NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Randy Skinner and the “founding father of funk” George Clinton take us back to the sounds of the 70s with a new single release, “Keeping the Funk Alive.”

Clinton, an American musician, singer, bandleader, and record producer, clearly takes influence from his genre-defining project Parliament Funkadelic. His P-Funk collective developed an influential and eclectic form of funk music during the 1970s that drew on science fiction, outlandish fashion, psychedelia and surreal humor.

Randy Skinner. Courtesy photo

Skinner is a renowned musician whose professional experience has run the gamut of styles from gospel and R&B, to soul, jazz, funk and dance. Currently based in Atlanta, Skinner performs with numerous bands in the Southeast area including his own group, Skin-Tones in Pursuit. The band features the legendary Fred Wesley (former musician for James Brown) on trombone and Master Percussionist Jef Wah.

Although this is not their first funk rodeo together, this new collaborative release by Skinner and Clinton encompasses the passion and joy of funk, soul and R&B. These legendary artists put the younger generation on alert in this celebratory anthem for all lovers of this genre of music with the sounds of the bands that defined modern funk.

By the second bar of the song, you already can’t help but get up and move your body.

George Clinton. Courtesy photo

After they establish the funkiest groove of the 21st century, a Tower of Power-style horn section opens up the tune with a classic sounding melody that reminds us of the greats of the genre.

This is followed up by some simple and groovy vocals from Clinton, his son Tracey and members of Skin-Tones in Pursuit. Interspersed throughout is stylistic and virtuosic soloing by many musicians with trumpet, guitar and saxophone highlights.

Listen to “Keeping the Funk Alive”

“Keeping the Funk Alive” is available on your favorite music streaming service including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon Music, SoundCloud, iHeartRadio and more:

Listen to “Keeping the Funk Alive”:

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