Posts Tagged ‘Alabama’

Allison Crutchfield is a Philadelphia-based indie rock/punk singer/songwriter. You probably know her twin sister Katie as the frontwoman of the amazing band Waxahatchee. The recent Waxahatchee record Ivy Tripp was among my favourite albums of 2015. You might also remember that the Alabama native twin sisters were in a band called P.S. Eliot. Both Crutchfield girls played  on the Waxahatchee tour of the UK promoting the Ivy Tripp album.

You may also remember that Allison was the front of a band called Swearin. She’s stepped away from that band, at least for a moment. She’s now on Merge Records (same as her sister), and she’s set to release her solo debut early next year.  It’s a little punky, a little poppy, and even a little gothy. And it has enormous hooks. After the drum-heavy, fuzzy intro, the particular way the keyboards mix with the guitars and bass . The chorus is big and bright with vocals way up front.

I don’t know how the rest of the album sounds, but this is big and fun. Allison says that she went through a lot of life changes in the last two years. She says that big changes will often trigger a panic button, but that in the end, most people will emerge triumphant on the other side. That, apparently, is what her record is about.

Personnel:
Allison Crutchfield: synthesizer, piano, guitars, vocals
Sam Cook-Parrott: bass, additional guitars on tracks 2, 3, 4, and 6, additional vocals on track 8
Joey Doubek: drums, percussion
Katie Crutchfield: additional vocals on (prologue) and tracks 2, 6, and 10
Jeff Zeigler: modular synth, drum machine programming

Tourist in This Town will come out on January 27th, 2017 via Merge Records. In case you’re wondering, Katie did some vocals on three songs from this album, .

St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones roared onto the soul-revival scene in 2014 on the strength of frontman Paul Janeway, whose earth-shaking vocals are matched only by his irrepressible energy as a performer. After a whirlwind couple years since the band’s debut, “Half The City” a time that included a few dates as The Rolling Stones’ opening act — the Birmingham, Alabama., outfit has shored up its sound and turned to weighty lyrical themes for its second full-length record, “Sea Of Noise”.

“Flow With It (You Got Me Feeling Like)” is the second single from “Sea Of Noise”, and it’s a fine example of the band’s maturation. Having grown to an eight-piece, the group fuels its fire with an expanded horn section and percussion that evokes the Motown sound. (Elsewhere on Sea Of Noise, its members call on the string charts of veteran Memphis arranger Lester Snell — not to mention the skyscraping voices of the Tennessee Mass Choir, recorded in Studio A at what was once Stax Records.)

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sea Of Noise
More elaborate orchestration aside, the gritty burr of the Southern soul that informs St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ music is undeniable. In “Flow With It,” that’s most evident in the heavily grooving breakdown after the second chorus. Janeway lets the band bubble up and simmer over as he riffs on the curiously ambiguous line, “I wanna feel.” It’s hard not to feel something — release, maybe, or a cleansing of sorts — when everything comes to a heart-stopping pause, then whooshes back in at a rapid boil a beat later.

On one level, “Flow With It” seems to deal with a bedroom argument and the strain felt within an intimate relationship that’s fraying at the seams. But considered in light of contentious times, politically and socially, the song takes on another layer of meaning. “We ain’t gotta fight,” Janeway pleads, sounding like he could be addressing a partner or a society in need of the salve that soul music offers. “Let’s just flow with it.”

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Verbena was a rock band from Birmingham, Alabama, founded in the early 1990s by Scott Bondy, and Daniel Duquette Johnston who would become mainstays for the entirety of the band’s career, despite undergoing several line-up changes. They released three albums,  Bondy and Nuby each started their own respective solo projects. Bondy probaly the most succesful released his solo debut, American Hearts under the name A.A Bondy , Bondy also released his several solo efforts,  Duquette Johnson toured as Cutgrass for years and played bass on tour with a reunted Blake Babies. Duquette Johnson and the Rebel Kings have released several albums

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Hannah Aldridge has her debut album ‘Razor Wire’ is a slice of Dark Americana born from the real life experiences and music influences of her upbringing in Nashville, Tennessee and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Hannah Aldridge is an Americana/ Folk artist originally from Muscle Shoals, Al. She is the daughter of the #1 hit songwriter and Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee, Walt Aldridge, who has written and produced for such artist as Lou Reed, Reba McEntire, and Conway Twitty and has been named songwriter of the year twice by Billboard. Early in Hannah’s writing career, she was recognized for her astounding ability to capture emotion and ability to stun with her sultry vocals.
“I think people have forgotten what real drums and real voices sound like. We have been so overexposed to these pre-packaged “#1 hits” that when there is anything that has any glimpse of truth or rawness to it, it is like a fresh breath of air. Americana music really is lyrically driven and is meant to make people think, which is the total opposite of most of the stuff out there on the radio, so I think that naturally people are being drawn towards it.” says Aldridge.

Here Paul Janeway getting on his knees to sing an Otis Redding song to me was emotionally packed. Paul Janeway isn’t just a guy anyway. He is proper kindness, power, groove and a voice that you rarely get to hear.
It was a jaw dropping performance that amazing vocal. Peoples’ eyes were wide open. My only answer to Paul’s voice: with a moment of utter abandonment, he can bring tears without sadness and incredible feeling.

I saw this band first maybe on the Letterman Show or even maybe a SXSW showcase two years ago what an amazing band, Paul & The Broken Bones are played Rock en Seine festival near Paris and last years End Of the Road Festival,

Do I really need to explain again why you must listen to St Paul & The Broken Bones and why you must go see them live as soon as possible Anywhere? La Blogotheque who published two videos of their Take Away Show, “Half The City”, played in the middle of the famous le Louvre’s Cour Carrée, and their crazy cover of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You” that made people stop in their tracks.
at the time, we kept a third video secret so here now finally another track from their first album, “It’s Midnight”, shot in the street near Le Louvre Museum.The band is about to start another huge European tour, so we thought here is this little gift and maybe the last undecided minds will be convinced that the only place they have to go in the days to come is a St Paul & The Broken Bones show. with a host of European dates and only one show in London. Check out the lady in the street and that this video ends with “I’m going to the dentist, you are saving my life. For six years, La Blogotheque has changed the way people experience music. filming beautiful, rare and intimate sessions with many favorite artists, and the ones you are soon to fall in love with. Come, stay a while, and be taken away.

From their debut album, “Half the City,” Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul and the Broken Bones performs  “call Me” and  “Grass Is Greener.” on the Letterman Show last monday evening, These guys played at the End Of the Road Festival and Dot To Dot last year and were just amazing, this past year the best performance of the whole weekend… Their whole show is through the roof with electricity, I am excited to see them get the on air play they deserve and David Letterman loved them… Congrats to the whole band!

St Paul and the Broken Bones from the State of Alabama,

St. Paul & The Broken Bones is not a band that’s easily ignored. The Birmingham-based sextet gets in your face—literally—during shows, and manages to transfer that that intensity to each of the 12 songs on their debut LP Half The City”. With strong roots in the Pentecostal church, frontman Paul Janeway seems to deliver entire sermons in three-and-a-half-minute opuses throughout record. He narrates entire parables like “Grass is Greener” and “Like A Mighty River” in his emotive tenor that evokes both preacher and crooner. And the built-in, two-man brass band arrangements add depth, rhythm and soul to “Half The City”, especially on tracks like “Broken Bones & Pocket Change” and “Sugar Dyed.”

Inspired by funk and R&B acts like Prince, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, St. Paul & The Broken Bones understands the power music has to make you weep, dance and rejoice, sometimes all at the same time; each track on “Half The City” serves one or more of those roles. So while the band released its first EP, “Greetings from St. Paul & The Broken Bones”, in 2013, it’s this full-length debut that serves as the ultimate conversion for believers and heretics, alike.