“If you want a masterpiece, you gotta’ dip your brush in some soul, R&B, funk and rock n’ roll,” declares Painted Man in their self-proclaimed “Anthem.”
And oh lordy, have they dipped deep!
In addition to some amazing songwriting, they have embraced, albeit at arms length, the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin and Queen.
“We don’t have time to pay attention to everyone’s style, so we flip it and make it ours,” said member Vince Peeples. “We bring our various backgrounds, whether it is from the church or from our experiences from rock concerts, and mesh it together to create edgy, feel-good, funky, down home music.”
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Extending the paint metaphor, their approach creates a Jackson Pollack-esque canvas that will have you dancing, if not on your feet, then deep in your soul.
Question | What can people expect from a Painted Man performance?
Answer | A journey through soul and groove! Especially music you can dance to whether we’re playing rock or Motown!
Q. | How did you become Painted Man?
A. | The group was founded by lead guitarist Vince Peeples who started the band with local bass legend Lynwood Salvo in the mid ‘90s.
Q. | What audience does your music typically appeal to?
A. | We are fortunate enough to appeal to a large and broad audience from [ages] 25-50.
Q. | What television show would you love to have feature a Painted Man song and why? Which song?
A. | “Hold On” would be nice for “The Game” on BET. The song is about love being patient and the show deals with the topic of love and fidelity.
Q. | Please describe your sound.
A. | A funky mix of soul, rock and dance.
Q. | Do any of you have day jobs to support your music careers? If so, what are they?
A. | We all work day jobs. … Al [Montgomery] runs a studio, Curtis [McFadden] works for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Vince and Brett [Sisson] work for a local company that furnishes and maintains indoor plants. Dontrell [Burgess] is a social worker dealing with the elderly.
Q. | What is each band member’s unique contribution to the band?
A. | Vince (guitar and band leader is basically the mouthpiece of the band), Al Montgomery (keys, basically he handles all our audio needs whether it be in the studio or onstage). Curtis McFadden (handles production of CDs, demo packs and clerical needs), Brett Sisson (bass, website designer, video editing and production) [and] Dontrell Burgess (vocals, MC).
Q. | What advice would you offer aspiring musicians?
A. | Learn your instrument and always have fun. Learn to enjoy music in all its forms and styles; this will help you be a more well-rounded artist.
Q. | What are some of your biggest musical influences?
A. | Stevie Wonder, Hendrix, gospel, Earth, Wind and Fire, Mint Condition, Led Zeppelin, P-funk, DC Gogo, anything with a groove.
Q. | What is your favorite place to a play a gig?
A. | Any place where people like to dance, like the Dead Dog Saloon, Hot Fish Club and Nosh in Pawleys Island.
Q. | If you weren’t musicians, what career paths would you pursue?
A. | That’s a good question, but I honestly have never given it any thought. We’ll have to get back to you on that.
Q. | If you could have anyone, living or dead, join your band, who would it be?
A. | Prince because he could play every instrument onstage and some that are not.
Q. | What would people be surprised to learn about Painted Man, individually or collectively?
A. | We are tech junkies, big sports fans and crazy about “Game of Thrones” and comics.
Q. | Do you have a song that you play at every gig?
A. | We have a few that people expect to hear so we try to get them in nightly.
Q. | Is there any music that you will not play?
A. | Any music that may be offensive to our listeners or demeans a group or individual.
Q. | Do you have a pre-gig ritual?
A. | Not really but we tend to laugh a lot before we play.
Q. | I have never forgotten this Joni Mitchell riff on the life of a musician. Can you relate?
“That’s one thing that’s always, like, been a difference between, like, the performing arts, and being a painter, you know. A painter does a painting, and he paints it, and that’s it, you know. He has the joy of creating it, it hangs on a wall, and somebody buys it, and maybe somebody buys it again, or maybe nobody buys it and it sits up in a loft somewhere until he dies. But he never, you know, nobody ever, nobody ever said to Van Gogh, ‘Paint a Starry Night again, man!’ You know? He painted it and that was it.”
A. | I can relate. Once a great painting is done that’s it for the artist interpretation but with music you can keep changing your interpretation of the original piece. You can do something different to the same tune every night you play it.
Q. | Are there any unasked questions that you would like to answer?
A. | I’ll probably think of it after the article is printed…..