Friday, June 17, 2011

Sound Advice: The Bo-Keys at Levitt Shell Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 8:46 AM

It's been seven years since the Bo-Keys — the "classic" Memphis soul band founded by bassist/producer Scott Bomar — released their debut album, The Royal Sessions. Next week the band releases the follow-up, the excellent Got To Get Back!, which features vocal contributions from a bevy of soul and blues greats — Stax's William Bell, Hi's Otis Clay, Atlantic's Percy Wiggins, and blues harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite.

Bell, Clay, and Wiggins — with local singer Sir Henry Ivy replacing Musselwhite — will join Bomar and his band — including classic-era Memphis session players such as guitarist Skip Pitts and drummer Howard Grimes — for a record-release show at the Levitt Shell on Saturday night.

I talked to Bomar and previewed the album and show in this week's paper.

Here's a brief in-studio documentary about the recording of the album's title track:

The Bo-Keys "Got to Get Back !" Mini Doc from Electraphonic Recording on Vimeo.

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