Call Me - St. Paul & The Broken Bones

from the album Half The City (2014)

The first time I heard an Alabama Shakes record, I sat in awe of Brittany Howard's vocals.  She has a rare talent, able to strike nerves within me that few singers can reach.

Two years later, another band from Birmingham, Alabama has had a similar effect.  St. Paul & the Broken Bones are a southern soul band with a frontman whose voice simply gives me chills.  Paul Janeway has a style that recalls icons like Otis Redding and Al Green.  When I listen to the places his voice can go, I am in utter disbelief.  This dude can sing soul music.

The other obvious standouts in this band are the horn and rhythm sections.  They are rock solid.  But the instrument that really blows me away is the guitar.  Hats off to Browan Lollar.  While he hangs out in the background for most of this song, when he steps forward his tone and technique are killer.  This is true across the entire album.  Wow.

Completing the Alabama Shakes association, this record is produced by their keyboardist, Ben Tanner.  He does a great job at the dials, crafting a sound that is both current and retro while bringing out this best in this gifted band.

Click Here to watch the official music video for Call Me.  After watching, be sure to click on the You Tube link to watch the entire session.  It is phenomenal.