March 2017 was a big month for Austin funk outfit Mama K and the Shades. In addition to playing South by Southwest (of course), they were named Artist of the Month by Austin360. “Honey Made,” the band’s new album, is not only tailor-made for dance parties, but also proof that classic soul and funk are just that — classic.
Reviewing “Honey Made,” Huffington Post likened the band to “James Brown combined with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, with thick doses of Isaac Hayes and Barry White.”
At SXSW, singer Kelsey Garcia and drummer Chris Barnes discussed the band’s origins, their writing process and their influences, from Chaka Khan to mariachi to metal.