Savoy Brown Celebrate 45th Anniversary With New Album
Led by founding member and lead guitarist Kim Simmonds, Savoy Brown will celebrate the new album and its 45th anniversary with a series of CD party shows, including a very special concert at B. B. King Blues Club in New York City on October 7.
"I believe the songs on Voodoo Moon are the best I've written since the early '70s," says Kim Simmonds. "It is modern blues rock but with more song orientation than normally associated with the genre."
This is a strong statement from one of the architects of the British blues movement, which established Savoy Brown at its forefront with the band's formation in 1966. Savoy Brown was also at the vanguard in another area: its first lineup was racially mixed, which, along with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, made it one of the earliest blues bands to break down one more musical barrier.
The nine all-original songs on Voodoo Moon should establish many new audience favorites at the band's concerts and on the radio, especially the blues-rocking track, "She's Got The Heat." The album also includes an instrumental titled "24/7" that absolutely smokes from start to finish.
Begun at Simmonds' White Cottage Studio and finished and mastered at SubCat Studio near his adopted hometown in upstate New York, Voodoo Moon burns with an intensity that has long-been a trademark of Savoy Brown albums, highlighted by his blistering guitar work. The new CD reflects a lifetime of living and loving the blues. His new lineup of talent – Joe Whiting (vocals/sax), Pat DeSalvo (bass) and Garnet Grimm (drums) – rehearses faithfully, and it shows. Fans and critics alike have reported that this is one of, if not the best, live concert and new music experiences in the ever-evolving lineup of Savoy Brown.
Simmonds is constantly writing songs and working on his guitar playing – both electric and acoustic. "My motivation is to reach for that spirit I had as a young boy," he says.