Tweed Funk's Joseph "Smokey" Holman is featured on the Cover of the May 21, 2015 issue of Blues Blast Magazine. Check out the interview including some behind-the-scene stories about Smokey from his band mates.
Tweed Funk took home the 2015 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year for 2015. This is the second time the band has been honored with this award (2012 Winner). Congrats to all of the Winners and Nominees. Tweed Funk was thrilled to receive 7 WAMI Nominations in 2015. The band and its members were also nominated in the following categories:
Album of the Year - "First Name Lucky"; Song of the Year - Blues In My Soul; Male Vocalist of the Year - Joseph "Smokey" Holman; Drummer of the Year - Nick Lang; Bass Player of the Year - Eric Madunic; Brass/Reeds Player of the Year - Kevin Klemme
Check out Piet Levy's coverage of the 2015 WAMI Winners in the Journal Sentinel.
Photo Courtesy of Sweet Music Chica
Tweed Funk made the Cover of the February/March 2015 issue of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine along with the owners of the Slippery Noodle Inn and Tad Robinson (who has multiple BMA Nominations under his belt). This is the 20th Anniversary of Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine and they are featuring 20 Blues Clubs in this Issue (including some of our favorite places to play). It is quite an honor to make our first cover and we hope you will check us out in the upcoming issue by subscribing or picking up a copy of the magazine! Lots of Big News ahead for 2015 - stay tuned! And we will be back at the Slippery Noodle Inn playing on April 10th and 11th!
Additionally, check out the 6 page feature on Joseph "Smokey" Holman in this month's issue (#235) of Living Blues Magazine! A great piece by Steve Sharp that talks about Smokey's early days in Gary, Indiana with The Domestic Four and then being signed to Curtom Records and recording under Curtis Mayfield with Love's Children. Shout outs to Brian "Looper" Lucas and Dennis Tuttle who provided recent photos of Smokey/Tweed Funk for the article.
Tweed Funk's "First Name Lucky" is continuing to receive kudos including being WEFT 90.1 FM Radio's #1 Blues Album of 2014 based on new blues spins for the year. Thanks to all the wonderful DJ's in Champaign-Urbana for this honor and thanks to our team and all the DJs that spun the record this past year!
Here are some of the other Top 2014 Lists that "First Name Lucky" was included on:
- #40 on the Roots Music Report Top 100 Blues Albums for 2014
- #7 on WERU-FM's (Maine) Top 10 Blues/Soul Musicians of 2014
- Soul of Blues Radio Cardiff in the UK Top Blues Albums of 2014
- #50 on Smokestack Lightin's Top 100 Blues CDs of 2014
- #75 on Stingray's (Canada) Top 200 Blues CDs of 2014
Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk's national ascent has been driven by their horn-fueled, Memphis flavored blues, roots, and soul. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6 piece soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70's. Tweed Funk boasts 5 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins in the last 4 years for the band and it's members.
On March 31st, 2014 Tweed Funk released their 3rd CD, "First Name Lucky." Inspired by a recent trip to Memphis, Tweed Funk wanted to create an organic album with a minimal amount of overdubs and production. Tweed Funk's goal was to capture the energy, excitement, and raw emotive power of 7 freshly penned original tunes and 4 select covers. Additionally, Tweed Funk released their debut music video from the new CD for the song "Blues In My Soul." "First Name Lucky" has been nominated for a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the Soul Blues Album category; debuted on the Living Blues Charts at #11 (April 2014) and the RMR Top 50 Blues Album Chart at #10 (4/11/14); has been featured as Dan Aykroyd's (aka Elwood) "blues breaker" on The BluesMobile.com syndicated radio program; and has received airplay on BB King's Bluesville on SiriusXM as well as over 150+ stations worldwide.
Tweed Funk won the 2012 WAMI for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year. In 2014 trumpet player Kevin Klemme took home the WAMI for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year; in 2013 frontman Smokey took home the WAMI for Male Vocalist of the Year and Bassist Eric Madunic for Bass Player of the Year. The song "Dancemaker" won Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine's Coolest Blues Song of the Year for 2013.
Tweed Funk has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast including: Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Slippery Noodle Inn, House of Blues – Chicago, Jazz in the Park, Summerfest, and many more. Tweed Funk has taken their show on the road playing in the following states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.
Fronted by Smokey's sweet, soulful vocals, audiences can quickly hear how Smokey was a pick to hit the Billboard Soul Top 20 back in the 70’s on Curtis Mayfield’s CurTom Records with the band Love’s Children. JD Optekar’s tasteful guitar lines and roots-rock vocals lend versatility to the band. Eric's passion for Memphis-style soul in the tradition of Donald "Duck" Dunn can be heard in his bass playing. The other part of the successful backbone of the band is Nick Lang on drums whose passion for jazz and blues is on display in his superb pocket-playing style. Add in a hot 2-piece horn section of Jon Lovas and Kevin Klemme and you have a full Memphis style soul-drenched show band!