In their latest Inside Out podcast, Turner and Seth spoke to Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove as well as up-and-coming Atlanta funk act Voodoo Visionary, which is made up of Dennis Dowd (keys), Jimmy Lynch (bass), Scott MacDonald (vocals), Mac Schmitz (drums), and Mike Wilson (guitar). Turner and Seth also made a big announcement during this week’s show. The duo will host a series of live podcasts at Atlanta’s City Winery, featuring what is being dubbed as “A Night of Music, Podcast, and Philanthropy.” On September 19th, the duo will host DJ Logic, along with headliners Voodoo Visionary (the subjects of this week’s podcast).
When guitarist and frontman Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove called into the show this week, Turner and Seth spoke with the guitarist about what the future holds for P. Groove. With all four members back in the saddle and healthy and ready to ride, Butler talks about Perpetual Groove’s upcoming run in the Northeast, the potential return of the group’s own Amberland Festival, and the group’s new album on the way in addition to the guitarist’s own successful comeback to the music scene, his own personal trials and tribulations.
As part of their upcoming tour, P. Groove will play a special late-night performance at BB King Blues Club in New York City after Phish performs at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, July 29th. With regards to the Phish Baker’s Dozen late-night on Saturday, July 29th at BB King Blues Club, “It won’t be a power ballad set. [laughs] The setlist will see Matt start with the framework, and once we get to the location, everyone will vibe on the room, and we’ll add audibles depending on how things go, and who we are talking to. Being in New York, there are a few songs that we think would be appropriate, thematically. I would expect us, mentally and song selection-wise, to bring a high-energy set. We are well aware that people [after Phish at MSG] will be ready for that.”
As the podcast moves into the formal interview portion of the program, we are introduced to up and coming Atlanta funk quintet Voodoo Visionary, which synthesizes elements of funk, jazz, disco, and rock ‘n’ roll into their unique improvisational sound. The band released their debut album, Spirit of the Groove, in March 2015, and has just released their sophomore album, Off The Ground. During their interview, the members of Voodoo Visionary talk about their origins as a band, working with different artists, and how quickly their quintet can grow to eight or twelve people at a live show. Scott, explains, “Whenever we have new vocalists come in, I am always learning. I want to learn how to sing back up and engage a higher harmony. That’s my favorite thing, and trying to figure out what we [as a band] are getting at. These guys are always saying, ‘We’re going to have this person, or that person come in and play with us.'”
You can listen to Voodoo Visionary’s Off The Ground via Spotify. The band is currently on tour throughout the rest of the summer, with shows in New York City, Burlington, Buffalo, and more. For tour dates, check out the band’s website at VoodooVisionary.com.
As for Seth and Turner’s upcoming live podcast recording, “A Night of Music, Podcast, and Philanthropy,” in addition to performances by Voodoo Funk and DJ Logic, the evening will also feature an industry profile of Steve Lopez, the tour manager of Widespread Panic who is also responsible for artist relations at Bonnaroo and more. There will be an auction hosted by Seth featuring festival and concert tickets, artist merch, show memorabilia, gift cards, and more, with the proceeds benefitting We’re Hear For You—a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the awareness of noise-induced hearing loss, hearing-loss prevention, and the use of earplugs among the music community. With the auction and various games raising money for the charity, this marks the beginning of a series that Inside Out w/ Turner and Seth will continue to grow in the future. Listen in to for more details with regards to the City Winery sessions.
Upcoming episodes of Inside Out w/ Turner & Seth will feature interviews with Phish’s Jon Fishman, Marcus King, The Main Squeeze, and many more. Stay tuned!
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[Josh Thane is a music engineer at Wonderdog Sound Studios and edits all Inside Out podcasts.]
You can check out past episodes of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast below: