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Album Review

Scott Bomar, the bassist/auteur of this large, horn-enhanced, Memphis-based retro-soul band, is nothing if not steeped in authenticity. Along with Brooklyn's Dap-Kings and Nashville's Dynamites, he's referencing the tough soul sound of the '60s and '70s to create contemporary yet retro-inspired roots music clearly indebted to its forebears. Working out of Memphis gives him a leg up on the competition, since he can call in original musicians who are still active to give his project more legitimacy. That's what happens on this 2011 follow-up to the 2004 Bo-Keys debut by utilizing guitarist Charles "Skipp" Pitts (the man who played the distinctive wah-wah on the opening to "The Theme from Shaft"), drummer Howard Grimes (member of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section), and keyboardist Archie "Hubie" Turner (also from the Hi crew) to help create a second dose of sizzling Memphis soul just like they did it in the old days. Unlike the first disc, which was all instrumental, some veteran singers including Otis Clay and William Bell join this one to add their stamp to a handful of tracks. Most of the songs are written by Bomar, although in a few cases, particularly the "Green Onions" rewrite of "Jack and Ginger" where even the organ solo sounds like Booker T., the similarities to other tracks from the music's golden era are so obvious that he should consider sharing credit with the original songwriters. A six-piece horn section brings tight, tough brass to the arrangements, giving the blues of "Sundown on Beale" (a showcase for guitarist Pitts) real heft. Harpist/vocalist Charlie Musselwhite takes control of the midtempo "I'm Going Home," singing with his distinctive weatherbeaten voice and laying his electrified harmonica (which frustratingly fades out during a second solo) over the production. Pitts does his best Wolfman Jack growl, talking through "Work That Sucka" against his unique wah-wah lines and horn charts right out of Shaft. Clay tears it up, sounding like Wilson Pickett in his prime on "Got to Get Back (To My Baby)," the album's standout track and grittiest performance, which is reprised as "Pt. 2," showing what happened in the studio after part one faded out. While unlikely to appeal to those who aren't fans of Memphis music's golden age, the Bo-Keys' uncanny reproduction of all that is memorable about that genre makes this a terrific listen. It might even make listeners dig back and explore the previous work of its veteran guest stars, which would be just fine with Bomar.

Customer Reviews

Soul music

Man, this is some good classic soul/blues. Good horn arrangements and gritty vocals.


If this music doesn't get you dancing and put you in a great mood then you are dead my friend. Simply amazing. Every song is a classic.




Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Memphis-based retro-soul act the Bo-Keys trace their roots back to 1998, when musician Scott Bomar was enlisted to create a supporting band for Sir Mack Rice. Bomar decided to revive the sound and sensibility of Memphis in the '60s -- the golden age of Stax/Volt, American Sound Studios, and Hi Records -- and to that end, he enlisted some veterans from the scene, including Ben Cauley, Charles "Skip" Pitts, Howard Grimes, and Archie "Hubie" Turner. The Bo-Keys' lineup proved somewhat flexible but...
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