TRUCKEE, Calif. — Jelly Bread is like its hometown, Reno: a little bit country, a little bit funky.
The four-year-old quartet plays Friday’s Fire on the Mountain in Truckee, headlined by the 7 Walkers.
“It’s hard not to love a band comprised of a bunch of legends,” said bandleader Dave Berry. “We’re getting to play with the Greatful Dead’s drummer and George Porter, Jr. We were lucky enough to play at the Squaw Valley Funk Fest with George Porter. We’re excited to be in the lineup. We love the Monophonics and have played with them a few times.”
The full-time band released this summer its second album, “No Dress Code,” which has 14 songs and a guest appearance by Reno’s Whitney Myer, who starred this year on the televsion competition “The Voice.”
Jelly Bread recently added Tahoe’s most ubiquitious keyboardist, Erik Matlock, who has played with Mama’s Cookin,’ Headphone Union and Subject to Change. Cliff Porter plays drums and Brady Carthen the bass.
“I think we’re kind of a swampy soul funk and with the slide guitar we get a little southern Bayou feel,” Berry said. “Spent time in North Carolina and my family is from Oklahoma. My family is a bunch of hillbillies so you can’t help but sound like one.”
Jelly Bread played its third show in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.
“If you can do well and build out of the Red Room and move on up to the Crown Room and pull the crowd and make old Brent Harding (the promoter) happy, you’re doing real good.”