‘Here Come The Girls’ by The London Souls

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The secret is out – New York trio The London Souls released their latest effort Here Come the Girls on Tuesday, April 7 on Feel Records. The Rock and Roll outfit draws upon British influences of Cream and Led Zeppelin, combined with funk, soul, lyrical hooks and rocking instrumental breaks – the new album serves up 13 reasons to jump on the Souls’ bandwagon. The London Souls are a fusion of past and present, mixing The Beatles and The Hollies with the psychedelia of contemporaries like My Morning Jacket.

Together Tash Neal, guitar and vocals, Chris St. Hilaire, drums and vocals, and Stu Mahan, bass, are The London Souls. Since 2008, the trio has redefined Rock and Roll, praised by music critic Maura Johnston as “amazingly tight… swampy rock music that should make any lazy rock radio programmer rethink the word ‘grunge’…an absolute must-see.”

Although the album trumps Johnston’s words, it fails to capture their energetic live performances. The Souls have appeared at Austin’s SXSW, Telluride Blues, Brooklyn’s Afro-Punk Festival, moe.down, and held the opening spot for Rolling Stone editor Austin Scaggs’ PETTY FEST at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom. The group just finished their stint with Virginia based Americana band Sons of Bill and have shared the stage with The Roots, Janelle Monae, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, The Cool Kids, Soulive, Big Boi, Shooter Jennings and Steel Train.

 

The opening track “When I’m With You” is melodic and lyric driven, with loud fills around the toms and a driving chorus reminiscent of an energetic, hard-rock Beatles tune. “Steady,” the second song, sits back in the pocket – Hilare clearly taking notice to John Bonham’s precision on “Kashmir.” Not only do The London Souls sound the part, but they look it too. As we delve deeper into the album we discover new interpretations paired seamlessly with musical innovation and feeling. It is clear where The London Souls came from and, with striking confidence, Here Come the Girls sets a new tempo for the up-and-coming Rock duo.

But The London Souls reveal a soft side – “Hercules” and  “Isabell” are soothing, from Neal’s fingerstyle guitar to the hypnotising lyrics. It is all about peaks and valleys – keeping us guessing if the songs will coax us into a deep sleep or startle with pronounced electric guitar riffs. Other tracks like “How Can I Get Through” are upbeat and frantic while “Bobby James” becomes soulful and relaxed. What can’t The London Souls do? Lyric hooks, smooth harmonies and syncopated rhythms fuse with the shuffle on drums and stride piano that is “Bobby James.” Latter tracks like “Run Zombie Run” are spooky – a mix of dissonant chords, slide guitar and almost-falsetto voice – now, cue the abrupt double-time doo-wop frenzy.

This is a band that has found their sound and knows how to flaunt it. Listen to “Here Come the Girls” HERE!


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Related: Show Review: The London Souls Show No Sign of Slowing Down With Album Release Party by Sara Furer

Dana Fuchs hailed as the new Janis Joplin

DANAfuchsFuchs will be kicking off her tour at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne on March 6 at 7:45 p.m.

New York City-based vocalist Dana Fuchs is a powerhouse behind the microphone, full of charisma and Memphis soul. Fuchs has achieved success on and off the stage including her performance in the Broadway play “Love, Janis” and for her outstanding efforts as Sadie in The Beatles film “Across the Universe” (2007). Not only did Fuchs star in the film, but also sang on the platinum-selling soundtrack, including tracks like “Dear Prudence,” “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” “Helter Skelter” and “Oh! Darling.”

Fuchs portrayed acclaimed vocalist Janis Joplin five to six nights a week on Broadway which stretched her vocal limits. Ironically, Fuchs had been compared to Joplin many times before, but had never heard of Joplin’s music because it was not played in her childhood home.

“I had to learn 19 songs in eight days for the play and I remember thinking, ‘Wow! Janis is 25 years old with such a wide vocabulary’ [of musical talent],” said Fuchs. “I couldn’t be Dana when I was on stage, so that would be the end of my inhibitions. If I had the feeling of Janis, why couldn’t I do that with my own music?” said Fuchs.

Florida born Fuchs was the youngest of six and would absorb the musical influences of both her older brother and parents. Everything from Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles to The Beatles, Grateful Dead and Queen would shape Fuchs’ career. Fuchs attributes most of her musical influence to her Florida roots, growing up in a predominantly African-American school and being exposed to funk and soul, in addition to her first grade teacher who would play Donna Summers during class. When Fuchs moved to New York, blues music pushed her voice to new limits.

“At that time all of the blues clubs had the great reputation, not me,” said Fuchs. “I began performing at these clubs three nights a week which forced me to raise the bar. In this style, it is not enough to just look the part. The music has to be raw and authentic. You have to love the music and always think on your toes.”

As a musician, Fuchs is always reinventing her craft and evolving. She recalls a favorite writer who once said “a good song is never written; it is rewritten, rewritten and rewritten.”

“The best way to progress as a musician is to play live. That is where you cut your teeth and interact with fans,” said Fuchs. “Don’t give up! This is not an easy road, but what job doesn’t have its troubles.”

[Check out an Dana Fuchs LIVE CD/DVD “Songs From The Road” on Ruf Records, released November 11, 2014]

Fuch’s success also includes sharing the stage with blues guitarist Taj Mahal and James Cotton, a blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player. “I remember I was really nervous before playing with Taj when I was just starting out. He grabbed and hugged me back stage, then said, ‘You just got to do it.’”

Fuchs will be kicking off her tour at Fairfield Theatre Company’s StageOne on March 6 at 7:45 p.m. She’s excited to return to “rock out with a listening audience” and describes her music as a “non-religious rock ‘n’ roll church” that will make the audience rowdier than Fuchs first experience in a black church, where people were jumping around singing. Fuchs immediately felt the music extend beyond religion.

“Music celebrates life and that is what I try to do,” said Fuchs. Each performance is “a revival, a place where we can forget about life’s hardships, or embrace them in a beautiful way on stage.”

Fuchs’ tour will travel to Mexicali Live (Teaneck, N.J.) on March 7 and Iridium NYC on March 10, before the band heads west and through Europe in April.  At the end of the year, Fuchs plans to record a “deeper and darker sounding record.” [see the rest of Dana’s tour dates here]

“My music is about life’s trials and tribulations, but this time I want to focus on what made me want to be a singer,” said Fuchs. “The record will feature an Otis Redding tune [which I have played live before] and similar influences. I have to grind it up a bit because I’m a rock ‘n’ roll child,” added Fuchs.

Blackberry Smoke FREE Stream of “Holding All The Roses”

 

Pandora pre-release stream feb. 2 - feb 9 **LISTEN NOW**
Pandora pre-release stream feb. 2 – feb 9 **LISTEN NOW**

Hello Everyone,

I am excited to say that Blackberry Smoke’s new album “Holding All The Roses” is available via Pandora Premieres and pre-orders will distribute on the release date, Tuesday, February 10th, 2015. I have written a review for L4LM – What do you think of my first graph?

Atlanta Georgia’s Blackberry Smoke has overwhelmed fans with their down-to-earth mix of country, bluegrass and driving rock. The band’s organic feel drags you deep into the heart of Atlanta’s Southern Rock scene.

Pandora pre-release stream feb. 2 – feb 9 **LISTEN NOW**

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds: trick or tread at Fairfield Theatre Company

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Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ FTC HALLOWEEN + Saturday Nov. 1

It only makes sense that Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds perform back-to-back nights at Fairfield Theatre Company on StageOne on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 because “one [night] isn’t quite enough” said lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe.

The eight piece collective is not just a soul band. It’s nitty gritty blues, dirty funk and driving rock that force you off of your feet. Melodic horn lines, soulful harmonica and a funky rhythm section back frontwoman, Kincheloe, and the results are mesmerizing.

“If you can span cultural gaps, you have something,” said Kincheloe.
 

In front of the microphone, Kincheloe is playful and captivates listeners with her powerful vocals. When you’re not bound by Kincheloe’s vocals or the fiery brass lines, it is uncertain if you can escape all that is Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

You may be familiar with tunes like “The Long Way” off of Sister Sparrow’s EP “Fight,” produced by Randy Jackson or “Make It Rain” with its staccato horn melody, syncopated drums and guitar and dirty harmonica solos.

“We are able to cover so much sonic ground (with Jackson on harp),” said Kincheloe. “Sometimes he’ll be playing with the horn lines, and others against the band.”

Is your costume ready?  -To be judged by the band-
Is your costume ready?
-To be judged by the band-

If you love live music, then you should check out Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds. It is the kind of music that leaves a little something left on the bone for everyone. It is for those, “That can get lost, for someone who has never seen a horn section live or never stood in front of a baritone sax,” said Kincheloe. “It’s a unique experience.”

A true testimony to the band’s growth is reflective in their audience. It is inspiring to Kincheloe when she sees a 13-year-old girl standing near a 75-year-old man.

“If you can span cultural gaps, you have something,” said Kincheloe.

The band has had a rigorous tour schedule, with over 150 shows a year, and recently made their first venture overseas to the Cotai Blues and Jazz Festival in Macau, China. Luckily for you, the Birds have a few weeks off until hitting Fairfield Theater Company on Halloween night, leaving, as Kincheloe said, “Time to cook up something special for the show.”

With a few tricks up their sleeves, and a possible rumor of a costume contest according to Kincheloe, this will be a show you don’t want to miss. Not to mention, their break will leave plenty of time for new material and to deal with the craziness of Halloween. More importantly, Kincheloe laughed, “[There’s] time to get our costumes together.”sslog

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will continue their New England run at Tellus 360 in Lancaster, Pa. on Nov. 6, The Spot Underground in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 7 and spend two nights at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City, N.Y. on Nov. 28 and 29.