San Diego’s “Best Live Band” The Sully Band released their latest single “If You Love Me Like You Say”. A classic tune by the late “Iceman” Albert Collins, the song lends a decidedly New Orleans-style vibe to this soulful version of The Sully Band.
Part of Chicago blues-rock led by horns and part of Mardi Gras parade, this unique rework sounds both fresh and classic. The group recorded it with then 20-year-old prodigy Anthony Cullins on lead guitar, resident keyboardist Mark Hattersley channeling Professor Longhair and the whole group supporting a growling voice from Sully himself.
“I’ve been a lifelong blues fan, artists like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and John Lee Hooker, but Albert wasn’t really on my radar,” says Sully. “Then while making this album we were looking for some songs about love and found this Albert Collins gem and it was ‘love at first sight.’ Since then I’ve become a huge fan of The Iceman, and even though we put a little New Orleans spice on our version, I still wanted to bring a really blues-steeped player to handle the lead on the guitar, out of respect for Albert. Luckily I knew a youngster. San Diego based blues guitar phenomenon Anthony Cullins and he came into the studio and cut the track live with us, and completely killed it, ”he continued. both Albert Collins AND Professor Longhair proud. “
“If You Love Me Like You Say” follows the debut single “When The Battle Is Over (ft. Rebecca Jade)”, a rocking reinvention of a gem written by Dr. John initially recorded as a one-sided brag by Delaney & Bonnie , and later by Aretha Franklin.
Let’s straighten it out! was designed in the Hallowed Halls of the Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood, California (formerly A&M Studios). With him, Sully and his group of nine blues musicians take us on a journey through the ups, downs and all aspects of love through 10 soul, blues and R&B classics from the 60s and 70s.
The album was recorded in just five packed days, with “mostly live” versions of carefully curated love-themed songs that originally marked their release and that also feel relevant today. . Sully’s moving and heartfelt voice cuts through layers of brass and guitars that take the listener on an emotional arc of joy, disappointment, struggle and redemption.
Producer Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Head Todd) has won multiple Grammy Awards. Anchored by Grammy Award-winning bass killer James East (Eric Clapton, Elton John, Michael Jackson and many more), The Sully Band is made up of seasoned and accomplished players who hail from various places like Japan, the Panama and Lemon Grove Island. The horn section includes saxophonist-flute-harp Tripp Sprague (Kenny Loggins, The Little River Band, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops) and trumpeter and bugle player Steve Dillard (The Righteous Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd).
Sully caught the music bug at the age of six after picking up a nylon string guitar and playing the early chords of “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” with his father. In high school, the barrel-chested American football player swung around Boston and abroad with his pals, performed in every show-stopping musical theater production up to college, and finished every day with James Brown or Stevie Wonder on his pioneering Receiver.
In his twenties, after pounding the ruthless pavement of Los Angeles trying to secure a recording deal, he embarked on a 35-year detour, journeying a historic path from Price Club cashier to self-taught entrepreneur and national personality. of radio / television, eventually finding his return to his first true love: music.
Now, after years away from the stage, he’s back in full force. He and the group performed regional and national shows in front of small but powerful crowds, from the legendary Belly Up Tavern in Southern California to the illustrious Antone’s Nightclub in Austin, making his mark as a compelling musician and performer in direct ready to “Straighten it Out”.
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Photo credit: Steve Sherman