Celebrating 2015 - Frank Catalano

No Stranger to adversity, Frank Catalano speaks just like he plays his horn; with complex rhythm and style and persistent positive energy. After years of playing on the scene with great artists too numerous to list, Frank pushed out on his own and embraced the new artist-driven world of music. Together with Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin he brought us his full length - GOD’S GONNA CUT YOU DOWN - to solid reviews and steady Billboard chart position. Intriguing art from Tony Fitzpatrick graced the cover yet again, and just when we were about to call it a great year Frank hit us with a second release- HAVANA NU BEAT SUITE - featuring Ornette Coleman and Randy Brecker. Frank Catalano is a force in motion.  

Frank Catalano (4/7/15)

Celebrating 2015 - Mudville

Ropeadope alum, producer and bad-ass bassist Ben Rubin hit us up with this one. Ben and the ever-intriguing Marilyn Carino cut this track for the soundtrack to the film (of the same name) by Nelson Kim; in fact Ben scored the entire film. Haunting and melodic with layers of sound, Someone Else takes you to another place. Drop in right here for the single, and right here to catch up on all things Mudville.

Mudville (3/31/15)

Celebrating 2015 - Kuf Knotz

We’ve been on the Kuf Knotz train since we first heard him in the mix with The Burndown Allstars back in the day, and it was a celebrated return when Kuf hit us with his latest project. In true form - A POSITIVE LIGHT expressed Kuf’s spiritual positive worldview with collaborative support from Philly, New York, and Amsterdam. The lead single - GET FREE - tells it all - ‘We speak in freedom, releasing those locked cells. some choose the green, and it’s here when all else fails’. Drop in and check out the man who passes jewels for free(dom).  

Kuf Knotz - (3/24/15)

Celebrating 2015 - Greg Hester

What can we say about Greg Hester? After delivering two amazing albums that range from southern soul to country, he hit us early this year with a massive tribute to the late great James Brown. And yes, it was with Mr. Brown’s band - Keith Jenkins, Ron Laster, Mousey Thompson, Fred Wesley, Hollie Farris, and more. With guest vocalists from Raul Malo to Col. Bruce Hampton to Jimmy Hall. SOUL BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? is a record for the ages, so we invite you to cue it up after your holiday dinner and dance the night away.  

Greg Hester (3/17/15)

Remembering 2014 - Col. Bruce Hampton

THIS was a crowning moment for us at Ropeadope. The father of the jam band movement. The living, breathing representation of improvisation at its highest and most free. A man who has inspired a legion of musicians. A friend to both Duane Allman and Billy Bob Thornton, a baseball player, a showman of the wildest degree, an actor, an unpredictable and always humble human. Col. Bruce brought us the most solid of blues albums, Pharoah’s Kitchen, in the winter of 2014, and we are still trying to understand it. As we count our good fortune on Thanksgiving eve, we offer our most humble thanks to the Colonel for gracing us with his presence. Take a look at the full length film of his life (so far) right here, and pick up the album right here.  

Col. Bruce Hampton (3/25/14)