St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a rock and soul band from Birmingham, Alabama, will perform in concert Saturday (December 15) at Summit City in Whitesburg.
The up-and-coming band, which plays originals as well as covers from Motown and Stax/Volt artists such as the Four Tops and the late Otis Redding, was formed by dynamic singer Paul Janeway, who learned his craft while growing up singing in church, and bassist Jesse Phillips. They are joined by guitarist Browan Lollar (formerly of Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit), drummer Andrew Lee, and a horn section featuring Ben Griner and Allan Branstetter, both students at Samford University, on trombone and trumpet.
On December 8, the band released its first official recording — a four-song EP entitled “Greetings from St. Paul and The Broken Bones.” The recording is available for streaming and purchase at www.brokenbones.bandcamp.com. e
Th EP was mixed by Ben Tanner, who works with the Alabama Shakes, and was mastered by Steve Berson, who has worked with artists ranging from Foo Fighters to Kanye West.
Writing for the web-based Birmingham music publication “You Hear This,” writer Jennifer Freehling points out that St. Paul and the Broken Bones is beginning to get attention nationwide from music critics such as NPR’s Ann Powers and is drawing favorable comparisons to the Alabama Shakes, a retro soul band based in Athens, Alabama.
“The only comparison I’ll make here is this, and reiterate what I wrote about the Alabama Shakes almost a year and a half ago and say: do yourself a favor and catch one of their upcoming shows,” Freehling wrote recently, “Inevitably they’ll be selling out shows in the future and you can get the ‘I saw them before they were big’ badge of honor. You don’t get to see this kind of music too often.”
Opening for St. Paul and the Broken Bones will be the Wayne Graham Band and Parker Hobson. Lollar will also perform a set of songs before taking the stage with St. Paul. Performances are set to begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $10.
Videos of St. Paul and the Broken Bones performing songs such as Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” and the band original “Broken Bones and Pocket Change” are available for viewing on YouTube.