This Memphis based band has captured the soul sound of the area, though the two lead players in the band are from elsewhere. No matter the sound they capture is the important thing and they have it nailed. Darren Jay is initially from Florida and when he was looking to form a band his first priority was a base player/backup vocalist, and bingo Laura Cupit from Louisiana, a veteran of the Memphis Scene looking for a new project. The chemistry was there and the rest began to fall into place. This disc contains eleven songs and nine of them are originals by Darren J. It is a bit confusing as to the make up of the band as the two main members are Jay and Cupit, however there are a couple of others who play on virtually every cut; Tony Thomas, keyboards, and Hubert Crawford, drums, and that seems to be the base group.
The band has a tight clean Memphis Soul sound that is anchored by Laura Cupit's bass and Darren Jay's guitar. At times he lets it really rip and there is some very inventive and interesting guitar playing. There are a number of guests that help flesh out the sound, and they are headed by Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns on trumpet, also Rodd Bland, son of the legendary Bobby Blue" Bland, plus Art Edmaiston, Marc Franklin and Chris Cloys. These just add a little whipped cream to the dressing, as the sound is rich and full even without them. A solid disc that makes me want to hear the next one.
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