The Southern Soul Assembly Will Tour This Spring
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:23:38
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The Southern Soul Assembly—an artist-in-the-round performance series featuring JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson—head out on their debut tour this spring, with 17 stops beginning March 18 in Chicago and wrapping up April 12 in Washington D.C.
"It's a bit of a mystery as to exactly what will unfold on the road and on the stage," said JJ Grey. "That's the excitement of it. I'm looking forward to the whole interaction, the whole front porch feel, drinking a beer and hanging out and playing music."
"Epic collaboration," Marc Broussard chimed in.
One thing is for certain though: the Southern Soul Assembly will live up to its name, drawing from the rich legacy of American Southern culture of the players. "Just like food in the South, our music is greasier than most," said Broussard. "The beat is on the backside, generally, because it gets too hot for people to move too quickly."
Each of the four musicians comes to the SSA with a proven track record in the often-overlapping genres of music most closely associated with the South. "That's where we all come from," said Grey, best known as the frontman of Jacksonville, Florida's JJ Grey & Mofro, whose hybrid mix of soul, funk, blues and gutsy rock is sure to find its way to the Assembly's gigs as well. "The South is in each of us."
Indeed, each member brings a strong Southern pedigree to the tour. But as Louisiana's Broussard explained, "I'd say we all have a different take on what the South really is. I come from the hub of Cajun culture, distinct in many ways even from New Orleans just down the road. From what I can tell, we all seem to approach writing with groove in mind, for the most part. But the physical locales from which we each hail, as well as the accompanying cultural implications, necessarily prompt us all to approach lyric writing differently."
With each artist uniquely inspired by his deep Southern roots, the Southern Soul Assembly tour promises a passionate, authentic and deeply soulful homage to the rich Southern musical spirit.
Tuesday, March 18 S.P.A.C.E. Evantson IL
Wednesday, March 19 Taft Theatre Cincinnati OH
Thursday, March 20 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville TN with Kenny Foster
Friday, March 21 Center Stage Atlanta GA
Saturday, March 22 Savannah Music Festival Savannah GA
Sunday, March 23 Suwannee Springfest Live Oak FL
Tuesday, April 1 Saenger Theatre Mobile AL
Wednesday, April 2 WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham AL
Thursday, April 3 Riley Performing Arts Center Meridian MS
Friday, April 4 Manship Theatre Baton Rouge LA
Saturday, April 5 T-Bois Blues Festival Lacrose LA
Monday, April 7 Texas Union Ballroom Austin TX
Tuesday, April 8 House of Blues - Boston MA
Wednesday, April 9 Norwalk Concert Hall Norwalk CT
Thursday, April 10 Grand Opera House Wilmington DE
Friday, April 11 Carnegie Hall Lewisburg WV
Saturday, April 12 The Howard Theatre Washington DC
For more tour info, visit southernsoulassembly.com.
Will you get your SSA on?