Larry Kimpel and The Soul Hustlers

By Mitchell Sigman

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We get so many awesome testimonials and emails from the Acoustica Mixcraft user community,  we thought it’d be great to share some their stories as well as the great music they’re making with Mixcraft. We’re calling it “Mixcraft Music Makers.”

In this installment, we bring you the smooth and funky sound of Larry Kimpel and The Soul Hustlers. Featuring bassist/vocalist Larry Kimpel, guitarist Jubu Smith, drummer Calvin Napper, and keyboardists Carl Wheeler and Vance Taylor, these heavyweight hitters are also the rhythm section for R&B legends Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and their collective resume reads like a who’s who of R&B and pop music, including Whitney Houston, George Duke, Tony–Toni–Tone, Anita Baker, Toni Braxton, Earth, Wind & Fire, Donald Lawrence, Stephanie Mills, Natalie Cole… the list goes on and on! We recently spoke with leader Larry Kimpel about his influences, creating music and using Mixcraft:

What got you into playing music?
I grew up on the South Side of Chicago with the love of good music all through our home. Songs by Brook Benton, Nat King Cole and the Spaniels were always a fixture. I began taking an interest in the piano when I first heard the jazz version of the Gospel Hymn, “Wade In The Water” by The Ramsey Lewis Trio. That was at age five. My Aunt Ruby saw that my interest in music was not just a fluke, so she began paying for piano lessons soon after that. I became a bass player at age twelve when my sister Diane bought me the soundtrack album to the movie “Superfly.” The bass player on that record was the late Lucky Scott. I was hooked completely the first moment I heard him play those low notes… Lucky was so cool!!!

What led you to start recording and mixing your own music?
I also realized at around age twelve that I could actually carry a tune (sing), so with that knowledge I began experimental tracking with two cassette recorders, bouncing vocals back and forth between the two. Noisy, but it got me going in the right direction.

What’s unique about your music and what artists inspire you?
I feel the music that I create is only unique because it comes from within me and my DNA. My influences however include artists from many different genres like George Duke, The Isley Brothers, Maze, Keb’ Mo, Maurice White, Vince Gill, Howlin’ Wolf, Marvin Winans and others.

How does Mixcraft help you make better music?
Mixcraft helps me create first by being so easy to use on the fly. The DAW sees virtually any interface you can name and it welcomes them all with open arms. It’s the ease of use coupled with the inspiring library of onboard sounds and pro effects that make Mixcraft my very first choice for audio production.

What does the future hold for Larry Kimpel and The Soul Hustlers?
The band and I are busy finishing up the recording of our debut CD. It’s a soul/R&B project called “Refried & Funkafied”, and it’s scheduled for a mid–May 2014 release on the GVR Records label. We’re also in the planning stages with our label/management team to begin touring both overseas and in the U.S. soon after the CD is out. Folks can reach out to us with questions, check out tour dates and join our mailing list at
Here’s a taste of The Soul Hustlers track “Valentine Love”: