Supergroup brings on
the DEEP FRIED funk
If you take four of the
Southeast's most recognized names in improvisational music and toss them all
into a bubbling pot full of chops and groove-you'll be onto the beginnings
of a great musical recipe that is Deep Fried. Consisting of four of the
Southeast's strongest musical talents --Johnny Neel (keyboards, vocals),
George Porter Jr. (bass), Brian Stoltz (guitar), and Matt Abts (drums)- Deep
Fried's maiden voyage is set. By performing in influential groups like the
Neville Brothers, the Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, and the Funky
Meters, Neel, Porter, Stoltz and Abts have developed a strong sense of
improvisation in various collaborative environments.
The notion of the
super-group is nothing new to Johnny Neel-it's nearly all he plays with any
more. Steeped in roots-rock, blues, Delta boogie, and New Orleans swamp
funk,Neel's unique feel tickling the ivories has led him to play with in
diverse settings. Neel's peculiar Southern soul has been involved in bands
including the Allman Brothers Band,
Pink Floyd all-star tribute act Blue Floyd, and experimental duo X2
(comprised of Neel and Abts).
As founding drummer for the top-touring act, Gov't Mule, drummer Matt Abts
has been involved in his own rotating super group cast. Through constant
touring, two studio albums including the acclaimed, multi-bassist project,
The Deep End, Abts has shown relentless, powerful style with his ability to
adapt and instantly lock into the grooves with dozens of different bassists.
George Porter Jr.'s career has spanned over thirty years; his bass playing
instrumental in developing the New Orleans funk sound by co-founding and
performing with the Meters. Porter continues to impress with his impeccable
sense of groove making its mark on a wide variety of musicians - including
the heralded Deep End recordings with Gov't Mule.
From Dr. John, David Byrne, Tori Amos, Robert Palmer, Harry Connick Jr.,
Paul McCartney, and Robbie Robertson-Porter's longest running gig has been
the providing the low end for the pride and soul of the New Orleans sound
with the Funky Meters.
Guitarist Brian Stoltz, currently touring and recording with the Funky
Meters, has deservedly earned the title of New Orleans'"King of Funk
Guitar." For ten years, Stoltz's has been dishing out his name brand funky
licks touring with the Neville Brothers. His trademark chops are displayed
on two solo recordings as well as numerous albums by Bob Dylan, Linda
Ronstadt, Dr. John, Edie Brickell and Jimmy Buffet. For tour dates visit