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AL.com says: Roxy Roca blows up Lowe Mill dock with ‘Dynamite Texas Soul’

AL.com says: Roxy Roca blows up Lowe Mill dock with ‘Dynamite Texas Soul’

Many thanks to Eric Schultz from AL.com for the great review of our show Friday night, part of the Concerts on the Dock summer music series at Lowe Mill in Huntsville, AL. We were pretty excited to see this headline the day after the show: “Roxy Roca blows up Lowe Mill dock with ‘Dynamite Texas Soul.’” Not bad!

Thousands gather to hear ROXY ROCA play on the historic dock with a powerful, soulful sound inspired by the great soul and funk pioneers of the 60s during the Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment’s Concert on the Dock series Friday, April 11, 2014 in Huntsville, Ala.

Read the full article with photos here: Roxy Roca blows up Lowe Mill dock with ‘Dynamite Texas Soul’.  Meanwhile, check out this awesome gallery of photos that accompanied the article.

 

Taye Cannon Interview on AL.com

Taye Cannon Interview on AL.com

AL.com writer Matt Day recently interviewed ROXY ROCA‘s Taye Cannon as part of a series previewing this year’s Concerts on the Dock music series at Lowe Mill in Huntsville, AL. Here’s a taste:

The Roxy Roca song “Cornbread” is a direct sonic descendant of James Brown’s 1969 funk jam “Mother Popcorn.” Cathartic vocals. Relentless groove. Dramatic horns. Slinky guitar.

Taye Cannon, the Austin, Texas band’s frontman, penned the tune’s lyrics “about being a kid in Alabama.”

“When I was a little boy, going to my grandmother’s in Attalla she always had cornbread on the stove,” Cannon, a Gadsden native, says. “It was just kind of a thing. In the song I mention the area she lived in and Etowah County and some of it you can’t hear because I’m yelling it but it’s in there. Alabama will always be home.”

Read the full interview with photos here: Roxy Roca: 5 things to know about Austin, Texas funk/soul band playing free show at Lowe Mill’s Concerts on the Dock series.

ROXY ROCA plays Lowe Mill in Huntsville, AL on Friday, April 11. Get all the most up-to-date show info here: SHOWS.

Taye Cannon Interview on Muze Collective

Taye Cannon Interview on Muze Collective

Check out this awesome in-depth interview with Taye Cannon from ROXY ROCA on the Muze Collective blog (including some great photos).

It is hard to separate the singer from the person but it is evident here and soon you realize that there is more going on here than just a great band with a retro sixties jive. ROXY ROCA actually has respect for a time when music was pure. A time when a country may have been separated by racial tension but brought together by music. With an acute awareness of our tumultuous time in history, Taye wears his heart on his sleeve.

ROXY ROCA’s message is simple. It’s all about love, forgiveness and that only we can make ourselves happy as heard on their dynamic signature song Happiness is a Choice.

Read the full article here: Taye Cannon Interview on Muze Collective.

ROXY ROCA’s Taye Cannon featured in SXSW Music Issues of Austin Man Magazine and Austin Woman Magazine – Out Now

ROXY ROCA’s Taye Cannon featured in SXSW Music Issues of Austin Man Magazine and Austin Woman Magazine – Out Now

ROXY ROCA‘s very own Taye Cannon is featured in the March issue of Austin Man Magazine and Austin Woman Magazine in a story about SXSW Music. Both issues are on newsstands now, so pick up a copy! The story features an interview and some great photos of Taye with fellow Austin musician Katie Paschall. Here’s a taste:

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Getting his start with Austin dark-wave punk band Mocktigers, Taye Cannon shifted his focus to put together Roxy Roca, pursuing his true love—soul music—and has since performed in shows with B.B. King, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne and T-Bird and the Breaks. Recruiting members one by one, Cannon serves up lead vocals for the now eight-piece Roxy Roca. With a horn-heavy, funky soulful sound, Roxy Roca’s vibe is downright groovy. The high-energy performances Roxy Roca gives are infectious, making it impossible not to dance.

“We’re a party band. We get people going. The songs are about love, freedom and liberation of the spirit,” Cannon says. “I play every single show like it’s my last show. I leave it all on the stage every time. You never know when it’s going to be your last show, so I try to keep that in mind. It’s always going to be real and it’s always going to be fun.

Read the full article here:

ROXY ROCA Interview in Canadian Music Blog The Revue

ROXY ROCA Interview in Canadian Music Blog The Revue

Check out this interview with Taye Cannon and Errol Siegel that was just posted today in the Canadian music blog The Revue. Taye and Errol talk about the inspirations behind the band, how we got the ball rolling, and how the band keeps the vision on track. Many thanks to Revue writer Kevin McGowan for the kind words and thoughtful questions.

Discovering Roxy Roca

Posted by: Kevin, November 18, 2013

Once upon a time on the internet…

All of us at The Revue are obsessive music/arts addicts, always on the hunt for new stuff. I honestly can’t tell you the Google loop that led me to Roxy Roca, but I found them through a series of web searches and links while hunting down some new music. Roxy Roca are the pride of Austin, TX (home of SXSW, where they’ll have another featured performance in 2014). They play a very intense and passion-fueled soul music, and are masters of the genre. This is a big band playing big sounds, and are about as authentic to 60s American soul as you can be.

I got in touch with Taye (vocals) and Errol (guitar) to ask them, primarily, how do they approach authenticity without veering off into some kind of hackneyed tribute. It’s a fine line, people, but Roxy Roca stay on the right side of it.

How the hell did you manage to concoct this band?

TAYE: Since I was a child in the deep south I have dreamed of being a soul singer like the icons on the records my father owned. After my previous band split up, I found myself with some downtime, something I hadn’t had in a while. It was during that time of clarity that a vision of ROXY ROCA started to be born. A mission if you will, to write music and create a live show that would uplift and inspire people down to their soul. I like to think that synchronicity brought us together as a band. Errol, Roger and I started writing together and one by one recruited players from all over and from all walks of life. We all bought in to this labor of love and have been working really hard ever since. I feel fortunate that we have been able to keep a pretty similar line up over the years.

You’ve managed to make the band about as authentic to that 60s-style soul as you can. What is it about that vibe and that era that turns you on so much?

TAYE: In the United States, in the 60s there was a big wave of change going on. Although we face different issues today, I think there is an element of revolution in the air. When times are tough I think we as people want to hear music with great feeling, soul music. We need to be reminded of the great fact that “we are all in this together” and our love for each other is the answer. It has to be. Over the past 3 years since the inception of ROXY ROCA, we have written about love, loss, and hope with the intention to inspire a togetherness, even if it is just during our show. I like to think they carry that feeling back out into the world. That’s my dream.

How did you go about trying to recreate that vibe? Obviously, this is something that could go terribly wrong if not done properly, so what was your approach?

TAYE: As I mentioned, the vibe internally comes from our surroundings and what is going on in the world. It’s a sign of the times that we happen to share with the 1960s. I think that adds a level of authenticity that one could not simply create if he or she set out to. I don’t think it is a coincidence that loud, sharp, and tailored suits are popular again. It is a statement, ya know? Looking sharp says “I’m here and I ain’t going nowhere!” It is a look that many of the pioneers of the blues, jazz, and soul music donned. Trust me, it ain’t easy keeping suits clean and sharp when you are getting sweaty every night and leaving it all up there on the stage, and on a musicians budget!? It must have been even tougher for those cats, so I think we owe it to them if we are gonna play the style of music they created. We call it “gametight” and that’s how we roll.

You all seem to have come from different musical backgrounds (Taye grew up on soul, but briefly headed into punk etc). How do you use these unique influences? Or, how do you decide which ones to ignore?

ERROL: While everybody in the band has played many different styles of music, the common thread that brings us together is our love of soul and funk music from the late 60s, early 70s. We’re not shy about wearing those influences on our sleeve. All the other stuff ends up in the mix too, though — punk, rock, latin, whatever. We don’t really fight it. We spend a lot of time in the practice room experimenting. When we hit on something that feels right, we just know. If everybody in the practice room is smiling, we know we’re on the right track.

You just announced a SXSW showcase…what was your reaction when you got that phone call?

ERROL: We were excited to get that invitation! It was really gratifying to see our name in the first round of bands announced for SXSW 2014. This will be our third SXSW appearance, and if it’s anything like the previous two, it’s going to be an amazing time. It’s such a great opportunity to play on a bill with bands from all over that don’t necessarily come to Austin any other time.

When’s the new record coming out?

ERROL: The best I can say is: “as soon as possible!” There are a lot of moving parts on the business side of things, so we’ve learned to be patient and wait for all those parts to come together.

What’s your recording process? You record live off the floor?

ERROL: We made our yet-to-be-released record at EAR Studio in Austin with Lars Goransson producing. We set up the entire band (all nine of us!) in the main room and just went for it live — including lead vocals. It’s easy to get into a studio and start trying to make everything perfect, fix every note. The live approach gave us the chance to just go for it and do what we do.

Any chance you’ll be heading up to Canada sometime soon?

ERROL: Definitely! When the new record comes out we plan to hit the road and take our music everywhere we can.

Read the full interview with photos and video here: Discovering Roxy Roca.

Taye Cannon Interview on KROV in San Antonio

Taye Cannon Interview on KROV in San Antonio

Tune in Wednesday morning at 8:30am for an interview with Taye Cannon on San Antonio’s KROV 91.7 FM. He’ll be talking about the new record, upcoming touring plans, and most important: our show this Saturday, 7/20 at LUNA! If you are not in the San Antonio area, you can tune in live on the web: KROV 91.7 FM.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all Saturday night! Until then, spread the word: RSVP on Facebook.

Get all the most up-to-date show info here: SHOWS.

Taye Cannon Interview on Real Talk With Lee Tue 7/9

Taye Cannon Interview on Real Talk With Lee Tue 7/9

Tune in this Tuesday, July 9  at 6pm CST to hear an interview with Taye Cannon on Real Talk With Lee.

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Listen live here: Real Talk With Lee.

UPDATE: If you missed the live interview, you can listen to the playback any time here: Taye Cannon on Real Talk With Lee.