Many thanks to Zack Garhart from Austin Fusion Magazine for the great write-up about our album release party at C-Boy’s in Austin. Here’s what he had to say:
C Boy’s Heart & Soul hosted one of our local favorites, Roxy Roca on Feb. 25, 2015. This congregation of keen musicianship put the party in their anticipated Stag Records album release party for “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” with a memorable show. Equipped with seven different instruments; both an alto and tenor saxophone, a trombone, drums, bass, guitar and vocals, Roxy Roca blends funk and soul into a timeless sound that is telling of their Austin roots.
The bash kicked off with each player being highlighted and introduced via their instruments to a very enthusiastic crowd. Frontman Taye Cannon has a swagger and command of the audience that is mesmerizing. Guitar player, Errol Siegel, provides the anchor for the group’s super groove. The evening began with a recap of what has become the Roxy Roca standards and after a brief intermission the group rejoined the stage to play their new release from start to end. Beginning with one of their more well-known songs, Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy (It’s Love), which blurs smooth jazz with a more rocky, soulful sound. Articulating the nature of attraction and perils of heart break, the song is complex and served as a solid intro to what would be a collection of well-orchestrated, original sounds.
It also helps that Taye Cannon, lead vocalist, commands the microphone with a charisma and confidence that permeates through the group. Even so, the entire band was guilty of getting down at various moments on stage and consequently that energy wore off on those in attendance. For a seemingly mellow and relaxed crowd, composed of both fans and new faces, Roxy Roca provided contagiously vibrant rhythms strong enough to inspire miniature dance groups on the floor. Even those who came alone ultimately succumbed to the sway of the crowd.
In the song “Try My Love,” Roxy Roca pulled that energy together with swanky grooves and heavy horns to provide a sound reminiscent of something from the late James Brown. While Cannon had ample time to showcase his talents, the set list also gave horn players Thomas Hays, Houston Rawls, and Peter Phoenix a chance to break through on wicked solos, respectively.
Toward the end, Roxy Roca did mellow out with a track called “When The Lights Go Down” which is found on their new album. A little softer, the song has inflections of the blues to emphasize lyrics like: “I can set you free. It’ll just be you and me, when the lights go down.” With showings of a classic love tune, the song shows a nice versatility for an otherwise upbeat and energetic group.
With the intentions of a release party fulfilled, Roxy Roca also made fans out of new comers and put forth a strong showing of what is in store for the future.
Read the full article here: Coverage of “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” Album Release Party in Austin Fusion Magazine.