Austin, Texas-based seven-piece soul band Roxy Roca is steamrolling through 2015. They signed a label deal, released their Stag Records debut album, Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy, on February 24, solidified a booking agency, and have vowed to their fans to stay on the road throughout most of 2015.
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The album’s momentum is steadily moving upward, with positive traction from press and radio. ArtistDirect stated, “The band is a southern powerhouse, stirring up your spirit with a gritty and infectious sound influenced as much by soul and funk as by early rock ‘n’ roll and ’70s psychedelic funk.” That soulful spirit will be front and center on the tour route, with notable performances including Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis, Tennessee, The Acme in Nashville, Tennessee, and The Mercury Lounge in Tulsa, Oklahoma, followed by a return to Austin for three SXSW shows. Up first on March 18, Guitartown/Conqueroo‘s Present Kickoff 2015 FREE event at The Dogwood (715 W. 6th Street, 8 p.m.), followed by an official SXSW evening showcase at Lucky Lounge (209A West 5th St., 1 a.m.), closing with a FREE show on March 19 at Freebirds Stage at St. Vinny’s (1327 S. Congress Ave., 6:45 p.m.). From Austin, the band will head straight to Jackson, Mississippi, for a performance at Mal’s St. Paddy’s Street Festival on March 21 at Hal & Mal’s with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dumpstaphunk and Brownout. For tickets, please visit: http://www.roxyroca.com/shows/.
The band went into EAR Studio with producer Lars Goransson (The Relatives, Jewel Brown, Kool & Together, Cornell Dupree, Little Joe Washington) to capture that raw, live energy the old-fashioned way: nine musicians in a room together, recording live, straight to tape. That whirlwind, four-day session resulted in Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy, which features 11 tracks exemplifying Roxy Roca‘s dynamite Texas soul. The songs blend classic themes like heartache (“I Don’t Wanna Dream No More”) and the oh-so-sweet comeback from it (“Love Maker DeVille”) with contemporary subject matter such as generational disillusionment (“Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”) and the fear of facing an uncertain future (“It’s Your Dream”), tied together with a message of hope and optimism that encourages listeners to put their spirits in charge of their minds, if only for this moment. To make taking that advice just a little bit easier, the band handily rounds out the album with a few out-and-out club-bangers like “Try My Love” and “Rainy Day.” Lastly, the title track, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” hits that elusive sweet spot that happens when a road-tested, polished band hitting its stride is allowed to just crank up and do what they do, with no second-guessing, no pitch correcting, and no focus groups — just hitting “record” and letting instinct take over. The album is available digitally, on CD, and on vinyl through the label’s website, http://stagrecords.com/.
Roxy Roca is: lead vocalist Taye Cannon, guitarist and vocalist Errol Siegel, bassist Roger Wuthrich, drummer Ryan Greenblatt, trombonist Thomas Hays, tenor sax player Houston Rawls, and alto sax player Royce Phillips. The band has made numerous festival appearances (SXSW, Alabama BayFest, Old Settlers Music Festival, Rhymes and Vines, Art Outside), and lit up stages alongside B.B. King, Tom Jones, Lee Fields, Fitz and The Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, Fred Wesley, Vintage Trouble, Anthony Hamilton, Tamia, Ludacris, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Orgone, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Robert Walter, Honey Island Swamp Band, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, Brownout, The Monophonics, Maneja Beto, T-Bird and The Breaks, Guy Forsyth, and others.
Roxy Roca tour dates:
|Tue, 3/3||Stillwater, OK||College Bar|
|Wed, 3/4||Tulsa, OK||Mercury Lounge|
|Thu, 3/5||Springfield, MO||Nathan P. Murphy’s|
|Fri, 3/6||Memphis, TN||Lafayette’s Music Room|
|Sat, 3/7||Nashville, TN||The Acme|
|Sun, 3/8||Memphis, TN||Huey’s Midtown|
|Wed, 3/11||Tupelo, MS||The Blue Canoe|
|Thu, 3/12||Huntsville, AL||Humphrey’s|
|Wed, 3/18||Austin, TX||The Dogwood*|
|Wed, 3/18||Austin, TX||SXSW Official Showcase @ Lucky Lounge^|
|Thu, 3/19||Austin, TX||St. Vinny’s**|
|Fri, 3/20||Tyler, TX||Lago del Pino|
|Sat, 3/21||Jackson, MS||Hal & Mal’s^^|
|Wed, 3/25||Austin, TX||C-Boy’s Heart & Soul|
|Thu, 3/26||Austin, TX||The Blackheart|
|Fri, 3/27||San Antonio, TX||Luna Fine Music Club|
|Sat, 3/28||Galveston, TX||Yaga’s Cafe|
* Guitartown/Conqueroo Present Kickoff 2015 Party (set time: 8 p.m., outdoor stage)
^ Official SXSW performance (set time: 1 a.m., wristband/badge required)
** Freebirds Stage at St. Vinny’s (set time: 6:45 p.m.)
^^ Mal’s St. Paddy’s Street Festival (set time: 2:30 p.m.)
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