Ghost-Note Releases New Funk Anthem “Where’s Danny?”

Article Contributed by Missing Piece Group | Published on Saturday, February 24, 2024

Today, groove titans Ghost-Note released the new funk anthem “Where’s Danny?” from their upcoming third album Mustard n’Onions (out April 19th). Led by Snarky Puppy's multi-GRAMMY-winning duo of drummer-keyboardist Robert Sput Searight and percussionist Nate Werth, Mustard n’Onions will be the group’s first new LP in six years, and their debut for Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group. The vinyl format will be released as a Record Store Day exclusive 2-LP set on limited edition orange/yellow eco mix (100% recycled) vinyl.

Listen to Ghost-Note “Where’s Danny?”

Many of the most extraordinary moments throughout Mustard n’Onions belong to the core Ghost-Note players, and stem from the band’s nearly nonstop life on the road. Take “Where’s Danny?,” with its tour-de-force solo by the group’s youngest member, trombonist Danny Wytanis: The title, a band in-joke, came about after Sput, feeling the effects of psychedelics, couldn’t find his surrogate little bro at a music festival. “We lost Danny for two hours!” Sput chuckles today. “I was like, ‘I haven’t met his parents yet! It would be horrible for me to tell them I lost their kid!’”

Also along for the funky ride of Mustard n’Onions is a who’s who of groove-music greats. Most moving is the presence of R&B/jazz hero Bernard Wright (1963-2022), whose performances on three tracks would be some of his final recorded appearances. Other guests on Mustard n’Onions include Karl Denson, founding Robert Glasper Experiment member Casey Benjamin, Snarky Puppy standouts Mark Lettieri and Jay Jennings, pedal-steel luminary Travis Toy, electric-bass GOAT Marcus Miller, blues-rock god Eric Gales, and the group’s visionary bass player MonoNeon, who co-wrote the first single “Bad Knees.”

Well over a decade ago, Sput and Werth found themselves gigging together in the Texas-rooted fusion powerhouse Snarky Puppy — Werth on his creatively, globally curated percussion setup, and Sput on keys and, later, drums. What developed was a great mutual respect and a musical kinship between the two that bordered on telepathy. At a certain point during their ceaseless tour schedule, Sput’s nightly improvised solo began to signify a new pathway. “I got bored taking drum solos,” Sput says, “so I asked Nate to join me. It was like we were finishing each other’s sentences. We did it so well to where fans started coming up and asking, ‘What was the name of that song you and the percussion player were quoting?’” An idea for a beat CD was hatched, which quickly flowered into Ghost-Note — a group that would function less as a “collective” à la Snarky Puppy and more as a dedicated squad.  

Mustard n’Onions presents a story of the ensemble maturing and solidifying and finding their identity. On the band’s freewheeling 2018 release, Swagism, the lineup was still developing and, as Sput explains, “We didn’t have a sound; we didn’t know what we were gonna sound like.” The music on Mustard n’Onions, he says, reflects the firmed-up character of a unit whose “camaraderie and chemistry” have accrued over countless gigs, and nearly every band member has at least one writing credit. Sput remains Ghost-Note’s primary writer and de facto musical director, but he’s now shaping his music for and with his bandmates.    

Mustard n’Onions is out April 19th via Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group.

1. JB’s Out! (Do It Babay) feat. Mackenzie
2. Move With a Purpose feat. Karl Denson
3. Where’s Danny?
4. Origins feat. Keith Anderson
5. PoundCake feat. Casey Benjamin
6. Phatbacc
7. Grandma’s Curtains feat. Eric Gales
8. Revival Island feat. Travis Toy & Mark Lettieri
9. Yellow Dan feat. Marcus Miller
10. Bad Knees
11. Synesthesia
12. Slim Goodie
13. Mustard n’Onions feat. Jay Jennings
14. Origins Reprise
15. Nard’s Right feat. Bernard Wright

Tour Dates:
4/5/24 - Live Oak, FL - Resonate Suwannee
4/7/24 - Houston, TX - Jazz Sundays in The Park Series @ Buffalo Bayou Park
5/10/24 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird
5/11/24 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
5/12/24 - Rochester, NY - Rochester Lilac Festival
5/14/24 - Detroit, MI - El Club
5/15/24 - Kalamazoo, MI - Bells
5/16/24 - Chicago, IL - Chop Shop
5/17/24 - Minneapolis, MN - The Dakota
6/28/24 - San Diego, CA - Winstons
6/29/24 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriets
6/30/24 - Los Angeles, CA - Lodge Room
7/4/24 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley
7/6-7/24 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
7/9/24 - Berkeley, CA - Cornerstone
7/11/24 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
7/12/24 - Portland, OR - The Get Down
7/13/24 - Veneta, OR - Oregon Country Fair