Topic: St. Paul & the Broken Bones
I keep expecting ahsmith33 to comment about this band he brought to the Forum's attention, but decided to renege my declaration about no more topics. This band is that good, maybe his best shout other than his homage to Eric Gale.
I've picked up the first two St. Paul albums and they stack up closely to any soul/blues albums I've ever listened to. The freaky thing is the lead singer could be a double for a close friend of mine. Their first album was for the most part recorded live at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals. It has an Alabama Shakes feel to it, but SPatBBs are way more earthy and more talented. That first album really grabs you from the first note.
Their second album, Sea of Noise, is much more refined and in my opinion one of the best I've heard of this genre. Although not as talented a band like The Main Squeeze, the Broken Bones are no slouch playing their instruments. Paul Janeway's like the second coming of Otis Redding or Al Green.
I'll try to find a good video or two.
There are a lot of videos out there of the band. This one is more recent and includes a different guitarist. The set is acoustic versions of earlier songs plus a little discussion of Paul's influences. Again very polished vocals.