Thursday, August 9, 2018

MEMPHIS INSTURMENTAL COMBO IMPALA TO RELEASE 1ST ALBUM IN 12 YEARS WITH ‘IN THE LATE HOURS’ (AUGUST 24 / ELECTRAPHONIC RECORDINGS), CELEBRATING BAND’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY

MEMPHIS INSTURMENTAL COMBO IMPALA TO RELEASE 1ST ALBUM IN 12 YEARS WITH ‘IN THE LATE HOURS’ (AUGUST 24 / ELECTRAPHONIC RECORDINGS), CELEBRATING BAND’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
SCOTT BOMAR (THE BO-KEYS, DON BRYANT, HUSTLE & FLOW) AT THE HELM
 
One of Memphis’ stalwarts of the great ‘90s garage scene, instrumental band Impala, will return with ‘In The Late Hours,’ out August 24 on Electraphonic Recordings, drawing on Memphis’ garage, blues, and soul traditional and incorporating surf, spaghetti western, music from spy movies, and music to strip by. It’s the band’s first album since 2006's ‘Night Full of Sirens.’
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The band has impeccable credentials: its debut was co-produced by Sun Records and Jerry Lee Lewis veteran Roland Janes; they opened shows for Dick Dale and Davie Allen & The Arrows; had music in George Clooney’s film “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.” Scott Bomar, the group’s bassist, began producing and running his own studio, formed the seminal blues-soul combo the Bo-Keys, and began composing, creating scores for films such as Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan and Mississippi Grind. Other Impalas include trumpeter Marc Franklin, who was a member of the bands of Gregg Allman and Bobby "Blue" Bland, and drummer Paul Buchignani, formerly of The Afghan Whigs.
Impala reformed in 2017, and after woodshedding with a series of local gigs, returned to the recording studio to create this brand-new album, aptly titled In the Late Hours. Recorded at Bomar’s Electraphonic Studios in downtown Memphis, In the Late Hours features ten intoxicating guitar- and sax-driven R&B songs, born out of that golden era of Memphis music when rockabilly, rhythm and blues, jazz, garage and soul music collided. These songs channel potent ghosts—namely, Packy Axton, Willie Mitchell and Ike Turner, all pioneers of Memphis’ instrumental scene—but they’re hardly derivative. They bristle with urgency and make your heart beat fast.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Danny Schmidt clips


Wide Open Country premiere (July 31, 2018)


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

DHARMASOUL SIGN TO CONCERTED EFFORTS AMID ACCLAIM

TWO-PIECE RELEASES  VIDEO TO HARD-GROOVING SONG "TASTE SO SWEET"

Groove-based music two-piece Dharmasoul has signed to booking agency Concerted Efforts, home to Irma Thomas, Josh Ritter, Belly, Booker T., John Doe, Juliana Hatfield, Naomi Shelton, Jolie Holland, and Rhiannon Giddens. Dharmasoul – whose foot-tapping debut album ‘Lightning Kid’ has earned praise as well as 150,000 Spotify plays in only a few weeks – mixes R&B, folk, gospel, funk, soul, blues, and jazz music.

The band just released its psychedelic new video for the funky blues tune "Taste So Sweet": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTOYoGTzx_c

Paste Magazine session: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2018/05/dharmasoul-full-session.html

Here’s what we’re reading:

“Great.”
-Brian Stollery, Relix, June 6, 2018

“Soulful… The duo mixes a variety of American idioms, starting with New Orleans-style blues, funk and soul and stretching into a variety of dusty, dirty, gritty subgenres that come together under one giant mosaic tent. These influences are woven together seamlessly, handled with an authenticity and ease": ”
- Jedd Beaudoin, Pop Matters, May 30, 2018

“Dharmasoul opens your heart.”
- Elmore Magazine, April 26, 2018

“Compelling.”
- Grateful Web, April 24, 2018

“Auspicious debut… destined for a fabulous future.”
- Richard Ludmerer, Making a Scene, June 28, 2018

“Uplifting.”
- Ryan Spaulding, Ryan’s Smashing Life, December 28, 2017

"Fun"
- Pop Dust, July 7, 2017

Dharmasoul Tour Dates

July 14 – Arden, DE - Shady Grove Festival
July 25 – Cambridge, MA – Toad
July 26 – Hartford, CT – Hog River Brewing
July 27 – Bar Harbor, ME – Lompoc CafĂ©
August 11 – Hopewell Theatre – Hopewell, NJ

Concerted Efforts is a music booking agency exclusively representing a diverse roster of critically acclaimed national and international artists. Founded as a booking and management agency for roots music artists in 1979, the Massachusetts-based company has grown and developed into one of the most diverse and successful music agencies in the country. Concerted Efforts is proud to represent an outstanding roster of some of the foremost artists in the world music, folk, country, singer/songwriter, rock, jazz, and blues genres.