Over a few short years of touring, Jelly Bread has risen from Reno/Lake Tahoe area favorites into a powerhouse quintet with a high-energy calling card that delivers a high-energy, chameleonic playlist all over the United States. Jelly Bread’s distinct style is identified by a blend of desert twang meeting the urban tones of funk and rock. Exceptional songwriting and storytelling interlaced with four part harmonies, intricate “in-the-pocket” drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, tasty talkbox, “take-’em-to-church” organ come together into a sound that is downright appetizing.
Here, There & Everywhere, Jelly Bread’s upcoming album is due to be released this fall. The album was mixed by renowned engineer/producer Justin Phelps (Cake, Galactic, Fruition, The Mars Volta, The Neville Brothers, and Dead Kennedys among many others). Jelly Bread has performed direct support for the likes of Robert Cray, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Moe, Rusted Root, JJ Grey, Dragon Smoke (members of Galactic), The Motet, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Pimps of Joytime, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Allen Stone Band, Orgone, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Carolyn Wonderland, and The California Honeydrops. The band has also appeared at premiere festivals including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, High Sierra, Joshua Tree, Strawberry, and Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.
On a recent tour through the in the upper reaches of the Northwest states, Jelly Bread had a fortuitous encounter with American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks. Taylor decided to sit in with Jelly Bread that evening for a couple songs on vocals and harmonica. Footage of the collaboration can be viewed on the Video page.
Jelly Bread is co-fronted by powerhouse singer/gospel drummer, Cliff Porter, and southern-fried singer/guitarist, Dave Berry. They are backed by Errick Lewis on bass, Sean Lehe (formerly of Isabella and Poor Man’s Whiskey) on lead guitar, and Eric Matlock on keyboards and talk box.