Roadshow of the Week, #2 

Mama's Cookin', Terrapin Station

Sorry about the short notice, but better late than never. Tonight, the band Mama's Cookin' is playing at Terrapin Station.

Mama's Cookin' is Zebuel Early on guitar, harmonica and vocals; Todd Holway on keyboard and vocals; Steven LaBella on bass and Mike Adamo on drums. MC blends soul, R&B, blues prog rock and hip-hop to create their groovy songs. Their new album, Let The Record Ride has velvety bass lines, gospel-like keyboards and grungy guitar sounds that reach deep into the past of Americana roots music for inspiration but have a completely current vibe. The title track is a jazzy melody ride with funky hip-hop lyrics voiced in a low, earnest tones. It's also extremely addictive.

On their Web reads, "Let the Record Ride is a smooth rockin' album with great instrumentation and lyrics. It took about a year to complete with recording done both in California and in Colorado. One track features Brian Jordan of KDTU on guitar and another track features a West African medley recorded live in Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado this past winter. It was mastered by Grammy Award-winner Matt Sandowski at Air Show Mastering in Boulder, Colorado. Let the Record Ride is classic." When you get to their site, you can read more about their music and you can access (not download) a handful of their songs for your listening pleasure. I've listened to every song available on their site and I think I've listened to the title track alone at least five times. They also have a list of shows they've played since July, and they may be (or become) one of the hardest working bands around. According to the list, they've brought their cool, groovy sound to the Gem State a few times and have five more shows planned for us Idahoans before Christmas. That doesn't mean you can miss tonight's show. It just means check their Web site for dates and get your day planner out, because you'll want to have all their upcoming Idaho shows marked.

Wednesday, November 23, $4, 9:30 p.m., Terrapin Station, 1519 W. Main St., 342-1776. Mama's Cookin' will be back in Boise and back at Terrapin Station on Thursday, December 12. Check the BW live music guide for more info.

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