Soulive: New Label/Album


This April and May, funk powerhouse Soulive will hit the road in support of their new record Up Here, which will be released April 14 on their new label Royal Family Records.

March 2009 marks Soulive's 10th Anniversary - ten years since Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and his brother Neal Evans got together at a home studio outside of Woodstock, NY and recorded the funky soul-jazz EP Get Down! in a single afternoon.

While ten years is something to celebrate, Soulive is not looking backwards. Unencumbered by a record contract and equipped with a state-of-the-art recording studio, Soulive is embracing the new music business model, launching their own record label, Royal Family Records. The label will market and distribute all Soulive recordings as well as numerous affiliated projects such as the hard funk outfit Lettuce, Eric's soul project "Chapter 2" and Alan's and Neal's solo records. The label will also sign and develop emerging talent. The first artist to join up is soul singer Nigel Hall, who will release an EP this spring and join the band on the road.

The debut release on Royal Family Records will be Soulive's new studio effort, Up Here. The LP was recorded in Alan's studio in South Deerfield, Mass in the fall of 2008. "This is the Soulive album I've always wanted to record - I've been hearing it in my head for years," says Alan, who also tracked and mixed the record.

The record's opening track "Upright" immediately sets the tone with an undeniably infectious groove featuring Neal on an old upright piano. The band then offers up a few nods to the old-school: "For Granted" is a tip of the hat to Grant Green, featuring some Eric licks reminiscent of the classic early solos on Get Down and Turn it Out. Guest vocalist Nigel Hall tears it up on the retro-soul number "Too Much," and Eric makes his guitar sing on the laid-back grind of "Put On Yo Pajamas." The entire record features tight horn arrangements from long-time Soulive collaborators and friends, Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis.

Soulive tour dates available here.

[Published on: 3/11/09]

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Jekisa starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 02:12PM
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nice! and they are even coming to Michigan :)

Jokerman starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 02:18PM
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Cuse baby!!

2Heavy starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 02:50PM
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And even a stop in Sacramento! Thank you.

BRAHnnie_lott Wed 3/11/2009 03:09PM
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at antones? sweet, just about any show at antones is sweet

adventuresinperception starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 03:21PM
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screw the horns, screw the vocals. all i want with my soulive in kraz and the brothers evans

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/11/2009 03:55PM
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( O Y O )

rjd999 Wed 3/11/2009 07:32PM
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you know, i was not a huge fan of the tour with Toussaint, but I love the work they do with Nigel! Plus, the Shady Horns throw down! I love this band, in just about any inception. I can't wait for the new album, as well as the Chapter 2 and Nigel's records. I saw Soulive with the horns and Nigel did some guest vocals at the 930 club in DC, where Nigel is from, and it was a complete throw down. One of the best parties I have been to in a long long time.

funkedup Thu 3/12/2009 01:44AM
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to anyone who has the opportunity to catch Soulive on their upcoming tour....DO NOT miss out on these shows! They absolutely tore up NYC in December with the Shady Horns and Nigel Hall and this tour/CD guarantees to be a real fun time

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bring me more LETTUCE!!!! RAGE was awesome, I want more!

beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/12/2009 08:25AM
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^^^Rage is the best funk album i have heard in a LOOOOONG TIME. I like it better than anything by the greyboy allstars, honestly. its there second, not sure what the first was called, anybody???

DeliMan starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/12/2009 10:02AM
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Ya it is an amazing album and I saw them at Up North Festival in Maine last year and they BROUGHT THE HEAT!!! People were throwing pieces of lettuce head during the set it was awesome. Their first album was Outta Here. But back to the article I'm wicked psyched for this new album. If Alan says this is the album he always wanted to make then I can't wait. Also Sam Kininger is the best saxophonist you'll come across, I'd love to see him and Karl Denson do a battle of the saxophones.

luggage starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/12/2009 10:42AM
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westcott on 4/20!!!!!!!!! OH YEAH!

dankb23 Thu 3/12/2009 11:13AM
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YA SOULIVE is the shit, they cancelled the last show that was supposed to be with family groove company in feb in chicago tho, i guess it was due to injury? any1 know what happened ?

Smittea starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/13/2009 12:03PM
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I hear they are only selling this album exclusively to cool funky people.