NEW YORKERS: THE BO-KEYS TO HEADLINE HUDSON RIVER PARK BLUES BBQ FESTIVAL AUGUST 25
“Masters of the Memphis sound” (NPR) the Bo-Keys will perform in Hudson River Park on August 25, following a wave of acclaim for last year's 'Got To Get Back!' (Electraphonic Recordings), joined by vocalist and Atlantic Records singer Percy Wiggins. "Writing on the Wall" is a hard-hitting minor key R&B, reminiscent of Bobby "Blue" Bland. For more information, please go to: http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/events/blues-bbq
Last year's 'Got To Get Back!' appeared on Associated Press' list of top albums of 2011, alongside albums by Adele, Beyonce, Jay-Z & Kanye West, The Roots, The Black Keys, and others. Meanwhile, the band has earned two Blues Music Award nominations, for Band of the Year and for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year.
Percy Wiggins cut classic soul sides in the 60s for ATCO and RCA with a Nashville studio band including Billy Cox and Larry Lee who later went on to become members of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypies.
Of The Bo-Keys, The Wall Street Journal said, “Funky[,] authentic groove… If the Bo-Keys sound like Memphis in the 1960s and early '70s, it's probably because most of the band's musicians were recording back then for the city's top labels.”
The Associated Press said, “Strong… The Bo-Keys present a muscular yet spare sound that captures the grit and grease of classic, horn-driven R&B. Where many revivalists pale compared to the originals, the Bo-Keys would have fit right in next to legendary Memphis musical crews the Bar-Kays and Booker T. & the M.G.'s.”
The LA Times reviewed a recent concert, calling it "a fiery set that unfolded like a classic soul revue."
The Bo-Keys' co-founder Charles "Skip" Pitts passed away May 1 of this year and was remembered in a segment on NBC NightlyNews with Brian Williams.