Carleen and The Groovers are that rare phenomenon in the rare world of Deep Funk – a group of local hopefuls who not only possessed the desire to record themselves, but recorded multiple, original songs at the peak of America’s funk movement. Their four sides are superb examples of why the history of independently released funk music is so important within America’s musical tapestry. Carleen and The Groovers shouted positive, uplifting messages, gave the drummer a whole bunch, signified coded comedy and defined the syncopated funk groove. Their recorded output paints a picture of a band bursting at the seams, ready to explode out of the tight confines of Carleen Butler’s heavy drumming. This is funk at its combustible best.