ROXY ROCA at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis, TN Fri 3/6

ROXY ROCA at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis, TN Fri 3/6

Announcing: ROXY ROCA at Lafayette’s Music Room in Memphis, TN on Friday, March 6. We are very excited for our return show at this newly-resurrected legendary Memphis venue! Join us for a night of Dynamite Texas Soul, 9:30pm-12:00am, $5 cover, 21+. Spread the word: RSVP on Facebook.

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

ROXY ROCA Announces Release Date for New Album

ROXY ROCA Announces Release Date for New Album

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! 

Track Listing

  1. Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy (It’s Love) (4:09)
  2. Love Maker DeVille (3:08)
  3. I Don’t Wanna Dream No More (4:06)
  4. Try My Love (3:16)
  5. Don’t Call Me (Maybe I’ll Call You) (4:17)
  6. Cornbread (2:36)
  7. Talkin’ ‘Bout Love (3:35)
  8. When the Lights Go Down (4:31)
  9. Rainy Day (4:28)
  10. Bank Account (2:45)
  11. It’s Your Dream (5:18)
ROXY ROCA Interview on WWOZ in New Orleans

ROXY ROCA Interview on WWOZ in New Orleans

Tune in to WWOZ FM 90.7 in New Orleans this afternoon around 2:15pm for an interview with ROXY ROCA. We’ll be talking about our Mardi Gras shows this week in New Orleans, our upcoming record, and more. If you are not in the WWOZ listening area, you can stream it online here: Stream WWOZ Online.

ROXY ROCA at The Iron Horse Pub in Wichita Falls, TX Fri 2/27

ROXY ROCA at The Iron Horse Pub in Wichita Falls, TX Fri 2/27

Announcing: Our debut show at The Iron Horse Pub in Wichita Falls on Friday, February 27! The Nobodies get the party started at 9:35pm followed by ROXY ROCA at 10:40pm. 18+, $7 cover, $6 for college students and military. Spread the word: RSVP on Facebook.

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

UPDATE: This show has been canceled. Sorry! We will reschedule a make-up date as soon as possible!

Photos from Speakeasy in Austin 2015-01-23

Photos from Speakeasy in Austin 2015-01-23

We had an epic show at Speakeasy in Austin with our good friends The Bare Feat on Friday, January 23! Many thanks to everybody that came out for the funk double-header. Check out this cool gallery of photos, courtesy of our good friend Edison Carter from Bitter Kitten Media.