The Meters Experience featuring guitarist Leo Nocentelli (The Meters)
Guitar- Leo Nocentelli (The Meters)
Bass- Bill "The Buddha" Dickens
Drums- Adrian Harpham
Guest Performer- Mark Rechler
Special Guest on Keyboards- Danny Louis (Gov't Mule)
Known throughout the music industry as the “funkiest, fast-fingered” guitarist there is, a musician who can control your mind, body and soul with his experience, superior talent, musical mastery and inimitable style, he is LEO NOCENTELLI.
Leo is the lead guitarist, composer, innovator and the musical originator of the syncopated funk-style that won international acclaim for him and the band known as the “Pioneers of Funk”, The Meters, the Grammy’s 2001 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners.
In the two decades plus, Leo’s sound and styles, ranging from Funk, Blues, Jazz, Hip-hop, Rap to Rock, have added to the creation of his own unique brand of blazing musicianship. He has accompanied and collaborated with artists as varied as his style.
As the sole writer of such hits as (to name a few) of Cissy Strut, Look A Py Py, Same Ol’ Thing, Rigor Mortis, Funky Miracle, 9 to 5, Ease Back, Lonesome and unwanted People, The World Is A Little Bit Under The Weather, and Cordova (and at times generously sharing credits with a vehicle he called The Meters), Nocentelli gained early recognition amongst his peers.
Over the years, Leo has continued to write well over 200 songs individually, as well as collaboratively, adding to an already charted list of hits such as, People Say, Ain’t No Use, Fire On the Bayou, and the Mardi Gras anthem, Hey Pocky Way (the last two songs were recorded by the Grammy Award winning Neville Brothers).
In the recording studio, Leo has identifiably proven that his original innovation in mastering his sound has gained the respect and demand that has led him to become a “featured” guitarist. In addition to recording with a distinguished list of his peers, Leo has recorded with a list of Grammy Award Winners such as, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, The Winans, The Supremes, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Dr. John, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Robert Palmer, George Duke, The Dells, Jack Bruce, Manhattan Transfer, Bobby Womack, Al McKay, (Earth, Wind & Fire), and Robbie Robertson. The list continues with Academy Award winner Robert Mitchum. Other artists Leo has recorded with include, Mavis Staple, Etta James, Maceo Parker, Professor Longhair, Willie T, James Black, Lee Dorsey, James Booker and Jesse Roden.
Sit a moment with Dangermuffin’s latest album, Moonscapes, and you’ll hear tales of rogue lawmen, forlorn lovers, and rolling waves. Based in Folly Beach, SC, the eclectic trio casts a fresh perspective on American roots music.
With the release of Moonscapes in 2010, Dangermuffin has exploded onto the national scene. They are embarking on coast-to-coast touring courtesy of booking agency New Frontier (The Avett Brothers, Darrell Scott) and distribution and promotion support from label Dualtone Music Group (Guy Clark, Brett Dennen). They are becoming a cornerstone on festival billings, including Virginia’s FloydFest, SummerCamp Festival in Illinois, Yonder Mountain’s Harvest Fest in Arkansas, Jazz Aspen in Colorado and dozens more to come in 2011.
Setting Dangermuffin ahead of the pack are the refreshingly magnetic lyrics of Dan Lotti, winner of the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 2005 “New Writers Showcase.” Lotti’s strong, articulate vocals perfectly frame each song, creating a stout foundation for the tasteful poly-groove jams and improvisational passages. “The concepts of Moonscapes comes from when the tide goes out on the beach, leaving tidal pools that look like craters,” says Lotti. “To me, that seemed like the notion of the sea of tranquility.”
Dangermuffin’s rhythmic anchor lies in the creative beats of Steven Sandifer (Drew Emmitt Band, Adrienne Young), embellished by the thrilling, twangy guitar stylings of Mike Sivilli. The result of their pooled talents is an inventive, fresh sound that retains an organic Americana truthfulness.
SiriusXM satellite radio has been spreading the music of Dangermuffin by airing them regularly on Jam On and Outlaw Country. Last year, the band celebrated acclaim in Relix Magazine as the winners of the April 2009 “Jam Off” competition. Their fanbase grows exponentially with each new market and show, as evidenced by their skyrocketing ticket sales nationwide.
With two strong records already under their belt and a new flagship album simply taking off, 2011 will prove to be groundbreaking for Dangermuffin. Give Moonscapes a spin and experience the post-roots groove — a punchy, folk-jam pastry with a sweet-toothed soul of the south.