Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Soul/Funk Band The Burroughs Bring Some Classic Old-School Flavor To Digital 45

The Burroughs, Colorado’s stalwart purveyors of “Sweaty Soul Music,” recently released a digital 45 on Eddie Roberts' (The New Mastersounds) new label Color Red that features two new tracks. Fans of great old-school funk and soul will definitely appreciate this offering from the talented nine-piece groove outfit.

“The Slip” is a James Brown-inspired deep funk track. Frontman Johnny "RedBird" Burroughs serves up a dynamic vocal performance that captures the spirit of the Godfather of Soul right down to the bone-chilling screams and funky grunts. He also injects some wicked humor into the mix and displays his great storytelling skills. The song is a tongue-in-cheek tale about ducking the many pressures and aggravations of modern life. The band drops pure fire on this funkalicious groove—super-tight horn lines, bumpin’ bass, dirty rhythm guitar and a sizzling beat. And can we talk about that bridge? The Godfather himself would tip his hat to this monster of a bridge, which raises the track’s funk level through the roof. 

The Burroughs dip into some retro ‘60s-laced soul on the smooth summertime jam “Forever In Love.” This track has a fantastic horn arrangement that showcases the talents of the band’s amazing horn section. And Johnny delivers a lustrous vocal performance, which is further sweetened by the soothing background vocals. This is the perfect track to blast at a summer cookout. “Forever In Love” sets a chill nostalgic vibe that brings to mind vintage R&B classics from the 1960s and early ‘70s. The two tracks on the digital 45 were produced by Kim Dawson of Matador Soul Sounds and Mike Tallman, Color Red's Creative Director.

Formed in 2013, The Burroughs have earned a reputation as one of the most exciting and dynamic live bands in Colorado. The band thrills audiences with its potent brand of soul and funk and has built a dedicated following that extends across the state and beyond. The members are Johnny Burroughs (lead vocalist, bandleader); Mary Claxton (drums, vocals); Sean Hagemeister (guitar); Tom Amend (keyboards); Jeremy Fallis (trombone); Brian Claxton (bass); Alec Bell (trumpet); Briana Harris (alto saxophone); and Hayden Farr (baritone saxophone). 

The band’s charismatic frontman Johnny Burroughs grew up in the church and works as a licensed minister and music pastor; he brings that same passion and inspiration from his church services to the stage. The Burroughs’ shows are exhilarating, soulful celebrations where audience members are uplifted and energized. The band always brings the thunder at concerts and never fails to electrify its audiences. 

The Burroughs have performed at a slew of renowned music festivals and venues, including Bohemian Nights New West Fest, The Block Party, The Greeley Blues Jam, Boulder International Film Festival, The Fox Theatre, Denver Day of Rock, The Aggie Theatre, The Underground Music Showcase, among many others.

And they have shared the stage with national music acts such as Zapp, the Steve Miller Band, Orgone, The Reminders, Southern Avenue, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Walter Trout and Samantha Fish. 

The band released a full-length studio album, Got to Feel, in January of 2018. And they dropped their live album Sweaty Greeley Soul in 2015. The album was recorded live at the Moxi Theater in downtown Greeley, Colorado. The Burroughs were voted the “Best Band" of Greeley in 2014.

When The Burroughs aren’t blowing up the stage or laying down tracks in the studio, they focus on community outreach in their hometown of Greeley. They have partnered with organizations such as Weld Food Bank, Greeley Boys and Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity. And the band has an ongoing partnership with Greeley-Evans District 6 Schools with the goal of bringing music education to students of all backgrounds.

For info on new music releases and tour dates, visit the Burroughs’ website.

"The Slip"

"Forever In Love"

Both tracks on the digital 45 are available at Amazon 

Related blog entry: Love and Unity by the Burroughs

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