Time-Travel with Proud and Nasty on “Organ Licker”

Want to time-travel back 50-some years, if only for two minutes and 47 seconds? Slip into Proud and Nasty’s new funk track “Organ Licker” on Color Red Music. Those of a certain age will recall this is precisely what was happening in the glorious ’60s and ’70s.

Proud and Nasty from Seattle are: Michael Zabrek, electric organ, trombone; Adam Gross, drums; Jason Gray, electric bass guitar; R. Scott Morning, trumpet, horn arrangements; Aaron Harmonson, electric guitar; and Jimmy James, electric guitar. The session was produced by Zabrek. Gray did the tracking and mixing at Blue Mallard Recording, and it was mastered at Doug Krebs Mastering.

Michael Zabrek of Proud and Nasty – Photo Credit: John Brown

Zabrek explains the inspiration for this song:

I inherited a 1956 Hammond B3. The previous owner passed away, and the family just wanted to get rid of the organ. Written on the organ above the draw bars were settings written in pencil. I dialed in the settings, and the song “Organ Licker” was born.

Birthed from a concept to create a no holds barred, all-inclusive weekly session of groove music at the Sea Monster Lounge (where anyone can join them on stage), Zabrek curated a core house band of bassist/recording engineer Jason Gray (Polyrhythmics), Adam Gross (Theoretics) on the drum kit; Aaron Harmonson (Von Wildenhaus) on the guitar; and Scott Morning (Polyrhythmics) on horn arrangements and trumpet. Encouraged by long-time friend and collaborator Jimmy James, the band finally laid down their fan favorite, first-set closing number “Organ Licker” in the studio as their debut single.

And Gray wants you to know that “[Zabrek] played the trombone with his left hand and the organ with his tongue.” Now there’s a visual!

The instant the song begins, your time-travel is complete. The vibe screams Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, the Barkays, and Booker T. and The MGs. The production is purposely sparse, exactly the way those groups sounded in that golden era. Gray and Gross provide spot-on rhythm, and Zabrek’s Hammond B3 glides on top, with chunky funky guitars and horn accents. There is a superb guitar solo halfway in and a screaming one at the end as the tension builds toward climax. DAMN, this is fun!

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