"Soulive transforms sounds of the past into a potent modern mix." —The Los Angeles Times

Further establishing their status as one of the preeminent soul/funk groups in music today, Soulive joins the famed Memphis soul label, Stax Records. The band's Stax debut, No Place Like Soul, is set for release July 31. The album marks the inaugural release by one of the label's trio of newly signed artists, which also includes Angie Stone and Isaac Hayes.

With the new addition of, a vocalist who has spent the past several years touring with his reggae outfit The China Band, No Place Like Soul is the first Soulive album with a full-time vocalist and is the first that the band has recorded as a quartet since forming in 1999. Expanding upon the beat-driven instrumentals of 2005's Break Out, No Place Like Soul combines Toussaint's vocals with rich soul grooves that call to mind the band's legendary Stax predecessors. The album features 13 new tracks including standouts like the gospel-tinged "Waterfall," the reggaefied hip-hop of "If This World Were A Song" and the infectious soul clap of "Comfort." No Place Like Soul is produced by Stewart Lerman who has worked with such disparate talents as Loudon Wainwright III, Dar Williams and Vinicius Cantuaria.

Based in New York, Soulive is comprised of brothers Alan (drums) and Neal Evans (Hammond B-3 organ), as well as Eric Krasno (guitar) and Toussaint (vocals). The band has toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, John Mayer and Common and recorded with acclaimed artists such as Talib Kweli, Robert Randolph and Chaka Khan.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Stax Records—home to many of soul music's most enduring recordings—Concord Music Group is re-launching the famed soul label. Releasing hit after hit from Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MG's, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave and The Staple Singers, among others, Stax Records pushed soul music to new heights. In a year of activity that will include deluxe reissues, special events and a slate of new signings, the re-launching of Stax will not only pay tribute to the label's past glories but also solidify its future. Soulive's No Place Like Soul is ample proof that the Stax legacy is as vital as ever.

[Published on: 4/9/07]

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birkenjam starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 11:03AM
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fantastic news. if only tommy dowd was still around to produce and engineer the record.. congratulations soulive you must be stoked

DBang Tue 4/10/2007 11:06AM
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very interesting...Soulive is a perfect choice for the rejuvenation of Stax. They could be the backbone of a killer session band like the one that backed up all the great Stax artists of the past (ie Aretha, Ray Charles, etc). I take one exception to the article,'s been my understanding that Ryan Zoidis and Rayshawn Ross (Soulive Horns) are part of the band now, as they have integral to last couple of soulive releases. In other words, they have recorded as a quintet for the last couple of records. Also, what happened to Reggie Watts? He was all over the last album. Word to Soulive.

funkmeup starstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 11:27AM
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DBang, this is the first time they have recorded as a quartet (Alan, Neal, Eric, and Toussaint), meaning the horn players (who once formed a quintet with the main three since Toussaint wasn't there) are not part of this upcoming album. The horns are also not touring with them. I saw them in ATL and at Langerado, and they were both absent, so my only guess is that they are no longer a part of the band.

Toussaint sounded great with them in Atlanta, so hopefully they will continue to represent. I'll miss the horns, but Toussaint's pipes are something else.

theivywall starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 11:29AM
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Soulive kicks my ass

peaton Tue 4/10/2007 11:49AM
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pheelalrights starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 12:02PM
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Soulive is the most talented, pure, and classic group of musicians I have seen in the last 20+ years of following this scene. If you haven't seen them go, if you have, you know what I'm sayin'. Beware it's not electronica, it's electric.

Maestro Tue 4/10/2007 12:07PM
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I second theivywalls comment.....straight dope these guys are

MutilatedLips starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 12:49PM
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Soulive holds in down in the studio and on stage. If anyone of you out there havent got to see them, I highly recomend the experience!

officialrx starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 01:46PM
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Not to hate on the immense talents of Soulive, but the last few times I saw them, their schtick got a little repetitive. That "New York City knows how to party" line on the voicebox only goes so far. And they could easily get the crowd rocking without resorting to the surefire Zep cover. I'm gonna chalk those last performances up to playing it safe as they were co-headlining bills if memory serves correctly. Now none of this constructive criticism is meant to imply that my socks weren't rocked (they were) and my face wasn't melted (it was), I just know that they can bring the fiyah in new and exciting ways every time and, as a discerning music fan, I demand nothing less. You best bring it at the Bowery boys. Also a tour with all these new Stax artists would be sweeeeeet!!! As a side note, I know Kras is hurting, but a few months ago I saw him at two shows in one night (Derek Trucks Band/Susan Tedeschi Band & Skerik's Syncopted Taint Septet) and he did not guest at either...tsup wit dat Kras? Oh and while I'm venting...more hip hop please (big ups to Breez, Talib, Supernatural). Whew.

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 03:02PM
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Yeah, I totally agree with you officialrx. Soulive used to be one of my favorite acts, I still love them, but the last couple of times I've seen them it's been kind of repetitive. I miss the horns, and I totally agree, more hip-hop. Although I suspect we'll be getting our dose of funk + hip-hop from Galactic soon.

And it's funny that you mention seeing Kraz at shows and not guesting. I was pretty sure I saw him at Skerik's show in Brooklyn with Joe Russo, Simon Lott, Jonathan Goldberger, Todd Sickafoose, and Mike Gamble last Friday (great show btw), and he didn't guest there either, even though the owner of the place (don't know his name) guested on trombone a few times.

officialrx starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 03:19PM
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Yeah I'm lamenting missing that show. I had a prior commitment at Martin Sexton and i didn't hear about Skerik's throwdown until it was too late to back out. Hopefully I'll catch one of these Previte/Skerik colabs. Anybody remember the Tribeca Rock Club shows where they sold the CD of the show at the show (a precursor to InstantLive because you had to wait a few weeks to get the CDs in the mail)? Anyhoo if you listen to the end of the track where Supernatural does that 10 minute freestyle, you can hear a lot of the crowd booing and then me and my friends loudly and drunkenly counterpointing with slurred comments like "They don't understand."

johnnygoff starstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 06:11PM
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said it before elsewhere, so I guess I should say it now on jambase.

I was never, ever for Soulive 'needing' a permanent vocal presence on stage. However, after seeing soulive, now (not a show counter) roughly 20 times all over the country, I must say Toussaint (saw live @ 9:30 Club in DC -- New Years Eve) he deserves to stay. (compared to Reggie Watts, Toussaint is more sultry and smooth and more akin to soulive's sound) Toussaint is a great find for the group.

One recent criticism however, is the feeling Soulive is slowly creeping away from real emotion on stage. it's almost, like, the last several times I've seen them, they do their contractual obligation to the respective venue and then bounce. I would love to see the occassional show with a special brass/horn guest or female sit-in vocalist....just a thought!

Lastly, to the Evans Bros, keep upstate new york in your heart and mind when booking tours. We don't get enough of the soulive.

cheerio and congrats on the signing.


mccordo starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 07:50PM
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"...the first that the band has recorded as a quartet since forming in 1999..."

Wasn't 'Next' recorded as a quartet? Sam Kininger played on pretty much every track if I recall correctly. Either way, I'm always ready for a new Soulive album!

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A perfect pairing.. Soulive fits STAX perfectly. peas...

jeremyatt Wed 4/11/2007 08:07PM
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SOULIVE!!! joining the record label of soul, btw i've been to stax in memphis its really cool

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heygoat49 starstarstarstar Fri 4/13/2007 09:58AM
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big soulive fan, excited for the release, curious to hear the new vocalist.

to reply to DBang's earlier post, Rashawn Ross is now pretty much a permanent fixture playing with Dave Matthews Band.

Polkoka starstarstar Sat 6/2/2007 08:43PM
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Soulive deffenetly livens up my soul. I saw them last night for the first time, and it was much better than i expected. I enjoyed watching them play with vocals. My hat is always off to the guys who carry the soul.

foxs241 Mon 6/4/2007 09:26AM
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LeSS Vocals, More JAM. Soulive is one of the best instrumental trios I've seen EVER! (MMW gets my #1 vote). The singing takes away from the energy they create. Its like the band has to slow down for the vocals. I dont Hate the Idea of mixing in a few (Guest) lyrical songs, But I dont love the direction that they are going in. Saw them at Langerado this year and it paled in comparison with the show I saw 6 months prior (with horns). Words are overrated, their musical skills are not.