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Bay Area soul and blues by The Monophonics

Bay Area soul and blues by The Monophonics


The San Fransisco Bay Area is home to some great blues and folk musicians. Like Jesse Fuller  who wrote his hit song “San Fransisco Bay Blues” and K.C. Douglas wit his hit ” Mercury Blues”. In line with the heritage of Fuller and Douglas as Bay Area citizen you will also like Soul and Blues inspired band Monophonics who deliver some of the finest modern soul and blues around the world.

Since the Monophonics started in 2005 they have released several  albums. Two of those albums are avialable on bandcamp Into The Infrasounds, released in September 2010 and  Sound of Sinning in April 2015. Listen to it here..

Monophonics Influences

If you listen to this San Francisco based band you’ll hear multiple genres, styles and grooves. You could see them as a big cocktail with liquor from  great soul acts like Al Green and Little Johnny Taylor. On the other hand the  psychedelic sound of the 60’s and 70’s. Bands such as The Zombies, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Pink Floyd.

“Can’t leave it Alone”  is a song that fits perfect in the repertoire of Dr. John, this groovy New Orleans like blues song swings as hell and kicks of with some great harmonica. On the other hand you will find songs like ” Sound of Sinning” in the Monophonics repertoire, which contain soulfull vocals and deep melodies.

Sounds Like:  | Memphis Soul | Vintage Trouble | Dirty Gentleman | Little Johnny Taylor | Johnny Adams

Photo Credit: By Kevingoesrawr (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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Powerful Blues and Soul of LA’s Vintage Trouble

Powerful Blues and Soul of LA’s Vintage Trouble

Vintage_Trouble Photo credit - Peter Mc Cabe
Credit Feature photo: Press photo of Vintage Trouble. Credits to Vintage Trouble and Peter Mc Cabe

LA-based blues and soul band Vintage Trouble is a Live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth’d, pelvis-pushing juke joint revival festival. The blues and Soul of the fifties and sixties haven’t come that close since Vintage Trouble took the stage. I’m imagining the way they would perform Otis Redding’s “left all the water running” or Albert Kings “born under a bad sign”. But honestly Vintage Trouble doesn’t need a cover to show how they can play them Blues and Soul.

The blues rockers from Vintage Trouble started playing blues in a Hollywood studio in 2010, inspired by the music of legends like The Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin and Chuck Berry. Vintage Trouble took off like a rocket, performing around the States and Europe in their starting year. In their second year alive, these fellows released first album The Bomb Shelter Sessions (2011).

Debut Album ‘The Bomb Shelter Sessions’

With ‘The Bomb Shelter Sessions’ Vintage Trouble shows how the love for rhythmic, groovy and rocking soul music can be expressed. In songs like “Blues Hand Me Down”, “Total Strangers” and “Jezzebella” the energy of this band really rocks out of your speakers. “Run Outta You” is a more soulful –Otis Redding- kind of song and a example that the album is as divers as the music they love. it that takes skill Vintage Trouble obviously has.

Vintage Trouble on Stage in Europe and US

Since starting playing music in 2010 Vintage Trouble has gone from playing intimate hometown clubs to opening for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, touring North America and Europe with The Who and playing headline shows worldwide.
In 2014 a special five-song EP called ‘The Swing House Acoustic Sessions’ was released by the retro-rockers Vintage Trouble performs one of the new tracks, “Another Man’s Words,” live in the studio in this video.

NEW Album Vintage Trouble

Since the spring of 2014 Vintage Trouble is part of the Blue Note Record family. A new album of the band can be expect in 2015! I’m really looking forward!

Read more about Vintage Trouble on their website and Facebook

 

Credit Feature photo: Press photo of Vintage Trouble. Credits to Vintage Trouble and Peter Mc Cabe

 

Vintage Trouble – “Jezzebella”

Vintage Trouble – “Pelvis Pusher”

Vintage Trouble – ‘ With A Little Help From My Friends ‘

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