Name: St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Featured track: "Call Me," from Half The City
City of origin: Birmingham, Alabama
In one sentence: New-guard Alabama rhythm and soul for fans of Sharon Jones, Allen Stone and Al Green.
Why we chose them: Lauded by everyone from NPR to Paste to Rosanne Cash, frontman Paul Janeway and the five great players in St. Paul & The Broken Bones are building a fervent fan base with a modern take on the timeless music of Mussel Shoals and Memphis. The band's new album, Half The City, was produced by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes, which gives the listener a good idea of what to expect. NPR's Ann Powers calls the band "one of the nation's best live bands" and opines that the young band are "already growing into greatness." It takes about 45 seconds of listening to Janeway to figure out he's well worth your time. The band's just-released debut Half The City looks likely to propel it from the micro-sized clubs of SXSW to the theatre and festival circuit where they already belong.
SXSW official showcase: Wednesday, March 12 at Tap Room at The Market (311 Colorado Street)