I guess I first got into funk music with the help of The Jackson 5, Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly”, The Ohio Players “Love Rollercoaster” and Parliament’s “Flashlight”. These and many others helped shape my 1970’s soundtrack. I didn’t really think of it as “funk”, but just great music.
About 10 years later with the influence of the early-period Red Hot Chili Peppers and a local record store with a large 1-dollar record-bin, I began to dig deeper into 1970’s funk.
This is how I first-discovered Larry Graham & The Graham Central Station.
As a huge Sly & Family Stone fan, I was slightly familiar with Larry Graham being their solid bass-player, but didn’t know he later fronted his own successful funk band in the 70’s.Texas-born Graham is known for originating the bass-slapping technique, or as he calls it, "Thumpin' and Pluckin'." Still active today, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station performed internationally with a world tour in 2010 and the "Funk Around The World" international tour in 2011. Here we are presenting their great instrumental, “The Jam”.