New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
"It sure feels strange promoting an EP release while the fight against systemic racism is at the forefront of everyone's minds these days," shares bandleader Jeremy Beck from Jeremy Beck & The Heavy
Duty Horns. "In a musical context, Black
music has created what we know as American music. Without the great Black
musicians, artists and writers, plain and simple, American music would not exist."
The New York City-based eight-piece vintage soul ensemble is gearing up to release their debut EP, Take Me By The Hand, later this month. In advance of the release, the band has shared second single "Oh Baby!" with Relix Magazine.
"So much of the music I've played and produced throughout my career has been directly inspired by Black
musicians and I will be forever grateful," Beck expands on the topic. "Growing up in Alabama
and during my time in New Orleans, Black
music and culture molded me into the musician and person I am today. Our single 'Oh Baby!' is obviously inspired by the great love songs of the 50s from artists like Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and countless others. I hope 'Oh Baby!' brings listeners joy and I hope that someday, we can all look at each other and see people, and celebrate the many colors we all come in. Let's all stand strong together and keep fighting the battle against this horrible, systemic disease. In the words of Edward Howard
and the great Donny Hathaway, let us all sustain the hope in our hearts that 'Someday, We'll All Be Free.'"
The band's previous single, "Take Me By The Hand," was praised by SoulTracks, who wrote, "Led by Beck's joyful tenor, this NYC-based eight-piece band oozes out jazzy soul on this swinging six-minute track that channels Tower of Power and Blood, Sweat & Tears."
Largely inspired by Beck's humble beginnings in rural Alabama
and the soulful gospel of New Orleans, Take Me By The Hand marks the first compilation of songs credited to a band composed of sidemen who have cut their teeth playing with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
and Missy Elliot, to name a few.
Take Me By The Hand is due out June 26th with pre-order happening now: jbhdh.bandcamp.com.
Head to the band's website and official Facebook page for more information and stay tuned for Take Me By The Hand, due out June 26th.