The first thing we notice about J.C. Brooks and his band, the Uptown Sound, is their picture: they look like a modern day version of the Mod Squad mixed with the Brat Pack. The second thing we notice is how heads bob and toes tap and shimmy’s shake when we spin “Everything Will Be Fine.”

“Like Otis Redding fronting the Stooges,” starts their bio, “JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound get crowds twisting and writhing on the floor, something thatʼs been sorely missing from live music.”

They go on to tell the story of how J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound were born in Uptown Chicago in 2007, the marriage of “the son of a Jersey funk diva set adrift by the disco era” with guitarist Billy Bungeroth, keyboardist Andy Rosenstein and the rhythm section of Kevin Marks (drums) and Ben Taylor (bass). With a rotating cast of horn players and singers, the group exploded onto the scene in 2009 at the critically acclaimed Eccentric Soul Revue tour in 2009, debuting their first album on Vampisoul, Beat of Our Own Drum.

“Everything Will Be Fine” is from Want More, their new album that releases today on Bloodshot (the perfect label for their down and dirty brand of R&B). We try to avoid comparisons but if they say Stooges and Otis, we say Rare Earth and Wilson Pickett. Dig it.

℗ 2011 Bloodshot Records

 

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