Grand Ole Echo with FunkyJenn & The Bad Intentions

Grand Ole Echo

FunkyJenn & The Bad Intentions

Funkyjenn is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, photographer, actor, bon vivant. The daughter of a Broadway character actor and a classically trained opera singer, Funkyjenn (nee Jennifer Gibbons) was raised in a home filled with music and entertainment. Surrounded by showtunes, opera, classical and the pure 1970's influence of country, pop, folk, soul, rock, funk & punk, it is under this creative household (and decade) where Funkyjenn first found her voice and her love of the arts. She has performed in front of thousands at the Hollywood Bowl and smaller gigs in and around Los Angeles but she most loves singing with her friends at her infamous backyard jams!

Funkyjenn & The Bad Intentions bring to you the loud, rockin soul jam blues-based classic rock of the 70's with a new sound not soon to be forgotten. They've been heralded with the likes of the great Bonnie & Delaney, The Black Crowes, Big Brother & The Holding Co. and The Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Mark Lennon & The Southern Tier

Los Angeles based, North Carolina native Mark W. Lennon releases his full length debut album, Home of the Wheel.

Compared to 2009’s much talked about EP, Down the Mountain, Home of the Wheel has a raw - stripped down sound, due in part to producer Marvin Etzioni. A former member of Lone Justice, Etizoni (who has worked with Steve Earle, Counting Crows and Lucinda Williams) helped Lennon create an album centering on well-crafted songs of lost love, reflection and longing for the South.

Lennon’s twang-tinged voice is authentic. He has the ability to deliver a positive spin on even the most melancholy sentiments. His honest and personal lyrics evoke imagery deeply rooted in his southern upbringing and family history, that seamlessly transition from depression era themes to modern day introspective on his conflict with life in Los Angeles.

“We just took the reigns off without much of a plan on Down the Mountain, which led to more of a jam style record. With Home of the Wheel, we shaved it to the bone,” Lennon says joking about the record. “Marvin had me so far out of my comfort zone, I didn’t know which way we were coming or going.”

Home of the Wheel is an eclectic hodgepodge of Americana styles that will appeal to any musical taste. It ranges from Woody Guthri-esque folk “Home of the Wheel” to Gram Parsons-ish Country “California Calling,” to Desire era Dylan (“The River Stays the Same,” “Cold Mountain Steel” which feature Scarlett Rivera on fiddle), as well as rock “Stop and Go,” bluegrassy “These Times Better” and harmonic pop “Look for the Walls.”

Patrick Sweany

Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.

On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, folks like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Eddie Hinton, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.

It's no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad's extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants.

In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide - with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style.

It wasn't long before Pat drew the attention of other notables like Jimmy Thackery who was impressed enough to bring Pat on the road, and Roy Book Binder, who, after hearing Patrick's self-released debut CD I Wanna Tell You, arranged his first appearance at Merlefest in 2002. Book Binder also turned his longtime friend Jorma Kaukonen on to Patrick's music, landing Pat a perennial slot at the legendary Fur Peace Ranch alongside guitarists like GE Smith, Marjorie Thompson, Bill Kirchen and Bob Margolin.

But Pat wouldn't stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed Pat to form a band.

After 3 critically acclaimed CDs (the last two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and the UK. He's played premiere festivals all over the U.S., and supported national acts such as The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Sonny Landreth, Hot Tuna, and Paul Thorn on tour.

His latest record, That Old Southern Drag, hit the streets February 15, 2011. It was recorded to 2" tape in Nasheville, TN (Patrick's new home) and features contributions from Joe McMahan (Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder, Mike Farris), Scott McEwan (Tarbox Ramblers), Tim Marks (Will Kimbrough, Taylor Swift), and Chris West (The Dynamites), among others. Southern Drag expands Patrick's roots music palette without losing his signature Deep Blues sound.

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Grand Ole Echo with FunkyJenn & The Bad Intentions with Mark Lennon & The Southern Tier, Patrick Sweany, Mason Summit

Sunday, June 16 · 5:00 PM at The Echo