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Soulphonics and Ruby Velle

Within the genre of soul music there's been a certain revival of late, with modern artists making music that sounds like it was penned and recorded several decades earlier. The best faces for this revival belong to producers like Mark Ronson, and artists such as Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Amy Winehouse. Of course, they can't be the only ones doing it. Coming out of the musical madhouse that is Atlanta, Georgia, the Soulphonics have been bringing their own blend of funk, boogaloo, and big band-style show revues to audiences around the country since 2006. As a unit, their horns, drum, and percussion work could have placed them behind Wilson Pickett or Otis Redding in the '60s, but since it's the '00s, they've got their own lead singer with just as much charisma and soul. Ruby Velle is a 23-year-old starlet with a voice that's part Ella, part Etta, and full of up-and-coming talent that's hopefully found the right outlet. She's been playing with the Soulphonics for a while now, and the sound they're creating is more than just a throwback, it's a blast forward toward infinite soul and funk possibilities. If you check them out in person, you won't be disappointed.

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Jonathan Cunningham

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