Mama's Cookin'

Mama's Cookin'

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"Mama’s Cookin’ has renewed and brought forth a refreshing taste of what has drawn people to music since the beginning of time. All you need is a pair of ears and some dancing shoes to bare witness to the start of a new revolution of old school funk and blues. This is the genuine thing."

Biography

Once in a great while, you get turned on to a band that sounds genuinely unique -- one that has taken tips from history's best bands while creating a sound all their own.

Mama's Cookin', lead by singer/songwriter/guitarist Zebuel Early, is a band that has been inspired musically by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Booker T & the MG's, Howlin' Wolf and Kool and the Gang. Zeb's songs are lyrically reminiscent of artists like Jamiroquai, The Digable Planets, Bob Marley, Michael Franti and Ben Harper.

Comprised of four talented musicians from all over the US, the members of Mama's Cookin' have different influences and styles that meld together like hot chrome. From Zeb's West Memphis delta roots to Mike's mix of Morristown, NJ jazz and hip-hop, their sounds are as distinct as they are one. The end result is a sort of spirit-charged neo-blues.

The group originally met up through a jazz program at the Colorado College they attended, and in the past six years have become a national touring force to be reckoned with.

Their music is tough to classify. Delta blues, soul and rock & roll meshed with nuances of hip-hop and dub. The sound they create is hypnotic and ever evolving. The lyrics are poetically forward, rhythmic and conscious. The band's aim is to craft words that lift listeners and music that keeps them moving.

Members of The Cookin' have played with musicians such as Derek Trucks, JoJo Herman of Widespread Panic, Brian Jordan and John Staton of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, JJ Grey of MOFRO, DJ Logic, Corey Harris, Eric Lindale, John Popper, Fred Wesley, Bill McKay of Leftover Salmon and The Derek Trucks Band, Mars Williams of Liquid Soul, Rob Wasserman of Ratdog, Tony Furtado, The Samples, Willie Waldman, Terry Safold from Isaac Hayes' band and Cecil ‘P-nut’ Daniels.

They have also shared the stage with groups and artists such as George Porter Jr. and Brian Stolz of the Funky Meters, Matt Abts of Govt. Mule, Johnny Neal of the Allman Brothers, Ozomatli, Col. Bruce Hampton and The Code Talkers, Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons, Leftover Salmon, The Big Wu, Tea Leaf Green, Hairy Apes BMX, Robert Walter and the 20TH CONGRESS and Greyboy Allstars, Julien Marley, Eric McFadden of P-FUNK and Stockholm Syndrome, Starr Cullars from Prince's band and P-Funk, ?uest Love of The Roots, The Rebirth Brass Band, Mofro, Cabaret Diosa, Papa Grows Funk, The Motet, members of the band moe., and GARAJ MAHAL .

Mama's Cookin' has played in venues such as the legendary New Daisy Theater - Memphis, TN; The Fox - Boulder, CO; Studio Z - San Francisco, CA; Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, The Bluebird Theater, and Quixote’s True Blue - Denver, CO; The Georgia Theater in Athens, GA; Tabacco Road - Miami, FL; George's Majestic - Fayettville, AR.
They also play the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins, The Abbey Theater in Durango, CO and the Telluride Opera House, and have played the Telluride Town Park where The Blues and Brews Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival takes place anually.

The band's charismatic ringleader, Zebuel Early, captures the crowd with his gritty funk/blues guitar and vocals, reminiscent of an old southern bluesman. Born in Memphis and raised in the Delta, Mr. Early is steeped in sound of the south. He was brought up on 70's era artists such as Steely Dan, Stephen Stills and the like. Zeb's ability to write intriguing lyrics is matched by his ability to improv and freestyle lyrics on the spot. He is a spirited person and an entertaining performer. Zeb was the former host of The 5 Gallon Bucket of Blues show on KBUT Radio.

Todd Holway has played the piano since the age of 5, studying classical and jazz. He was an instrumental leader of the Western State College of Colorado Jazz program, and has won numerous awards ranging from the Damson Award, and accolades from the Greeley Jazz festival. The kid's from Alaska but the milk man must have been from New Orleans.

Steven LaBella, the group's bassist, is a well rounded concrete player with roots and experience in the funk, jazz, blues, and rock genres. He played in several groups and ensembles on the east coast before moving to Colorado. He joined the Cookin' in the fall of 2000.

Mike Adamo's drumming combines elements of jazz and hip hop. He started up playing big band jazz in New Jersey as a kid and has since received accolades for solo performance at the Greeley Jazz festival. Mike is very influenced by the beats of hip hop music. The drummers most influential for him are Questlove of the Roots, David Garibaldi of Tower of Power, and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin.

Mama's Cookin' is a synthesis of different styles and attitudes that create an energetic and funky atmosphere that most folks seem to just eat up.

Lyrics

"Now Will Be Then"

Written By: Zebuel Early

Just the Other Day I hiked to the pinacle.
With this cat, a smooth individual.
We were rappin' bout the hands of time.
When down the line came a paradigm.
We sat looking at the landscape.
What a crazy shape the earth had made.
He said to me "This was once under water."
I thought a minute and figured that I oughta just recalibrate
my mental state
my peace of mind,
I realized
that there was no such thing as time
The past is dead except in your mind.
And pre-sent is the the present from heaven.
But when it's gone, it's gone
then it dies help me let it.
I wont forget it or else I'll repeat it.
Then what we have is drama unneeded.

When Life and Love and youth has left me standing facing the heavens-
Now will be then, Then will be now.
When every single mountain falls and crumbles to the sea-
Now will be then, Then will be now.
When the sun she finally fades to grey and becomes a shooting star-
Now will be then, Then will be now.
In the year 2012, if the earth stops spinning and time stands still-
Now will be then, Then will be now.

All we have is this very damn moment.
I hold on for a second then I throw it-
deep into celestial skies
I hear the cries of past generations and unborn lives.
"The whole worlds coming to an end."
But the same things been said so many a men.
Assyrian, Sumerian, now we got American.
Before that they called em' reptillian.
As the last drop of fossill fule leaves the ground,
I pour some back out for the souls not around.
I make a sound, let it resound,
For now I'm alive so let me get down.

When Life and Love and youth has left me standing facing the heavens-
Now will be then, Then will be now.
When every single mountain falls and crumbles to the sea-
Now will be then, Then will be now.
When evey politician comes face to face with his decision-
Now will be then, Then will be now.
When gasoline is obsolete, there's no water there's no trees-
Now will be then, Then will be now.

"Just Cruise"

Written By: Zebuel Early

We took a step back
and took a good look.
Enhanced the firm stance
of the steps we took.
To get where you are
You see where you've been.
You can't transcend looking out
You've got to look within.

Good looking out kid
with your knowledge.
With a wisdom you didn't get from college.
We ain't our bodies,
So why worry?
Unconserned with here and now I stroll astral in a hurry with my third eye.
Ooh Wee the vision.
Are you catching mental pictures that i'm dishing?
Or still just fishing for religion?
Mama's Cookin' had em' saying "Damn they're bitchin" while they listened.

So just cruise
while your strolling down the block.
looking all clean with a laid back lean.
Just cruise.

Analytical concepts, Union of minds.
We're leaving behind, Space and time.
Original rhetoric, Never renditions.
Don't eliminate the new just cause your conditioned.
Do the same thing and stagnent you'll stay.
You'll be the same tommorow as you are today.
And you may say that my way ain't linear.
Your damn right can you put a leash on a meteor?
Hell no. But don't be distraught.
Expanding on mentals like Plato and Socrates that is.
We have no fears
Zen flesh, Zen Bones and the music of the spheres.
So if life is love
and good is life
then good is love and it's good tonight

Play on.
while your strolling down the block.
Many people you meet on the city street.
Just Cruise.

I heard em' saying:
"Ooh Wee, aint it good?"
Yes it is because it's smooth
doing it like a grown man should
took a trip to the top and then there we stood.
eyes to the ground oh no never.
We're looking ahead to many future endevors.
If you can't understand come sit in my lap and feel the cool beat kicking while the djembe slaps.
Play on.

Poem section:

Tired of city lights, smokey nights and drinking.
I was thinking of a long slow ride in a stretched white Lincoln.
After all, Highway 147 is heaven and I love they way she curves around that levee side lake.
Moonlight taking her time dances freely in the wind-kissed water.
She shines,
She wines and dines the cypress
defining and refining the word splendor while she moves
In and out of shadows and back again she dances.
Down through clouds or clearness
she ceases to cease.
She continues freely
quietly listening to the song of the night.
Intertwined, they are one.
This same old song,
This same old dance.
This simple perfection is laden with reflected affection and sealed with silence -- melody of the darkness.
And as I return to the city,
I am replinished,
My thoughts have diminished and my stride is straight slow motion.
And as the smoke of the incense rises to the sky,
I realize that there is much, much more than meets the eyes.

Aquarius Skies

Written By: Z. Early

Aquarius Skies

In the morning time, when I rise
The sunshine feels so fine on my eyes
Because the night was so long
The days have been so short
And I’ve been feeling so wrong.
Sometimes you want to step outside and just fly
But with your feet on the ground, all you can do is look up and wave hi.
My Grandmother told me one time
She sat so still that she saw the Divine
Every color of the rainbow
With her eyes closed and an open soul
And while her body laid still
She took a trip outside and rose high
How must that feel?
Like the masters from the East
They need their bodies the least
They taught Jesus to free us.

I need salvation
From Aquarius a days vacation
And I breathe sensations
They say it’s good just to be alive.

I guess I’ll go now
Get my groove on
Grab some coffee and put my boots on
I got some work to do until next week
Maybe then I’ll gas up and drive to the sea.
I’ll dive straight down into the suds and salt
If I never come back it won’t be my fault
But even if it’s just for one day
I’ll will raise some cane and set the day ablaze.

(Chorus)

This life: just an anomaly
First you’re here next you suffer then you’re set free.
Precious moments in this reality
Can’t waste them trying to design the key
To unlock all the secrets here
And we damn sure must be rid of fear
Express now who we really are
Keeping our sights on the stars
Way up high above Aquarius skies.

(Chorus)

Lampin'

Written By: Z. Early

Lampin’

Lord have mercy
We’re just lampin’ out licking cups
Layin’ back so yes what’s up
I just want to get up on my own two feet tonight
I think I just might

Let’s go over to the supper club
We can bump some nasty dub
Reverb on the snare
Sweet music can take you anywhere you want to go.
So put yourself in cruise control
There’s nothing else you need to know
You aint all ready learned a life ago
Lets burn like fire then get cool like snow
Even though
Your world it seems so bleak at times
When you know
Your government is full of lies
And to most
It comes as just a big surprise
Some people close their eyes
Others cut their ties
Just be wise
And let the trumpets take control and you’ll blow
Until there’s nothing left of Jericho
I know
Rockin with the beat on the two and four

(Chorus)

And though the cost of living is high
And we’ve watched the art of giving die
In the morning before the rooster cries
We’ll be disowned three times trying to live our life
But time flies
And we’ll ride the flight of time
Until it lights on a higher paradigm
And at night when the sun has refused to shine
We’ll connect our minds then we’ll pass some wine
A good time you cant take that away from me
So lets lamp from Gunnison to Tennessee
All my camp all my friends and family
Plus spirits ascended particles collectively
Connect us though not physically
And like the moon pulls up the sea
Let it pull up you and me
Rockin’ until my soul is free.

Black Reign

Written By: Z. Early

Black Reign

Black Reign
Yes watch them fall like rain.

Many thoughts come to mind as mythologies die
And as I view the world’s state can’t help but ask why
Must the empire seek world domination?
Bombing and killing while envisioning creation
Consecration turned to damnation
Americans can’t even go on vacation.
We’re hexed, whose next, whose writing the checks
to the military industrial complex?
Do they reflect respect, intellect, good intent, wisdom and a calm mind set?
No.
All they expect is a check and a pet,
Corporate lapdog leaders with agendas to set.

Black Reign
Yes watch them fall like rain.

And as your mind’s wined and dined by media’s lies
Hypnotized it’s kind of hard to criticize.
Open your eyes begin to analyze:
Half the world hates United States
Surprise, surprise.
I love my country but I fear my leaders
The jungle’s concrete and it’s full of mosquitoes
Oil seeking, blood sucking liars and cheaters
Enslaved by the laws of the country that freed us
All empires historically fall
Let’s learn from the past and wake up yall.

Black Reign
Yes watch them fall like rain.

Sanctified

Written By: Z. Early

Sanctified

Maybe the planets are pulling on me
Maybe my sun sign’s rising in the galaxy
But like the tides rise maybe so will I
Stand, Be counted, Be sanctified.

You know as well as I do,
Things are changing at crazy pace
You can feel it in the air,
You can feel it in the air.
Well at least with me
I can feel some change,
I’m being rearranged
And in fact it feels strange
But, I can’t complain
Because to stay the same is to go insane,
Well Sam Cooke sang “A Change is Gonna’ Come”
So I stand in the sun and scream come get some
Lord, make a vessel of me.
Grant me a sharp sword made of light and peace.

(Chorus)

Nighttime comes with the setting sun
And these days the dark grows strong.
But a slight breeze stirs through the grass and burrs
With the note of a triumphant song.
You could set me aside as holy
And consecrate my soul see
I want to be the change I want to see in the world
And you’re the only one that knows me.

(Chorus)

Well I’ve seen the moon pull up the tides
Gardens planted by the full moon light
In the palm trees leaves it brings the sap to rise
And I’m nothing but water inside.
Well it’s the Age of Aquarius some they say
They say the indigo color is here to stay
You have to keep your feet planted on the earth today
But to the stars is where we pray.
And when the cost of living gets so high
The rich he banks, another child she dies
On the Tigris and Euphrates here the mother’s cry
You can’t pay for the cost of war.
So lift us up and fill our cups,
Let the dams be broken, wash away the muck.
In the physical plane it seems that most are stuck
And that’s what we’re fighting for.

(Chorus)

Symbols & Signs

Written By: Z. Early

Symbols & Signs

Just show me where the water is
A change of perspective
Is all a man needs sometimes.
Feel the coolness wash away
All the troubles of the day
And ease your worried mind I say oh yea.
Cause up above is a fighter plane
I feel the thunder hear the rain
It’s all a man can do to stay sane
In these times of increasing heat.
This world can eat you alive
And make you never feel satisfied
Just then you realize
That we all must stand up and fight for what fuels us.

And if there’s love in the rain
I think it’s safe for me to say
That the blood in my veins
Is made of the same thing
And if I am the rain
Then we are one
Rising from the heat of the setting sun

Ooh now I’m back again
Just a cloud in the wind
West of the river’s bend
Child can we live again
Because soon we’ll be underneath
The leaves of the Cottonwood trees
Yes the ones that cradle me
As I drift back to the source.
And when at last the time has come
Rain into the river and the river runs
Fighter planes land and we burn our guns
And we meet on the seven seas as one
With the seven seals and the sacraments
The Tree of Life and the time we’ve spent
The superstitions we implement
The metaphor is evident.

(Chorus)

Run Up Quick

Written By: Z. Early

Run Up Quick

Run up quick
Something is going on over here
Run and tell it’s happening downtown
Shout it out, scream it, play it on the radio
Without a doubt it’s happening right now.

Run up quick and you run up strong
But you can’t outrun the coming dawn
The seasons too nor the sun and moon
I saw you running to the river in the month of June
And that’s too soon
Because July is the time that rely on rhyme
Sometimes your reason is blind
And the season’s divine
So come on little mama turn the water to wine.

(Chorus)

Yell it from a window
Yell it from a roof
But you can’t bullshit me because I’m bullshit proof
Well it’s face to face and it’s eye to eye
I’ve got a 40oz bottle and some 45’s
I’ve got Atlantic, Buddha, Stax and Hi
Let the needle kiss the record let it open wide
I’m from The Wonder City where it’s hot outside
We burn sage now to increase the vibe.

Well you run up quick and you run up strong
But you can’t outrun the coming dawn
The seasons too nor the sun and moon
Everybody’s running baby tell me now how about you?

You can run from the east and run to the west
You can run to the one that you dig the best
You can run to more and you can run from less
But you can’t run from that beat in your chest
No Stress, if you can’t run no more
Just walk on down to the corner store
Then meet me down by the cypress grove
That’s where I’ve seen some lost souls.

(Chorus)

Discography

House of Good Spirits: full length LP
Let the Record Ride: full length LP
Mama's Cookin' (self titled): full length LP