Uncle Joe’s Medicine Show hails from upstate NY’s legendary funk rock and jam scene and the band formed in late 2001 in Fredonia NY while attending college. Uncle Joe’s relocated to Atlanta Georgia at the end of 2005, ready to bring a new sound full of energy and groove to the South. With a sound that fuses vintage funk sounds with a soul lyricism, the band evokes the days of when groove and feel were first and foremost. With influences from Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield to Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton and Steely Dan, Uncle Joe’s Medicine Show has a sound way beyond their average years on this earth of 29. They have made no mistake in getting familiar with the groove and getting a handle on the raw live elements of jazz, soul and rock. Their live shows are the right blend of original material and familiar old school favorites. Their members are: Brian Didsbury-Fender bass & vocals; Jeff Jeswald-Organ, pianos & vocals; John Halpin-Guitar; Gabe Fleming-Drums. Uncle Joe’s formed in the fall of 2001 and with each member a part of the State University’s media and audio programs they immediately excelled in recording and performing, self producing the 2003 release Sonic Tonic with their own production company The Jammers & The Brothers Dig. The band sold over 1,000 copies of the disc while playing festivals, clubs and events during and immediately following college. After moving to Atlanta Uncle Joe’s Medicine show began building a name for itself among the jam band scene, opening for local funksters Entropy and gigging regularly around town at Smith’s Olde Bar, Sweetwater Brewery and The 5 Spot. Their newest release, Get Under It which is a disc is full of hooks and melodies that rival the best Blue note, Stax and Motown years. Along the way, Uncle Joe’s Medicine Show has gigged with funk legends The Average White Band and they received local radio airplay in Western NY on WCVF Fredonia. Voted best band in Fredonia NY’s 2003 Battle of The Bands, they were local favorites at the Caboose and the Old Main Inn where they brought in hundreds of college students every month. In 2003 and 2004 their music was featured on PBS’s Homework Hotline across NY and for Bluff Magazine, a gaming publication. In April of 2008 Uncle Joe’s Medicine Show performed at the 2008 Sweetwater Brewery 420 Festival, where they opened for Local favorites The Last Waltz and Hammond B3 legend Ike Stubblefield. Stubblefield was quoted as saying “These guys sound like old school New York!” Indeed they do. Uncle Joe’s will be performing around Atlanta in support of their upcoming release and will continue to bring a blend of funk, jazz, rock and soul to those of a newer generation. They are an unstoppable funk machine that will let nothing stand in the way of their pursuit of musical integrity and pure groove. Keep it funky now
Edited by mr_maxis on 16 Feb 2012, 15:19
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