Michael League formed Snarky Puppy in Texas back in 2004. Over the last 19 years, the band has played sold-out shows all over the world, released more than 13 albums, and picked up five Grammy Awards.

Their latest album, last year’s Empire Central, was recorded in a converted venue space at Deep Ellum Art Company in Dallas, where they played two shows per night for eight nights to small, intimate audiences. Empire Central was named one of JAZZ.FM91’s top albums of 2022 and won the Grammy Award for best contemporary instrumental album. The band had previously won the same award for 2020’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall, 2016’s Culcha Vulcha, and 2015’s Sylva, along with their first Grammy for best R&B performance in 2013.

League joined us to talk about the groove the band finds itself in these days.