St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Call Me

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Deeply authentic soul hollering –the kind that starts under your shoeleather and blows out of your mouth like a thousand years of suffering– from Birmingham, Alabama‘s St. Paul and the Broken Bones.

This song hit me the way my first experience with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band did. I was incredulous to learn this sound was not wrung from a road-honed black soul act like the J.B.’s or The Stylistics. Lead vocalist and Chelsea, Alabama native Paul Janeway’s phenomenal range and projection transforms this take into a lost Al Green / Otis Redding duet. The production is magnificent, allocating the perfect auditory space to the right-on-time guitars of Browan Lollar and the horn section, comprised of Allen Branstetter and Ben Griner.

This ain’t the heartache that I thought I knew
This ain’t the party that I thought we threw.

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