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  • Artist(s): Royal Strings, Royal Horns
  • Summary: Produced by Steve Jordan and recorded in Memphis, the first studio release in five years for the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is a collection of cover songs and two originals reflecting the sounds from the South.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  1. Uncut
    Mar 29, 2013
    Inspired song choices further deepen the spell in a beguiling instant classic from a masterful soul stylist. [May 2013, p.78]
  2. Memphis is a late-night delight.
  3. 80
    Producer Steve Jordan captures the thumping drums, horns and string arrangements always so essential to this music, creating Scaggs’ finest album since Come on Home, 1997’s previous set of predominantly soul covers.
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    A by-the-book cover of the arguably too familiar Rainy Night In Georgia aside, this is an engaging and enticing set of tunes breathing fresh life into a bygone form; they’ll melt your heart while making you want to dance.
  5. Mar 8, 2013
    The supple, grainy throes of Scaggs' voice invigorate old-school hits for Tyrone Davis and the Moments, and ballads by Tony Joe White and Steely Dan.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 21, 2013
    Unlikely to win any new fans, then, but this richly textured mix of soft-focused funk, soul, jazz and R&B will delight those in thrall to an artist not so much laid back as horizontal. [May 2013, p.88]
  7. Mojo
    Mar 8, 2013
    Possibly an album for Boz's benefit more than anyone else's. [Apr 2013, p.91]

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