Stolen Hearts - Dirty Southern Soul 

 

Dat Pam Taylor en Robert Johnson Jr. elkaars hart hebben gestolen is een feit. Onder de toepasselijke bandnaam Stolen Hearts hebben ze een uitstekend album gemaakt.

Pam Taylor had haar sporen al ruim mogen verdienen in de wereld van de blues. Terwijl Robert Johnson Jr. dat heeft gedaan in wereld van de roots en americana muziek.

De optelsom van deze muzikale werelden levert dit puike album    ' Dirty Southern Soul ' op.

De muziek is het best te omschrijven als een mix van blues, country , rock , funk met een vleugje southern soul.

Op het twaalf nummers durende album valt veel te genieten. 

Mijn favoriete tracks op het album zijn ' All I Got Left' , ' C'mon Baby ( I Got Your Shoes)  en ' Boy They Gonna Own You ' . Met het uitstekende album hebben de stolen Hearts mijn hart in ieder geval gestolen.


STOLEN HEARTS INTERVIEW



What's the first song you ever remember hearing?


Pam- I was raised in church so the first songs I ever heard were gospel songs.  Amazing Grace is the one that stands out in my memory the most. It was the first song I learned to play by ear on piano. 


Robert- The Doobie Brothers "Old Black Water"




What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?


Pam-  In our home when I was a kid, I'll never forget the day my parents brought home the Michael Jackson Thriller album and we all sat around the record player and listened together.   As an adult, it would have to be the selling out the Evening Muse, here in Charlotte, recently for our CD release party alongside my Dad, Mike Taylor and of course, Robert.    That was a magical night.  It really solidified what we're doing here.  We were told a local band would never sell out a local venue..  We sure proved them wrong!   


Robert-  I was playing Bill Withers song "Grandma's Hands" at a festival and my Aunt Bootsie brought my Grandmother down front and I got to sing for her for the first time.  I've lost them both since then but I know they are both smiling down on me as they watch me live my dreams.  



If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?


Pam & Robert- DIRTY SOUTHERN SOUL ..lol


How did you become involved in the type of music you play?


Pam & Robert- We finally allowed ourselves to be free from other people's opinions on what kind of music we should be making. We are both influenced and inspired by so many different styles of music and we  feel led to produce whatever is in our hearts at the time and not following anybody's rules.   It's been a very freeing experience.  Music is so very personal but at the same time it's got to be Universal. The continued support from our frans let us know we are right on track. 


What can people expect to see at your live performances?


Pam-  It's really hard to put into words what happens at a Stolen Hearts show.  We take people on a musical journey, telling stories, making people laugh and cry as we share the most intimate side of ourselves.  We are trying to bring back the honesty in music.  It's just us, on stage, sharing our experiences in song.  It's very raw, organic and very healing. We have been dubbed as the next Johnny & June and to even be in the same category with them is surreal.  We just want to make people happy.

 

Robert-  I agree.  What you get is a SHOW...not just musicians doing their thing, but an honest performance with comedy, real talk and a whole lotta love! 


Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?


Pam-  Here's one we got recently from a longtime fran (FAN+FRIEND=FRAN) Ken Dudzik-This amazing performance by Stolen Hearts at the Evening Muse is proof that Pam and Robert are a musical match made in heaven. Long time fans of theirs have been waiting for this slightly expanded version of Stolen Hearts. The well crafted songs speak for themselves, and the live performance expressed them in the most soulful manner possible. Many of us have been fortunate to have experienced Pam's earlier albums, and Robert's band Moses Jones, but the stories in their music together deliver messages to inspire everyone who hears them. Even newer fans were blown away that night. Having the pleasure of hearing these artists in earlier venues, I can genuinely appreciate the high level to which their music has evolved.

Our song "My Johnny" is the one that always brings the tears.  We had a fran request we play it while he proposed to his girlfriend. We were so honored to be apart of such a personal moment.  I feel this song will become one of the most beloved love songs.  I can just feel it.  There are many of our songs that affect so many people.  One fran even got a tattoo of one of our songs.  I have to pinch myself sometimes to remind me that this is all really happening. 


If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?  


Robert- That's easy!  Buck Owens and The Buckaroos because I want to learn from the master himself on entertaining and musicianship.  DON RICH RULES


Pam- That's a tough one for me.  I've been blessed to get to share the stage with so many of my heroes already.  But if I could pick one it would have to be Etta James.  She was and continues to be a trailblazer for women in the music world that's why I want to keep her memory alive by performing & recording "I'd Rather Go Blind".  That's the only cover song we put on our cd.      


What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?


Pam-  After Pam Taylor Band broke up, I still had a tour planned ending with the Tawas Blues Festival in East Tawas Michigan, which is on the Canadian border.  Even though PTB  was no longer, they told us to come on with just me and Robert. We had recently met drummer, Rome Leach and rehearsed with him for about a month and then we took Stolen Hearts on the road.   It was about 850 miles one- way through 6 states over one weekend with a stop at Wilbert's in Cleveland.  We played for the first time as SH for about 2000 people and we blew them away.  We sold out of cds and all of our t-shirts.  It was a great way to start out.  We hope to get back up there again.  


Just for fun…………. Please fill in the blanks,


Pam- Without music i would be - Dead. Music literally saved my life.  I was able to overcome addiction with the help of music.  It was the light at the end of the tunnel for me.


Robert- Without music I would be- Lost, I hear music in everything around me guiding me to purpose.  It's my GPS!


Pam-I write the songs because  it's cheaper than therapy! 


Robert- I write music because I want to tell people about my life, my family and my friends.  I want everyone to know about the important people in my life.   As I always say.. Here's another true story! 


Pam-Music is  My MEDICINE


Robert- Music is my FRIEND