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Country Fried Rock: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Opening for the Rolling Stones might intimidate some bands, but in the case of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, it's Mick Jagger who might have reason to be afraid to come on stage.

Sometimes, you stumble onto a band that you know will take over the world. The first time I saw the early version of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, I was speechless. They have wisely grown into a seasoned band, without letting the hype outshine their shows, nor becoming jaded with their early success.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones put on one of the best shows I have seen in the past year; in fact, I have seen them four times in the past year. Roll together Sam Cooke with a Southern Pentecostal ex-preacher, a delightfully self-conscious horn section, a kick-tailfeathers lead guitar, and an amazing keyboard player, and you have the essence of St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Lead singer Paul Janeway commands the stage, moves like he is possessed by Archie Bell, and leaves nothing behind. Their album, Half the City, simply put, rocks.

This conversation with Janeway was recorded in 2013, and held until their excellent debut album, Half the City, was released. Country Fried Rock was thrilled to be the world premiere for their now-unavailable debut EP. When Country Fried Rock alumnus Browan Lollar (formerly of Jason Isbell's band, the 400 Unit) joined the band, they quickly signed to John Paul White (formerly of the Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner's (touring member of the Alabama Shakes) new record label, Single Lock Records.

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