BEAT100 Ultimate Musicians, Bludgeon Muffin, Capture the Sounds of Santana, Hendrix, and Marley

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Hailing from the beautiful state of Utah, the six-piece band Bludgeon Muffin recently achieved BEAT100 Ultimate Musician status for their creative and enjoyable sound combining reggae, rock, and blues.

Bludgeon Muffin

“If we come up with something truly amazing, I could see how it would storm like wild fire globally and not just in America [thanks to BEAT100].”

Hailing from the beautiful state of Utah, the six-piece band, Bludgeon Muffin, recently achieved BEAT100 Ultimate Musician status for their creative and enjoyable sound combining reggae, rock, and blues. Releasing the music video for their single ‘Be Alright’ on BEAT100 in recent months, the band quickly made their way to a fifth place position on the World Music Charts for the enjoyable and mellow track, filled with hopeful lyrics, a melodic ukulele intro, and ‘head-bobbing’ reggae bass, guitar, and drum groove accompanied by plenty of impressive Sanata-like guitar riffs and solos.

Bludgeon Muffin, consisting of members Bruce Kamai on bass, Nick Snarr on Ukulele, Mike Bailey on drums, Rena Ripley on back up and lead vocal, Dan Arellano on lead guitar, and Misi Touhuni on lead vocal and rhythm guitar, originally united as a reggae, rock, and blues group until Misi decided to instead establish a new and less generic vision for the ensemble. “I added a different flavor,” says Misi, “We were [now] going for the Sanata and Jimmy Hendrix meets Bob Marley sound.” Currently in the works of recording their newest EP, ‘Revolt’, Bludgeon Muffin has certainly proven successful in developing something original thus far, providing fans much to look forward in the new release, set for late-2013.

Though the rest of the band’s discography is not currently available for purchase, fans can drop by Bludgeon Muffin’s Soundcloud page where their single ‘Revolt’ is available for a free download, as well as their BEAT100 page, to view their music video for ‘Be Alright’, a song that originally was used by the band as a warm up jam, until Misi decided to write some positive lyrics to the grooves melancholy and minor key. As they continue to write songs and work on new material, Bludgeon Muffin frequently performs throughout Salt Lake City and Utah. “We have opened for Jamaican groups such as Etana, Frankie Paul (A favorite band moment for Misi), Dubtonic Kru, Kool Johnny Kool, and Jah Sun,” says Misi.

As they share their sound with the world, fans often inquire about the group’s name and its meaning. “The lead guitarist came up with it,” clarifies Misi, “He said he heard [the band] Bludgeon on the radio and was trying to come up with something catchy to go with it. He’ll always ask people: ‘What does it mean to you?’” With their creative name and unique blend of sounds, Bludgeon Muffin will continue to captivate and inspire fans. “Will Bludgeon Muffin go big?,” inquires Misi, “Who knows, but if we give up then the answer is automatically no. I need to write a song about the music business and how much of a roller coaster ride it is.” He concludes by offering some advice to other aspiring and talented musicians: “My advice would be to ride out the lows of the [music] career and enjoy the highs, but always stay with it.”

BEAT100 members can sign up to follow Bludgeon Muffin on the music video social network to follow their upcoming releases and view ‘Be Alright’ as well as other music videos from this talented band. Musicians can join BEAT100 for free and upload their original or cover songs to the BEAT100 World Music Chart for a chance to join the ranks of Bludgeon Muffin as BEAT100 Ultimate Musicians. “I like the exposure [BEAT100] gives [musicians] around the world,” says Misi, “If we come up with something truly amazing, I could see how it would storm like wild fire globally and not just in America [thanks to BEAT100].”

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