Rock Candy Funk Party (Bonamassa & more): Debut LP


With its reboot of classic ’70s /‘80s jazz-funk, Rock Candy Funk Party (RCFP) delivers a sound that’s as celebratory as the name suggests. The group is powered by a line-up of world renowned players-album producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus (guitar), Mike Merritt (bass) and Renato Neto (keyboards)-who came together for the sheer fun of making music, and a mutual love of genre-blurring grooves.

RCFP’s first album We Want Groove is released in the UK by Provogue Records on Monday January 28, 2013 (US release is Tuesday January 29). Fans can get their first taste of the album by obtaining a free download of the single “Octopus-e” here.

The album, featuring nine tracks, eight originals and one cover, is full of space and texture, mashed up funk, jazz, rock and virtuoso musicianship. The album includes a bonus DVD that comprises a making-of featurette, two in-the-studio featurettes and the official music video for “Octopus-e.”

While the album is instrumental, the interplay between RCFP’s members-whose collective credits include Joe Zawinul, Hugh Masekela, Prince, LL Cool J, Ruth Brown, Chaka Khan, Simples Minds, Billy Idol, Tito Puente, Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm, Conan O’Brien, Luther Vandross, Sheila E. and many more-is a riveting conversation all its own.

“It really was the definition of collaboration, one of those records where you want to bottle the vibe and save it for all albums,” says Bonamassa.

To celebrate the release, RCFP will play two exclusive sold out shows on January 23 and 24 at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles.


  • 1. “Octopus-e”
  • 2. “Spaztastic”
  • 3. “Ode To Gee”
  • 4. “We Want Groove”
  • 5. “The Best Ten Minutes of Your Life”
  • 6. “Animal/Work”
  • 7. “Dope On A Rope”
  • 8. “Root Down (and Get It)”
  • 9. “New York Song”


  • 1. “The Making of We Want Groove”
  • 2. “In the Studio – Episode 1”
  • 3. “In the Studio – Episode 2”
  • 4. “Official Music Video for Octopus-e”

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    [Published on: 1/7/13]

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