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Meet St. Paul and The Broken BonesPosted by Lucas G. on 05/06/14 | Filed under Non Hip-Hop, Meet, St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Blogging and listening to music all day, every day can be exhausting. So, every so often a blogger needs a vacation; mine was just this past week. I know, I know, you missed me, but sometimes I just need to step away from the computer. So what did I do on my break from listening to music all day? Went to a music festival naturally. Thursday, I ventured down to Memphis, Tennessee to visit some friends, eat some dope Southern food (word to Uncle Lou's), and see some music at the Beale Street Music Festival. I'd like to think I know a lot about music that doesn't end in hop, but going there, and checking the line-ups, showed me that, no matter how many Meets I do, there a will always be more incredible artists to profile. Between beer, barbeques, traffic, and the overall chaos that comes with having thousands of people in a 6 block radius, getting to festivals when you want to can be tough. I have very few regrets from the week (in retrospect maybe the gator on a stick was a bad idea) but one is that I missed St. Paul & The Broken Bones. I found 'em when checking the line-up and was excited to see them but it just didn't work out. To make up for it, I figure who better to feature than them?
Meet St. Paul and The Broken Bones.
Shades of Allen Stone, we have a dude who may not look it, but has more soul than most of us have in our entire body. That dude is the lead singer Paul Janeway. The Alabama septet is driven by his incredible voice and presence. Sadly, I missed out on the Stacks Soul Museum in Memphis (apparently everything is closed Monday in Memphis), but I have more soul with SP&BB than I can handle; these dudes literally sound like they belong in the museum. I may not be a soul music scholar, but, to me, there are very few things that are better than an great soul singer doing their thing; there is so much power, heart, and passion in it and it hits you unlike any other kind of music. St. Paul's preaching is some of the best soul around right now.
Well, Mr. Janeway has all that and more. The range and passion he has is astounding. It's not all about him though. There are six others who help give them that lively sound. The triumphant, lively instrumentals, give them a different soul feel. Sure it's still soul, but it has a fun, almost rock sound, that makes their music all the more powerful. This is what music should be. Great instrumentals, a captivating singer and a sound that oozes heart and soul. really wish I had gotten to see their set because, although they have a new album out (it dropped in February) I have yet to listen to it; I've been really enjoying the live performance videos they have...all seven billion of them. Any band that can sound this good live, doesn't need an album.
Listening to them for the past few days has been bittersweet. On the one hand, they made my delayed flight much easier to handle and I am thrilled that finding a great band, but on the other I feel like the worst music blogger on the planet; how did I not see them live? I'm seriously debating traveling to Richmond, VA in a month, even though it is three hours away; I am dying to see this for myself. If you don't want to be an idiot like me, you would be advised to check here and find a date to go see 'em. If recorded material is more your style then be sure to check out their February-released album, Half The City. I just bought it and I rarely purchase music, because I think they are that good. The last band I did that with was Alabama Shakes (who just happen to be one of my favorites around right now), which means that St. Paul and The Broken Bones are in elite company.
Seeing group live is a great barometer on whether or not you like them; it can make or break your opinion. St. Paul In the Broken Bones are so good, they made me a believer because I missed their set. That my friends is talent.
[Lucas Garrison is a writer for DJBooth.net and RefinedHype. He does not have a beard. You can tweet him your favorite Migos songs at @Lgarrison88.]
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