John Paul Keith – The Rhythm of the City [PREORDER IMPORT Limited Edition GREEN VINYL: Green Noise Exclusive] – New LP
Pure Memphis from John Paul Keith, the whole history of the city and the influences from all the classic Memphis labels showing in the songs, backed with horns and a backbeat to punch it home.
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Wild Honey Records is very happy to announce John Paul Keith’s 5th album ‘The Rhythm Of The City’! “I was at my home in Memphis one evening and heard a car pass by blasting Al Green's ‘Love and Happiness,’ which was recorded just a couple miles away,” says singer-songwriter John Paul Keith. “I was struck by how Howard Grimes' drumming just seems to embody something about the feel and the pace of life for me here. I thought to myself, ‘Howard Grimes is the rhythm of the city.’ My next thought was, ‘That sounds like a title track.’” Conjuring up his own unique musical mélange –a sweet spot where the sound of Sun blues, Stax soul, and Hi R&B all meet – it’s a record steeped in the geography and culture of Memphis, which Keith has called home for the last 15 years. “The vibe came about organically from playing Beale Street and Graceland and working with horn sections more frequently the last few years,” says Keith. Keith’s fifth solo album – and his first self-produced effort – 'The Rhythm of the City' finds him expanding his approach on a horn-heavy 10-song collection that’s in thrall to the classic sounds of Bluff City soul and rock and roll. The Rhythm of the City was recorded to tape at Electraphonic Studios, and engineered by Keith’s frequent collaborator, Scott Bomar (bandleader of the Bo-Keys, Don Bryant producer, and film composer for Dolemite Is My Name). “Rhythm confidently stakes its claim as Keith’s best album, with a mix of stinging love songs (“How Can You Walk Away”) halting heartbreakers (“I Don’t Wanna Know”), bluesy rambles (“If I Had Money”) and deep soul explorations (“How Do I Say No) that feel like instant classics.” (Bob Mehr, author, Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements)
For fans of: Reigning Sound, Stax Records, Wilco, Chuck Prophet, Sun Records, Motel Mirrors.
All songs written by John Paul Keith except "The Sun's Gonna Shine Again", written by John Paul Keith and Scott Bomar.
Produced by John Paul Keith
Executive producer: Ronny Russell
Engineered by Scott Bomar and Adam Hill and mixed by Scott Bomar at Electraphonic Recording, Memphis, TN
Mastered by Jim Demain
Horn arrangements on tracks 1, 2, 7, and 9 by Art Edmaiston
Horn arrangements on tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 by Marc Franklin
John Paul Keith: vocals, guitar
Tierinii Jackson: vocals
Tikyra Jackson: vocals
Matthew Wilson: bass, vocals
Danny Banks: drums, vocals
Al Gamble: organ, piano
Marc Franklin: trumpet
Art Edmaiston: tenor saxophone
Kirk Smothers: baritone saxophone
Archie “Hubbie” Turner: clavinet
Graphic design by Christopher Capelle
Cover photograph by Jim Herrington
Back photograph by Matthew Wilson
Interior photographs by Max Kaplan
Tierinii Jackson and Tikyra Jackson appear courtesy of Southern Avenue Music.