News: PAUL RODGERS – Royal Sessions live at the Royal Albert Hall, 3 November 2014


Growing up listening to such artists as Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding would have a profound effect on PAUL RODGERS.  From his early work with Free, through to Bad Company and many successful collaborations and solo projects, those early R&B influences have always been with him.

With his latest album “THE ROYAL SESSIONS”, recorded in Memphis at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Recording Studios, Paul Rodgers finally realised his life-long dream of making a classic soul album, using some of the studio musicians who played on so many of his favourite records that he heard at an early age.

Paul and the studio players now bring “THE ROYAL SESSIONS  LIVE” to The Royal Albert Hall on Monday 3rd November 2014.

From Jim Stewart’s Stax studio, home to classic recordings by Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Wilson Pickett and Isaac Hayes, to Chips Moman’s American Studios, where such timeless soul records as James Carr’s “Dark End of the Street” were recorded, Memphis was the heartbeat of American soul music.

Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records label would emerge from this amazing music city and find worldwide success, particularly with Al Green and Ann Peebles, all recorded at Willie’s Royal Recording Studios.

The reaction has been exceptional, with the album going to No.1 on the Billboard Blues Chart and with singles from the album, “I Thank You” a No.1 and “Born Under A Bad Sign” a No.2 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Charts.

The band features:- 

Reverend Charles Hodges Sr. – Hammond B3, Leroy Hodges Jr. – Bass Guitar,  Archie “Hubby” Turner – Wurlitzer,  Michael Toles – Guitar, Steve Potts – Drums.  The Royal Horns: Marc Franklin – Trumpet,  James L. Spake – Baritone Sax, Gary Topper – Tenor Sax,  Lannie “The Party” McMillan Jr. – Tenor Sax.  The Royal Singers: Shontelle and Sharisse Norman 

“Hard, hearty and at home amid the grooves set out by the venerable likes of the Hodges Bros. etc” Mojo

“One of the finest soul singers the UK has ever produced. Moments of spine-tingling arrangement and delivery.”  R2 Mag.

“A fantastic record… just sounds so good.”  Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

All proceeds from the show will go to the Willows Animal Sanctuary and Animal Assisted Therapy Unit in Aberdeenshire:

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