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    Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:23:38

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    Southern fried.

    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.

    Tour Dates:

    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?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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