Scheduled for release on February 4, the album sees Rodgers pay homage to some of the legends who inspired him to sing, including Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles. Some of the classics on the album include “Born Under A Bad Sign,” “I Can’t Stand The Rain” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.”
The Royal Sessions was recorded with veteran producer Perry Margouleff at Memphis’ Royal Studios, home to music legend Willie “Pops” Mitchell and Hi Records.
“I really felt I had to get deeper inside myself than I ever had in my life. The end result is that recording these songs left me recharged as a singer and also as a songwriter. My favorite part was the love we could feel in the room throughout all the sessions. We all spoke the same language,” said Rodgers in a press release.
Like Rodgers, Margouleff is proud of what they accomplished during their recording sessions.
“I wanted to make the most of this incredible opportunity so I recorded Paul and the band live in the studio. We captured the pure energy of their performance. Recording in an all analogue format the sonic quality is unparalleled and the listener can experience the music on a deeper level,” Margouleff said.
Proceeds from “The Royal Sessions” will be donated to local Memphis music education programs.
– Jude Dsouza / 98.5 WNCX