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Following Joseph “Smokey” Holman’s successful stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma cancer, Tweed Funk is back playing shows and booking for 2017 and beyond.  Thanks to everyone in the blues community – press, DJs, and fans for your loving and financial support over the past year.  Check out Tweed Funk’s interview and performances on the NBC Affiliate, TMJ4, by clicking on the image below.
Accolades and Recognition

Although Tweed Funk ended their touring in July of 2016 for Smokey to complete his treatment, the band and their latest album “Come Together” continued to earn accolades including:

  • Finalist for The Blues Foundation’s Best Self Produced CD Award
  • Blues411 ‘Jimi’ Award for Best R&B/Soul Release for 2016
  • Smokey nominated for a Living Blues Most Outstanding Blues Singer Award
  • No. 1 in Blues Spins for 2016 on WEFT Champaign-Urbana
  • No. 1 on the Roots Music Report Chart for Wisconsin for 2016
  • No. 6 on the Roots Music Report Chart for Soul-Blues Albums for 2016
  • No. 54 on the Roots Music Report Chart for Blues Albums for 2016
  • Named to Friday Blues Fix’s Top 20 Blues Albums of 2016
  • No. 6 on WERU’s (Maine) Top 10 Blues Albums of 2016
  • No. 6 on the Sunday Night Blues Project’s Best 15 Albums of 2016
  • Nominated for 4 Radio Milwaukee Awards

About Tweed Funk

Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk has been an integral part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6 piece soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph “Smokey” Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70’s. Tweed Funk boasts 5 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins since 2012 for the band and its members. In April of 2016 the band released their fourth CD, “Come Together”, consisting of 10 new original tunes. Tweed Funk toured the Midwest and east coast of the United States in support of their new album.

Tweed Funk’s fourth CD, “Come Together”, performed well on the blues charts and received airplay and reviews from around the world. Additionally, the CD crossed-over to non-commercial formats outside of blues radio. “Come Together” reached #11 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top 50 Blues Album Chart and #1 on the RMR Soul-Blues Chart; reached #19 on the Living Blues Chart; featured as Dan Aykroyd’s (aka Elwood Blues) “blues-breaker” on the internationally syndicated radio program The; airplay on BB King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM; and Joseph “Smokey” Holman was nominated for a 2016 Living Blues Award for Most Outstanding Blues Singer.

Tweed Funk won the WAMI for R&B/Soul Artist of the Year in both 2015 and 2012. In 2015, Andrew Spadafora took home the WAMI Award for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year; in 2013 frontman Smokey took home the WAMI for Male Vocalist of the Year and Bassist Eric Madunic for Bass Player of the Year. The song “Dancemaker” won Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine’s Coolest Blues Song of the Year for 2013.

Tweed Funk has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast including: Bayfront Blues Festival, BBQ in DC, Blues at The Crossroads Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Northwoods Blues Festival, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Sioux Falls Jazz Fest, Smokin’ in Steele Fest, Waukesha Bluesfest, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Time Out Pub, Madam’s Organ, Slippery Noodle Inn, House of Blues – Chicago, Jazz in the Park, Summerfest, and many more. Tweed Funk has taken their show on the road playing in 21 different states throughout the USA.

The Deed is Done – Tweed Funk
From The Extended Play Sessions

“Tweed Funk’s ‘Love Ain’t Easy’ from the album Come Together is featured on Relix Magazine’s March 2017 CD Sampler along with cuts from Robert Randolf, Greensky Bluegrass, and other great bands.”— Relix Magazine, Mar 16, 2017

“During the autobiographical tune ‘Sweet Music’ it was hard for the members of Tweed Funk to keep it together as Eric sang the lines ‘Sweet Music, you saved my life, through trials and tribulations, stress and strife. Oh Sweet Music you filled this hole in my soul.’ The tune ‘Sweet Music’ along with the tunes ‘Don’t Give Up’ and ‘Come Together’became a mantra for Smokey, the band, and their fans as they looked to support Smokey in his battle against multiple myeloma.”— #LOV3RZ Magazine, Mar 15, 2017

Don’t let the name fool you, Tweed Funk is soulful, jazzy R&B and a kick-ass horn driven band from Milwaukee. If you like that sound, this is for you. The horn section is led by Andrew Spadafora on Tenor and Bari Sax, and Doug Woolverton of Roomful of Blues on Trumpet. They are the focal point and provide a big sound for a 2 piece horn section.”— Southside Paul Weigand, Suncoast Blues Society, Jan 20, 2017

“Tweed Funk is a horn-driven group with a propulsive rhythm section and dynamic singer…’Don’t Give Up’ is a zesty danceable number, ‘Embrace’ is a slow 1950s-style outing giving maximum exposure to Holman’s skills, and ‘Love Ain’t Easy’ showcases the chemistry between the bass and the drums. ‘Bullet’ the penultimate track, features Woolverton in top form, and the closer, ‘Soul Rockin’, gives similar leeway for Spadafora to wail.”— Dan Stevens, Blues Music Magazine, Jan 4, 2017

“The band open with the funky soul of ‘Light Up the Night’ where Andrew Spadafora and Doug Woolverton lay down some classic Stax styled horns – the pure soul that permeates Holman’s vocals is evident on ‘Don’t Give Up’ where those aforementioned horns rock infectiously – whilst ‘Muse’ has a funky gospel feel again echoed by that superb horn section.”— Mick Rainsford, Blues in Britain Magazine, Oct 1, 2016

The album is all originals with compositions by the members of Tweed Funk that ring in the changes and showcase the prowess of every member…Who Is This has a distinct feel of jazz meandering through the Memphis tone that is the bedrock of Tweed Funk’s sound.”— Liz Aiken, Blues Matters Magazine (UK), Oct 1, 2016

“14 ‘New Old Soul’ Acts You Need to Hear Right Now – So great for Tweed Funk to be included in this article that includes some of our favorite soul bands: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings; Leon Bridges; St. Paul & The Broken Bones, John Nemeth; Vintage Trouble, and more.”— JD Nash, American Blues Scene, Sep 4, 2016

You got your horn section, got your back up vocals, got your powerful singer, got your MONSTER horns, got your rhythm section, you got your big band with a big sound out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ladies and gents, I give you the soulful explosive splendor of Tweed Funk. This is called “Love Ain’t Easy.””— Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues, The, Jun 13, 2016

“The Milwaukee based band are gaining considerable notoriety beyond their home city and listening to this new release from them you can see why. It’s their fourth CD and they have progressed musically by leaps and bounds over the recent years.”— Mike Stephenson, Blues & Rhythm No 310, Jun 1, 2016

“Tweed Funk’s new release “Come Together” debuted at No. 19 on the Living Blues Monthly Chart for May 2016.”— Living Blues Magazine, Jun 3, 2016 did a recent interview with Smokey and drummer Dave Schoepke on Smokey’s battle against multiple myeloma cancer and his road to recovery.
Upcoming Shows

3/26 – Kochanski’s
4/6 – Shank Hall
4/13 – Buddy Guy’s Legends
7/28 – Fargo Blues Festival

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