March 6, 2014

this ain’t the heartache that I thought I knew

st paul

Last week my pal Ian handed me St. Paul & The Broken Bones‘ debut record, and emphatically told me it was his favorite album of the year so far. The next morning, in a quiet hotel room in Indianapolis, I finally got a chance to listen — and I do believe I yelped out loud from joy.

Call Me – St. Paul & The Broken Bones



With a disarming voice that channels the slightly feminine, unfuckwithable soul of CeeLo and the best high lonesome wails of Otis Redding, I can’t stop watching videos of them performing. You do not picture that voice coming out of that baby-faced white dude, as he raises his arms like a Baptist preacher and fluidly shuffles his feet across the stage.

Along with his badass Broken Bones band, Paul Janeway is signed to Single Lock Records (a label founded by John Paul White of The Civil Wars and Ben Tanner, keyboardist in the Alabama Shakes). The album was recorded in Muscle Shoals, AL – that mecca of so many things funky and delicious. You can read Ben Tanner (the producer)’s notes on the recording sessions here. Their album Half The City (out now) has quickly become a near-constant soundtrack on the big old stereo in my house, always turned up loud — and enticing my friends who come over to ask, “Who IS that?”

Ivywild-School

SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! My next step after listening to the record was to immediately see if we could book them at our Ivywild School in Colorado Springs — and yep. April 14! I absolutely cannot wait. Yeah, it’s a Monday night. Yeah, you’ll be really damn glad you came out for this one.

Not only is a restored elementary school-turned-brewery a perfect throwback sort of place to see these guys, I feel like this band has the kind of kinetic energy and irresistible sound (those horns!) that is going to lead them onward to a very, very good year.

See you April 14.

(or one of these other upcoming tour dates, should you be further afoot from me:)

ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES SPRING TOUR
Mar 6 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover Festival
Mar 7 – Columbus, GA – The Loft
Mar 8 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s
Mar 9-14 – SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 15 – Mobile, AL – Callaghan’s Irish Social Club
Mar 20 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
Mar 21 – Charlotte, NC – The Chop Shop
Mar 22 – Charlottesville, VA – Southern Cafe & Music Hall
Mar 25 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
Mar 26 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
Mar 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 29 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Mar 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
Apr 1 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
Apr 2 – Indianapolis, IN – Radio Radio
Apr 4 – Saint Louis, MO – Off Broadway Nightclub
Apr 5 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall
Apr 9 – Houston, TX – The Continental Club Complex
Apr 10-11 – Driftwood, TX – The Old Settlers Music Festival
Apr 12 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
April 14 – Colorado Springs, CO – Ivywild School
Apr 15 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive
Apr 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
Apr 17 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
Apr 19 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Apr 20 – Portland, OR – Soul’d Out Music Festival
Apr 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Apr 24 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour West Hollywood
Apr 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit
Apr 29 – Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown Music Hall
Apr 30 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge
May 2 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
May 3 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
May 21 – London, GB – Oslo
May 22 – Islington, GB – Electric Ballroom
May 23 – Manchester, GB – Dot to Dot Festival
May 24 – Bristol, GB – Dot to Dot Festival
May 25 – Nottingham, GB – Dot to Dot Festival
Jun 5-8 – Ozark, AR – Wakarusa Music Festival
Jun 12-14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo

Check this, the title track from their new album (!!):

13 Comments »

  • Holy shit. Thanks for the tip. They are coming to my town soon and I will be there.

    Claire Helene — March 6, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

  • Whoa. Just what I needed as I’ve been in a musical rut lately. Thanks for the tip.

    Frog — March 6, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

  • I will be seeing them in New York City in March!
    HB – I’m sure you already know, but you have to check out J Roddy Watson and the Business!!!
    They too, are the Real Deal Holyfield.

    CM — March 6, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

  • H – I got a similar feeling listening to this album as I did when I first listened to round and round by the sugar sounds from A-Z… You dig?

    CM — March 7, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

  • Well yeah I second your friend Ian’s thought! ST. Paul & The Broken Bones is one among the finest debut record.
    They sound magical :)

    Allen — March 8, 2014 @ 12:09 am

  • H- they were AMAZING on Cayamo in February. Tell Paul “hi” from Bill and Owana in Portland. We’re planning to see them when they’re here.

    OBL — March 11, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

  • Going to see them Friday March 28th @ Johnny Brenda’s in Philly, ridiculous to see such a great band is such a small venue, and it isn’t even sold out. Can’t wait.

    David — March 13, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

  • Hot Stuff. Thanks.

    telesg — March 17, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

  • Fantastic stuff. Could not agree with you more…

    jgc — March 19, 2014 @ 8:26 am

  • Saw these guys last night in a tiny club. Awesome. So much fun! Great music, great entertainment. Hope they come back to Boston soon.

    David — March 26, 2014 @ 7:56 am

  • Please record the show and share with us! Love this band…

    jgc — March 27, 2014 @ 11:35 am

  • Just wanted to report back after seeing the Philly show last Friday. Amazing. They ran through most of the record and did 4 covers which I won’t tell you because I don’t want to ruin anything but your are in for a special treat. Paul mentioned his love for Philly during the show and said they’d be back; I turned to my friend and said yeah but next time it’ll be in a 5000 seat venue. For their sake I hope I’m right, for my sake I’d jump at the chance to see them in a club setting again.
    Enjoy your upcoming show, I look forward to reading what you thought.

    david brociner — March 31, 2014 @ 9:45 am

  • Thanks for the tip. Saw them in london recently supporting Jason Isbell. Blew me away and all of my friends. We are all coming back later in the year to see their first headline shows.

    Gary — July 3, 2014 @ 5:23 am

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