The Bitter Road, The Soul Funk Collective
The Bitter Road
“The Bitter Road is the product of country, rock, punk, soul, metal, and one part short-tempered snarkiness. Spoken from the ring leader herself, but make no mistake this fine specimen of an artist may have had a reputation around billings as being sassy and snappy, but that’s what separated her from the sheep. Becky is no stranger to the music scene here in the magic city and to her own tune she walks through life, and by her own words has garnered a reputation as being a no nonsense gal. Don’t get confused though, Becky may have a lot of bark and bite, but every good artist does, and that is what the Bitter Road is all about.” Noise & Color July 2015
The Bitter Road is a mix of rock and soul with influences from songwriters like Brandi Carlile, Susan Tedeschi and Joni Mitchell and bands ranging from Dawes to Tool. Original music and lyrics by Becky Sappington Clark with arrangements by Ken Clark and the band.
The Bitter Road has taken a lot of different turns in the last 4 years since releasing their first EP. From heavy soul to a little more country and back again, The Bitter Road has taken on new life with a new line up of musicians. Incorporating disco, reggae feels, and classic Bitter Road soul. New members Todd Loughrie (bass/vocals), Mike Beyl (lead guitar) and Mike Tutaj (keys) add a whole new sound to Ken Clark (drums) and Becky Sappington Clark (vocal/guitar) of the original Bitter Road. The members of the band having been exploring the avenues of music since their childhood all have different influences and backgrounds and come together in this project in a beautiful way.
The Bitter Road had taken a hiatus in 2017 as Becky was adjusting to being in college. By summer of 2018 it was clearly time to get things rolling again. New members were added, and new songs were starting to take shape. The Bitter Road has been writing new songs and gearing up for a couple of shows for 2019.
2020 will be a big year with Bitter Road hoping to record a new full-length album with all new originals.
The Soul Funk Collective
Described as one of the most fun and energetic bands around, The Soul Funk Collective is a dynamic group of music students with one mission in mind: to get your feet moving and your hips grooving.
When this band hits the stage, you can expect to hear the very best of soul and funk music from Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Charles Bradley, The Temptations and more.