Mama’s Cookin’ returns to their Colorado roots in March for a 10-day trek through the mountain west. The formerly Colorado-based project is well known in the area for their trademark blend of hip-hop beats and soul-driven rock. Kicking off the tour in Fort Collins, CO – the band will zigzag across the state, playing shows in Denver, Boulder and a handful of mountain towns.
Since forming in Gunnison, CO, in 2001, Mama’s Cookin’ has garnered a reputation as being a pioneer of a new sound with a knack for precise timing and fluidity. The rootsy ensemble is driven by gritty guitars and an impeccable rhythm section that dares audiences not to dance. Zebuel Early’s sincere lyricism and vocal delivery incorporates spoken word and soulful singing. Their huge rock sound has Led Zeppelin painted all over it, yet their soul seems to come straight from the Mississippi Delta, with a dusting of New Orleans funk.
With more than seven successful years under their belt, the quartet features the right proportions of harmonica and slide guitar with a tight rhythm section carrying the sound. The tightened arrangement now features Zebuel Early (guitar, vocals), Eric Matlock (keys), Mike Adamo (drums) and Steve LaBella’s (bass) – allowing the music to breathe more freely. One only need look at the quartet’s influences – R.L. Burnside, Hound Dog Taylor, Johnnie Taylor, Digable Planets – to realize the variety in their musical ambition.
On tour in support of their self-titled album, which was named by Jambands.com as the 12th best of 2008, Mama’s Cookin’ packs a powerful punch both live and recorded. Their trek through Colorado will include stops in Boulder, Breckenridge, Denver and Vail, before heading back to where it all began for the band, Crested Butte. Two shows follow in Telluride with a Colorado finale in Grand Junction, before the band heads west for select coastal performances.
3/04 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA
3/06 – TBA – Salt Lake City, UT
3/07 – The Canyons (daytime performance) – Park City, UT
3/07 – The Star Bar (nighttime performance) – Park City, UT
3/11 – Hodi’s Halfnote – Fort Collins, CO
3/12 – Boulder Theatre – Boulder, CO
3/13 – three20south – Breckenridge, CO
3/14 – Quixote’s – Denver, CO
3/17 – Sandbar Sports Grill, St. Patty’s Day – Vail, CO
3/18 – Eldo – Crested Butte, CO
3/19 – Fly Me to the Moon, Live in Telluride – Telluride, CO
3/20 – Sheridan Opera House (Private Event) – Telluride, CO
3/21 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO
4/02 – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA
4/03 – SoHo – Santa Barbara, CA
4/10 – Mission Rock Cafe – San Francisco, CA
4/17 – TBA – Vancouver, BC
4/18 – TBA – Vancouver, BC
4/19 – Telus MTV World Ski & Snowboard Festival – Whistler, BC