A Former Bank Teller With an Unbelievable Voice: St. Paul and the Broken Bones
We first saw this fantastic group from Alabama with their incredible singer on the 2014 Americana Music Honors & Awards show, and now here’s a Tiny Desk Concert right in time for a Sunday night music thread.
Close your eyes and listen, and you might imagine someone who looks a bit like Otis Redding. Open them, and you’re likely to see someone who looks more like your neighborhood bank teller.
That man standing on my desk in the golden shoes is Paul Janeway. He was, in fact, a bank teller in Alabama not long ago — and this stupendous seven-piece band from Birmingham has only been doing this since 2012. But take a look at this Tiny Desk Concert and you’ll see why St. Paul And The Broken Bones’ music is so winning. It’s got heart and soul and flair, with a well-worn sound buoyed by strong, fresh songwriting. — BOB BOILEN
“Half The City”
“Broken Bones And Pocket Change”
Producers: Bob Boilen, Maggie Starbard; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Becky Lettenberger, Colin Marshall, Maggie Starbard; Assistant Producer: James Clark; photo by James Clark/NPR