As the lead guitarist for the Ohio Players, one of funk's legendary
bands, there is no argument that Clarence 'Chet' Willis understands the
technology of rhythm. Willis' history spans over 30 years either
playing, singing, writing and/or producing on gold and platinum
mega-hits like "Funky Worm," "Rollercoaster," "Honey," "Skin Tight," and
"Fire!" The Ohio Players have long been lauded for laying the
foundation for funk served sweet, sticky and soul-satisfying.
So when the notion hit him to join forces with his songwriting partner
Harry "HarryO" McLoud and step out to create a sound of his own, "The
C-Dub Project" was born! Adding a new dimension to a legacy of musical
mastery, "The C-Dub Project" is an eclectic collection of refined funk
that is hypnotic, haunting and toe-tapping. Mesmerizing and tantalizing,
Willis and McLoud rock us to the next level with 12 ear-bending tracks
that wind rhythm around the spectrum of possibilities.
Clarence originally started playing the guitar at an early age, being
mainly influenced by the sounds of late night radio broadcasts,
attending church with his family and the music he heard in his
neighborhood by aspiring musical talents like himself. Early on in his
musical journey, he started playing guitar for a local gospel group
called The Gospelteers. He remained with them for over a decade. While
in high school, he joined a band known as The Majestics. They recorded
one single as The Majestics and later changed their name to The Overnite
Low Show Band later evolving into the group SUN. In 1975, Clarence was
recruited to join The Ohio Players and was nicknamed "Chet." He remains
with the Ohio Players to this day and still tours with the band.
As a young teenager in Dayton, Ohio, Harry saw The Beatles perform on
"The Ed Sullivan Show" and became smitten with the electric guitar. He
sought out his close friend Clarence Willis to teach him to play. This
began Harry's career in the music business in a variety of roles
including, but not limited to guitarist/songwriter, road manager,
personal manager, local concert promoter and public relations
representative. Together Willis and McLoud have spent decades together
on the road and in the studio via the incarnations of several bands.
With the "The C-Dub Project" they enchantingly blend elements of jazz,
funk and old school creating a dreamy laidback soundscape. The opening
track finds Willis on acoustic guitar and percussion teasing with a
melodic Latin-tinged rift entitled "Peek-A-Boo" before breaking out and
breaking down into "Someday Sundai," a bass-heavy jam that hearkens the
best of the '80's old school funk sensibility. "Is There Something on
Your Mind?," with its wistful refrain, washes over us like a warm summer
breeze offering promises of unrequited love with "Anything" flowing
like an ode to the '70s with its comforting folksy appeal. "You Make Me
Feel Like Woo!" tilts and turns the beat while "BluLyte" recalls the
ambiance of blue light basement parties.
"This is new music for the old school audience," expresses Willis.
"Cool, smooth and groovin' is how the music makes you feel. Whether you
want to get your dance on, chill out and relax, or go for a ride, we
feel 'The C-Dub Project' is right for all that and much more. And even
though we had the old school audience in mind, our music appeals to
everyone regardless of age."
To get your "C-Dub" on, take a ride at http://www.thec-dubproject.com/ "The C-Dub Project" may be for an old school audience, but it's a new generation of sound!