St. Paul & The Broken Bones will lift your spirits and your tail right out of your chair. This is another great new band I learned about from Bobby Russell at WKIT 100.3, Stephen King’s Home of Rock and Roll. Ready for a listen?
Rumor has it that Rosanne Cash tweeted, “I have seen the future of music & the name of the band is St. Paul & the Broken Bones.” Right out of Birmingham, Alabama, St. Paul & The Broken Bones is ripe with griping grit and raw emotion, both vocally and musically. Jump in there and find the likes of Sam Cooke and Wilson Picket all wrapped up in ragged heartbreak and soaring joy. Produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and recorded in Muscle Shoals, Half the City is destined to cook up a devoted fan base for this band.
I sent a link of a SPBB performance to Hope Estey, a friend of Maine Music News and musical encyclopedia. She immediately responded to the music and said it “makes me feel like I’ve been to church.” She was right on the button. Front man, Paul Janeway, “St. Paul,” was raised in the church and steeped in gospel music before branching out to R&B and soul. The Broken Bones are a collection of talented Alabama musicians who cut their teeth on American Root music and soul. The results are delightful. When is the last time you heard a trombone and wanted to testify?
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