Bar-Kays Grown Folks
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- Released: October 22, 2012
- Label: Bungalo Records
- 1.Grown Folks
- 2.Return Of The Mac
- 3.What Goes N-Da-Club
- 4.Return Of The Mac [Remix]
Personnel: Larry Dodson (vocals); Tony Gentry (guitar); EZ Roc (keyboards, drum programming); Mark Bynum (keyboards, background vocals); James Alexander (bass guitar); Carlos Sargent (drums); Darrell Stanley, Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes, Anthony Gentry, Archie Love (background vocals).
Recording information: Chene Park, Detroit, MI; Cooper Young Studios, Memphis, TN; Don By Jon Studio, Memphis, TN; Patchwerk Studios, Atlanta, GA; Studio 8, Memphis, TN; ZAC Recording Studio, Atlanta, GA.
Technically an EP, this set finds the legendary Bar-Kays updating their sound a bit with contemporary keyboards, vocal processing, and guest spots from George Clinton, DJ Paul, Three 6 Mafia, and Eightball, but the group doesn't entirely abandon its patented funk sound of earlier years as much as stretch out the R&B side of things. Produced by Jazze Pha, the son of Bar-Kays founder James Alexander, Grown Folks shows that the 21st century version of the Bar-Kays is broader and deeper in scope than a band built to get people up, out, and shaking it on the dancefloor -- but don't worry; they can still do that. The title song, for instance, is a wonderful piece of sensual old-school R&B all shined up for a new century. It's romantic, warm, and familiar without feeling shopworn -- a description that also fits the Bar-Kays as they cruise and groove into their sixth decade as a band and a trusted brand. ~ Steve Leggett
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