56 Hope Road

56 Hope Road

BandR&BFunk

Acoustic/Funk-rock-pop. Sounds like G-Love and Special Sauce, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Gomez and at the same time; nothing you have ever heard before!

Biography

56 Hope Road is a band bonded like a family, and as a result, their music has an unmistakable honesty and openness. Uncanny, intuitive communication creates an easy interplay on stage, making even the most layered tunes sound effortless. They allow the joy of spontaneous creativity to color their song-based arrangements - neither losing their musical center, nor restricting its growth. The music is acoustic funk at its finest with sounds reminiscent of G-Love and Special Sauce, Richie Havens, MMW, Grateful Dead, Paul Simon and Gomez. This Chicago-based "acoustic funk explosion" is known for clever songwriting, lush vocal harmonies and one of the tightest rhythm sections on the scene. Formed in 1999, 56 Hope Road is made up of vocalist/guitarist Dave Hamilton, drummer Greg Fundis, upright bassist Chad Sanders, saxophonist Casey Fitzpatrick, and often augmented by vocalist Anne Katzfey, and percussionist Matt Katzfey.
The band has been coined the "#1 Road Warriors" by the renowned online musical resources JamBase and Leeway's Home Grown Music Network, gaining national attention for their energetic live shows and relentless tour schedule totaling over 1,100 performances since 2004. Rising stars on the festival scene and national touring circuit, 56 Hope Road has appeared at Summercamp, High Sierra,10,000 Lakes, Wakarusa, Hookahville and has supported a variety of national artists such as Stevie Wonder, Allman Brothers Band, Bob Weir and Ratdog, Dave Matthews Band, Umphrey's McGee, Page McConnell of Phish, Tom Cochrane and Red Ryder, ekoostik hookah, Tea Leaf Green, Devon Allman, Spyro Gyra, Verve Pipe, Bob Schneider, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, Drums and Tuba, Campbell Brothers, Jazz Mandolin Project, The Samples, and DJ Le Spam.
56 Hope Road has released 4 full-length albums on their independent label Albino Deer Records working with such industry moguls as GRAMMY nominated engineers as producer Rick Barnes (Smashing Pumpkins, Liquid Soul), Steve Albini (Nirvana, Page & Plant), and Mark Rubel (Hum and Poster Children). 56 Hope Road released their most recent album Law of Attraction early 2008 to critic acclaim. Law of Attraction left Richard Milne from WXRT in Chicago to wonder if 56 Hope Road had visited the crossroads and sold their soul. Once In Our Lives (live), Drop It All, and All Points Connect precede the band's latest release.
Their songs have been featured regularly on Sirius Satellite Radio's Channel 17-Jam_ON, WXRT Chicago, United Airlines Radio, college and community radio stations across the country, National Public Radio, the soundtrack to "A Place in France," in an upcoming film "Road to Woodstock," and a Fox Sports Net Pilot/Warren Miller production "Destination Wild,".
The name 56 Hope Road pays homage to the positive influence that Bob Marley's message and music has on the world.

Lyrics

Whole Way Down

Written By: David Hamilton

I'll follow you the whole way down
Just like you knew I would
Over self-analyze
The would, the could, the should
I was looking high, for the low
And the take from the high and the low--
Well the take is gone

Chorus: I won't leave if I could leave and I should leave
But I won't leave
Before we go down

The carousel has come to an end
Hey, it's over now
And I don't think I'll ride it again
Hey, it's over now
I was looking high, for the low
And the take from the high and the low--
Well the take is gone

Chorus

This carousel has come to an end
Hey, it's over now
And I don't think I'll ride it again
Hey, it's over now
I was looking high, for the low
And the take from the high and the low--
Well the take is gone

I won't leave if I could leave and I should leave and I would leave, but
I...
Won't leave...
Before we go down

Charlotte

Written By: David Hamilton, Chad Sanders, Greg Fundis & Steve Goveia

She was a pusher and she had a six-year-old son
She was a looker 'till I saw her on Channel 9
Mother was arrested
Turned in by her own son
Gotta lose her number
They're taking pictures from across the lawn

Chorus: She just wants to be a real good mother
She just wants to buy him what he wants
She just wants to finish all the laundry
Make sure that his homework's done

"Stop playing the Play Station on the big screen that I bought before you were two!
No more Michael Jordan shoes that I bought since before you could walk!"

They're taking shap shots from across the street
Never thought that it'd ever go down
She's the Mother of the Year you see
So send you Hallmark to the penitentiary
Mother was arrested
Turned in by her own son
Gotta lose her number
They're taking snapshots from across the street

Chorus

Everyone freak
Charlotte was arrested...
Everyone freak

Heart Attack

Written By: David Hamilton & Greg Fundis

I'm waiting on a heart attack to wake me up or put me in the ground
I wonder when the lightening will strike
Will it blind me or open my eyes
I wonder when the poison will flow through my veins
I wonder when the bullet will blow through my brain
I wonder when the smoke clears will I feel the same

Just another loss of life
Another hymnal song
Another funeral dirge
To be drummed...Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Will I be enlightened
Will I move up a level
Will I see all my long lost relatives
And Martin Luther King

Will I fall down deep beneath the Earth
Receive the suffering that I deserve
If it's all over, is it really over

Just another loss of life
Another hymnal song
Another funeral dirge
To be drummed

I'm waiting on a heart attack to wake me up or put me in the ground

Discography

Record Label- Albino Deer Records
Publishing- BMI

"All Points Connect"- 2001 (5,000+copies sold)
"Drop It All"- 2004 (4,000+ copies sold)
"Chicago Minds and Souls Compilation Vol. 1"- 2004 (Sideways 8)
"Once in Our Lives" - 2005 (2000+ copies sold)
"Law Of Attraction" - 2008

"Glacier"- Chicago's WXRT 93.1 Local Show
"Blue & Gold" - NPR's Up and Coming Artists

For Booking: Greg Fundis, 312-952-8699
                    gfundis@56hoperd.com
For Publicity/Promo: Amanda Roller, 513-504-1017
amanda@56hoperd.com

Set List

4 hours of original music and an additional hour of cover material.

56 Hope Road ORIGINALS: Howard, Rock Bottom Bakery, Dancefloor, Tangerine Mama, Miss Your Class, Glacier, Blue and Gold, Pocket Full of Cash, Deciduous Jungle, Charlotte Song, Crystal Blue, 360, Cross Double Cross, Breathe, Whole Way Down, Burn Me, Wild Moon, Future Sons, Too Far, Breakdance, Far Flyin', Watchtower, Soul Song, Some May Say, Free from D, Vestibule, Walkin to the Mountain, That's What Loves About, My Condition, Love Revolution, Play the Fool, Road Less Traveled, Old Lady, Strange Days, Let It Roll, Co-Designed, Better Way, and many, many more

COVERS: "Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes"- Paul Simon, "Alright"- Jamiroquai, "Sir Duke"- Stevie Wonder, "Wait In Vain"- Bob Marley, "Long Train Runnin"- Doobie Brothers, "Tell Me Something Good", "The Dragon"- Funky Meters, "Jump In The Line"- Harry Belafonte, "I Love You"- Alison Krause, "X-Factor"- Lauryn Hill, "Samba Batucada Fanfara"- Sergio Mendes