Outside Lands 2015 Spotlight: St. Paul & The Broken Bones Outside Lands 2015 Spotlight: St. Paul & The Broken Bones

I really wanted to talk about Benjamin Booker here, but between the nearly untouchable spotlight we did for Governor’s Ball and the complete mind-fucking I had discovering St. Paul & The Broken Bones, there was no way I could not write about this seven piece from Birmingham, thrusting itself into the world of soul music like we’re all just hearing Otis Redding for the first time.

Whoa. I know, right? Pump the brakes guy. Well whatever, it’s the internet, hyperbole is the language in these parts.

Now, St. Paul and the Broken Bones will probably be referred to as “blue eyed soul,” a term used to describe white artists who perform soul music. Which initially, sounds a bit dismissive. But dig a little deeper and what you’ll find is that “blue eyed soul” was actually a term that black artists used to show respect to white artists who could hang. A stamp of approval if you will. So whether you want to call these guys “blue eyed soul” or simply soul, one thing’s for sure, St Paul and the Broken Bones can most certainly hang.

The fields of Golden Gate Park are quite ripe with soul music for the 2015 edition of Outside Lands. Sure, there have been some pretty great soul performances in the past; Stevie, Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley and Janelle Monae, just to name a few. However, soul music seems to fall on the fringes of what we see at these major music festivals, so seeing D’Angelo, Leon Bridges, Fantastic Negrito and St. Paul and The Broken Bones all on the same lineup is nearly unheard of and should be one of the stories we remember about Outside Lands 2015.

Catch St. Paul & The Broken Bones Sunday, August 9th on the Lands End Stage at 1:40pm



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