We are thrilled to announce that our new album, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” will be released on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 on Stag Records! It will be available on CD and download formats on the release date, with a vinyl release planned for later this spring. Bonus: order the CD and receive the download version (mp3) for free!
Pre-order your copy today, right here: Stag Records web site.
About the Album
ROXY ROCA is a powerhouse of southern soul, stirring up your spirit with a gritty and infectious sound influenced as much by soul and funk legends of the late 60s like James Brown, Joe Tex, and Al Green as by early rock ‘n’ roll pioneers like Chubby Checker and Little Richard and early 70s psychedelic funk rockers like War and Sly and the Family Stone. 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 a certain explosiveness and swagger that is distinctly Texas. The band went into EAR Studio with producer Lars Goransson (The Relatives, Jewel Brown, Kool & Together, Cornell Dupree, Little Joe Washington) to capture that energy the old-fashioned way: nine musicians in a room together, recording live, straight to tape. That whirlwind, four-day session resulted in ROXY ROCA’s Stag Records debut, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” due out on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 on vinyl, CD, and download. On it, green-eyed soul shouter Taye Cannon leads his crack band of veteran players through a tight, punchy set of funk and soul originals with the urgency of a man trying to save his own soul as much as the listener’s. The songs blend classic themes like heartache (in “I Don’t Wanna Dream No More”) and the oh-so-sweet comeback from it (in “Love Maker DeVille”) with contemporary subject matter like generational disillusionment (as in “Talkin’ ‘Bout Love”) and the fear of facing an uncertain future (as in “It’s Your Dream”), tied together with a message of hope and optimism that encourages listeners to put their spirits in charge of their minds, if only for this moment (and to make taking that advice just a little bit easier, the band handily rounds out the album with a few out-and-out club bangers like “Try My Love” and “Rainy Day”). “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” hits that elusive sweet spot that happens when a road-tested, polished band hitting its stride is allowed to just crank up and do what they do, with no second-guessing, no pitch correcting, and no focus groups — just hitting “record” and letting instinct take over. It’ll make you want to get up out of your chair!
- Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy (It’s Love) (4:09)
- Love Maker DeVille (3:08)
- I Don’t Wanna Dream No More (4:06)
- Try My Love (3:16)
- Don’t Call Me (Maybe I’ll Call You) (4:17)
- Cornbread (2:36)
- Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (3:35)
- When the Lights Go Down (4:31)
- Rainy Day (4:28)
- Bank Account (2:45)
- It’s Your Dream (5:18)