We were very excited to wake up this morning and see our new album, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” (released today, by the way) featured on the front page of New Releases Now. Here’s what they had to say:
Austin, TX-based Roxy Roca is a southern soul powerhouse, stirring up your spirit with a gritty and infectious sound influenced as much by soul and funk as by early rock ’n’ roll and ’70s psychedelic funk. Formed in late 2010, the band quickly developed a reputation for getting a room on its feet and in motion with a sound that has been described as Dynamite Texas Soul – driving, horn-powered southern soul with certain explosiveness and swagger that is distinctly Texas, and that is present on their Stag Records debut album, Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy.
Many thanks to Jason Maguire for the great feature in Through The Lens Magazine on last Saturday’s show at Continental Club in Austin with our good friends Mudphonic. Here’s what he had to say:
AUSTIN – It’s late at the Continental Club in Austin and the music is intoxicating. It’s like a perverted scene straight out of Animal House with a sold out crowd grinding to this funky Bama Tex Mex of a beat band, Roxy Roca. The horn section blowing you down as Christina, on drums, pounds you back into the rhythm. Lead vocalist, Taye Cannon twists you with a sound that can only be described as stuffing Bruno Mars, Otis Redding and James Brown into a cannon and firing into the crowd.
As you look around there is an unusual sight in the crowd. Not one cell phone is out taking pictures or tweeting the owner’s whereabouts. Roxy Roca has a grip so tight locked around everyone that it’s just a mash pit of grooving, grinding hip swinging as they jam the evening away.
Many thanks to Emily Stanfield from iLevel 360 for the great review of our show last weekend at Lowe Mill in Huntsville, AL as part of the annual Concerts on the Dock summer music series. Here’s a little bit of what she had to say:
iLevel 360 had the opportunity to attend the live performance of Roxy Roca. The concert was amazing! It was as if someone told him to sing like his life depended on it! That is how I would describe the soulful performance Roxy Roca front man Taye Cannon gave last night. The “house” at Lowes Mill was packed with locals, family and friends who are officially in love with the band.
Many thanks to Luke Murphree for the review of last week’s SOLD OUTshow at The Continental Club with ROXY ROCA and The Happen-Ins on music blog We Listen Hear. Here’s what he had to say:
By the time the nine-member soul powerhouse known as Roxy Roca took the stage, the venue was packed. From the get go, one thing was obvious. The night would be sweaty and full of soul.
Roxy Roca opened with “Try My Love” an up-tempo, funky, crowd favorite that causes a ruckus. The heavy horns signaled that it was time to wake up and dance. Add to that Taye Cannon’s bustling stage presence and a lifeless crowd becomes a thing of the past. For their second number, the band played “Can You Handle It” and I wasn’t sure if the crowd could. Their music inspired shimmying and boogieing that looked a little dangerous for some of the fans, but when you’re there for a soul revolution who cares about a few sore muscles. Roxy Roca carried that intensity through the entire hour and a half show and the crowd never took a breather.
Experiencing Roxy Roca live offers a redemptive factor beyond hearing good music. Taye Cannon preaches to the crowd like any good reverend concerned with the souls of his congregation who wants to return those lost sheep to the flock. Roxy Roca preaches a gospel of love, happiness, and freedom. See them live and you’ll understand. The message doesn’t only show up in lyrics, but also in Taye’s occasional dialogue and even after the performance as the band enjoys fellowship with their fans.
Many thanks to Luke Murphree for the glowing review of last week’s Red River Noise Presents: Super Soul Party 2 at Spider House Ballroom with Latasha Lee & the Black Ties,ROXY ROCA,The Shears, andKP and the Boom Boom. Here’s a taste:
If James Brown were white and from Alabama, he would be Taye Cannon. Midway through the set Cannon told the crowd “Life is about recreation not animation. Find your dream and make it happen.” Cannon wasn’t just singing the good gospel. He was preaching. As he slid across the stage shaking and jiving, you can’t help but observe he has found his dream and he’s sharing it with the audience.