Editor’s note: This article was originally published February 20, 2014
Artist: St. Paul & the Broken Bones
From: Birmingham, Ala.
Online: Artist website; official SXSW page
SXSW shows: Wednesday, March 12, Tap Room at the Market (311 Colorado St.), time TBA; other shows TBA
About the artist
If you needed any further proof that Alabama shakes, this is it. On the heels of the meteoric rise of soulful indie band Alabama Shakes comes this big Birmingham outfit whose debut full-length disc, "Half the City," came out this week and was produced by Alabama Shakes keyboardist Paul Tanner.
"St. Paul" is Paul Janeway, who grew up training to be a preacher but got saved by rock ’n’ roll along the way. He brings the fire and brimstone to center stage at Broken Bones shows, possessed by the spirit of song in a manner that recalls the church but refuses to be constrained within it.
Further infusing the Broken Bones’ sound with something special are horn players Allen Branstetter and Ben Griner, who help take the band beyond guitars-bass-drums-keys templates and into gloriously old-school Stax/Volt territory. White folks jumping aboard the soul train isn’t anything new, but few have connected to the form as naturally and vividly as Janeway and his bandmates do on "Half the City."
Could share a bill with: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bettye LaVette, Lake Street Dive, Alejandro Escovedo