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St. Paul and The Broken Bones Full Performance & Interview at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club 10.21.2014 [WGBH YouTube Video]

Fanny Wynn

by Fanny Wynn

Published January 09, 2015

SET LIST

 

<h5>St. Paul and The Broken Bones at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club 10.21.2014 Set Times</h5>

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0:00 - "Don’t’ Mean a Thing"
3:33 - Interview
4:42 - "Sugar Dyed"
7:37 - Interview
8:45 - "Dixie Rothko"
13:53 - Interview
14:39 - "I'm Torn Up"
19:01 - "Half the City"
23:08 - "Broken Bones & Pocket Change"
29:23 - Interview
34:44 - "Like a Mighty River"
39:34 - Interview
39:58 - "Grass is Greener"
46:00 - Interview
46:56 - "That Glow"
51:16 - Interview
51:38 - "Call Me"

CREDITS

 

<h5>St. Paul and The Broken Bones at Paradise Rock Club - Front Row Boston Credits</h5>

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Greg Shea - Producer/Director/Camera/Editor
Kegan Harrington -- Producer
Antonio Oliart – Recorded & Mixed By
Annie Shreffler — Interviewer/Camera
Dan Mortimer – Camera/Editor
Kiva Kuan Liu – Camera
Andrea Wolanin – Camera
Meredith Nierman – Still Photographer</blockquote>

Every once and a while, a performer surprises you. Paul Janeway is one of those performers. The nerdy white guy opens his mouth and releases a sound so soulful and smooth that you may think your eyes are deceiving you. That is the anomaly that is St. Paul and The Broken Bones. Don't take my word for it. See it for yourself in the video above.

The Birmingham-based band brought the house down at Boston's Paradise Rock Club with their electric sound and Janeway's invigorating stage presence. He is as comfortable on stage as a preacher in front of a choir, which should come to little surprise with Janeway's childhood dream of becoming a preacher. Although, he dances across the stage in a way I've never seen a preacher move. Quite a lot of butt shaking and impressive footwork in this performance.

The way Janeway puts it all out there on the stage brings to mind Brittany Howard, lead singer of the Alabama Shakes. Both bands originate from Birmingham, Alabama, but that is not the only way they are connected. Alabama Shakes keyboardist, Ben Tanner, also produced the band's debut album, Half the City. Maybe the bands will collaborate more down the road. It's hard to imagine a better suited pair for a duet than Paul Janeway and Brittany Howard.

Between songs, the video shows segments of an interview with Janeway. The frontman discusses everything from how the band came to call themselves St. Paul and The Broken Bones to the time when his mother threw away his Nirvana CD. It is clear in the interview that the singer never expected music to become his career, sharing that he was at accounting school when the band was recording the album. He also seems to be grounded about his success, saying, "I'm in awe of it all... when you start getting used to this, that's when you mess it up." So let's hope that the band doesn't get used to their recent success, because their sound is fantastic.

Half the City is available on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, MP3) and iTunes.

For St. Paul and The Broken Bones' latest music, news, and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.

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Source: WGBH Music Youtube Channel

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