Greg Nagy Band, Donald Kinsey Band – Blues, Rock, Funk, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Sounds Like: Michael Burks, RONNIE BAKER BROOKS, The Kinsey Report, Bernard Allison, Eric Gales
Jim Shaneberger’s Full Bio:
Songwriter and performing musician Jim Shaneberger has been a mainstay in the Michigan music scene for 15 years and counting, recording and touring with Flint, MI blues powerhouse Greg Nagy and the legendary Donald Kinsey.
Best known as a bass guitarist and vocalist, Shaneberger’s songwriting prowess makes its debut on Work in Progress. Recorded at Redwall North Recording Company in Grand Haven, MI, the songs boast a bluesy, funky, soulful combination with Shaneberger playing all parts except drums, which are held down by Jim’s longtime friend and bandmate Karl Schantz.
Shaneberger’s original songs are a showcase of his diverse range of musical interests, each drawing from a unique genre and theme. “Trouble” is an r&b song with socially conscious lyrics; his ‘change the world’ song. “Running Your Mouth” is a nod to old school blues with a few twists and some very frank lyrics. “Work in Progress” is a commentary on his own life philosophy about growing goals leading to new challenges. “Little Lylia” is a poignant acoustic guitar instrumental written for his baby daughter. “The Storm is Coming” is a song about planting his flag in the music scene as a solo artist, announcing his arrival and “Drinkin’ Muddy Water” is about the urge to travel and get his music out into the world, expressing the hunger for touring. Musically, it’s like Johnny Winter meets Led Zeppelin.
The Jim Shaneberger Band brings together adept musicians with backgrounds in blues, rock, gospel and funk for a lively stage performance. Schantz, featured on the album, and Shaneberger have worked together previously in the Greg Nagy Band, Mercurial Son and The Funky Gentlemen. Bassist Robert Pace is steeped in gospel, jazz and r&b and has played with Marvin Sapp, Ken Reynolds, The Williams Brothers, Twinkie Clark, The DeBarges and more.
“It’s been a long time comin’,” said Jim Shaneberger. “I’ve always wanted to put something out there that’s truly mine.”
Work In Progress has been nominated for four 2014 WYCE Jammie Awards: Best Album by a New Artist, Song of the Year (“The Storm Is Coming”), Best Blues/Soul Album, and Album of the Year.
The Jim Shaneberger Band won the 2014 Kalamazoo Blues Challenge, earning them a spot in the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
I’ve been playing music around here for 20 years, unbelievably. I play guitar and bass and sing lead and backing vocals. The first stage I played was Billy’s Lounge in 1996, back when Billy still owned it. My first working band was Mercurial Son. We later changed the name to the Urban Blues Union. In 2002 I moved to Southern California and played and recorded with various bands. After 2 years I decided to move back here. Upon returning I joined a rock band called Morale and formed a funky blues trio called the Funky Gentlemen. In 2007 I was asked to join the legendary Donald Kinsey‘s band on bass and vocals, which I did. Donald toured and recorded with Bob Marley & The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Albert King and many others. In 2010 I joined Flint blues man Greg Nagy‘s band. I toured and recorded 2 albums with Greg. The second of which, “Stranded” was named one of the top albums of the year by DownBeat Magazine. I also toured briefly as a fill-in bassist for The Verve Pipe. In 2013 I released my debut solo album, “Work In Progress”. Since then I’ve been touring supporting my solo project. Current band members are Jeffrey Baldus and Steve Harris. We are currently recording our sophomore album at Bill Chrysler Studios in Grand Haven, MI and gigging constantly. Come see a show! Jim Shaneberger