In the wake of a lineup change that saw three of six members leave in 2014, Fort Wayne, Indiana band James and the Drifters have been reborn, and will release the new EP Get the Spirit on 20 November. Engineered by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and recorded at the legendary FAME studios, the guys dig deep into 1960s soul on the new record, which you hear immediately on the beautiful title track.
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After fronting the band Joe Buck Jr. for a decade, Rob Williams has set off on his own as a solo artist, and his new album Southern FMwill be released on 14 December. As you can tell by the minimal acoustic arrangement of “Sometimes It’s a Song”, he’s stepped into the role as singer-songwriter-troubadour comfortably, as the song’s laid-back lonesome romanticism is too sweet to dislike.