Paul Rodgers will be live on KGB-FM San Diego Thurs. April 17th at 11:00 AM ET | 8:00 AM PT. How to listen:
Paul Rodgers sat down with Fox LA’s Studio 11 to talk about The Royal Sessions, his upcoming solo tour and the recently announced Bad Company & Lynyrd Skynyrd tour dates. Watch the interview (original air date April 10, 2014):
Visit the Tour Dates page for the most up to date list of Paul Rodgers and Bad Company tour dates.
“Our wonderful patrons Paul and Cynthia Rodgers are allowing us to use one of the tracks, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)”, from Paul Rodgers fantastic new album “The Royal Sessions” as the background music for our latest appeal for donations!! Please share this video and help us to continue to help animals.” – Willows Animal Sanctuary
The challenged economy has hit animals particularly hard as pet owners struggle to make ends meet. Family pets are being surrendered at an alarming rate.This has placed a huge financial burden on sanctuaries like Willows who rely solely on donations from animal lovers (like you). – Paul and Cynthia Rodgers
TIMES ARE TOUGH BUT TOUGHER FOR ANIMALS
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Paul Rodgers will be holding a meet & greet at Sunrise Records 336 Yonge Street, Toronto, on Record Store Day, Saturday April 19th at 6:30pm and signing copies of his new album “The Royal Sessions”.
For more information visit Sunrise Records on Facebook
Find “The Royal Sessions” at your local record store on RecordStoreDay.com
The latest Paul Rodgers news from across the web this week
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Paul Rodgers Returns to His Soul and R&B Roots: The Bad Company frontman shares stories of recording in Memphis, sneaking into Graceland and flying Led Zeppelin’s jet (Interview)
MIDWEST BEAT WITH TOM LOUNGEES
Paul Rodgers – The Royal Sessions Interview (Streaming Audio)
CLASSIC ROCK REVISITED
Paul Rodgers – The Royal Sessions Review (Rating: A)
Paul Rodgers – Going Soul/R&B on The Royal Sessions (Interview)
THE VINYL DISTRICT
Paul Rodgers – The TVD Interview
“The Royal Sessions” Finds Paul Rodgers in Fine Voice”
“The electricity jolts on the opening cover of the Sam and Dave chestnut “I Thank You”. If you wonder how Rodgers’ voice has held up over the years and how in God’s name he is going to deal with “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” never mind “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now),” you’ll drop your guard when you hear how he nails “I Thank You.” The guy sounds as powerful and assured as he did at 30 and that’s not hyperbole.” – Michael Fremer AnalogPlanet.com Music 11/11 Sound 11/11
Read Michael Fremer’s stellar review of “The Royal Sessions” 200 Gram Audiophile Vinyl in full at AnalogPlanet.com
Buy “The Royal Sessions” 200 Gram Audiophile Vinyl at Amazon.com
*200 Gram Audiophile Vinyl has 9 tracks with a free download card of “Born Under a Bad Sign” included with purchase
It was an equally brave and honorable gesture Paul Rodgers made with The Royal Sessions. Offering homage to those artists, like Albert King, Sam, Dave and Otis Redding, that strongly influenced him to develop a career that included singing for “Free,” forming “Bad Company” and fronting the remaining members of “Queen,” one of the most distinctive singers of our time not only chooses material that inspires him, but makes the most of a courageous decision to record at Royal Studios in Memphis with musicians who populated Hi Records made by Al Green and similar artists.
Produced by Rodgers’ creative partner Perry A. Margouleff, The Royal Sessions sounded utterly contemporary even as it was recorded with analog equipment. Polished to a fine-shine in which full arrangements including rich percussion and crisp keyboards surround a sure rhythm section, the grit balances the sheen on “I Thank You,” and even more so on “Down Don’t Bother Me,” where the addition of female backup singers and horns meshed with the emotive tones of Rodger’s still fluid voice.
The end result of this collaboration evoked the feelings at the heart of the songs, rather than mere nostalgia for a time and place. On “I Can’t Stand the Rain,” it’s hard not to wish the track lasted longer so to hear the band work out a bit more on its own after Rodgers finished singing. Nevertheless, on that track and “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” like the rest of the ten here, the British rocker captured attention fully and completely when he sang.That’s no small accomplishment, given the concept of the album. Even on Otis Redding’s, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” there’s not one iota of self-consciousness in the vocals. On the contrary, the moments Paul Rodgers hits and holds notes are as brief yet heartrending as when he cuts himself short. Hearing him sing “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember,” there’s a definite sense the man is rediscovering those feelings that initially moved him so deeply back in the days of his youth; consequently, this performance is a tribute to the spontaneity of moment and, by extension, the realization of his ambitions for this project.
The familiarity of the tunes is a major attraction of The Royal Sessions, so much that the choice of blues icon Albert King’s “Born Under A Bad Sign,” should be as much of an epiphany as Bacharach/David’s “Walk on By.” Rodgers does justice to himself and collaborators on this record by getting in touch with the heart of this material as well as the musicianship that brings to life the subtleties inside it. It’s no wonder that, in his pithy liner notes, Rodgers references a restoration of his faith in music, arising directly from the experience of making this record. Those who hear it are very likely be transformed too.
Read more and preview “The Royal Sessions” at GlideMagazine.com
Paul Rodgers will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday February 19th, 2014 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET.
Fans are encouraged to call and speak with Paul Rodgers at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625)
For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast.
PAUL RODGERS did a great interview for BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris which was broadcast 9th Feb.
To listen again click on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03trfrc push slide bar to 1 min 15 sec into the show – before midnight on Saturday 15th.
BBC Radio 2 Johnnie Walker interview Sounds of the 70’s broadcast date 2nd March
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BBC 6 Music Craig Charles interview broadcast date 22nd Feb 6pm
Hifi+ Mag. Jason Kennedy interviewed for April issue