Reno funk band Jelly Bread is heading back into studio to work on a new album in a few weeks. But first they’re headed to Crystal Bay Casino, playing a free show in the Crown Room Friday night.
Named Tahoe’s Band of the Year 2012 by Lake Tahoe Action, Jelly Bread is Dave Berry (lap steel, vocals), Cliff Porter (drums, vocals), Brady Carthen (bass, vocals) and Eric Matlock (keys, vocals).
The band has been working on new material for the upcoming studio sessions.
“Right now we’ve got eight or nine, depending on what makes the cut, eight or nine songs,” Berry said. “You know, we’re funky but we’re trying to display more of our songwriting aptitude.”
Jelly Bread will play at least one of these tunes Friday. “Home” is a song written by Berry in 2009 while dealing with a divorce and separation from his children, he said, describing a slow tune featuring his signature lap steel guitar.
The recording sessions will also include Matlock for the first time.
“Our keyboard player wasn’t on our last album,” Berry said. “He wasn’t in the band yet when we recorded that one, so he’s bringing his own flavor, too.”
Jelly Bread has been filling in as a test band for a University of Nevada, Reno Recording Technique class, providing an opportunity to test record material before the actual studio sessions, Berry said.
The group is particularly excited for upcoming tour dates including Joshua Tree Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival and High Sierra Music Festival, Berry said.
“Things are rolling man,” he said. “We’re just all over.”
Josh Sweigert, Lake Tahoe Action