Al Holiday & the East Side Rhytthm Band (USA)
Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band
Liefhebbers van tijdloze soul en R&B als Dr John, Sly & The Family Stone en Leon Russell opgelet! In een paar jaar tijd heeft muzikale wervelwind Al Holliday zich omhoog weten te werken als een rasentertainer in de soul, rhythm-and-blues en rock'n'roll-wereld. Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band komen uit St. Louis, en dat hoor je in alles terug - de Mississippi Soul stroomt door hun aderen. Al's rauwe stem doet veel mensen denken aan Randy Newman, Joe Cocker of Fats Domino. Of, zoals de Riverfront Times het zegt: "Listening to Al Holliday belt out his soul-revival tunes, you'd think he was a 65-year-old Motown renegade compelled to sing about hard times and funky women." Hit it, Al!
Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band bring you the finest soulful rhythm music. Inspired by the musical stylings of legendary artists hailing from New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, and St. Louis, the group brilliantly blends blues, funk, R&B and soul into a sound they can call their own. This talented and powerful group of young musicians bring to life that old school sound that carries melodious tunes over a heavy groove creating a spirit penetrating and soul serenading sound.
"He sings with a depth and grit and twang not usually found in the metro area, and his comfort with Chicago blues, big-band soul and barrelhouse piano shows scholarship beyond his years. His voice is just growl-y enough that listeners may write it off as a pastiche of Randy Newman, or Joe Cocker, or Fats Domino, or some amalgam of all three. It may be, but Holliday owns it and uses it to sell these familiar-sounding tunes."
"The benchmark sound here is very much derived from pre-Meters New Orleans R&B, the type of stuff Dr. John might have sat in on...Holliday supplements his East Side Rhythm Band with those omnipresent Funky Butt Brass Band horns, swelling the horn section to seven players at times...Every so often the band takes it back up the Delta to Memphis...."
"Holliday certainly has the capability to take this little slice of R&B and make it his own."