The Royal Sessions
Release Date: February 4, 2014
2. Down Don't Bother Me
3. I Can't Stand The Rain
4. I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
5. That's How Strong My Love Is
6. Walk On By
7. Any Ole Way
8. It's Growing
9. Born Under A Bad Sign
10. I've Got Dreams To Remember
12. Walk In My Shadow
13. Wonderful World
About the Album
Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the February 4th release of The Royal Sessions — a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks.
Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records — recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer.more...
Produced by Perry Margouleff, “The Royal Sessions” is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form — live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians. The band is a dream lineup of those who played on the original hits dating back to the 60’s. The classic rhythm section included Reverend Charles Hodges (Hammond B3), Michael Tolls (guitar), LeRoy Hodges Jr. (bass), “Hubby” Archie Turner (Wurlitzer), Steve Potts and James Robertson Sr. (drums), The Royal Horns and the Royal Singers.
Says Rodgers: “I really felt I had to get deeper inside myself than I ever had in my life. The end result is that recording these songs left me recharged as a singer and also as a songwriter. My favorite part was the love we could feel in the room throughout all the sessions. We all spoke the same language.”
All of Rodgers’ and Margouleff’s proceeds from “The Royal Sessions” will be donated to local Memphis music education programs.
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