Kozmic Mama playing music in Huntsville and Madison, Alabama

Influences Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, James Brown, Jackson 5, Sam & Dave | cover and original songs, GENRES: Blues, Classic Rock, Motown, Soul

Kozmic Mama
Above: Kozmic Mama with lead singer Carla Russell belts out classic rock hits making a splendid time for all at LeeAnn's. Band members Matt "dog" Shook (keyboard & vocals), Mr. Bassman Jimmy Clay, Matthew Ennis (guitar & vocals) and Bobby Love (Singer, drummer, songwriter) complete the group.

Parker was anxious to have me hear Kozmic Mama, having watched several of their videos while working on HuntsvilleMusic.com. We set out on Friday eve with our appetites raised for some great food and music. I was not disappointed, rather elated when I found that Parker had not exaggerated.
Carla Russell belts out a song like no one I have heard in recent memory. Her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T was amazing.  In fact, all the songs she sang were stellar. The entire band Kozmic Mama played so many favorites, “Stand By Me”, “Respect Yourself”, “My Girl”,  “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?” “Upside Down”.  Whether it was the supreme Motown sound or Disco songs, the band truly sounded as good or better as the original artists.
Every member of the band was very talented. The bass player was superior; the guitarist’s rendition of “Have I Told You Lately” exuded such emotion, I ran through the patio to take Parker away from his camera and spin him out onto the dance floor! Make no mistake, though the songs were soulfully performed, Kozmic Mama stamped them all with their own seal.   I feel compelled to say that you should make every effort to see this band whenever you can.

parkerParker's Take:

If you enjoy the greatest hits of the 60’s and 70’s performed even better than the originals, Kozmic Mama will deliver a heaping portion of classic rock, Motown and R&B. I knew we were in for a treat after watching a few of their videos. Annabelle and I headed out to LeeAnn’s to experience burgers and Kozmic Mama. We were not disappointed.

Even though Carla is the premier vocalist in the group, other band members easily held their own when performing classic male vocalist hits. Guitarist’s Matthew Ennis cover of Have I Told You lately was spot on, carrying all the emotional impact of the originalEach remaining member took his place behind the microphone. There wasn't a misfire among them.

But when Carla Russell is belting out tunes, she commands the stage.  When she sang Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit R-e-s-p-e-c-t it wasn’t just a cover of a famous tune. It was a famous tune made better by Carla.

And that hits on the most important point about Kozmic Mama. If it was just about hearing reproductions of classic songs, that would make for an interesting but ho-hum experience.  But Kozmic Mama excels at striking balance between remaining faithful to the originals and putting their own unique spin on them. It’s classic rock, Motown and R&B played fresh and new.

The burgers at LeeAnn's deserve special mention, too.

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