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Mingo Fishtrap

Hometown: Austin, TX
Tags: soul, funk, r&b

With a sound dancing between gutbucket soul, N’awlins grit-down funk and horn fueled Motown pop, Mingo Fishtrap is an anomaly in the contemporary music scene. With each album, the group gravitates closer to the classic sounds that inspired them to learn their craft. What’s old is new again; with young audiences flocking to see a live show that lays its musical roots more in 1969 than 2012. And that’s just fine with bandleader Roger Blevins, Jr.

“Blues, soul and R&B is the common denominator of pop music. People around the world know that sound- Chess, Stax, Motown, Muscle Shoals – as part of the soundtrack to their lives. I grew up listening to Pops (Blevins’ father and Mingo’s bassist, Roger, Sr.) play those tunes to every age, race, color and creed. And from what we see, at least, people still need it.”

Mingo Fishtrap traces its beginnings to the mid 90s when Blevins and another five of the group’s members were attending the University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies program. Originally derived as a loose, after-class jam, Mingo covered songs from Otis Redding, Tower of Power, the Neville Brothers and other soul and funk masters with no particular professional ambition.

“Obviously, there wasn’t a lot of classic soul being played around campus,” says Blevins. “People around the dorms just took to it and the ball started rolling. We were good friends playing music we loved; that’s a good recipe.”

More than a decade, thousands of shows and countless miles later it’s that same delicious soul food that Mingo cooks up. With an inspired, high-energy live show, they engage the audience – persuade them to, sometimes literally, join the band inside the music. With a new 11 song EP, In The Meantime, featuring music from a recent show in Austin, TX as well as some new studio tracks, adding to their catalog of CD releases, Mingo captures a musical conversation, which speaks with reverence about the past and with hope about the future.

Through their time together on the road, Mingo Fishtrap has performed on bills with a wide range of artists: Sting, Blues Traveler, Ozomatli, Galactic, Delbert McClinton, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Little Feat, George Clinton & P-Funk, MOFRO and Jonny Lang among others.

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  • TheB

    TheB on Mingo Fishtrap

    almost 7 years ago

    Keith Carlock (drums) is quickly becoming one of the most well-known and emulated drummers on the planet. Early on, Keith and Tim formed the backbone that led to some new directions in the trio of guitarist Wayne Krantz. It wasn't long before Keith was heard by others and quickly became the drummer for the Blues Brothers. Shortly after that he was sought out to follow in the footsteps of Peter Erskine and other greats to sit at the drum chair of Steely Dan. Immediately following his first extended tour with Steely Dan, Keith was on the road for a two-year tour with Sting. This summer Keith is touring with Steely Dan. Keith's singular sound and style are essential to the groove of Rudder. RUDDER IS ON TOUR IN OCTOBER. PLEASE VISIT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO

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