Daughters and Sons

Daughters and Sons

Cadillac Ranch
Friday – Sep 25 – 12:00

Winner Best Funk/R&B band Cincinnati 2008. Presented by the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards on Nov 23, 2008.
Daughters & Sons formed in early 2007 with a 'musicians wanted' ad by singer and guitar player William 'Nitty' Morren.

Nitty, born in Oklahoma and raised partly in England, had grown up on classic '70s funk and R&B such as Sly and the Family Stone and Stevie Wonder. The goal was to create a rock band that mixed in a heavy dose of those much loved funk and soul sounds. Nitty's ad snagged two jam-band refugees, bassist James Cooney and drummer Ryan Mitchell. Cooney had been playing in a local bar band. Mitchell was involved in several bands, including the Kennedy Brothers which sometimes featured Ekoostik Hookah's Cliff Starbuck. The slap-heavy fuzzed-out bass of Cooney combined nicely with Mitchell's snare-pop style and the group began performing as a trio and writing songs. Veteran local musician Kevin Cooper soon joined the group on keyboards. Kevin has been involved with countless Cincinnati bands since the early '90s, notably Cats Walking Backwards, Four Ohms, and the Kevin Fox Band. In early 2008, the band added a horn section. Trumpet-player Alan Bothe is a CCM grad and is also a member of Cincinnati hip hop group Undermind. Saxophone player Greg Hurd is a West Virginia native and plays in several bands around town. The addition of the horn section helped to fill out the band's sound and allowed for further exploration of funk and R&B. As the band's schedule grew busier, keyboardist Tom Eliopulos was brought in to play shows when Kevin was booked with another group. He quickly became an integral part of the band and is currently playing the majority of the band's shows.

Daughters & Sons play music to make you groove. The Northside-based six piece has taken elements from 70's funk and soul groups like the Meters and Curtis Mayfield and integrated them into a more modern rock sound. The soulful vocals combine with tight rhythm and horn sections to create a sound that is both familiar and new. Songs from their four-song demo are getting heavy rotation on several internet radio stations; and labels such as Holographic Records have expressed an interest in the band.