Thursday, February 10, 2022

"Crab Walk" by Funkboy

There’s funky and then there’s FUNKY!  “Crab Walk” by bassist Ivan “Funkboy” Bodley definitely falls in the latter category. This is the track to turn up when you’re in the mood for some nasty uncut funk, and no watered-down substitutes will do. The groove is powered by Funkboy’s deliciously funky bass line and drummer Kenny Soule’s mammoth beat. Crispin Cioe increases the funk level considerably with his tremendous sax work (through multiple saxophones). And guitarist Moses Mo contributes some sizzling fretboard magic, while James Dower keeps the groove cookin’ with some percolating clavinet and soulful organ. And percussionist Doug Hinrichs adds more flavor to the funk with his tight playing. It’s nearly impossible not to bob your head or tap your foot when this cut comes on. “Crab Walk” was written by Funkboy and the other players on the track. Funkboy also produced it. He released this stanky deep-funk groove on Color Red Music, March 5, 2021.

Funkboy–who was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee–has quite an impressive resume. The bassist and music director graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music. His musical talents have taken him across the globe; he’s traveled to 29 countries and played before audiences of up to 82,000 people in settings ranging from jazz duos to 150-member symphony orchestras. Additionally, Funkboy has performed with 50 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. And he was the music director for Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Shirelles, and the Crystals. Some of the distinguished music artists he’s performed with include Sting, Elvis Costello, the Temptations, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Bo Diddley, Buster Poindexter, Paul Rodgers and Wynonna Judd.

Funkboy’s appearances include Carnegie Hall (featured soloist with the Rock Concerto), Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize (with Cracked Ice led by Crispin Cio); 12 Broadway shows, including “Rock of Ages,“ “Spider-Man,” Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Kinky Boots,” “Fun Home,” and “Ain’t Too Proud–The Life and Times of the Temptations." Some of his television show appearances include “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “The Today Show,” “Emeril Live,” and “Charlie Rose.”

Last year, Funkboy published his memoir entitled Am I Famous Yet?: Memoir of a Working-Class Rock Star. Bass legend Stanley Clarke wrote the book’s foreword. It’s available at Amazon.

Funkboy also gives virtual online bass lessons via Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, Facetime, WhatsApp, or any video chat app of your choice. Visit his website to learn more. 

"Crab Walk" is available at Amazon.

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