Published on January 1st, 2016 | by Ashley Danielle Rubin0
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
With such a busy lifestyle that I personally keep, it can sometimes be extremely difficult to keep your finger on the pulse of mainstream society. Back in the MySpace days, it seems a lot more effortless to discover and stream the latest up and coming music forces from all over. As I prepare to present the purpose this piece- I want everyone to know the disappointment I have in myself for never hearing of this band prior to an email flyer bringing them to my attention.. Upon receiving the information on St. Paul and the Broken Bones’ Alabama World Tour, I was desperate to see what kind of music was being produced by this band. I stopped what I was doing, pulled them up on Youtube, and I have been jamming out to these guys ever since. They are a phenomenal band with a unique sound, sense of style and stage performance. I won’t even be mad if you wanna put this article down for a second to see what I am talking about. They mastered your feel-good, get up-and-dance songs, and are able to slow it down without washing out the individuality they produce.
This six piece band consists of Paul Janeway on vocals, Browan Lollar on guitar, Jesse Phillips on the bass, Andrew Lee on drums, Al Gamble on keys, and Allen Branstetter on trumpet. Front man, Paul Janeway, brings some undeniably good vocals to the scene. There is so much soul he combines with every note he belts out. He really captures the ability to put forth the raw difference of serious talent and the current wave of autotune-version vocals. Paul also donated the band his first name, giving them the “St. Paul” idea. The combined instruments give each song just what it needs, but the brass provides the last over-the-top that sets apart these guys’ sound. Within thirty seconds of the first song, I was hitting the “Purchase All,” button on my iTunes app.
The band members finalized the formation of the band and their project ideas in 2012, claiming it was just gonna be a fun time filler until their careers kicked off. Well, low and behold- if I do say so myself, I think these guys found their career calling! It has been a process getting their jams to the public ear, but now their music is catching on like wildfire. They even have ties to the Alabama Shakes, The Civil Wars, and opened twice for The Rolling Stones on their Zip Code tour. If I hadn’t already sold you on this band, hopefully that knowledge will ensure you don’t just let this band pass you by. The band’s debut album landed the Number 56 spot on the Billboard’s Top 200, and album number two is currently in the works for these guys who were just gonna have a little fun before they got “real” careers.
Formed in Birmingham, Alabama, practically the Wiregrass area’s backyard, the six fellows of St. Paul and the Broken Bones felt the need to bring their talent back home in their Alabama World Tour. The tour will be taking place throughout the month of February. St. Paul and the Broken Bones will be gracing our area at the Dothan Opera House on February 4th, 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are $26.00 and can be obtained through the dothanciviccenter.org website. After their Alabama tour dates, they will resume touring around the country and even overseas. Our friends from the podcast, Deep South Details, Dana McCain and Kendell Shows, were able to get an interview with Al Gamble, the band’s keyboardist. The interview shows that these guys are pretty down-to-earth fellas that just wanna make music and share it with the world. If your schedule does not allow a chance for you check out these guys live, do yourself a favor and get to Youtube or iTunes or whatever your preference is for streaming music to hear some genuinely good soul music.
-Ashley D. Rubin