HARRISBURG — By now the world knows the essential story of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD) — the band co-founded by leader Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren made their debut in 1993. The band ushered in the swing revival founded on a colorful fusion of classic American sounds including jazz, swing, and Dixie land mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. They proved to be among the standout groups that launched the new swing era in the’90s.
The group, whose core lineup has been in place since 1995, includes Morris (lead vocals and guitar), Sodergren (drums and percussion), Dirk Shumaker (double bass and vocals), Andy Rowley (baritone saxophone and vocals), Glen “The Kid” Marhevka (trumpet), Karl Hunter (saxophones and clarinet) and Joshua Levy (piano and arranger.) Joining them on the road are Anthony Bonsera Jr. (lead trumpet) and Alex Henderson (trombone).
Today the high-energy nine-piece ensemble continues the party and takes things to the next level with the release of “Rattle Them Bones.” The follow-up to 2009’s release “How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway.”
BBVD sky rocketed to stardom with “You & Me and the Bottle Makes Three (Tonight)” and “Go Daddy-O” were featured in the 1996 indie film landmark Swingers.
Their music has appeared in countless films, television shows, including “The Wild,” “Despicable Me,” “Family Guy,” “Phineas and Ferb,” “Malcolm In The Middle” and “Ally McBeal.”
As Big Bad Voodoo Daddy approachesits 20-year anniversary, “Rattle Them Bones” demonstrates the nine-piece band is very much like a fine wine or spirit that gets better with age. “We’re far from finished making music,” said Morris. “We have big plans for the next 20 years.”