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James and the Drifters - "Get the Spirit" (audio) (premiere)

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The Indiana band return with a new lineup and a new dedication to classic soul music.

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.

"'Get the Spirit' was written as a lullaby to get my son to sleep," says singer/guitarist/co-songwriter Brent Chamberlain. "It's a love song to my son's mother. Musically, the song was inspired by early soul artists like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.

Get the Spirit finds us at a crossroads with no reason not to explore new sounds and concepts. At the same time, our fans love the band for the depth we bring to our lyrics and that certainly remains true.”

Pre-order Get the Spirit here.

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