Many thanks to Allie Eissler for the rave review of our latest album, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy,” in the summer 2015 issue of Texas Music Magazine. It’s on newsstands now, so pick up a copy today! Here’s what she had to say:
Fans of ’60s legends like James Brown and Al Green will have plenty to savor on Roxy Roca’s latest, Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy — a record full of powerhouse soul with a smooth, Southern finish. The lyrics are simple, but it’s the horn section and vocalist Taye Cannon’s impressive vocal chops that steal the show here, with hoarse shrieks, whoops, and hollers to beat the band. Title track “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy (It’s Love)” pokes fun at how people overcomplicate one of the greatest emotions there is — “Life don’t have to be this way / I’m tired of all the things they say / Love don’t even feel that way” — while the tune “Cornbread” offers up a quirky ode to buttered skillets and crispy comfort foods. “Don’t Call Me (Maybe I’ll Call You)” features a compelling interlude of tinkling chimes, soaring electric guitars, and smoldering vocals that perfectly capture the feeling of being wide awake at night, dreaming of the one you love. While they’re not a band looking to redefine the genre, the album’s title is perhaps a touch too modest — Roxy Roca’s tunes are dynamic, infectious, and, above all, fun, sure to inspire even the most reluctant to step out on the dance floor.