Jelly Bread 7 Questions
Jelly Bread’s appeal lies in their solid funk foundation, tasty gospel /rock overtones and crisp, clean vocals from drummer Cliff Porter and guitarist Dave Berry. The monster percussion chops of Porter bring the thunder and Berry’s slide guitar over funk themes is unconventional but work in a surprising way. There’s also some bluesy roots Americana added in to give it just the right amount of spice.
Their new album Here, There & Everywhere is out and their touring schedule has included high profile musical festivals such as Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, and Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.
Based in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area, they tour extensively and have shared the stage with such notables as Robert Cray, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. Guitarist Dave Berry fielded the 7 questions.
That lap steel is ferocious, who are your influences.
Dave Berry: I'd say first Ben Harper, Fozzy Ford, then John Butler & Roosevelt Collier
The drum tone (and the overall tone as well) on the videos, especially Infectious Groove is pretty mighty, how hard was it to get?
DB: It's all about the right mics and a drummer who knows how to tune & play his set! You got that & it's easy peezy.
Speaking of Infectious Grooves, are you a fan of the Infectious Grooves? (The Band)
DB: Yes I am!! Lots of people have no clue about them, but in the early 90's I was all about them, Fishbone & the Mudsharks (another Reno band)
You guys are on the road a lot for the next few months, what do you travel in?
DB: We travel around in a Mercedes sprinter, fits us and all our gear including a Hammond organ with a Leslie amp!
Your drummer Cliff is exceptional, how long have you been playing together?
Cliff & I have known each since childhood and are the only founding members left... Going on 8 years.
Nice guitar tone, what amp are you playing through?
It's a custom boutique Sheets amp made by Mark Sheets from South Tahoe, CA. It's modeled after a super reverb.
Favorite George Clinton songs?
"We Want The Funk", "Maggot Brain", "Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On."