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Published on February 19th, 2015 | by TLV News


CBDB: Purveyors of Joyfunk – Live at Proud Larry’s on Saturday, February 21

Filtered through the waters of Alabama’s Black Warrior River, CBDB’s Joyfunk emerges from the muddy depths bringing to light a crisp, revolving blend of progressive rock, funk, and fusion. phone.keys.wallet., CBDB’s debut album, was released in November 2012 and saw rapid success with hook heavy songs like “Slow Foxes” reaching 22K+ plays on Spotify. CBDB is currently preparing to release their second album, Joyfunk is Dead, the week of the Proud Larry’s show.

The facetiously titled sophomore effort takes Joyfunk down a more progressive route CBDB_JoyfunkIsDeadAlbumwhile still keeping its hook and groove oriented roots. CBDB has built a strong social media presence with 4K+ Facebook likes and 6K+ Twitter follows through steady touring of the Southeast playing headlining shows to dedicated followings in rooms like The Jupiter, Zydeco, Bourbon Street, Smiths Olde Bar, Terminal West, The Camel, Proud Larry’s and Exit/In. They have shared the stage with acts including Umphreys McGee, Earphunk, The Wailers, B.o.B., The Revivalists, Col. Bruce Hampton (Ret.), Moon Taxi, Mike Jones, Seven Handle Circus, Octopus Nebula, The Vegabonds, Space Capone, among many others.

“CBDB is one of the most exciting bands to come out of the Southeast in years. The buzz about the band is very reminiscent of Widespread Panic in the late 80’s. CBDB proves you don’t need computers to make great music,” said Rick Stowe, Managing Director and Partner of East Coast Entertainment.

“CBDB is a fresh progressive blend of funk, rock, jazz, and reggae with solid lyrical content and tight musical arrangements. In a college market full of cover bands and DJs, they have proven themselves as not only a consistent draw, but original artists,” said Jerimiah Jones, owner of Jupiter Bar.

“CBDB’s sound and song writing blended with a loyal fan base make this group the nextCBDB_tourposter great draw for many years to come. As solid as they are now, it is difficult to fathom how much potential this band truly has,” said Layne Flournoy, owner of Zydeco.

CBDB is Cy Simonton, lead vocals and guitar; Kris Gottlieb, lead guitar; David Ray, bass; Glenn Dillard, sax and keys; Donald DeLoach, percussion; and Paul Oliver, drums.

On stage, CBDB parades tight, ambitious composition that seamlessly gives way to loose, adventurous musical improvisation. It pushes and pulls in different technical and creative directions, but for them, it comes down to having fun playing music with their friends.

“When you’re having a good time, that comes across,” says lead singer Cy Simonton. “There’s that back and forth between the crowd and the band … when everybody’s into it and dancing and completely in the moment … that’s Joyfunk. That’s what we bring.” The Local Voice Ligature 

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