From the South Carolina Lowcountry, where life is laced with African ways, comes Ranky Tanky, a quintet with music rooted in a culture that has shaped American art, food, language and attitude. That culture, its people and their mother tongue is called Gullah.
Gullah people from the Sea Islands of South Carolina are the descendants of Africans captured along Africa’s rice coast. In the so-called new world, the enslaved toiled under the hot Carolina sun along the Atlantic coast. From this bondage came Gullah, a mixture of African and English styles.
This culture has influences across America. Scholars estimate that a third of the people of African descent in this country are the children of those shackled ancestors who came through the port of Charleston.
Today, emerging from the heart of this still fertile cultural epicenter, these four Gullah descendants and one disciple have joined together to revive a heartland of American music born in their own backyards.
releases September 15, 2017
Quentin E. Baxter - drums
Kevin Hamilton - bass
Quiana Parler - vocalist
Clay Ross - guitar/vocals
Charlton Singleton - trumpet/vocals
Produced by Quentin E. Baxter
Mixed and Mastered by Elliot Elsey at Truphonic Recording Studios Design and Layout by Marcus Amaker
Graphics by Ty Wilkins and Brian Steely
Photo by Reese Moore
Associate Producers: Jim and Judy Chitwood, Mary and Mason Holland, David and Jennifer Karr, Sylvia Gordon Woodall, Timothy Liptak DMD
All songs traditional, arranged by Ranky Tanky
Writers: John Clayton Ross (ASCAP), Kevin Maurice Hamilton (ASCAP), Quiana Parler (BMI), Charlton Singleton (BMI), Quentin E. Baxter (ASCAP).
Publishers: YalcMusic (ASCAP), Khamp (ASCAP), QuiOnyx Music (BMI), Singletone Music (BMI), BaxMuse Publishing (ASCAP)
Liner Notes by Herb Frazier
For more information ::: www.rankytanky.com