ELDRIDGE GRAVY & THE COURT SUPREME is a funk juggernaut. Backed by the hot, gritty orchestration of the 12 member Court Supreme, front man Eldridge Gravy easily works dance floors to a fever pitch with his full-bore performance and smooth rapport with the audience.
The band, like so many of its members, is the product of a wonderful accident. Early in 2006, in what was supposed to be a one-off event, an instrumental band teamed up with a guest singer to learn some James Brown and Parliament covers for a moving-out party. The next morning, the house was torn up; shattered glass lay about, tables were broken, and the landlord was on his way for the final walk-through. In the wake of this carnage, ELDRIDGE GRAVY & THE COURT SUPREME was born.
The group quickly picked up horns, keys, backup singers, and was soon 12 men and women strong. The originals that soon replaced covers were a viscous blend of the songs they cut their teeth on. Sly & the Family Stone, Funkadelic, and James Brown are certainly touchstones, for their sound, but Eldridge Gravy has a distinct sound and persona that's unmistakably their own. While ELDRIDGE GRAVY & THE COURT SUPREME fit in with the recent soul revival heralded by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, they have also played alongside hip hop crews, balkan brass groups, and scuzzy bar rock bands. Their high energy, tight arrangements, and massive stage presence have the power to convince any crowd that funk ain't dead.
In May 2009, the band released its first album, US IS WHAT TIME IT IS to a sold-out Tractor Tavern. Recorded at Avast! Studios and mastered by Mell Dettmer, the album is a taut collection of hook-filled psychedelic soul and funk that calls to mind Sly’s “Stand!” and The Temptations, circa 1969. In 2010, the band released its first vinyl single, Exceptional—within months it began to enjoy regular play among the DJs of Seattle’s celebrated Emerald City Soul Club, who rarely play anything released after 1976. In summer 2010, the band took its yellow short bus to San Francisco and back for its first tour, and also played Bumbershoot and several other festivals throughout the NW.
ELDRIDGE GRAVY & THE COURT SUPREME released its second full-length album, PARTY HARD, on June 24, 2011, at The Crocodile. PARTY HARD finds the Seattle ensemble delving further into the raw soul and funk sounds they explored on their debut album. The group traverses a wide range of styles, from up-tempo Northern soul stompers (“Into the Sun” and “Grow”) to New Orleans funk (“Bafftub Jim”) to slow-burning psychedelia (“Throat Dry”). The album was recorded and mastered with Mell Dettmer at the esteemed Avast! and Aleph Studios, and will be available on CD and vinyl.