September 13, 2011
Got a hunger for some funk? If so, you should head to Dingus MaGee’s this weekend to get your fill of jazzy jams and soulful sounds of The Good Doctor. Their unique blend of funk, jazz and rock is sure to get you on your feet and feeling good.
Hailing from Auburn, Ala., this clan of five will be making their Statesboro debut with a two-night run on Sept. 15 and 16. Not only are they extremely talented when it comes to making music, but they also have a certain humor and wit that seals them as the total package.
The band consists of Austin Solomon slapping bass, Russ Garner setting the beat on drums, Jonas Schultz delivering sexy sounds on the sax and keys, Chris Deason blowing out pure funk on the trumpet and, last but not least, Allen Long laying down rhythm on the guitar.
The three founding members of the band — Garner, Schultz and Solomon — met at the Berklee School of Music in Boston back in 2005, eventually forming a trio out of Opelika, Ala. Two years later, they rounded out their funk family with the addition of Deason and Long to become what they hope to be a permanent situation. The party of five now consider Auburn as their homebase.
The band jokes they got their name from an old box of wine Solomon stumbled across one day.
“We figured that was a better name than Bea Arthur,” he said.
The Corner News, Auburn University’s campus newspaper, described The Good Doctor as “The Best Band in Auburn,” and they are proud to hold that title.
“I think what makes a band the best is that you practice as much as possible and try to keep everything fresh and new,” Deason said. “We all bring something different to the table playing-wise and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.”
These schooled musicians play everything from original funk and jazz to rock-and-roll covers. By immersing themselves in the sound of legendary bands such as Steely Dan, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, Tower of Power, The Beatles and Lettuce — to name a few — they are able to draw inspiration from their favorite performers.
“If you were to put Herbie Hancock on a bus and drive that bus into a train carrying Led Zeppelin and Tower of Power, record the impact sound, play it backwards with reverb and Lenny pedals, then that might be a good place to start,” Solomon said in an effort to describe the band’s own musical style.
Even if their music is hard to describe, their range of talent becomes quickly evident when they play their funky melodies on tunes like “Jammin’ at the Snake Farm,” then flawlessly flow into songs such as “Sexy Thang” that not only ooze soul but reveal their sense of humor.
Outside of Auburn, the boys have a fan base in places like Birmingham, Atlanta and Florida. They’ve also had a chance to play at some more prominent shows around the country including the sold-out Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala., Screen on the Green in Washington, D.C, the Albany City Fest and the Athens Strokefest.
The guys admit that their favorite thing about music is the uncertainty of where it can take you if you let it.
“You never really know what is going to happen; it’s never really the same. It’s a living thing that is constantly evolving,” Deason said.
Schultz added that their ability and love for improvisation in their music is also key in keeping them pieced together.
“Improvising and not playing songs just for the sake of playing them all the way through, but taking them different places each time is what it’s all about. The land horns aligning and intertwining into a great ball of energy is my favorite thing,” he said.
The Good Doctor recently recorded a new EP that features six of their original songs and is now available on iTunes. So, go check out the band’s vivacious, energy-packed sound and brush up on your funk before the boys roll into town this weekend. Both night’s shows start at 10 p.m., and they are guaranteed to be exactly what the doctor ordered!