George Penn

Greetings everyone! This is George the Funky Dread. I’m currently based in the groovy town of Blacksburg,VA. I’m a Rastaman in spirit & a drummer in livity!! I’ve been playin’ the drums for well over 25 of my 40 years. I love all types of music & musicians so my influences are all over the place!! Here are some of my top cats: My father George,sr.,Funkadelic, Bob Marley & the Wailers,The Meters, Sly & the Family Stone(67-73), Led Zep, ,Jane’s Addiction, Fishbone, Miles Davis, Third World, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, The Police, 70’s Stones, Pink Floyd, The Thin White Duke, Weather Report, Tribe called Quest, The Outkast, Pharcyde, The Allman Brothers, Dr. Dre, The Ohio Players, The Isley Brothers, Michael Franti, Traffic, Santana, Prince, 70’s prog (Yes, Genesis, King Crimson), Frank Zappa, Fela Ransome Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Cobham, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Steve Jordan, Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare, Bad Brains, 80’s era Chilipeppers, Soundgarden, Steel Pulse, Stax Records, Westbound Records, Mango Records, etc etc etc……..

I love all conscious people that are open & free!! I currently play with The Sol Creech Band & a few other projects here in VA. My 1st venture into the crazy world of rock & soul was with The Yams from Outer Space. Then I went onto the world of Reggae with The Mighty Jah Works out of Baltimore,MD. Right after that experience I rocked pon tha stage with True Sound-a Blacksburg based Hip-Hop Ghetto Rock thang. Music has been a continual blessing!!! Oh yeah, as far as musical mentors go i have to add Mike Kirby to the top of the list!! He was my main man in the Yams & 1 of the baddest guitarists on the planet! Check out some of my current project at www.solcreechband.com U can check out music from our latest release “Freedom” and check for Sol Creech Band live dates!! Our sound is a mix of blues,funk and reggae. Big influences for us as a band are Band of Gypsy’s(Jimi), Johny “Guitar” Watson, Taj Mahal Trio, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, The Meters, 70’s era reggae, Funkadelic (Maggot Brain era), ol’ school hip-hop beats and Piedmont blues!

Hot off tha blocks is HopeHop-my hip hop/jam project here in Blacksburg. Freaky-stylee stuff indeed!

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