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shirlette and the dynamite brothers / Bio

With the 2008 release of their second full-length album entitled Again, The Dynamite Brothers secured their place as
soulful blenders of rock and blues. Songs from the album were
featured on the debut of HBO‟s comedy series, Eastbound and
Down. The band also made a cameo appearance during the show's second season.

After completing a west coast tour as bassist for The Corey Parker
Band (son of legendary James Brown saxophonist, Maceo Parker), Shirlette Ammons went back to the business of creating music with her own hip hop/rock band, Mosadi Music. Mosadi has shared stages with Grammy-award winning artists Anjelique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello and rocked side stages at sold-out arena shows alongside main stage acts Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, and others. In 2006, Mosadi Music released their debut album, The Window which featured guest appearances from various artists including Phonte Coleman and Purple St. James (Grammy-nominated Foreign Exchange), and drummer Matt McCaughan (Portastatic, Bon Iver).
In describing how they came to work together, Shirlette says: “Mitch started emailing me instrumental tracks almost a
year before Again came out and I started writing to them and then kinda put them aside. When I heard Again, I recognized some of the tracks and went digging through my demos. I sent what I had been working on to Mitch and it all began from there.” The result is one of the most nuanced genre (and gender)-bending collaborations released in years.
Shirlette & The Dynamite Brother is independent rock n roll at its soulful best. They have merged in-depth songwriting with seasoned rhythm and blues to create an album that thumps with the intensity of Zepplin and The Black Keys and investigates the heart with lyrical prowess akin to Lauryn Hill. Featured guests include Justin Robinson (of the Grammy- winning Carolina Chocolate Drops), Kelly Crisp (The Rosebuds) Purple St. James (of the Grammy-nominated Foreign Exchange), and many others. This unique collaboration spans the scope of love in the 21st century while ushering us back to the days of mid and up-tempo, psychedelic, blue-light classics; reflective yet funky enough to rock your body and ignite your searching soul.

General Info

Band Members
Shirlette Ammons, Robert Cantrell, Shane Hartman, Scott Nurkin, Mitch Rothrock
Artist Name
shirlette and the dynamite brothers
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Active Since
Rock / Soul / hip hop

Contact Info

Durham, NC