#NewMusic This Week: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

St. Paul & the Broken Bones – Half the City:  Alabama has been on fire lately, producing acts in country, folk, rock, blues, funk and soul! The latest act to bring back vintage soul is St. Paul & the Broken Bones. This Birmingham sextet, led by Paul Janeway, just released their debut album, Half the City, and it’s surely bringing a smile to the faces of Otis, Sam and JB. Buy it on vinyl and catch the band at one of their upcoming shows in Georgia!

2/22 in Atlanta | The Earl

3/6 in Savannah | Savannah Stopover Music Festival

3/7 in Columbus | The Loft

3/20 in Athens | Georgia Theatre

Tour | iTunes | Vinyl | Sound like: 60’s Soul

April Shows in Atlanta, #2: Charles Bradley at The Masquerade

Atlanta, Sun. 4/21:  Go see Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires at The Masquerade!  The “Screaming Eagle of Soul” returns to Atlanta less than three weeks after the release of his sophomore album, Victim of Love.  Representing the “Soul of America,” as seen in the documentary film premiered at SXSW in 2012, this young 60-something is proving that dreams do come true.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see soul music in its purest form.

“Strictly Reserved for You” from the new album…

Tickets & Such:

  • $15 at box office / $21 at ticketmaster
  • Show: 7pm / In “Hell” / All Ages
  • Opener: Paul & the Tall Trees
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • The Masquerade, 695 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

More from Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires:

February Shows in Atlanta, #8: Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at Vinyl

Atlanta, Thu. 2/14:  Go see Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds at Vinyl!  I first heard the soul of this nine-piece Brooklyn band when Atlanta’s Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics supported them on tour last September.  If you’re a fan of classic soul and dirty funk, you don’t want to miss this show. 

Tickets & Such:

  • $12 day of show / buy online
  • Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:30pm
  • Opener: Wheeler Brothers
  • Vinyl, 1374 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

More from Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds:

December Shows in Atlanta, #4: Marc Broussard and David Ryan Harris at Atlantic Station

Atlanta, Sat. 12/8:  For week 2 of this year’s Winter Wonder Jam, go see Marc Broussard and David Ryan Harris at Atlantic Station!  I’m beginning to think Marc loves Atlanta as much as we love him… and his 4th visit to Atlanta in the last 12 months is sure to be another good time!  Whether he brings the funk, the blues, a little rock or the soulful sounds of the Bayou, he will have you walking away wanting more.

Get there early!  If I could write, sing and play guitar like one man, it would be David Ryan Harris… which confirms accusations that I’m a bit of a hopeless romantic (i.e. “For You” [see video]).  DRH returns to a city he once called home and with support from Atlanta local, Ben Deignan, this lineup is sure to provide a sweet atmosphere of “love and happiness…”

Tickets & Such:

  • $12 online / $15 at the door
  • Doors: 5:30pm / Show: 6:30pm / All Ages
  • Openers: David Ryan Harris, Ben Deignan
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • Atlantic Station Central Park, 18th St NW & E. District Ave, Atlanta, GA 30363

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More from Ben Deignan:

December Shows in Atlanta, #6: Lee Fields and the Expressions at Masquerade

Atlanta, Tue. 12/4:  Go see Lee Fields & the Expressions at The Masquerade!  Fields, who has been making soul music since 1969, recently teamed up with The Expressions on Truth & Soul’s record label in Brooklyn, NY.  The result has been two “tough as nails and sweet as honey” albums.  The latest, Faithful Man, is contemporary soul at its best, with songs like “Wish You Were Here” and “You’re the Kind of Girl” (see video).  Don’t miss this night… the band’s first show in Atlanta!

Tickets & Such:

  • $12 at box office / $18.40 online
  • Doors: 8pm / All Ages / In “Purgatory”
  • Opener: The Mar-Tans
  • RSVP on Facebook
  • The Masquerade, 695 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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November Shows in Atlanta, #9: Nathan Angelo at Smith’s Olde Bar

Atlanta, Fri. 11/16:  Go see Nathan Angelo at Smith’s Olde Bar! If you’re a fan of soulful piano rock, this show will be your kind of party.  As a local Atlanta resident, Nathan has a nice following and the shows are always packed (so get your tickets early).  And don’t miss the openers, fellow Atlanta soul-rockers The Well Reds and singer/songwriter Chris Cauley!

Tickets & Such:

  • $12 adv / $15 day of online
  • Show: 8:00pm
  • Openers: The Well Reds, Chris Cauley
  • Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

More from Nathan Angelo:

New Music: Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Two Gallants and The Sheepdogs

This week’s top 3 new releases are also three artists from our top 9 local shows to see in Atlanta this month.

First… It’s About Time by Atlanta’s own Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics.  Ruby says she grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding and It’s About Time is obviously influenced by those same soulful sounds of the 50’s and 60’s.

Second…  The Blight and The Bloom by San Francisco’s Two Gallants.  Available on ATO Records, The Blight and The Bloom, is this folk-punk duo’s 4th studio album, offering a mix of mellow tunes and raw, scrappy blues rock.

Third…  The Sheepdogs by Saskatchewan, Canada’s The Sheepdogs.  Their 4th studio album, produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, has a sweet southern rock sound, reminiscent of the classic rock bands of the 60’s and 70’s.