7:30 p.m. • May 23 • Indiana, PA • Free Admission
The New Mastersounds have absorbed a half-century of jazz, R&B, soul, blues, and funk and created a sound that is entirely their own. For over 15 years they have been playing high-energy sold-out shows all over Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and we’re very excited to welcome them to the Westsylvania stage at this year’s festival.
The New Mastersounds formed in Leeds UK in 1999 and cut their teeth as the resident live band at a hip dance club, playing every Friday and Saturday night for nearly two years.
A rough 8-track recording of an early rehearsal got into the hands of some London DJs, and was released soon after on two limited-edition 7” singles. Invitations to play club gigs in London soon followed, and before long the band had established a reputation around UK and Europe as forerunners of the deep funk revival scene.
Fast-forward to 2004: having experimented with various line-ups and recorded 2 albums, the original 4-piece band was invited to Chicago to open for the Greyboy All Stars at the House of Blues. This gig kicked off a prolific live career in USA which continues to the present day, backed up by more studio records, live albums, a remix album and 2 compilations. Their quirky, catchy instrumentals have been used on TV and film soundtracks, and the band is the subject of an award-winning feature-length documentary: “Coals to Newcastle: The New Mastersounds—from Leeds to New Orleans.”
Over the years they have collaborated or jammed with an impressive array of musicians DJs and producers, including: Lou Donaldson (Blue Note), Corinne Bailey Rae (EMI), Quantic (Tru Thoughts), Carleen Anderson (Young Disciples / Brand New Heavies), Keb Darge & Kenny Dope (Kay Dee Records), John Arnold (Ubiquity), Mr Scruff (Ninja Tune), Snowboy (Ubiquity), Fred Everything (2020vision), Andy Smith (Portishead), James Taylor (JTQ), LSK (Faithless), Lack of Afro (Freestyle), Page McConnell (Phish), Karl Denson (Lenny Kravitz / Greyboy AllStars), Melvin Sparks (Blue Note Records), George Porter, Jr. (The Meters), Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker (JB’s), and Art Neville (Neville Brothers, The Meters).
As an example of the respect this band commands, Peter Wermelinger—DJ, collector, and author of the crate-diggers’ bible The Funky & Groovy Music Lexicon—places the 2001 NMS track “Turn This Thing Around” in his all-time top-ten tunes, along with the likes of Eddie Harris, Funkadelic, and Herbie Hancock. The New Mastersounds are at the very top of an elite selection of acts that bring the true soul out of funk.
Nervous, 12″ EP, Deep Funk Records, 2001
Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds, CD and LP, Deep Funk Records, 2001
Keb Darge Presents The New Mastersounds (re-release), CD, Cooker Records, 2003
Be Yourself, CD, One Note Records, 2003
Roughneck, CD and double LP, One Note Records, 2004
Move On – NMS4 Remix, 12″ EP, 2020Vision Recordings, 2004
This Is What We Do, CD and LP, One Note Records (UK)/3 on the B Records (USA), 2005
Live at La Cova, CD, 3 on the B Records (USA) / P-Vine Records (Japan), 2006
102%, CD and LP, One Note Records, 2007 / 3 on the B Records (USA), 2007
Plug & Play, CD and LP, One Note Records (UK), 2008
Ten Years On, CD and LP, One Note Records (UK), 2009
Breaks From The Border, CD and LP, Tallest Man Records, 2011
Out on the Faultline, CD and LP, One Note Records (UK), 2012
Therapy, CD and LP, One Note Records / P-Vine Records / Légère Recordings / Dumaine Records, 2014
“One Note Brown,” 7″ single, Blow It Hard Records, 2000
“Taurus,” 7″ single, Blow It Hard Records, 2000
“Fire” (feat James Taylor), 7″ single, Blow It Hard Records, 2000
“It’s Alright Now,” 7″ single, Deep Funk Records, 2001
“Hot Dog,” 7″ single, Deep Funk Records, 2001
“(So You Can) Get Back,” 7″ single, Cooker Records, 2001
“So Much Better,” 7″ single, Cooker Records, 2003
“Nervous,” 7″ single, Kay Dee Records, 2003
“Your Love Is Mine,” 7″ single, One Note Records, 2003
“Baby Bouncer,” 7″ single, One Note Records, 2004
“Believe” – NMS remix, 7″ single, 2020Vision, 2005
“Butter For Yo’ Popcorn,” 7″ single, Soul Cookers (France), 2005
“Give Me A Minute,” 7″ single, Our Label Records (Germany) 2005