Memphis soul powerhouse The Bo-Keys are currently at work recording music for the upcoming film Hustle and Flow. Scott Bomar’s score for the movie, directed by Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer and Executive Produced by John Singleton (“Boyz N the Hood”) evokes the heyday of soul music’s most creative era.
The Bo-Keys featured on NPR’s All Things Considered !
NPR’s review of The Bo-Keys‘ The Royal Sessions brought the album to the attention of millions of listeners, propelling the title to #42 on Amazon.com’s sales rankings. Reviewer Meredith Ochs said, “Don’t expect classic ‘60s R&B… Their version of the music includes lengthy jams and elements of jazz and hip-hop, but they still cook up a fine soul stew.” Hear the review from “All Things Considered” archived here. UPDATE: interview aired on the nationally syndicated “House of Blues Radio Hour” and new review on NPR’s Fresh Air, archived here.
This followed on the heels of a review in USA Today which praised the album as “steeped in tradition but with a thoroughly updated sound… a bubbling stew of Southern-fried soul.” Here’s the link to read the review online… and another link to read an earlier USA Today article featuring the group as one of several leading a resurgence of soul-based music. And, another recent feature in the Charlotte Observer also describing the Bo-Keys’ role in the “retro-soul” trend.
You can pick up the Bo-Keys’ debut CD, The Royal Sessions, at stores nationwide, or simply order here for immediate shipment!