I just let the music soak in when I hear “Muse” and “Sweet Music” back to back. Both are bathed in a delicious old-skool Stax soul sound, reminiscent of the Mar-Keys. Optekar pours it on Steve Cropper-style, and of course, I can’t help but think of the Memphis Horns when Woolverton and Spadafora do their thing.
The Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Nominations are out for 2016 and we are honored to have Tweed Funk nominated for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year (Won in 2015 and 2012); Andrew Spadafora for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year (Won in 2015 and 2008); and JD Optekar for Loudest Paisley Shirt of the Year (actually for Guitar Player of the Year a virgin WAMI Nominee). Thanks to everyone who nominated us!! Congrats to all the nominees and check out some of these hot Wisconsin Acts making some national noise in this great article by Piet Levy. The awards show will be held in Appleton at the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 17th.