Review of “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” in Orange Magazine

Review of “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” in Orange Magazine

Many thanks to Britny Eubank for the great review of our new album, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” in Orange Magazine. Here is some of what she had to say:

In the post-“Uptown Funk” world we’re living in, big brass and a Morris Day attitude are all the rage. And “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” the latest effort from local band ROXY ROCA, fits the bill quite nicely.

ROXY ROCA assign themselves labels like “powerhouse Southern soul” and “dynamite Texas soul,” and the sounds on “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” live up to those descriptions. Brassy interludes and saxophone solos can be found on nearly every track, and lead vocalist Taye Cannon sings like a gospel church leader. Even on the slower songs, you can still sway your hips. After all, if you believe the message ROXY ROCA seems to be preaching, that’s what the Good Lord intended you to do.

The band wears their influences on their sleeves, and they’re at their best when they indulge in some deep James Brown worship. “Try My Love,” for example, sounds exactly like “The Godfather of Soul” in all the best ways — the snappy vocal delivery, the powerhouse brass, the little stops and starts of the music. On “Cornbread,” ROXY ROCA truly embrace their Southern heritage. The song kicks off with some true gospel prophet delivery, features a sax solo and is frequently sprinkled with “uh”s that Brown himself would be proud of.

(Also, for the record, there are no euphemisms here –– the song is honestly about cornbread. Sample lyric: “Give me some buttah!”)

Read the full review here: ORANGE REVIEWS: ROXY ROCA’S “AIN’T NOTHIN’ FANCY”.

ROXY ROCA featured on “Oh When the Sants” radio show in Barcelona, Spain

ROXY ROCA featured on “Oh When the Sants” radio show in Barcelona, Spain

We were excited to hear about more international radio play for songs from our new album! “Love Maker DeVille” was recently featured on an episode of a radio show in Barcelona, Spain called “Oh When the Sants.” Check out an archived version of the show here: Novetats discogràfiques + Soul Divas – 26/02/2015.

Matthew’s Easter Circus Benefit for Equality Texas at Maggie Mae’s Sun 4/5

Matthew’s Easter Circus Benefit for Equality Texas at Maggie Mae’s Sun 4/5

We are excited to be part of Matthew’s Easter Circus Benefit for Equality Texas at Maggie Mae’s on Sunday, April 5. The festivities start at 2pm. ROXY ROCA hits the stage at 8pm. Buy tickets now: Tickets for Matthew’s Easter Circus. Spread the word: RSVP on Facebook.

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

ROXY ROCA at SXSW 2015

ROXY ROCA at SXSW 2015

We have a some great shows lined up this week in Austin for SXSW 2015. Come on out and join us!

Wed 3/18 – Guitartown/Conqueroo Party at Dogwood (8pm) – FREE
Wed 3/18 – Official SXSW Showcase presented by Little Brother Music at Lucky Lounge (1am) – wristband or badge required
Thu 3/19 – Freebirds Stage at St. Vinny’s at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store parking lot (6:45pm) – FREE

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

ROXY ROCA at Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth Sat 4/11

ROXY ROCA at Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth Sat 4/11

Announcing: ROXY ROCA at Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth on Saturday, April 11. We are excited for our return trip to this awesome jazz club in the heart of Sundance Square in Ft. Worth. ROXY ROCA plays all night, 9pm-1am. $10 cover, 21+. Spread the word: Click ‘Add to My214′ on do214 and RSVP on Facebook.

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