A great poet or literary genius probably said this, but I’ll be straight with y’all and say I heard it first from The Rolling Stones. Anyway, The Rolling Stones once said that you can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you’ll get what you need. Well, a couple of weeks ago JC Brooks & The Uptown fulfilled the latter for me, and they’ve routinely filled the role of the former in the weeks since.
Those that are connected with me via Facebook or Twitter already know this, but for those that don’t, my father is in the process of dying from cancer and a couple of weeks ago I was sitting in the office bumming pretty hard when I got an email from Bloodshot Records’ PR department. My initial reaction was to ignore it. I mean, I have a 5 year legacy here on 9b that proves I love a sad song as much as anyone, but at that moment emotions were just too close to the surface and the last thing I needed/wanted was a sad fucking song. On my way to checking the message and clicking “delete”, I read the band’s name; “JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.” “Hmmmmm”, I thought, “not really a ‘sad songs’ type of band name…” and with that I bypassed the delete button, followed the link to the album and got, as the Stones said I would, what I needed.
What I got was this amazing sound coming at me. If pressed to define it I’d call it New Soul, and if further pressured I’d couple them with Black Joe Lewis, but I don’t wanna define it. I wanna talk about what it does to me.
In a day where I was honestly sitting at my desk trying to plunge the lump in my throat back down into my stomach and none of my known stress/anger reduction musical drugs (Pantera, Slayer, OFF!, Biohazard) were working, I found a soul party record and it made me smile. Then it made me dance. And in the weeks since, it’s made me return…….repeatedly.
So, on a personal level, I wanna thank JC Brooks and his Uptown Sound. They made a really heavy day better. Since then, they made a fucking amazing record that lightens the air while my wife and I talk about the grim truth on the horizon.
Check it out.