JAMES BROWN HAS BEEN REINCARNATED, and he’s a white guy.
Walking into one of Atlanta’s landmark venues, the Tabernacle, expectations were somewhat limited for the show I was about to see. It had been quite some time since Drive-by Truckers had even popped up on my Spotify, and I had never seen them live. Yet my curiosity for all things out of Athens, GA, and love for live music, pulled me to buying a couple tickets for this concert the day of. Had I known what I was about to see I would have bought tickets the day they came out, and kept them in my eye site at all times in fear that I might lose them.
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[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]St. Paul and the Broken Bones were the opening act; a band that I had never heard of. The band consisted of a guitarist, bass player, drummer and keyboardist, as well as a three piece horn section. The first few minutes of the set were filled with a funky jam session, highlighting different members of the band. The horns brought everyone to their feet and dancing. Then, after the crowd was warmed up, this heavy set, white, fully suited man walks on stage, straight up to the mic. Now this guy looks like he would have been the target of a lot of jokes and bullying throughout his time in grade school. Well jokes on them, Paul Janeway is one of the most talented, exciting and entertaining performers I have ever see in my entire life. After just one note he had every person in the room in the palm of his hand. Janeway is James Brown, Otis Redding, and Cee Lo all rolled into one. He is a true revivalist of the soul sound, and has the moves to back it. To compliment his amazing voice, he has all the dance moves, foot glides, and even drops the mic stand and pulls it back up with his feet. The best comparison I have would be to call him the Wes Welker of soul singers. When Welker came on the scene, no one thought a short, white WR could catch 100+ passes for 1200 yards. When Paul came out on stage no one thought that voice, and that swagger would come from this overweight, white guy from Birmingham, Alabama.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones were so good I almost forgot that they were the opener. Honestly I could barely pay attention to Drive-by. Not that they were bad by any means but the bar was set so high, there was no hurdling it for the Truckers. If St. Paul and the Broken Bones are in your area, you are foolish not to go see them. I have already scouted dates for their shows around the south east and can’t wait to see them again.