Guitarist, arranger, and songwriter Khari Green & The Heavy Soul Experience recently performed at the Apache Cafe for the monthly installment of the Dirty Hollywood Artist Showcase. Khari Green & The Heavy Soul Experience laid down some hip vibes infused with jazz, funk and soul. When asked about his music, Khari Green says it’s all about “relationships, sexual experiences, [and] keeping my sanity.” It’s apparent as you listen to Kahri Green’s vocals and how at home he feels on stage that he is no stranger to performing before a crowd. Green has participated on projects with Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah, Mad Lion, and Salt & Pepa and shared stages with Mos Def, Cody ChesnuTT, and Anne Nesby of Sounds of Blackness.
At the Dirty Hollywood Artist Showcase the band’s solid roots in class soul and funk were displayed in their cover of the Baby Huey track, made famous by Curtis Mayfield, “Hard Times.” Two other stand out songs for the night were “Suicide Girl”, a song about a walk on the wild side with girl with a lot of tattoos, and “Heavy Soul Music.” “Heavy Soul Music” is a psychedelic acid trip of rock, jazz, funk, and soul. Take a listen at Libro Musica Live!
Stay tuned for more great music from Khari Green & The Heavy Soul Experience on titled The Heavy Soul Experience. The songs on the project cover a range of influences between 90’s grunge, early 2000’s hip-hop rhythms, Sly and Curtis type funk with a Hendrix/Prince vibe.
Q&A with Khari Green
What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland. Like a lot of young cats who picked up guitar, that record blew me away with the possibilities of what could be done with an electric guitar, with the blues, with creating soundscapes and arrangements with songs. Now when I listen to it, it’s with even more appreciation for his playing, as well as the genius of Eddie Kramer’s engineering. It seemed like he was almost using the blueprint of what people call jazz but going in a whole other direction with sound. The artistry created the commercial value of that record. Not the other way around.
What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?
Taylor McFerrin, Early Riser
What was your first live music experience?
Constitution Hall, Gil Scot Heron
If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?
Citizen Cope . It’s one of my favorite albums for a few reasons. His storytelling and the way the songs pulled me into the experience of whatever he was singing about. He put me there, like a movie. Also, the overall groove of that record is so nostalgic of the rhythms of my hometown when I was younger. Really heavy go-go and hip-hop influences with an acoustic blues feel on top. It’s the whole other side of how I feel a lot of the time, when I’m not all angst ridden and hypersensitive.
What artist do you wish more people had in their music library?
Fishbone. The artistic courage moves me. They did what every artist should do in my opinion. They pushed the boundaries of their musicianship in every genre of music they ever learned. They used their artistic genius to express whatever they felt socially or politically needed to be said without fear of consequences. And by all accounts they brought a lot of joy.
If someone has never seen you live before what should they expect?
To get rocked. My goal is to creative live performances that take the audience on a roller coaster ride both musically and lyrically. Expect to hear guitar. Expect to hear some blues driven punk-funk, heavy soul music.
What’s the perfect drink to enjoy during one of your shows?
Tequila and pineapple juice. With the exception of silver tequila, I’m like my grandma, can’t drink nothing white but water. But if you’re the type of person where tequila makes you want to fight, then a nice cognac will get you right.