Clay had a voice that mirrored his own loves, soulful, bluesy and always searching and strong. He was a noted humanitarian and helped many young aspirants by mentoring them as they found and forced their way onto the stage. He was a guy with simply no front. What you saw was genuinely what you got from this guy.
This is music grounded in the Gospel tradition of the South but with a modern, searching soul and secularity at its very heart. Robillard's band gives the whole thing a supremely soulful and gripping edge with bags of glorious feeling, understanding and sheer class.
Clay is one of those guys who has been around a long time, (forty years or more) learning his craft with solid, superb skill and deep soul. Rawls, a bit younger, is no less talented and experienced. This is a great album and hopefully marks the creation of a new major duo with loads more to come in future years.
Catfood Records announces an October 21 release date for Soul Brothers, the new album featuring Blues Hall of Fame singer Otis Clay and Blues Music Award winning vocalist Johnny Rawls for what promises to be one of the musical highlights of the year.