Labor Day marks a transition back to school, work, and the daily grind of life. And it’s for this reason that NYC-based funk band Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns will release their new single, “Mountain,” on Labor Day Monday, September 6, 2021.
“I started with the idea of total personal self-confidence,” says Beck, in reference to his inspiration for the song. “Being able to conquer anything. I hope ‘Mountain’ will inspire listeners to keep striving for anything they want to get out of life.”
Written, arranged, and recorded in a short time frame during the coronavirus pandemic, “Mountain” came together as the result of a self imposed deadline, a tribute to the tune’s inspirational message.
Kicking off with an old-school, greasy, funky groove, the tune contains a surprise shift in the middle that takes the listener on a pseudo-psychedelic ride before crashing back to reality with its nasty, driving rhythm.
JBHDH is no stranger to this sound. Beck's humble beginnings in rural Alabama and the soulful gospel of New Orleans inform his music, and the group is composed of sidemen who cut their teeth playing with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and Missy Elliott, to name a few.
Prior releases earned enthusiastic acclaim. The band’s first single, "Take Me By The Hand," was praised by SoulTracks, who wrote, "Led by Beck's joyful tenor, this NYC-based eight-piece band oozes out jazzy soul on this swinging six-minute track that channels Tower of Power and Blood Sweat & Tears.” A more recent release, “Sing Hallelujah,” debuted at #22 on the Relix/Jambands.com charts and enjoyed plentiful radio airplay.
The latest single is simultaneously a personal mantra to remind the listener to dig deep within oneself and find the fortitude to overcome obstacles, and an anthem for when those goals are achieved.
“Don’t let anything stand in your way,” says Beck. “Get out there and ‘climb that mountain.’”