It has been over a month since Sweet Baby Lou Rodham Whittaker Jr. passed away, casting a dark shadow on all that is good and funky in this world. After his sudden and violent death, Lou left Pete Rizzo & Charlie Felder (the long-time co-hosts of the program and inaugural Reverends of Funk) as the heirs to his estate, passing on not only his collection of lint balls but also a multimillion dollar debt along with it. Thus it was order by the courts that The Reverends of Funk conduct a “benefit concert / good time medicine hour” in Lou’s honor. All this was devised in an effort to raise enough money to keep the beloved WMUA show on the airwaves and co-hosts Pete Rizzo and Charlie Felder from being executed.
With the help of some local artists (The Telephone Company, Andy Suhre, The Frills, Time & Place, Grex, Solo Sexx, Tom Wraight, Jon Shaver, Furious Replication, Harkness, and Midnight Blue — among others), what follows is the recorded record of what will become known as the “Sweet Baby Lou Memorial Funeral & Benefit Concert.” The six hour event which aired on May 5th 2010 from 12-6am can be heard below. For any tips on Lou’s murderer, who remains at large, please contact us.
Peace. Love. Funk.
The Reverends return from their long hiatus. Still hunted by the law and on the run for their lives (though you’d never know it by this episode). The episode was recovered by WMUA and aired on Sunday the 11th of September. It’s origins are still unknown. However because of the new music provided by The Futurenows signs point that this is indeed a message from the now renegade Reverends.
Rumor Update: It seems that WMUA is in talks with a bunch of illegal Italian immigrants to replace the Reverends on the long-running Funk program, however WMUA has neither confirmed nor denied this rumor.
For any information on their whereabouts please contact this site. For now enjoy the funk.
Futurenows fist pump accordingly
Amherst’s finest folk foursome, THE FUTURENOWS, rang in the new season of Sweet Baby Lou & The Reverends of Funk in decidedly low key (but no less triumphant) fashion last Sunday night.
The Reverends will now air from 12-2am on Sunday Nights (technically Monday for the calendar fanatics). Either way, The Futurenows, who recently reunited (guitarist Sean Nolan was finally successfully extradited to the United States), and showcased a handful of new songs “Stateless State of Mind,” “Let Me Die in This World (of Mine)” that kept up with the campfire sing-a-long sound the band has been cultivating. Tony Interlande, the groups newest member, sat and played drums (and despite several introductions the Reverends were unable to learn his name, cue Baby Lou smiling down from Heaven) on these and old crowd-pleasers like “Sign Your Life Away” and “Tracks They Came” off their first release “Handsome Ballads.”
The Futurenows next live appearance will be this upcoming weekend with fellow SBL alums Andyhasaband. For more details click their web site link below.
Sweet Baby Lou & The Reverends of Funk is a collective of University of Massachusetts students dedicated to abiding life by the Gospel of the Funk. The Reverends of Funk are, at the very least, a weekly college radio show which broadcasts weekly out of UMass’ campus radio station WMUA from 12-2 a.m. on Wednesday nights (technically Thursday mornings).
For a full history click read more below…
Andy Suhre, best known as the only acoustic troubadour / part-time unicyclist of the UMass campus, was also one of the first to pay his respects to the fall of the funk icon, Sweet Baby Lou. As legend has it, Andy first met Lou at an open mic in a drag bar in southern Vermont, where Lou ended up playing for 14 hours. This extended set cost Andy his time slot, but it started a friendship; one that would bring him through the funkified halls of WMUA on many occasions.
Andy was solemn for most of the ceremony and added some kind (albeit drunken) sentiments about Lou and his family. “Bacon and Eggs”, the sexual love ballad, was dedicated to Mama Lou Whittaker (Lou’s Mom), who Andy said, “always had it going on.” In the end, Andy dedicated a number of his tunes in Lou’s honor, including the ever appropriate “Ballad of a Junkie” and “The Comedown”, both of which contained elements of real love – the kind of love that grows between two men who both play guitars.
Andy Suhre- “Bacon & Eggs”