Soulfinger / Press

“Soulfinger 90 Proof • 9:45 p.m. Performing classic R&B and soul seems like a thankless task in 2012—what was once raw, daring, and overtly physical has long been accepted into polite society. But Tim Spencer and company keep their tightly wound funk attack dangerous, with Spencer’s commanding presence and soulful howl and a sharp horn section topping a disciplined, committed rhythm section. The hard-working combo has refined its funk attack through countless gigs over the past few years, and teased fans with a short EP in 2010 in advance of a long-awaited full-length album, which should be out sometime soon. (M.E.) ”

“Soulfinger brings a party to KMA’s ‘Alive After Five’ on Friday night By Steve Wildsmith (stevew@thedailytimes.com) It’s neither a racist statement nor an insulting one to describe Soulfinger front man Tim Spencer as the blackest white dude in the Knoxville music scene. A harmonica player and the band’s vocalist, Spencer has felt an affinity for styles of music that developed out of African-American culture — particularly soul, R&B and funk — for most of his life. He bears no ill will toward country or rock, nor is he diverse to dabbling in such genres; however, he feels more at ease on stage leading Knoxville’s No. 1 soul-party than he does doing anything else. “The music’s got soul,” Spencer told The Daily Times this week. “I think we’re so musically challenged in the white community from a standpoint of being educated on music outside of what our ancestors listened to.”

“Soulfinger’s live shows often take on gigantic proportions, stretching deep into the night with a sweaty combo of funk and R&B classics and original songs. This EP, the band’s first recording, is a quick introduction to Soulfinger, but it’s no less intense. It is, after all, a party—the title doesn’t lie. The eight-man band, led by convincingly gruff singer Tim Spencer and horn player Pee Jay Alexander (also of the big local R&B ensemble Aftah Party, and formerly of frat-funk favorites Gran Torino), shows that they can lay it down smooth (“Not Takin’ It Back”) or hard (“Do It!”), or even kind of dirty (“Grits N’ Gravy”). Spencer even demonstrates an appreciation for history with the epic “The Funk Is Back in Town,” based on James Brown’s 1972 Knoxville arrest.”

“On Friday night, May 20, the usually silent halls of the Knoxville Museum of Art were filled with the sounds of “original funk” at the last Alive After Five event for the spring. At least, that's how Tim Spencer, lead vocals of “Soulfinger,” described the music of the performing band, whose mix of original songs and classics like “Here I am Baby” and “Let's Get It On” kept the crowd of about 150 dancing all night long.Alive After Five is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, commemorating two decades of a successful fundraiser and a gathering some of Knoxville's funkiest locals. Spencer described Friday's Alive After Five crowd well with one of his original lyrics, “I know you got soul, if you didn't you wouldn't be here.””

“Soulfinger plays free Secret City Sounds concert on Friday August 15, 2013 By John Huotari 0 Comments Soulfinger Funk and soul band Soulfinger will play a free show at the Oak Ridge Civic Center Pavilion on Friday. (Submitted photo) A band that plays funk, soul, and R&B will play a free concert at the Oak Ridge Civic Center Pavilion on Friday. It’s part of the Secret City Sounds Summer Concert Series. Friday’s show starts at 7 p.m. at the pavilion at 1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike. A press release said Soulfinger is “spearheading a neo-classic funk and soul movement” and “bringing the ‘original’ funk and soul sound and influence back to today’s live music scene.” The group is led by singer Tim Spencer and horn player Pee Jay Alexander, who also plays with local R&B ensemble Aftah Party and used to perform with “frat-funk” favorites Gran Torino. All Secret City Sounds concerts are free, and they are presented by the Arts Council of Oak Ridge and sponsored by the Ci”

“AJ and the Jiggawatts w/Soulfinger, Jigga what? Jigga who? Jiggawatts, duh, as in “AJ & the,” the latest group out of the unflappable G.E.D. Soul Records stable. Featuring members of Sky-Hi, Deep Fried 5 and The Coolin’ System, and fronted by local soul-cialite A.J. Eason, the Jiggawatts are celebrating the release of their debut 45 RPM single “Don't Mess With Me” b/w “Pimp Decisions.” As with every G.E.D. Soul release, it's an expertly crafted slice of retro-funk, heavy on the grooves and deep, deep in the pocket. If you asked us if G.E.D. Soul has a formula, we'd respond with “Yeah, it's something like awesome plus rad times badass to the 12th power.” The ’Watts are joined by Knoxville's Soulfinger, who not only named themselves after our favorite Bar-Kays tune — enough to win our hearts on its own — but also make tight-as-hell horn-driven funk. — Sean L. Maloney Editors' Pick The Basement 1604 8th Ave. S., Nashville Broadway/ The Gulch/ Music Row/ W”

“Spearheading a neo-classic Funk & Soul movement, Soulfinger is bringing the "original" Funk & Soul sound and influence back to today's live music scene. Spanning over a century of collective funk and soul experience; Soulfinger is the original music that made the Funk, Soul and R&B sound that continues to move introductees worldwide. ”

“Here’s some of the music that inspired singer/keyboardist Tim Spencer. James Brown Hell (Polydor, 1974) It’s super-funk, the funkiest of the funk to me. Before each song there’s a gong sound. I don’t know why James Brown did that. This is absolutely one of the funkiest albums I’ve ever heard. How do you handle so much funk? Lee Fields and the Expressions Lee Fields almost sounds straight-up like James Brown. His band is all young white kids in their mid-30s. He’s from North Carolina and went up to New York, that’s where his band is mostly from. He brings a lot of Southern funk and R and B influence. He’s tough—his band is hot and super-funky. Not like Bootsy Collins but like mid-’70s James Brown. We really like that, heavy horns and solid bass. © 2010 MetroPulse. ”