Release Date: 19 January 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|Curtis Harding Soul Power Limited Vinyl LP
Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It’s self-evident on the Atlanta artist’s debut, Soul Power. The driving sound of his electrified Stratocaster, the foot-stomping backbeat and the lyrics swimming in reverb -- with something this flourishing, it’s almost reductive to just dig around the roots.
Harding’s style was born in Michigan and bred on the road, a restless childhood spent singing gospel alongside an evangelising mother, then cultivated in Atlanta, where he sang backup for Cee-Lo Green and befriended the Black Lips (he plays with Cole Alexander in Night Sun).
In the weeks and months following Soul Power’s US release, Harding’s relationship with the open road would continue unabated, being invited on a US tour with ardent supporter Jack White - having previously wowed audiences at this year’s SXSW - while he brings his slop n’ soul to the Europe later this year for a debut run of shows sure to be a transformative experience.
But, as befits a restless traveler, his music calls one place home, but fits in anywhere. The heartbreaking optimism of ‘Next Time’, a wry break-up tale mapping out a road the protagonists may never meet upon, the bottom-scraping blues of ‘Castaway’, or the wistful affection of ‘Keep on Shining’ could easily be Harding’s story, or yours. They’re scenes you didn’t perform in, but know all the lines.
There’s a foundation to the stirring soul Harding has created. “Gospel is inspiring,” says Harding. “From hardship and trials, you make something beautiful. It’s the history of black people in America, what happened to us during slavery, it’s the foundation of blues, R&B, soul, country, rock.” But he’s not just preaching to the choir -- Harding’s out there on the road, singing alongside everyone else looking for something real.
01. Next Time
03. Keep On Shining
06. I Don’t Wanna Go Home
07. Beautiful People
08. The Drive
09. Heaven’s On The Other Side
10. Drive My Car
11. I Need A Friend
12. Cruel World