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St. Paul and the Broken Bones Has Nothing but Soul
The members of St. Paul and the Broken Bones might be young, but their Southern soul sound evokes Otis Redding and Al Green. Vocalist Paul Janeway is a true powerhouse behind the microphone, and the energetic horn section will have any audience on their feet in moments. The band's 2014 debut album earned worldwide attention and praise. Catch this rising band now before they hit the stratosphere.
The band tours extensively through the United States with a strong focus on the south. Future venues include the Alabama Theater in Birmingham, Headliners in Louisville, and Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennessee. The Broken Bones will also perform on the week-long Cayamo cruise that leaves from Miami, Florida. Buy St. Paul and the Broken Bones tickets as soon as they become available because many venues sell out fast.
Despite the soulful sound of the group, its members are self-proclaimed "nerdy-looking white guys." Member Jesse Phillips told NPR how surprised audiences are to see powerful lead vocalist Paul Janeway. According to Phillips, "Paul, according to all the reviews and stuff that are written of the band, he looks like your high school history teacher, or he looks like Drew Carey." Janeway came to his soulful sound due to growing up in a religious household, where the only music allowed was gospel and some blues classics.
Janeway and Phillips met when both were members of the Birmingham, Alabama soul music scene. The duo decided to work together in 2012. They quickly liked what they produced and began recruiting more members. The Broken Bones were soon rounded out with Browan Lollar on guitar, Andrew Lee on drums, keyboardist Al Gamble, Allen Branstetter on trumpet, and Ben Griner on trombone.
Unusually for a new band, St. Paul and the Broken Bones recorded an EP before ever playing live together. But that EP, Greetings from St. Paul and the Broken Bones, was enough to earn the attention of fans and record executives alike.
The strength of the EP convinced record label Single Look Records to produce and release the Broken Bones' debut album. Single Look was partly founded by respected musicians Ben Tanner and John Paul White of the Alabama Shakes and The Civil Wars, respectively. Attention from musicians of this calibre grew industry interest in the Broken Bones' debut. Half the City was released in early 2014 to strong sales and reviews.
Half the City hit #56 on the Billboard 200 chart and #3 on the chart for digital downloads on iTunes. The band was featured on a number of radio and television programs including NPR Morning Edition, and received positive reviews from Rolling Stone, Paste, and The Guardian. St. Paul and the Broken Bones began touring extensively in support of the album.
Despite their unconventional appearance, St. Paul and the Broken Bones can command a stage like the genre greats. Paul Janeway's voice will convince any doubters within seconds, and the backing band has a level of energy that hints to their youthful ages. Don't buy St. Paul and the Broken Bones tickets if you want to sit still and listen to quiet music. This concert is a chance for loud celebrations, joyous dancing, and feeling the beat of the instruments in your bones.
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