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Country meets soul on this inspired collection of jukebox
singles featuring Stax and Hi Records originators, producer Scott Bomar,
roots guitarist John Paul Keith, and Al Gamble of St. Paul & the Broken
Bones street date set for April 29.
Bo-Keys, a contemporary soul music group that signifies both
tradition and innovation, celebrates the release of a third studio album, Heartaches
by the Number, on Electraphonic
Recordings on April
Heartaches by the Number is an exploration of the
intersection of country, folk and soul, combining stunning originals with
inspired interpretations of jukebox classics from Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan, Swamp Dogg,
and Ray Price.
entirely on analog tape at Electraphonic
in Memphis, the set perfectly captures the classic country-meets-soul
feeling birthed within the musical triangle of Memphis/Nashville/Muscle
Shoals. The core group comprises legendary Al Green drummer Howard
“Hubbie” Turner, horn players Marc Franklin and Art
of the Gregg
organist Al Gamble, and guitarist Joe Restivo. On this country-soul journey, special guests including
celebrated Hi Records artist Don Bryant, Hi
American Studios vocal group the Masqueraders, and roots singer-songwriter and guitarist John Paul Keith join the Bo-Keys
the studio. Front-and-center is Bo-Keys lead vocalist Percy Wiggins, who comes by the groove honestly — in the 1960s, he
cut sides for RCA and ATCO alongside future Band of Gypsies musicians
Billy Cox and Larry Lee at
Bradley’s Barn, Nashville’s eminent recording studio.
by the Numberis a genre-bending release that sounds like the jukebox
roster at a honky-tonk bar or Mississippi juke joint. Merle Haggard’s “The Longer You Wait” is reinterpreted with
propulsive horns and a searing organ riff, while the band inserts grit and
funk into their interpretation of the Swamp Dogg-penned “Don’t Take Her
(She’s All I Got),” first cut as a soul single by Freddie North before country hit-makers such as Johnny Paycheck, George Strait, and George Jones added twang and swagger to the iconic dive-bar lament.
by the Numberbuilds on the
past catalog and adds a new dimension to the group’s potential by
metaphorically traveling beyond the Memphis city limits to explore an
often-overlooked subgenre of music popularized by Arthur Alexander, Swamp Dogg, Solomon Burke, and Bettye LaVette. The release will also bring new audiences to the Bo-Keys — fans of Adele,
St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and the Alabama
will find music that speaks to them on this album.
or not you recognize the name, you’ve seen or heard the Bo-Keys: That’s
the Bo-Keys setting
the mood in TV episodes of Scandal
and Scorpion; on the big screen playing the
original score for the Oscar-winning film Hustle & Flow and backing Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie
in Soul Men; and performing on Cyndi Lauper’s Grammy-nominated Memphis Bluesalbum. Since 1998, the Bo-Keys have kept the spirit of classic Memphis music alive
while simultaneously penning a vital new chapter for the sound and style
that are etched into the very fiber of American consciousness.
many revivalists pale compared to the originals, the Bo-Keys would have fit right in next to legendary Memphis
musical crews the
and Booker T. & the M.G.s,” raves the Associated Press,
while The New Yorker notes that a recent Manhattan
appearance was “one of last year’s tightest, funkiest, happiest shows.”
Although the band hasn’t released a studio album since 2011’s Got to Get Back!, the Bo-Keys have stayed busy, performing on John Németh’s Blues
Memphis Greasealbum (for Best Soul Blues), and placing music in the film Grudge Match and
by the Numberwas produced by Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated
the Bo-Keys’ bassist (who also produced Memphis Grease). His other career highlights
include working as assistant engineer on Al Green’s 2003 Grammy-nominated
comeback I Can’t
and its follow-up, Everything’s
producing the Grammy-nominated
Anthony Hamilton track “Soul Music”; and producing and engineering
which topped the Billboard blues chart for 13 weeks. In
2005, Bomar composed the score for Hustle & Flow, followed by serving as
executive music producer and composer on Black Snake Moan. He won an Emmy for Best Original Music for the documentary I Am a Man: From Memphis, A Lesson in Life and most recently scored the
Grind, which features Ryan Reynolds and debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.