Funky Jesus (Seriously, Funky Jesus!)

The Jive Turkeys are made up of four musicians who have been playing together for the better part of the last five years in a hip-hop group called Soundscape. Soundscape is a group based in Oxford, OH, home of Miami University. This is where Matt Amburgy (organ), Terry Cole (bass), Andrew DeRoberts (guitar), and Rob Houk (drums) first met. And while Soundscape has always provided all of them the opportunity to grow and develop as musicians through the group’s unique fusion of genres (hip-hop, funk, jazz, rock), The Jive Turkeys is a group that is much more narrow in its focus. The formation of The Jive Turkeys came about when the four decided they wanted to record some stripped-down, raw funk. So, they borrowed an organ, a Leslie, some old amps, all got together in a tiny little room and started cranking out tracks.

They’ve recorded two Christmas tunes, Get Down Santa and Funky Jesus. I’ll feature both tonight.

And for good measure, I’m throwing in a Fitz and the Tantrums tune, Santa Stole My Lady.

Get Down Santa and Funky Jesus are both available as 45’s (45’s!) here — special green vinyl here.  And digitally at Amazon here and at iTunes here.

Santa Stole My Lady by Fitz & the Tantrums is available from iTunes here.

More on Fitz here
More on The Jive Turkeys here

Funky Jesus – The Jive Turkeys

Get Down Santa – The Jive Turkeys

Santa Stole My Lady – Fitz & The Tantrums


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