Drawing upon influences as varied as funk and folk, Missouri-based Luna Jamboree could be mistaken for the lovechild of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Alabama Shakes. But a closer examination will turn up deeper roots in the psychedelic music of a bygone era with an emphasis on the blues.
The freewheeling crew of four (that’s three guys and one gal) readily cut down the notion that a band be bound by genre or any general guidelines for that matter. Harbingers of the funk and groove revival, they enjoy whiskey, road tripping and quoting Anchorman at inappropriate intervals during sound check. While their irreverent humor can often take center stage, it is important to note the band is diligent in their musical pursuit and often businesslike when it comes to recording and touring.
Since their inception in 2008, Luna Jamboree has put out a number of releases including 2011’s What Moves You LP, 2012’s Keep Calm and Funky EP, 2014’s And Those Seen Dancing EP as well as several singles. Their prodigious turnout was complimented by 50 shows throughout Missouri and its surrounding states in 2015; sharing the stage with Grammy Award winner Jason Ricci, Grammy nominated Maxwell Hughes, Edison and Holy Ghost Tent Revival. During this recent string of dates, the band secured in-studio appearances on several terrestrial radio stations – a direct result from the buzz of their live show.
Ending 2015 on a high note, the Luna camp entered Studio 2100 to record their newest material with producer/engineer Jeff Smith. This was a deliberate move to capitalize on the momentum from their tour and put to tape the kinetic energy that was developing between the band members. The resulting LP, Phases, showcases the bands evolving style and succeeds in capturing the immediacy of their live show and the personality of each individual member.