Hot damn y'all, is that Percy Sledge? Otis Redding? Sam Cooke? Sweet fancy Moses it's a bunch young white boys!!!
I realize there's no measuring up to these legends, but you take a listen to homeboy's voice and tell me he wouldn't fit right in on Stax Records' lineup circa 1968 (crank up the volume a bit as the audio on the recording is a tad low):
See? Whew! Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama St. Paul & the Broken Bones have only been playing together for the better part of a year, but it only takes one listen to leadman Paul Janeway's jaw dropping voice to be enthralled by the young group. Janeway was once considering becoming a preacher which is unsurprising considering his delivery, commanding stage presence and boundless energy. As anyone who has been to a Baptist church in the deep South can tell you, he would have been right at home in an air conditioning-less church that's only accessible via dusty dirt roads. Thankfully, JC hasn't stolen those devilish pipes from us just yet.
St. Paul & the Broken Bones currently only have four songs posted on their bandcamp (which you can check out right here) and as of now are generally only gigging in the Southeast, but keep your peepers peeled as it's just a matter of time before the rest of the country starts digging what they're doing. For good measure, here is the band performing the song electric and with full gyration from St. Paul:
Speaking of Stax and two of the patron saints of soul music, Mr. Otis Redding and Mr. Sam Cooke, check out St. Paul and the boys covering Redding's version of Cooke's classic "A Change Is Gonna Come" below: