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We're pleased to announce new music from innovative soul-roots outfit The Soul of John Black! We'll be releasing a series of digital singles collectively titled A Sunshine State of Mind – the first two tracks will be released on Tuesday, June 26, with follow-on singles introduced each month through late fall.
The sequence of two-song releases begins with “Lemonade,” an uptempo blues-inspired jam, and “Summertime Thang,” a sultry slow groove that moves through a soulful Al Green pulse to a gorgeous chorus of harmonies. At the conclusion of the series the entire A Sunshine State of Mind collection will be available for purchase in digital album format, as well as individual tracks.
The inspiration for A Sunshine State of Mind came to John Bigham (or simply “JB”) during the winter in his home town of Los Angeles. “Although the sun shines all the time here, the mood brightens even more once the summer months arrive,” he explained. “I wanted to write about the essence of summer, songs that would keep that attitude going year-round.” Each of the tracks in the compilation has a lighthearted feeling, complimenting the upbeat theme of the overall collection.
The series-of-singles concept reflects the inventive approach that JB brings to his music. He feels that electronic distribution in small doses will give listeners a chance to digest the songs more completely. “That way you can absorb it all, rather than trying to take in everything I've been thinking about for a year in an hour's time,” he says. “You get two into your system, then we’ll give you two more.”