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Southern Soul

By William McCray Sutherlin

The appropriately titled Southern Soul Assembly is comprised of songwriters Anders Osborne, JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, and Luther Dickinson.

Just don’t expect Grey to take much credit as a “songwriter.”

“The best songs I’ve ever wrote, I never wrote.  They wrote themselves,” Grey explains.  “The best show I ever played, played itself and had little do with me or talent.  To me those things come from the power of an honest moment and I guess I’m trying to live in that power and not force life to cough up what I want.  That power is always there whether I’m aware of it or not.  Force is the opposite.  It requires effort and comes at a great cost.  The cost has always been my freedom to truly enjoy what I’m doing while I’m doing it.”

Southern Soul Assembly
Manship Theatre
April 4 – 7:30 p.m.
$50 and $65

The Jacksonville, Fla. native has released six albums and performed for over a decade with his Southern rock ensemble, JJ Grey and Mofro. The group’s “front porch soul” has been heard by audiences all across the world.

Osborne is no stranger to performing with “super-groups.”  His electrifying performance on the guitar seems to thrive when collaborating with other great musicians.

Osborne recently released his latest album, Peace, on Alligator Records to great reviews. One of its tracks, “Sentimental Times,” stands out as a great example of his brutally honest, soulful lyricism.

Osborne has written for Grammy award winning Keb Mo, as well as scored a #1 hit with Tim McGraw’s “Watch the Wind Blow By.”

Dickinson was born in western Tennessee and made his recording debut at just 14 years old. He went on to record with artists such as Beck, Lucinda Williams, and George Porter.

In 2011, Dickinson performed with Robert Plant, Patty Griffin, Gregg Allman and Amos Lee as a part of the American Music Award house band.

His accolades don’t stop there.

Dickinson has been a part of multiple bands, including North Mississippi Allstars, South Memphis String Band, and The Word.  He has also received four Grammy nominations as a producer, three in the contemporary blues category and one in traditional folk.

His latest album, Rock’n’Roll Blues, has been praised for its raw nature and its conceptual narrative. It is now available on Amazon.com and Itunes as a digital copy, CD, or vinyl pressing under New West Records.

Last, but not least, Broussard’s style can be described as “Bayou Soul,” subtly blending blues, R&B, rock, and funk with his distinct Southern roots.

Broussard is the son of Louisiana Hall of Fame member Ted Broussard and has released five studio albums, as well as one EP.

In 2013, he released a Live DVD titled, Marc Broussard Live at Full Sail University.  The album was shot on location at the acclaimed university that focuses on an education in the media and entertainment industries.

“It’s amazing that we were able to create a great product for my fans,” he said, “and at the same time create a scholarship that will help a student get the great education Full Sail offers.”

Be sure not to miss this rare collection of musicians on April 4 at the Manship Theatre.

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