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Mama's Boomshack / Press

“...this band means business, as evidenced by its polished, dynamic, lively and funky album. My current favorite on the nine-song collection of original tunes is “Love Somebody.” With electric guitar, a mess of horns and awesome backup vocals from Brundage, the song gets it done both musically and lyrically. Regoulinsky will have you singing along before the song is over. “You gotta love somebody/You gotta love somebody/You gotta love somebody if we all want to get along.” I also dig the slower groove “Nothing More to Say” with the sensational Brundage on lead vocals over a bed of horns: “Walking ’round lonely streets while the sun goes down/comfort in the silence of this dead-end town.” “Speed of Soul” will have you hopping on the soul train and “Back to School” is a funky romp.”

“It’s the horns, though, that are the focus here, especially the alto sax work by Lisa Brundage. She has a smart solo right off the bat in “School,” and then some plaintive, sultry work in “The Other Woman.” Her tone on the latter is right on point, not too syrupy and with long builds into full-bodied notes. Todd Regoulinsky does more fill work than solos on the bari sax, popping into the gaps left by the rhythm section and bottoming out the bounce on tunes like “Truly Sweetly.” ... If you’ve a fan of “funk,” there are a couple of keepers here, certainly. In large part, though, the album serves as a successful business card. There’s no doubt Mama’s Boomshack are a great time playing live after giving this a listen.”

“The first thing that’s really cool about Portland ensemble Mama’s Boomshack’s new album “Speed of Soul” is that you know this band has got to be one hell of a live band ... The second thing that’s cool is that these are all original songs; nary a cover or retread to be found, and recorded with the inestimable producer Jonathan Wyman. The dual lead singer attack of sax players Todd Regoulinsky and Lisa Brundage brings to mind another Portland big band; the Fogcutters, of which Boomshack trombonist James Hebert is also a member. But where the Fogcutters are expansive and lean more towards the jazz side of things, Mama’s Boomshack is straight up, tightly wound funk, as on the irresistible “The Other Woman” or the brash “Back to School,” driven by guitarist Sam Berce. This is sexy, elegant funk and soul, meant for fans of bands like Tower of Power or Earth Wind & Fire; fun for all ages and expertly played.”

“We were nominated for Best R&B / Soul / Funk Act in the Portland Phoenix 2013 Best Music Poll. Unfortunately, we didn't win, although we came in second place to local Portland institution Sly-Chi.”

“Cover to Cover keeps the party rolling this Tuesday night over at The Big Easy in Portland as local funk and soul act Mama’s Boomshack takes to the stage to put a glide in yo’ stride and a dip in yo’ hip as they take on Parliament’s classic album Mothership in its entirety. Things get funky starting at 9 with an opening set of original tunes from Mama’s Boomshack followed by Parliament’s classic funk album from front to back. Come on down and bust a move!”

“Maine isn’t know for its thriving soul and funk scene, but Bangor’s Juicebox and Portland bands like the Sly-Chi (who are also playing the Dispatch ME stage at KahBang), Mama’s Boomshack and the Kenya Hall Band are changing that. KahBang this year in particular is bringing more soul, funk and hip hop to Maine than any other festival in recent memory has seen, making it one of the most musically diverse festivals in the state.”