Posted December 30, 2013 by Tim Stout in Miscellaneous

Brownish Black // Live at Mississippi Studios (2013)

BrownishBlackLiveCDIt’s hard to grasp that we’re now more than half of a century removed from the beginning of the golden age of Motown and soul music in general.  Especially when audibly consuming Portland’s hottest soul/r&b band, Brownish Black, whose sound is truly timeless, as one could just as easily be convinced they were listening to a vintage soul collective from Detroit in the mid Sixties then an up-and-coming uber-soulful collective from the Hipster capital of the world.

It’s not just the vocals– which call out in a constant state of immediacy– the rhythm section along with a full compliment of horns provide one of the funkier, in-the-pocket backbones in recent memory on the local circuit.

You can hear it in every song on their recent live CD release, Live at Mississippi Studios, which is only available through the band at one of their shows, and according to mub FRACTAL, the band’s bassist, “we plan to keep it that way.”

The show took place on May 15th, of this year, and was part of the OPB music series, PDX/Rx.

The band was kind of enough to share the CD with us and has allowed us to share our favorite track on the offering (“Again and Again”) with you!

Notes: The band will be playing tomorrow night, New Year’s Eve, at the Secret Society Ballroom along with The Satin Chaps.  You can buy your tickets here.  Also, according to mub, the band is “currently in the studio recording [their] first full length album with producer John Neff, a recent arrival to Portland.” Neff has worked with Curtis Mayfield, David Lynch (on Mullholland Drive among others), Walter Becker from Steely Dan, Journey, and many others, so we look forward to that.

Tim Stout

Tim Stout
Co-founder of Portland Live - Tim has been promoting and covering live music for almost fifteen years and feels fortunate to have been born and raised in such a great music city.


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