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Showing posts with label Southbound I-95. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Southbound I-95. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

JP Soars' Southbound I-95 Tour Heads North, Perform at Blue 5


Performs Locally:  BLUE 5 in Roanoke - Friday, August 10 - 9:30pm

  (Roanoke, VA) - JP Soars & The Red Hots' "Southbound I-95 Tour" heads North in August for an East Coast run, with a local performance at Blue 5, 312 2nd St. SW, Friday, August 10./ Showtime: 9:30pm. Free show. Info: (540) 904-5338 or visit
Soars is touring in support of his new album, Southbound I-95 (Soars High Music; Released July 2018), already receiving stellar national reviews and extensive radio airplay.


What The Media Is Saying About Southbound I-95 and JP Soars

"JP Soars does blues differently, mixing in a healthy dose of soul, R&B, surf, reggae, roots and country music into his blues, creating a creative brand of the blues that is pure Southern hospitality. There is so much great material on this CD...sure to become a classic. Get it while it’s hot!"

                                     THE LA MUSIC CRITIC

Title track, Southbound I-95 has a great Dick Dale/surf feel with dancing guitar work and a great rocking bass line by Jason Newsted. Excellent! Soars' guitar work in duet with Lee Oskar further cements this release as one of the year's best.  Check it out!

                                    BMANS BLUES REPORT

JP Soars has a well-deserved reputation as one of the hottest guitar slingers on the planet right now. On Southbound I-95 he shows great presence not only with the blues, but with a few other enjoyable genres. Whatever you consider your cup of tea, you’ll find something on this album."                     
                            PROFESSOR JOHNNY P'S JUKE JOINT

                                   JP Soars: Some Background

  Southbound I-95 is Soar's fourth studio full-length release. "Over the years I have been fortunate to have met and played with some incredible musicians  - musicians I look up to, musicians that I admire and inspire me," confesses the ever-so-humble blues guitarist-vocalist. "Some of these musicians appear here on (Southbound I-95). A few of the aforementioned include highly-regarded vocalist Teresa James; blues harp great, Lee Oskar (War, Lowrider Band); guitar greats, Jimmy Thackery and Albert Castiglia; and Jason Newsted, onetime bassist for multi-platinum-selling hard rock act, Metallica.

   Born in California and raised in Arkansas, JP Soars has called South Florida home since 1985. It's safe to say most blues guitarists haven't played in extreme metal bands and aren't influenced by jazz icons like Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt, which explains why Soars has developed a unique style that stands apart from the rest of the pack. The proof is in the pudding as Soar's touring schedule continues to grow with performances throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and South America, as well as repeat appearances on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, and, most recently, the celebrated Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas.

  For the past several years, Soars has additionally been part of the regional all-star blues act, Southern Hospitality, that also features guitarist-vocalist Damon Fowler and 'The Piana From Savannah,' keyboardist-vocalist, Victor Wainwright; plus Red Hots drummer, Chris Peet and Fowler's bassist, Matt Walker. The Blind Pig recording artists earned a Blues Blast Award ("Best New Artist Debut Release") for their 2013 CD Easy Livin,' and have toured worldwide in between the three bandleaders' own schedules. Southern Hospitality appears with a host of international blues icons on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida this coming February.

   Soars got bitten by the blues bug via a legendary source in 1988, when he won a guitar and two tickets in a raffle to see B.B. King in concert. Meeting the iconic guitarist and singer further enhanced the young musician's quest to learn more about the timeless power of the music. Soars started his blues recording career a decade ago with the 2008 release Back of My Mind, followed by More Bees With Honey (2011) and Full Moon Night in Memphis (2014). Collectively, his catalog has received extensive airplay on the XM Radio programs of Little Steven ("Underground Garage") and B.B. King ("Bluesville"); Top 50 status on the Living Blues charts, Blues Music Award nominations for "Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year," and "Best Blues CD" and "Album of the Year" accolades from the Palm Beach Post. Soars is a past winner of both the IBC (International Blues Challenge) and the prestigious Albert King Award.

        JP Soars & The Red Hots Southbound I-95 August Itinerary

August 10 (Fri.)       BLUE 5 RESTAURANT                       Roanoke, VA
August 15 (Wed.)     TUNES ON THE DUNES                      Westerly, RI
August 16 (Thur.)    NARRAGANSETT CAFE                       Jamestown, RI
August 17 (Fri.)       LIZZIE ROSE MUSIC ROOM                 Tuckerton, NJ
August 18 (Sat.)      CAFE @ST. GEORGES COUNTRY STORE   St. Georges, DE



Blues-E-News (Interview)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Soars High productions: JP Soars - Southbound I-95 - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Southbound I-95, from JP Soars and it's really cool. Opening with Ain't No Dania Beach, there's a country flavor but still folky/rock along the lines of the know...just right. Joined by Travis Colby on organ, Paul DesLauries on ultra cool slide, Greg Morency on bass, and Sam Harrison on percussion, this is a stylin' opener. Swamp funky, Sure As Hell Ain't Foolin' Me, is a great track with a solid bass line and vocal delivery by Soars. His guitar playing is really nice as well, backed by Teresa James on vocals, Oscar Santiago on percussion and Scott Ankrom on trumpet, this is my favorite track on the release.  Title track, Southbound I-95 has great Dale/surf feel with dancing guitar work and a great rocking bass line by Jason Newstead. Excellent! Rock n Roller, The Grass Ain't Always Greener, will really get you moving with a tight piano solo by Colby and a ripping sax solo by Sax Gordon. Very hot! Born In California is another of my favorites with a cool back beat courtesy of Chris Peet on drums and Soars on guitar and bass and his vocals are edgy and cool. Straight up slow blues number, When You Walk Out That Door, features blues masters Jimmy Thackery and JP Soars trading guitar solo's in paced, masterful style. Ouch! With a strong dose of southern R&B, Deep Down In Florida is another great number with blazing guitar work by Albert Castiglia and Soars and a tight beat by Peet and sax work by Ankrom. Spanish flavor on Across The Desert really gives it just the right spice. Soars guitar work in duet with Lee Oskar further cements this release as one of the year's best. Another Latin flavored track, Dog Catcher, this time wide open, has great percussion by Santiago and flavorful guitar work by Soars. Very nice. Heavy tom tom work by Jeremy Staska and a flurry of guitar riffs over a driving bass line by Soars and real nice clarinet soloing by Ankron really sets this track off. Excellent! Wrapping the release is a radio edit of Sure As Hell Ain't Foolin' Me with strong vocals and rich funk. This is one of the must hear releases of the year! Check it out!

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