I’m always excited when I get a chance to listen to new music. I like all kinds of sounds and the latest tunes I listened to are by artist Lawernce “Lipbone” Redding.
I spoke to Lipbone today and found him to be a true artist whose heart and soul is in his music. If you like jazz, blues or soul, you will most definitely like Lipbone. His new CD “Party on the Fire Escape” crosses several sounds, but to me it’s mixes the spicy jazz and blues sounds of New Orleans, Memphis and New York City all in one.
When asked Lipbone said he favorite song on the new release is “Ghetto Girl.” He said although he enjoys the other tunes its something about the sounds in that particular song that he likes.
What I found most remarkable is that what I thought was trombone/trumpet in his songs was actually Lipbone himself. He’s the jazz, blues, jam and soul version of a human beat-box. Hence the nickname “Lipbone” from the unique sounds he makes with his lips as a voicetrumentalist. He does more than imitate instruments. He is also an accomplished soloist, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer.
Lipbone says his musical influences include everything from disco, beatboxing, hip hop, punk, country, 70′s soul to today’s new wave.
“I’ve got a very broad range in music,” he said.
He said his No. 1 goal in life was to play music and get paid for it.
“Who doesn’t want to make money at doing something they love,” he said.
Although he liked to make musical sounds as a kid growing up in North Carolina, the first “real instrument” he played was the clarinet, but after getting bullied for carrying a “pocketbook” to school he learned guitar during his teen years. He currently is playing a Gretsch.
Lipbone moved to the Bronx and became a subway musician. Following 9/11 however he traveled the world and when he released his first CD “Hop the Fence” in 2007 the musical influences of the places he traveled were apparent.
Check out a few of his songs and let me know what you think.
Lipbone and the Lipbone Orchestra will be in St. Louis on Friday. At noon he will be at Whole Foods, 1160 Town and Country Crossing Dr. and at 8 p.m. he will play at BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups, 700 S. Broadway. For more information call (636)- 527-1160 or (314) 436-5222.
Since I am the parent of teenager who dreams of becoming a professional musician I asked him if his parents were supportive. He said at first they didn’t understand and told him that he should have another career he could fall back on. just in case. He said however the advice he was ever given was when someone told him that “the best thing you can fall back on is your ass.”
“You’ve got to walk the walk if you want to make you dreams come true,” he said.
Interested in learning more about Lipbone visit him at MySpace.