perfect from the first time we ran it. It just has that delicate touch that we hadn't dove into heavily yet. 

Track Description: Apollo Suns explore the softer side of 70s-inspired fusion in “Rosie.” The band instilled a challenge amongst themselves to play less aggressively and looked to classic fusion repertoire like Billy Cobham’s “Heather” to set the stage and channel the musical spirits. At 86 beats per minute, the tune takes on a teetering sense of fragility escalated by saxophonist Aaron Bartel’s horn arrangements and guitarist Ed Durocher’s celestial chord progression and harmonic structure. The end result is a composition that is melancholy with a hint of hopefulness that primes listeners for what’s to come on the band’s debut Color Red LP ‘A Relationship of Force.’

Posted By: CRED
Thu, Oct 28, 2021

This Is Halloween

By: Elephant Wrecking Ball

Musical Style: Halloween, Spooky, Cinematic

Musical Influences: Jack Skellington, Danny Elfman, Snarky Puppy, Morphine, Lespecial

Musical Inspiration: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Track Description: Elephant Wrecking Ball puts a personal touch on the Danny Elfman classic, “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas. At the suggestion of their longtime friend, collage artist, and avid Nightmare Before Christmas fan, Curtis Bergesen, the group decided to take the live fan-favorite to the studio to record and release prior to Halloween 2021. The trio of Scott Flynn (trombone), Dan Africano (bass), and Neal Evans (drums) furthers their explorations in jazz, hip-hop, and electronica with a hard-driving rhythm section and haunting horn leads & effects to pay tribute to Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King and the Patron Spirit of Halloween.


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