The first time you hear The New Mastersounds, you would swear you had just stepped out of a time machine and into 1970s New Orleans, or Memphis, or Muscle Shoals. This quartet from Leeds delivers magnificent funk, soul, jazz and much more. And the boys — Eddie Roberts, guitar; Simon Allen, drums; Pete Shand, bass guitar; and Joe Tatton, organ and piano, will be “covering the waterfront” — both waterfronts, actually, and everything in between, from New Year’s Eve through February.
Eddie Roberts is still the leading contender for hippest-looking cat on the scene, and he and Simon Allen could do stand-up comedy in addition to their musical gig. The band is in constant demand, and it’s obvious once you’ve heard them.
This tour starts off in Eddie Roberts’ adopted city of New Orleans to end the year at the Joy Theater with Foundation of Funk and very special guest Cyril Neville. They they jet to New York City, where they will play pre- AND post-Phish shows on January 2nd at The Cutting Room.
Before embarking on Jam Cruise (out of Miami) on January 6th, they will hit The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton (January 4th). Once off the boat, the band heads to Tampa for a show at Skipper’s Smokehouse (January 12th), then on to Texas: Stanley’s (Tyler, January 14) and two dates at The Parish in Austin (January 15 & 16).
Before the band’s Western tour, Joe Tatton and his wife Aoife bring their Rodina project to Colorado for four dates at the end of January.
The New Mastersounds’ Western tour also starts in Colorado, winds its way to San Francisco, and finally finds the band in Idaho.
A brief tour of Europe and the UK will visit Madrid, Leeds, Zürich, Hamburg and London between March 11th and 20th.
The New Mastersounds released their 16th album in October, another superb effort titled Made for Pleasure. The band is joined by The West Coast Horns (Joe Cohen, tenor saxophone; Mike Olmos, trumpeter), Mike Dillon on percussion (another New Orleans denizen), and Charly Lowry on vocals. The album was recorded in New Orleans.
Learn more about The New Mastersounds on their official website.