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Charlie Hunter joins Snarky Puppy at The Ready Room / St. Louis Dispatch Q&A

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Eclectic instrumental band Snarky Puppy just kicked off its new tour with a set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. On Monday, the band that has played with Erykah Badu, Lalah Hathaway, Kirk Franklin and Justin Timberlake performs at the Ready Room. The new Snarky Puppy album is "Culcha Vulcha," on GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics, their 11th and first true studio album in eight years. For the recording, Snarky Puppy decamped to a pecan orchard at the remote Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX, a five-minute walk from the Mexican border. The Texas-bred/Brooklyn-based collective used a week in isolation to record nine original tracks that showcase a darker hued sound while also proving why Rolling Stone calls them "one of the more versatile groups on the planet right now." Influenced by the travels of their nearly constant world tours, which have seen the band play over 1,200 shows on six continents, sounds from places like Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires effortlessly mingle with strains of Motown, vintage J.B.'s and the music of Dallas, TX churches that were so crucial to Snarky Puppy's formative years. Culcha Vulcha finds Snarky Puppy utilizing a sonically creative approach to both composition and performance. The melodies are intricate, the counterpoint is fluid, and groove reigns supreme in mixes that are bass and percussion-heavy. Charlie Hunter will join Snarky Puppy on Monday at The Ready Room in St. Louis and Bassist Michael League talked about the band and the album.

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