Royal & Toulouse will be playing at the First Annual Little Town Sound Party in Birmingham @ Zydeco 4/21/13. We will also be on hand for the Kick Off of the Two Day Event at The Nick Rocks on 4/20/13
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Alabama Music Office.com goes to Workplay in Birmingham, Alabama to experience Royal & Toulouse. This band is creative with a mixed bag of different sounds which makes for a great listen. Singing duties are in the capable hands of Milyn Satterfield with her dynamic delivery. This is a band worth finding.
With fourteen tracks, this CD is nothing less than a good ol’ fashioned Southern feast of sound that spans from New Orleans blues, funk, jazz, psychedelic rock, a little hip hop and a dash of voodoo. These tracks feature the vocals of Milyn Satterfield, who has a voice eerily reminiscent of singers like Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith. She has said her vocal style is something she inherited from her Grandmother, who was a gifted professional singer from “the good ol’ days.” Though, by no means, lacking in modern influences, I like that there is a sense of nostalgia and preservation that runs throughout the recording. It has an organic type of authenticity that I find appealing.
Even though the CD is self-made and self-produced it certainly doesn’t come away as lacking in its recording quality, musicianship or sense of craft. It was recorded and mastered in Birmingham by Emanual Ellinas of Sonic Sitori. Emanual certainly understands sound and processing, having created a line of pedals used by folks like Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth, as well as John Cummings of Mogwai. The musicianship is no less impressive and features some of Birmingham’s favorites: Raymond ‘Ol Tyma’ Hill (Headbaub Entertainment) spittin’ some chill raps, Carlos Pino (Smokin’ Newports, Ona Watson, Sharriff Simmons) on guitar; Matt Slocum (Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy Herring and Oteil Burbridge) tickling the ivories; the horn work of Chad Fisher (Gregg Allman, Jason Isbell), Gary Wheat (Meteorite, The Temptations) & Rob Allen; and vocals from Kenneth (K.d.) Robinson (George Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Jive Mob, Alamantra). The rhythm section is as solid as it gets with Ricky Little and Alex Troughton holding down the bass and drums, respectively. These two have developed their tight rhythmic chemistry since the days of “Jive Mob;” a band that quickly captured ears throughout the South East in the late 1990s.
Overall, this is a damned fine, down-home brew of music that belongs in the collection of anyone who treasures a fresh mix of innovation and preservation. …An excellent piece of work!
Royal and Toulouse has a sound you won’t expect — a mix of jazz, blues, rock, funk and even hip-hop. Founding members Ricky Little, Milyn Satterfield and Alex Troughton hail from Houston, Birmingham and New Orleans. They’ve been jamming together since 2006. Their latest album is “Southern Circus”.
About our show Thursday Night Dec 15, 2011 at Bottletree with Dax Riggs
Dax Riggs/Royal & Toulouse
The prolific weirdo Dax Riggs enjoyed a lot of momentum from 2010′s Say Goodnight to the World. The former sludge-metal stooge has become Louisiana’s glammy Goth king of the cocktail lounges. That’s not nearly as weird as the big change from the locals of Royal & Toulouse. 2009′s Skull Orchard was an embarrassing collection of hipster blues that sounded like “The Monster Mash” recreated for the Mardi Gras crowd. This year’s Southern Circus has the original trio setting up a major rebound with the help of all their Birmingham pals. The Chamber of Commerce should’ve sponsored this craziness. The fourteen tracks show off more combined greatness than any BAAM Fest has managed. Milyn Satterfield’s ragged vocals neatly tie together leaky burlap bags of psychedelia, hip-hop, swing, funk, and easy-listening. They even pull off a song about a Southern carny that manages to avoid sounding like a musical version of Two Moon Junction. They’re also smart enough to tone things down when it comes to lust and longing. (Thursday, December 15, Bottletree)
Royal & Toulouse – Southern Circus (Independent)
Originally formed in 2006 as a three-piece around vocalist / lyricist Milyn Satterfield, they’ve now expanded to a fourteen-piece band with a woodwind and brass section, keys, strings and turntables. That’s evolution at double speed. They hail from Birmingham, Alabama, and their Southern roots are reflected in the chilled, lazy grooves in which they frame Satterfield’s words and distinctive sound. Influenced by hip hop, blues, Southern rock and San Francisco psychedelia, Satterfield’s an original voice, and her band, a loose-limbed organism, move and shape themselves to suit.
Perhaps they’re just part of a wave of Alabama bands, but I’ve not heard anything quite like them. Their mix of big band aesthetics and a languid, toasted vibe is seriously appealing, and the standout tracks “Bohemian Heartache”, “Carnies’ Southern Delight”, “Triflin’ Ass Fools”, etc. manage to find a link between the boho smarts of Rickie Lee Jones and old-school Southern rap crews like Arrested Development. They’re quite a proposition, and if any of the above sounds interesting, I can only recommend that you check out “Southern Circus” at your earliest convenience. You wont be sorry.
Meet Royal & Toulouse
Posted by MJ on Dec 21, 2011
Ever since Royal & Toulouse‘s inception as a simple jam session back in 2006, this band’s star has been steadily in Birmingham and beyond. Earlier this month they played at The Bottletree Cafe with Dax Riggs. The band, described by one reviewer as “a loose-limbed organism,” has such a uniquely seductive sound that once you hear them, you can’t help but seek out more of their performances.
During its humble beginnings, Royal & Toulouse consisted of Milyn Satterfield performing vocals, Ricky Little on bass, and Alex Troughton on drums. For their latest album, “Southern Circus,” the band actually grew to the size of a small circus. You can hear Matt Slocum tickling keys, Carlos Pino playing guitar, Ol’ Tyma performing flow, KD singing backup vocals, Chad Fisher blowing trombone, Rob Alley blaring trumpet, Gary Wheat wailing on tenor sax, Todd “Crush” McGlynn manning turntables, Jeanette Brabston bowing the violin, Glen Butts following up with more guitar, and Libba Walker pulling double shifts on flute and harmonica. Mat Gould and Milyn Satterfield wrote the lyrics for this record
With such a large pool of talented artists contributing to Royal & Toulouse, it’s no wonder that their music is a euphony of complex rhythms and styles. They juggle a variety of musical genres, from hip hop to southern rock, with such dexterity that you can hear every stylistic nuance without losing track of their complete musical arc. “Southern Circus” summons you into a new world. You wander half-asleep in the light of a full moon to the sound of electric guitar licks and crying harmonicas wafting through the humid air of a hot, southern delta swamp. You find yourself in a dark speakeasy, tipping back glasses of gin with a wrinkled jazzman while modern turntables spin their magic in the perfumed, smoky air. Everything seems just a bit weird, like a dream, but it’s a dream you don’t want to wake from unless the music ends.
Royal & Toulouse This Saturday Night at The Nick!
Royal & Toulouse