St. Paul and the Broken Bones testify to the power of old soul

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When Birmingham, AL soul septet St. Paul & The Broken Bones attended the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, TX in 2013, they didn’t have an official invitation and scrounged for shows on the fringes.

This year, the band played a whirlwind nine showcases.

“Last year we had to beg to be in anything. This year we had to turn things down. What a difference a year makes,” says St. Paul frontman Paul Janeway with a laugh.

Part of what made that difference was the fact that the three year old group so impressed with their impassioned soul-gospel-garage sound that they landed a manager and a booking agent at last year’s festival. “We actually did what a band is supposed to do at South by Southwest,” says Janeway with another laugh, on the phone from a tour bus.

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