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Biography

There are three bands named "Fatty Lumpkin."

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Fatty Lumpkin is the band that provides a soundtrack for the new millennium.

The members of Fatty Lumpkin grew up in Grapevine, Texas and began their musical journey shortly after meeting each other in 2000. The band draws their influences from a multitude of genres such as rock, hip hop, funk, blues, and jazz. Fatty Lumpkin's first gigs came in 2003 when they locked in a weekly gig at a local bar after winning their first battle-of-the-bands competition. Fatty Lumpkin then hit Dallas/Ft. Worth, paying their dues by playing relentlessly around the area, deliberately crafting and polishing their sound and style. Fatty Lumpkin has steadily increased their output and reputation by branching out to venues and music festivals throughout the country including the Wakarusa Music Festival in 2008.

Fatty Lumpkin has shared the stage with many talented and accomplished musicians including EOTO (Michael Travis and Jason Hann of the String Cheese Incident), Greg Ginn of Black Flag, Rebirth Brass Band, The Motet, RAQ, Mike Dillon’s Go-Go Jungle, On The One (John Staten of Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Jesse Molloy of Giant People), Family Groove Company, The Code Talkers, Cecil “P-Nut“ Daniels, Tony Furtado, Consider the Source, Moving Matter, Snarky Puppy, Tribal Nation, Topaz, The Eric McFadden Trio, Spoonfed Tribe, Qwiksand, Egress, and many others from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The members of Fatty Lumpkin live by the ethic of being musicians and artists for life, writing and performing music that reflects the culture of the generation from which they come. Their mission statement is simple: Life, Love, and Music.

Voc/Bass: Seth Myers, Voc/Guitar: Kelyn Crapp, Drums: Matt Dixon

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Fatty Lumpkin was an upbeat bluegrass-influenced active in New Brunswick, New Jersey in the mid-1990s. Consisting of Stephen Weino on vocals and acoustic guitar; Eric Waldman on organ, keyboards, harmonica, and vocals; Pete Novembre on Fender bass; Mike Conrad on drums; and Scott Shannon on percussion and toys, Fatty Lumpkin released a self-titled EP in 1997 with guest brass.

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FATTY LUMPKIN
Perth, 1972-1976

Rex Bullen (keyboards)
Roy Daniels (bass)
Bob Fortescue (bass)
Mick Glendenning (bass)
Al Kash (drums)
David Little (drums)
John Meyer (guitar) http://www.perthbluesclub.com/index.php/news/john-meyer-back-at-the-pbc.html
Phil Pruiti (guitar)
Jon Ryder (bass, vocals) http://www.myspace.com/jonryder001
http://blogs.myspace.com/jonryder001
Warren Ward (bass)
Tom Watts (drums)
Lindsay Wells (guitar)
John Worrall (vocals, flute)

History

Although little remembered today, Fatty Lumpkin were (according to Ian McFarlane) a local institution in Perth in the early 1970s and the various lineups included some very notable musicians. Like several bands of the era (e.g. Galadriel) the group took its name from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, in this case his renowned fantasy novel The Hobbit (Fatty was Tom Bombadil's pony).

The original line-up was John Worrall, Roy Daniels, the great Lindsay Wells (ex-Healing Force) and Tom Watts. Worrall had been the original lead singer of noted Perth band Bakery and had performed on their two Singles and their debut LP, Rock Mass For Love LP. Worrall quit Bakery shortly after the LP was released in August 1971, joining Ssarb for several months before forming Fatty Lumpkin in 1972.

Typically, the group went through numerous lineup changes, but there is little extant information about tenures, although Joyson states that lead guitarist John Meyer joined sometime between their first and second Singles. Later members included other Bakery alumni – Rex Bullen (a member of pioneering Canberra band The Bitter Lemons with Paul Lyneham, Bakery, Natural Gas), Phil Pruiti (Ex Current Bun - guitar), John Meyer (guitar), Jon Rider (bass, vocals), David Little (drums), Bob Fortesque (bass), Warren Ward (bass) and Al Kash (drums). Fortesque and Kash will be known to OzRock aficionados as the rhythm section in the mid-1970 lineup of John Robinson's Blackfeather, the version of the group that recorded their acclaimed debut LP At The Mountains Of Madness. Warren Ward had been an early member of country-rock pioneers The Flying Circus and also played in a post-Robinson Blackfeather lineup. Almost all of the members of Fatty Lumpkin also played in Perth band Ssarb at various times.

Fatty Lumpkin issued four singles over their four-year career; the first two were issued on Martin Clarke's Clarion label, the latter two were on Festival. The band split at the end of 1976. Ian McFarlane describes the singles as balancing "jazzy hard rock with lofty, flute-led progressive ballads (somewhere between Jethro Tull and Focus) replete with quasi-Santanaesque lead guitar from Meyer". Joyson is more specific, describing their debut single as comprising "two rough and rather frantic boogie numbers". He notes that the A-side of the second single ("Millionaire") was in a similar style, but that the sharply contrasting B-side was "a beautiful seven minute flute-dominated ballad with some lovely mellow guitar from Meyer." Regrettably, as far as we know, none of Fatty Lumpkin's recordings have yet been reissued on CD.

After Fatty Lumpkin …
- John Meyer went on to join the bands Everest, Saracen (who issued an independent self-titled album in 1986), Rose Tattoo and one of the more recent lineups of Chain.

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