Guitarist 2unes is funky, stylish, and clever on new album
(Published: June 16, 2011)
June 16, 2011 (Atlanta, GA) Written by Robert Sutton. He only has one name, but it's a good one: 2unes. It is funky, clever, and stylish, much like the man's music himself.
Whether or not North Woodall intended for his stage appellation to describe his guitar playing, it's a question that only he can answer. However, let it remain a mystery; after all, magic loses its sense of wonder once it's revealed how the rabbit disappeared from the hat. And 2unes' command of the guitar inspires the kind of awe that usually only special effects can evoke.
2unes has just released a new album, Loving 2, which unveils his growing evolution as an artist. On the wittily titled "Hip-Hug her," 2unes' sizzling, energetic riffs display youthful exuberance as well as adult discipline. The title track, on the other hand, display 2unes' range; it opts for a laid-back groove that defines smooth jazz. Soulful vocals provide a lift on "In the Mood," while on "Upside Down Funk" 2unes' guitar unleashes fireworks, uniting smoky jazz with gritty blues.
For an artist who calls himself 2unes, it's no surprise that music runs in his family. "Growing up, my older brothers Anthony and Bobby Woodall were musicians," 2unes explained. "Anthony had his own band. He was the lead singer, and Bobby played the organ. They would rehearse at the house. I started out playing the horn and then the guitar."
Influenced by artists as diverse as George Benson, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, and Prince, 2unes began jamming on the guitar at the age of 11. At an elementary school talent show, 2unes was part of a group called Sensation. Its drummer, Mark Wood, would later have a No. 1 R&B hit, "Fantastic Voyage," in 1980 with Lakeside.
A guitarist since 1966, 2unes continues to produce records on his own, an independent spirit that is also the backbone of his playing. "I am pretty much self-taught," 2une said. "I spent a lot to time back in the days listening to 45's and LP's of all different types of music."
More Information: http://2unes.net