Glide Magazine Review of “The Royal Sessions”

Paul Rodgers The Royal Session Album FrontIt 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

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American Blues Scene Article on The Royal Sessions

Bad Company Frontman Paul Rodgers and The Royal Sessions

“The name Paul Rodgers is usually associated with legendary classic rock bands like Bad Company and Free but something you might not know is that he has had a deep love affair with roots based music for a long, long time. His upcoming release “The Royal Sessions”  is clearly a labor of love and pays loving homage to this music he holds dear. ” – American Blues Scene

Read the full article and review at AmericanBluesScene.com

I Can’t Stand the Rain #17 Adult Contemporary Radio this week

BAD CO. AND FREE FOUNDER CELEBRATES THE SONGS AND MUSICIANS OF MEMPHIS ON “THE ROYAL SESSIONS” AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 4TH

Exclusive Stream of “Walk On By” Posts on Billboard.com Today

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 14, 2014 – Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, is #1 Most Added at AC Radio this week with the single, “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” taken from the upcoming release February 4th of “The Royal Sessions”-a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchelland Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks.

Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records-recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer.  The album is also doing well at classic rock and blues radio formats. An exclusive stream of Rodgers’ version of “Walk on By” just posted today on Bllboard.com. You can check that out on this link: http://smarturl.it/PaulRodgersBillboard

Read the entire article here: http://www.abc27.com/story/24446345/paul-rodgers-1-most-added-at-ac-radio-this-week-with-new-single-i-cant-stand-the-rain

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Rolling Stone Article on “The Royal Sessions”

Paul Rodgers Wails Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’

New disc ‘The Royal Sessions’ finds singer covering many soul classics

On his new studio album, The Royal Sessions, rock legend Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) pays tribute to the iconic soul music of Memphis, Tennessee. The LP, recorded at Willie Mitchell’s revered Royal Studios, finds Rodgers tackling classics from artists like Otis Redding, Albert King and Sam Cooke. Using a roster of veteran session players (including organist Reverend Charles Hodges, guitarist Michael Stoll and the Royal Horns), Rodgers aimed for an authentic live feel, even recording all the basic tracks live onto analog tape.

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Paul Rodgers celebrates the songs and musicians of Memphis on “The Royal Sessions”

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Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release of “The Royal Sessions”—a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks. Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records—recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer. Produced by Perry Margouleff, “The Royal Sessions” is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians. The band is a dream lineup of those who played on the original hits dating back to the 60’s. The classic rhythm section includes Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), “Hubby” Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers. “The Royal Sessions” will be released on 429 Records in the U.S. (international release dates below).

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