Album Release: The Soul Movers – Bona Fide
Sydney-based rockin’ soul and funky pop band, The Soul Movers, are readying the release of their new album, Bona Fide, out March 15 through ABC Music/Universal.
The Soul Movers features soul singer Lizzie Mack on lead vocals, ex-Red Wiggle and ARIA Hall of Famer Murray Cook on lead guitar, bass player Andy Newman (The Visitors), Marko Simec (Waiting For Guiness) on keys, and drummer Stuart Wilson (Loose Pills).
Last year, the band traversed the US to record the tracks for Bona Fide at seven historic studios including FAME Studios, Royal Studios, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Sun Studio to name a few. Not only did they record in these hallowed studios, they were also lucky enough to play with some of the greatest session players. Bona Fide crackles with the intensity of a band at the peak of their powers and is sure to wow audiences with its powerful, upbeat and memorable tracks.
A highlight of their US recording odyssey was their two days at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio when The Soul Movers recorded with the legendary Swampers, Spooner Oldham and David Hood. The Swampers were part of the in-house band playing on over 500 recordings. These include 75 gold and platinum worldwide hits like Mustang Sally for Wilson Pickett, Respect for Aretha Franklin,Mainstreet for Bob Seger and Tell Mama for Etta James, just to name a few.
“For me, the most amazing and surreal moment was playing guitar on our song, If I Could Ever, looking over and seeing two giants of modern music, Spooner Oldham and David Hood grooving along” said Murray Cook. “Here were two men who have played on many of my favourite records and some of the greatest music ever recorded – and they were playing keyboards and bass on OUR record!”
Bona Fide is The Soul Movers’ third album. It exemplifies soul music as seen through the Australian experience. The remarkable collaborations they had with their American musicians and singers, the hallowed studios they recorded in are all powerfully present in the resulting musical experiment.
“This album is a quantum leap. As we planned our musical pilgrimage to these iconic US studios, we consciously wrote more roots-oriented songs to try to reflect a wide range of American music styles.” said Murray Cook.
Lizzie Mack is equally proud of the new album The Soul Movers have created. Bona Fide “feels like the first one to truly capture our ‘real sound’. It has an original flavour to it that had to come from the Aussie/ American combination of players and approaches to this type of modern soul music. It’s a standout and really satisfying for me to finally have on the outside what I heard when first writing the songs.”
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