St. Paul and the Broken Bones

St. Paul and the Broken Bones Debut Album Half the City

I discovered another great new retro soul act on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight. St. Paul and the Broken Bones hail from Birmingham, Alabama and are led by the amazing voice of Paul Janeway, who moves a little like the great James Brown and reminds you of all of the great soul singers of the late 60′s and early 70′s like Al Green, Wilson Pickett and Otis Reading.

That’s a a big call I know, but this boy really has a voice that doesn’t come around all that often. His sound is gospel influenced, like all of those greats from Stax and Muscle Shoals. I could go on about the sound but the best thing is to just listen.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Call Me

Paul Janeway is backed by Browan Lollar on guitar and vocals, Andrew Lee drums and percussion, Jesse Phillips bass, Allen Branstetter trumpet and Ben Griner trombone and tuba. These boys can really produce a big sound for a small outfit.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones self released an EP and then signed with Single Lock Records, who released their debut album Half the City in February 2014.

The album consists mainly of soul ballads and maybe could do with one or two rip em up dance numbers, but if you like soul ballads and I do, you are going to love this album.

Call Me was the song that the band played on Craig Ferguson’ show this week and it sits well with other strong tracks on the album like Don’t Mean a Thing, Broken Bones and Pocket Change and It’s Midnight.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Don’t Mean A Thing

St. Paul and the Broken Bones are currently on tour and play shows at iconic venues like Tipitina’s in New Orleans and The Beale St Music Festival in Memphis, in early May. My advice is if they come to a town near you catch them and in the mean time pick up the album and you will not be disappointed.

CLICK HERE to download Half the City or individual tracks by St. Paul & The Broken Bones from iTunes

By Max Power

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One Response to St. Paul and the Broken Bones

  1. Pickett says:

    Wow…I love this horn section. Reminds me of Doc Severenson’s line-up on the old Johnny Carson show way back when. Great stuff…


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