Come Together is No. for 2016 on WEFT's Blues Chart
Tweed Funk's album "Come Together" is No. 1 on the WEFT-FM's (Champaign-Urbana) Chart for Top Blues Spins in 2016.
Blues Music Magazine Reviews Come Together
Tweed Funk is a horn-driven group with a propulsive rhythm section and dynamic singer...'Don't Give Up' is a zesty danceable number, 'Embrace' is a slow 1950s-style outing giving maximum exposure to Holman's skills, and 'Love Ain't Easy' showcases the chemistry between the bass and the drums. 'Bullet' the penultimate track, features Woolverton in top form, and the closer, 'Soul Rockin', gives similar leeway for Spadafora to wail.
WERU-FM's Top 10 Blues and Soul Albums for 2016
Thanks to Community Radio WERU 89.9 FM for spinning Tweed Funk in 2016. Our album "Come Together" finished at No. 6 on WERU's Top 10 Blues/Soul Albums list and in the company of some great artists including Mavis Staples, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Janiva Magness,and more.
Tweed Funk Year-End RMR Charts - No. 1 for Wisconsin, No. 6 for Soul-Blues, No. 54 for Blues
Tweed Funk's album "Come Together" earned some kudos from the year-end Roots Music Report Charts coming in at No. 1 on the Wisconsin State Chart; No. 54 on the Top Blues Album Chart for 2016; No. 6 on the Top Soul-Blues Album Chart for 2016 (in some fine company with some Grammy Nominees); 2 songs in the Top Blues Song Chart for 2016 at No. 82 and 176; 8 songs in the Top Soul-Blues Song Chart for 2016 at No. 7, 17, 33, 42, 92, 113, 119, and 136.
Tweed Funk Named to FBF Top 20 Blues Albums of 2016
Tweed Funk's album "Come Together" is included in the Friday Blues Fix's Top 20 Blues Albums of 2016. The list also includes some of our favorite acts like: The Rolling Stones, Johnny Rawls, Toronzo Cannon, and many more!
Tweed Funk Wins a Jimi Award for Best Soul/R&B Release for 2016
Tweed Funk wins a Blues411 2016 Jimi Award for Best Soul/R&B Release for our album "Come Together". Congrats to the other nominees in this category: William Bell, Vaneese Thomas, JJ Thames, & The Soul of John Black!! Also, kudos to Joseph "Smokey" Holman being nominated for Best Male Vocalist; Doug Woolverton of Roomful of Blues for being nominated for Instrumentalist Other (who also played on "Come Together"); and our Song 'Come Together' was nominated for Song of the Year
Tweed Funk’s Joseph “Smokey” Holman Battles Back From Cancer
It was so helpful! They made sure that I wasn’t worried about money, so I could concentrate on going though this and getting well. It’s a wonderful thing. I have to figure out a way to thank everybody. A lot people told me, ‘You don’t have to thank us, just get back on stage.’
Tweed Funk Nominated for 4 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards and 2 Shepherd Express Awards
Tweed Funk was nominated for 4 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards for Album of the Year; Song of the Year; Band of the Year; and Best Independent Release. Additionally, in the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee Awards we had two nominations with Andrew Spadafora for Best Jazz Musician and Tweed Funk for Best Blues Band. Congrats to all the Nominees!
Blues Matters (UK) CD Review
The album is all originals with compositions by the members of Tweed Funk that ring in the changes and showcase the prowess of every member...Who Is This has a distinct feel of jazz meandering through the Memphis tone that is the bedrock of Tweed Funk's sound.
Blues in Britain Magazine
The band open with the funky soul of 'Light Up the Night' where Andrew Spadafora and Doug Woolverton lay down some classic Stax styled horns - the pure soul that permeates Holman's vocals is evident on 'Don't Give Up' where those aforementioned horns rock infectiously - whilst 'Muse' has a funky gospel feel again echoed by that superb horn section.
Bluebird Reviews - Come Together
I love the diversity of tunes like the album’s closer, 'Bullet'. The song opens with a film noir type theme that would not have been out of place in that era. Muted, Mile Davis-like trumpet from Doug Woolverton, shows why this gentleman was sought out. Atmospheric, moody and drenched in reverb the song literally draws you in hook, line and sinker till you’re crying uncle! Great change of pace on this one.
Dartmouth Engineer Alumni Spotlight - JD Optekar
On the stage and behind the scenes, guitarist J.D. Optekar ’91 Th’92 is bringing Tweed Funk to the forefront of soul and blues. Drawing on his previous career as a project manager and cofounder of a software development company, Optekar is expanding the sound of the Milwaukee, Wisc.-based band.
14 ‘New Old Soul’ Acts You Need to Hear Right Now
So great for Tweed Funk to be included in this article that includes some of our favorite soul bands: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings; Leon Bridges; St. Paul & The Broken Bones, John Nemeth; Vintage Trouble, and more...from the article: Today, that ripple has become a wave of “new, old soul,” crashing onto the radio airwaves, festival stages, and music charts. The artists are from varied races and backgrounds, having one thing in common: Soul. Here is a list of some of the acts bringing the genre back to life, that we believe you should check out immediately.
Icon Fetch Review
The standout track is 'Love Ain't Easy' - the entire band catches this infectious groove and just rides it, while 'Smokey' Holman lets his road-worn, soul-soaked vocals really shine. This is an excellent example of just how far this band has come - it's obvious they've logged many hours playing together.
Keys and Chords CD Review
The return of ’60’s & ‘70’s soul music. Highly recommended to fans of Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones!
Rex and the Bass Review
Tweed Funk kicks off Come Together with 'Light Up the Night', and this is some extremely tight funk blues. From the intro the listener knows what the band is all about as the horns are popping over Madunic’s killer bass line that is perfectly in time with Schoepke’s drums. There is a lot going on here: Holman’s smooth tenor lyrics use Alice in Wonderland metaphors to spread the message of overcoming your troubles, Spadafora and Woolverton trade splendid riffs, and Dzioba and Moilanen’s backing vocals add just the right amount of soul. This is righteous stuff!
Elmore Magazine - CD Review
Come Together is clearly a team effort. While Holman struts his stuff on vocals, the horns and rhythm section purr like a finely tuned V-8. Whether playing sweet soul or hard hitting funk, Tweed Funk sounds spandex-tight on every track. The title track and “Light Up the Night” combine pulsating funk grooves with socially conscious lyrics. Bassist Eric Madunic and drummer Dave Schoepke have mastered the art of keeping a groove. The horn section is razor-sharp, with trumpeter Doug Woolverton getting a generous share of solo space
Despite Cancer Diagnosis, Show Goes on for Tweed Funk Singer
He said it was like walking around at his own funeral. In April, Joseph 'Smokey' Holman, the 63-year-old soulful singer for local group Tweed Funk, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the white blood cells. 'I met a little girl through a friend of mine who went through leukemia,' Holman said. 'She got up off the couch and said, You need a whole bunch of these, and she hugged me. I almost started crying.' It's through support like that — from family, friends and his bandmates — that Holman has found the strength to 'get out of my pity party and do what I do.'
Blues News Germany 5 out of 6 stars
They want to play what they know by heart: Good old soul music, Memphis style! The old school exam they pass with Grade A plus, 'Don’t Give Up' or 'Muse' bring back almost forgotten tunes. 'Love Ain’t Easy' also qualifies for top grade, due to the trumpet playing of Doug Woolverton (Roomful of Blues).
Muziczine (France) - Review
'Don’t Give Up' raises the beat. Eric Madunic sits at the Hammond organ for this track that is dominated by Smokey’s voice, while Woolverton shines on the trumpet.