Counselled Out

Counselled Out

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR
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"Glasgow's Soul Band" plays live and unique interpretations of retro soul and traditional R&B classics. The 9-piece band features one of the finest vocalists and front-men in the business - Drew Robertson. "Counselled Out plays soul with attitude and R&B with a cutting edge!" - Glasgow Evening Times

Biography

Sax player, Ken Fine, is the only remaining band member from the original December 1990 line-up which formed for a "one-off" charity event at The Renfrew Ferry in Glasgow. The rest, as they say, is history! See: www.divamusic.biz (Bands section) for full biog.

Discography

'Best Behaviour' (1994) - recorded at The Brill Building, Glasgow which was then owned by the management company for Wet Wet Wet. The album was engineered by Sandy Jones (who was then the 'Wets' main recording engineer) and independently produced by the band. The 13 track album featured a combination of retro soul and R&B classics plus 4 original songs written or co-written by band members:

Unchain My Heart
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
That Face (original)
Respect Yourself
It's Time (original)
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Why Did You Do It
Get Ready
Call My Name (original)
Knock On Wood
River Deep Mountain High
In These Times (original)
Snatching It Back

The album was promoted and sold mainly through a successful UK tour (taking in gigs covering the North of Scotland down to London) in October 1994.

This recording was followed up with the 'Walk With You' 3 track EP (1995), recorded at CAVA in Glasgow and mastered at Waterfront in Glasgow by Sandy Jones (who had recorded the previous album). This was again independently produced by the band itself and featured 2 original songs plus a classic soul cover:

Walk With You (original)
I Won't Let You Down (original)
Mustang Sally (live version)

The approach this time was promotion through radio interviews and airplay rather than tour dates and for an independently produced, promoted and distributed record, achieved remarkable success with both original songs obtaining national airplay. The title track 'Walk With You' in particular, with 2 months solid airpay on Radio Clyde. The song was written by Drew Robertson's brother, Alex (who performed backing vocals on the recording), and was rearranged by the band, soon to become its main anthem for live gigs. The recording is included in the Audio section of this EPK.

Over the years, the band has recorded a number of live radio broadcasts (including Radio Scotland's 'Blues & Soul') and the band's management company, divamusic.biz, is currently producing a DVD featuring footage from live gigs over the years as well as studio recordings.

Some of the band's original material is also being re-released for sale at download stores later in the year.

Set List

The band plays retro soul and traditional R&B ranging primarily from 60's classics to more funkier 70's sounds. Live shows pay tribute to the classic 60's Stax and Motown recordings and crowd pleasers (many of which were revived through the 80's and 90's due to the cult Blues Bro's and Commitments movies). These are blended with some 70's soul/funk/disco and a few more contemporary songs. The band's trademark is a raw soul sound - featuring a superb front vocal duo, solid rhythm and big horn section. The band always entertains but without compromising its Rock ethic!

Sample setlist:
Hard To Handle - Otis Redding
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
Chain of Fools - Aretha
Proud Mary - Tina Turner
Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
Get Ready - The Temptations
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley

The band is regarded as one of the top live acts in the country and has played at venues throughout the UK