Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown’s HMMA Nominated Song, COLLEGE FUNK Hits iTunes



The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown’s bombastic new single College Funk has been nominated for Best Funk/Groove Song at the Hollywood Music and Media Awards and is available now on  The track is featured on the band’s upcoming album Volume 1 available on August 16. The instrumental track is a delicious slice of old school funk backed by powerhouse horns and in your face guitar sure to make even the dead dance!

College Funk shows the true collaborative effort behind The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown. Says Roosevelt (The Lee Boys) Collier who plays pedal steel for the band, “College Funk came about basically like a bunch of guys just sitting around in this room just chillin’ like some college kids. Actually that is where the name came from. Bassist Robert Mercurio said we sounded like a college band, so we called the song College Funk.”

“Recording with The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown truly lived up to its name. The band was BIG, the music was some NASTY FUNK, and the whole focus behind the project was to GET DOWN!” said bass player Robert (Galactic) Mercurio.  “College Funk was a fun tune that came together quickly through the band improvising with each other in the studio and it felt right from the beginning.”  

Cover art for the College Funk single created by Lex Gable, illustrates the band’s philosophy to keep it real and authentic from the art to the music. Produced by John Heintz, John-Paul Miller and Frank Mapstone, all eleven tracks featured on The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown’s debut album Volume 1 are pure funk gold that pays homage to the past while speeding toward the future. You can see behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the record at channel.  

The first single Room 2012 written by Greg Hollowell and The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown with lyrics and vocals by new funk vocal powerhouse Reverend Desmond D’Angelo is also available now on iTunes.  The track features backing vocals by the Godfather of Funk himself George Clinton, Garry Shider, P-Funk siren Belita Woods, Funkadelic’s Sidney Barnes, newcomer Laura Reed and players from Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Brand, to name a few.  It is a modern day love song set against the backdrop of the mythical 2012 apocalypse.

The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown is a one-of-a-kind funkified outfit with over 60 players involved in the recordings and live shows.  It’s a place where legends and newcomers join forces to explore, create, and invent musical works that will stand the test of time.  George Clinton, the late Garry Shider, Belita Woods, Sidney Barnes, Michael “Clip” Payne, among others jammed with up and comers Rev. Desmond D’Angelo, Laura Reed, and John-Paul Miller.  The live band includes Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Patryce “Choc’let” Banks (Graham Central Station/Rose Royce), Michael Ray (Kool & The Gang), Novena “Baby Stone” Carmel (Sly Stone’s daughter), Greg Thomas (P-Funk), to name a few.

“It was so much fun playing on this album,” continues Collier. “We were up in the French Quarter in New Orleans in this big house for a whole week. It was all these people coming together, hangin’ out and becoming a family.  We were writing and jamming and having fun. All this noise just out of nowhere. People writing music, composing music. It was an all out blast!”

The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown brings the party to Southern California when it headlines the Long Beach Funk Festival on August 20th as well as additional tour dates to be announced shortly. Whether on record on in concert, this is one experience not to be missed.  May the funk be with you!

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