Man, we love this series. We began with Fractal Cat’s Miles Gannett. It continued with Miss Lonelyheart’s Andy Stout. And now we have our third installment of the Celebrity Playlist, Freekbass. The dude, who we spoke with in March of last year, will be at The Opera House over in Shepherdstown on Friday. The fun begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are a mere 10 bucks and they, of course, are on sale now. This guy’s knowledge of funk music is bottom-of-the-ocean-deep, and this playlist, friends, might just be our favorite so far. There’s just so much cool stuff here. Like, really. There is. Graham Central Station. Ohio Players. David Bowie. King Crimson. And more. So, so much more. Carve out some minutes. Grab some headphones. Tune in. Rock it. Roll it.
Funkadelic: “Standing On The Verge Of Gettin’ It On”
This is a groundbreaking track mixing the best of the funk and rock world, with hypnotic group vocals.
Graham Central Station: “Earthquake”
If Jimi Hendrix was a bassist, this is what you would get. It’s a sonic masterpiece by bass pioneer Larry Graham.
Eddie Hazel: “California Dreamin'”
An incredible funk/gospel version of the Mamas and The Papas’ 1960s hit.
Ohio Players: “FOPP”
A hypnotic groove by the kings of Dayton funk.
David Bowie: “Ashes To Ashes”
One of the best journeys through Bowie’s universe on this one.
Love & Rockets: “No New Tale To Tell”
One of the many great pieces of song-craft by Daniel Ash and the gang.
Dr. Dre and 2Pac: “California Love”
If I had to hear one groove on a loop all day, this would be it. Throw in some Roger Troutman/Zapp and you have the perfect match.
King Crimson: “Elephant Talk”
Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Bill Bruford are the ultimate supergroup on this one.
Bobby Womack: “Across 110 Street”
There’s too much soul and groove in this classic and moving track.
Sly & The Family Stone: “I Want To Take You Higher”
Sly Stone at the height of his superpowers.