When promoter Frank Roszak sent me email that JP Soars is coming to Darwin'sin Marietta Saturday, August 2, I had to admit I had never heard of him. But then he also sent me the new CD, Full Moon Night in Memphis, and now I am a fan. I'm really looking forward to seeing him on Saturday!
The title and title tune, "Full Moon Night in Memphis," refer to the night in 2009 when JP Soars and the Red Hots won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Before that Soars had toured with Florida metal bands and played Gypsy jazz. His diverse background influences his blues styles to give him a unique sound that, coupled with his rough-edged, growling vocals, immediately catch the attention of the listener.
Soars is a Florida musician and that locale also informs Full Moon Night in Memphis, with references to gators and swamps in songs like "Way Back Home" and "The Back Room." Other songs reflect the universal plight of the musician, such as :"Back to Broke," "The Road Has Got Me Down," and "Missin' Your Kissin;".
I love a song that makes me laugh out loud, and Soars provides that with "Reefer Man." Then there's the delightful Latin-flavored instrumental, "Little Mamacita."
Of the 14 excellent tracks on the CD, 12 of them were written by Soars, "Reefer Man" and T-Bone Walker's "Mean Old World" are the only non-original numbers. Brandon Santini helps out on harmonica on a couple of numbers, and Teresa James provides background vocals on "The Road Has Got Me Down." All of the musicians featured on the CD create a very satisfying sound, and Soars himself plays electric and acoustic guitar, dobro, lap steel, bass, and the 2-string cigar box guitars he makes himself.
You will enjoy Full Moon Night in Memphis. It is a brand-new release so come on out to Darwin's to hear Soars Saturday night and I imagine you can pick up a copy there!