Recalling the soul and funk of the 1970s, SuperHoney earned a small following playing around Boston in the late '90s. The six-member band (which was originally called Flunky) sometimes brought to mind the early recordings of Rufus and Chaka Khan, and its songs showed no awareness of 1990s trends in high-tech urban contemporary music. Much like the Average White Band 20 years earlier, SuperHoney plays R&B so convincingly that you wouldn't know its members were white if you hadn't seen its pictures. One of the people who caught SuperHoney's gigs was George Clinton, who invited its members to sit in with the P-Funk All Stars at some Boston shows. When the band released a promising self-titled five-track EP on its own Moxxy label in 1998, its members included lead singer Joan Pimental-Flynn (whose influences include Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Chaka Khan), guitarist Douglas Sherman, keyboardist Paul Schultheis, bassist Scott Watson, drummer Dean Johnston, and percussionist Sean Nelson.
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