Binky griptite - binky griptite's ghetto funk power hour vol. 2
He doesn’t employ the slide while playing with the Dap-Kings — it’s a bit out of place in their soulful setlist — but Griptite is getting better at working that tiny glass cylinder (and the metallic warbling it produces when pressed to steel strings) into his repertoire. On April 2, Griptite will present his first solo material, comprising blues ruminations and tributes to the artists who shaped his musical upbringing — like Muddy Waters — at the Greenwich House as a part of its Uncharted performance series. He settled on “Traveling Riverside Blues” as the title for the program, paying tribute to the Mississippi and the ribbon it weaves between blues havens and cities — New Orleans, Memphis, all the way up to Minneapolis — that serve as touchstones for American popular music at large.
Some people don't know the difference between Retro and Old School - Binky Griptite will let you know quick! Being a songwriter, solo artist, producer and session guitarist extraordinaire with over 20 years experience, he explains, "Retro is a trend… Old School is an attitude; it's about doing things the way they're supposed to be done." Binky does Soul and Funk music the way it's supposed to be done: dirty, gritty and nasty! He's been around the world as a sideman, performed on 5 platinum selling albums and received Grammy recognition for playing on the Song of the Year for 2007 ("Rehab" - Amy Winehouse). He is currently a member of the world famous Dap Kings.
With musical influences that span a variety of genres (he names DJ Premier, Quincy Jones, Timbaland and Daft Punk as inspiration), Henri "MGI" Lanz seemed destined to bring a unique flavor to the music scene. The Finnish-born music producer and songwriter is also co-owner of M-Eazy Music/Perfection Shows MP&M, which he co-founded with his production/songwriting partner, Will "GoodWill" Rappaport in 2007.
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