Otis Redding, James Brown, Charles Bradley, Alabama Shakes
Sugar-dyed Honey Pants
Broken Bones and Pocket Change
About St. Paul and the Broken Bones:
Poised to be Alabama’s next great breakthrough artist, Birmingham’s, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, consist of lead singer, Paul Janeway, and band members Jesse Phillips, Andrew Lee, Allen Branstetter, Browan Lollar and Ben Griner.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones does’nt even have an album under their belt. Apparently there exists out there, somewhere, a 4-track EP, but good luck finding it on iTunes or even Spotify. I would recommend prchasing this EP or downloading it from their website, but they don’t have a website. They do, however, have a manager in Traci Thomas from Thirty Tigers (Jason Isbell) and a producer in the Alabama Shakes keyboardist, Ben Tanner. Oh, and they opened for John Mayer. So, how does a band, who just recently discovered their own sound, sit at the precipice of becoming Alabama’s next great gift to music? In the summer of 2012, Lead singer Paul Janeway and guitarist Jesse Phillips entered a studio to lay down their ideas for a few tracks and what emerged was essentially St. Paul and the Broken Bones. But the story goes back a little further than that. The son of a preacher man, Janeway explored his voice growing up singing in the church. And God has been good to Janeway, who has as much reach with his vocals that you can imagine, capable of bringing any sinnerman to his knees. But this isn’t gospel. This is rip your heart out and dance a jig on it kind of soul music that you just don’t hear anymore. The genre, with the rare exception of artists like Charles Bradley, Michael Kiwanuka, Aloe Blacc, or Alabama Shakes, just isn’t what it used to be. St. Paul and The Broken Bones take you back to when soul was cool, like Otis Redding and James Brown cool. And if James Brown was the Godfather of soul, Janeway could quite possibly become the Godson. While the main attraction of St. Paul and the Broken Bones is the voice of St. Paul, it is the Broken Bones that give him his pulpit. Their sound is as tight as can be and they provide exactly what is required for St. Paul and The Broken Bones to make soul cool again. It would seem that St. Paul and the Broken Bones, who are not from Memphis, Detroit, or Chicago, but from Birmingham, AL, hold the keys to the soul kingdom. All they have to do is open the door. -Josh Matthews