Orlando people get ready. There’s a revival coming. A soul revival.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones, a new band with an old-feel, will be spreading the good (and we mean really good) word at the Beacham Thursday, January 15 at 7pm (win tickets below). And you’d be wise to get within earshot of their energetic, sweat-inducing, dancing-in-the-aisles, heart-and-soulful, rock-n-roll gospel.
For those who haven’t caught wind of this seven-piece band from Alabama and their blow-the-roof-off performances blowing across North America and Europe on their “Half The City” tour, let us fill you in on their whirlwind 2014.
They garnered national acclaim from Rolling Stone and Paste magazines, made their television debut on CBS This Morning: Saturday and were praised by several media outlets as one of the best live bands around. Their first-ever performance at Bonaroo in June drew an overflowing crowd, bursting at the seams as they brought down the house — or tent — known as the “Other Tent” venue.
Additionally, one of the tracks, “That Glow,” from their new LP, was chosen for the The Gambler soundtrack, directored by Rupert Wyatt and starring Mark Walhberg. Wyatt recently told Grantland magazine, “There’s a great new band that we found, called St. Paul & the Broken Bones, that has opening-credit music. For me, I was able to create my best soundtrack ever with this movie.”
SPATBB’s frontman, the aforementioned (and appropriately-monikered) saint, is 31-year Paul Janeway who looks more like Drew Carey or Jack Black on stage, than a soul singer. However, when this southern boy puts on a colorful suit with a bowtie and a pocket-square and opens his mouth, the notes pour out sweet and strong. “Saint” is right. St. Paul has some serious vocal prowess – a miraculous powerhouse of raw and gritty, soft and soothing, emotion-packed sound that can stop heathens and christians alike in their path. And then, there’s his commanding, charasmatic stage presence — or desk presence as demonstrated in their recent performance in NPR Tiny Desk concert series.
Backing Janeway in the soul sextet is, well, more than a back-up band: on bass is the multi-talented, multi-instrumentalist Jesse Phillips, guitarist Browan Lollar — formerly with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, drummer Andrew Lee, trumpeter Allen Branstetter, trombonist Ben Griner and veteran keyboard/organist Al Gamble.
Their first full length album Half The City, released in February 2014, reached #3 on iTunes Top Albums charts and #56 on Billboard 200 charts. It was produced by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes and recorded and mixed in the venerable Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama — where, ahem, the legendary likes of Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Bob Dylan and Otis Redding, once recorded.
Oh yeah, and speaking of Redding, Janeway grew up in a pentecostal church in Chelsea, Alabama where he wasn’t allowed to listen to secular music. Yet he still managed to sneak in listening to the legendary “Dock of the Bay” Georgia-man, while his parents tried to groom him to become a preacher. Thankfully, it didn’t take. And it — his emotional, evanglical delivery and extensive vocal chops — is mesmerizingly evident in his repoirtoire of inspiring covers like Redding’s “These Arms Of Mine.”
Of course you’ll hear his other influences like Al Green, Marvin Gay, James Brown and Sam Cooke, but don’t pigeonhole Paul or his band from Birmingham as mere sound-alikes. They’re a completely different bird — birds of soul paradise, now taking flight and landing in central Florida for the first time — with plenty of their own original soul songs which already feel like classics.
Catch Paul and his apostles Thursday as they throwdown impassioned performances like “Call Me” and “Broken Bones and Pocket Change,” numbers that will surely shake the Beacham rafters and maybe even bring you to your knees.
See you at the revival tent, Orlando music faithful.
HOW TO WIN TICKETS:
HOW TO WIN TICKETS:
HOW TO WIN TICKETS:
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