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Friday, August 22, 2008

King Soul: The Memphis Sound Returns!

By Robert Fox

There's a cool new band currently making waves in the Washington, DC area: King Soul. They've assembled an All-Star lineup of funk, soul and New Orleans-style pros, and these guys can really bring it, resurrecting the old-school Stax sounds with a groovy modern twist.
I saw King Soul recently in Hyattsville, MD, and had a great time with their tight rhythms, powerful horns and clever hooks. I was especially impressed with Tom Clifford's sweaty, grit-filled vocals and high-energy performance. This band keeps the audience on its feet--big fun.

Afrofunk fans who may know Stax best because of Isaac Hayes and The Bar-Kays will find a lot to love here, celebrating the classic early Memphis soul sound. From the King Soul My Space page, in the "sounds like" section:

The way it should be. The sound in your mind. The Truth. Fried Chicken. The sound in your feet. Didn't know I needed it so bad. Red Beans & Rice. That 45 you love. Today as another place, another time.!
If you live in the DC area, definitely don't miss King Soul on Friday, August 29 at Iota in Arlington, VA, which is located at 2832 Wilson Blvd. Thousand $ Car, from New Orleans, will also be joining the bill. The show starts at 9 and cover is $10. See you there

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