|Detroit guitar legend Dennis Coffey, the guitarist of choice for major artists as diverse as Funkadelic, The Temptations, & The Dramatics is hitting the road in June. He’ll tour in support of his new album Dennis Coffey in June. The young funk band from Detroit backing Coffey is Will Sessions (Black Milk, Mayer Hawthorne, Slum Village). Kendra Morris, a recent signing to Waxpoetics Records, will be featured on vocals.
Dennis Coffey Tour Dates
June 2nd – Los Angeles, CA: The Troubadour
June 4th – Brooklyn, NY: The Bell House (Dirtbombs co-headline)
June 5th – Allston, MA: Brighton Music Hall (Dirtbombs co-headline)
June 7th – Philadelphia, PA: World Café Live (Stepkids open show)
June 8th – Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom (Stepkids open show)
June 9th – Chicago, IL: Lincoln Hall (Stepkids open show)
June 11th – Manchester, TN: Bonnaroo
Dennis Coffey discusses his new album
Coffey was a member of the original Motown ‘Funk Brothers’ backing band and was key in bringing heavy wah-wah guitar to soul and R&B during the late ’60s. The canon of classics featuring Coffey’s work is immense – from The Temptations’ “Ball Of Confusion’ and ‘Cloud Nine’ to Edwin Starr’s ‘War’ and Freda Payne’s ‘Band Of Gold,’ the list is a roll-call of classic soul and R&B landmarks.
As a solo artist, Coffey is perhaps best known for a series of rare groove classics during the early ’70s including the million-selling break beat staple “Scorpio” and soundtrack to cult action flick “Black Belt Jones.” Alongside producer Mike Theodore, his ’70s “Theo-Coff” productions and his prolific guitar work ranged from raw funk to classic disco, including CJ & Co’s “Devil’s Gun” and The Sylvers’ “Boogie Fever.”
For 2011, Dennis Coffey’s new self-titled album is a revelation, a dense, fuzz-heavy haze of incendiary psychedelic soul, and featuring guests including Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini, Kings Go Forth, Mick Collins of The Dirtbombs, & more. Much of the set recalls the sentiments of earlier solo work such as his seminal, trippy Hair ‘N’ Thangs album.
For his new compositions on the album, Coffey revisits the uncompromising instrumental style he is renowned for. Album opener “7th Galaxy” echoes the hard guitar ‘n’ breaks of his Detroit Guitar Band recordings for Sussex.
Coffey’s album has received praise from the press: The Los Angeles Times raves, “Coffey’s funk has a fresh coat of paint, but remains dirty as ever…you might not hear anything with a nastier groove all year” and according to New York Times, “Mr. Coffey sounds more vicious than ever.” SPIN proclaims, “[Coffey’s] monstrously psychedelic groove still kills. 8 out of 10.”