Soul Mechanic, a progressive funk band from Chattanooga, will record their first full-length live album at Rhythm and Brews on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m.
Known for their innovative, bass-heavy sound, Soul Mechanic will offer its repertoire of funk mixed with fresh tracks and a dance-friendly ambiance.
“This live recording is a great way to get our fans involved in the production of our first full-length album,” says Soul Mechanic bass guitarist/lead vocalist Tyler Reddick. “Chattanooga has a lot of great local bands starting to push the envelope and we’re pumped about being able to be a part of that momentum.”
Local sound engineer Brett Nolan, who recorded Soul Mechanic’s debut EP, will be on site to create a recording of the full set and collaborate with videographer Charles Coleman, who will be filming the show.
The Juice, an experimental act from Auburn, Ala., will be opening the show with their blend of electronica, jazz, dub, and world music. The band has been described as “a heady, fresh blend of herbs and spices” with “many species of funky musical vistas to conquer and explore.”
Soul Mechanic was formed in the summer of 2011 by Reddick and lead guitarist Clark Jackson. Reddick studied music at Chattanooga State’s music program and has performed with other acts such as Dos Mojo. Jackson studied guitar with Jimmy Herring at the Atlanta Institute of Music.
A touring and session musician since 2005, percussionist Tyler Wright has worked with acts such as Earth, Wind and Fire and James Taylor. Saxophonist Jon Elliott studied music at UTC and is the band director at South Pittsburg High School. Elliott is also a member of the local band The Velvet Hand.