I Pledge Allegiance to the Earth
- Artist: Funkharp
- Format: CD
- Release Date:11/14/2006
What is Funkharp?- Known for his wild harmonica solos, Funkharp breaks into scat, beatboxing, and whistling during live performances. As a singer/songwriter accompanying himself on guitar or piano, Funkharp's music bears the artfulness of a well constructed poem or classical composition. His nuanced melodies and lyrics can make you laugh, send you into deep thought, and even make you a little bit horny. The man behind the Funkharp- Joseph Randle, the name behind 'Funkharp,' has worked as a journalist, jazz trumpet player, and professional opera singer. Coining the term 'Funkharp'- Randle mastered the harmonica by transcribing solos played by John Popper and Charles Musselwhite ultimately hybridizing their funky styles with his own, effectively turning the standard bluesharp into a 'Funkharp.' Not your average rocker- After studying improvisation with Philadelphia jazz powerhouse Roger Prieto as well as the formal and spiritual aspects of music theory with Juilliard alumnus Paul Hofreiter, Randle polished his chops at Peabody Conservatory. At Peabody, Randle continued his training in classical music theory but focused on jazz arrangement and composition while studying blues and gospel piano. A motley repertoire with an artist's touch- Attracted to jazz, the blues, funk, rock, folk, and classical music, Randle's influences make him an eclectic writer while his reverence for songwriters like George and Ira Gershwin, who brought a higher sense of sophistication to the American songbook, allows him to bring songwriting into the realm of the 'fine arts.' Funkharp's oddest credential- This one-man jamband has a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University.