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"Great Stuff"

Soul Food is a good amalgamation of blues and folk. Was skeptical at first, and still decided to give them a try. And I was glad that I did! Their unique blend is something that should (and will) get a lot more people salivating. - CD Baby review of 1st album, by "Johnny"


"Another Round is a must-have in any modern blues collection"

It’s usually not a difficult decision. You wanna Another Round? Sure, why not. Hell yeah!

Another Round is a must-have in any modern blues collection.

For the uninitiated, Soul Food offers up classic-style blues synthesized with funk, R&B and other stuff. Roots, genuine style, down-home cooking. They give due deference to the elder states-folk of the craft, but apply their fresh and innovative signatures. Blues chroniclers of a new age. They’re a group of musicians with lots of skills and buckets of heart and soul. When you hear them you realize that they have the talent to be playing anything they want, and when you listen for a while you realize that they are playing exactly what they love.

With Another Round, their second disc, the band’s gestalt has solidified and their lyrics have matured. Plus, this disc is recorded 100% LIVE! NO OVERDUBS! Just what you want in raunchy, rockin’ blues. It sounds so damn good you can smell the cigarette smoke and taste the whiskey.

A large part of the deep pleasure of Soul Food’s music is the nuanced talent that each band member brings to the mix. Geoff’s vocals and harp range from angelic to demonic (and he can sound like a one-man horn section). Stacey plays bass and sings as good as she looks – a pretty mean feat considering the 100% live no overdub! Sanjay personifies the band’s blend of genres and unrequited passion; his guitar work is well deserving of the accolades in the band’s reviews. And like any great drummer, Jeff is the guiding hand and puts the soul in Soul Food – it’s his beat that keeps you dancing. Together, they are so damn tight, and so damn loose.

The disc features: Recipe Du Jour, the introductory dish that exemplifies the band’s ability to blend styles and to J-A-M; Broken Brush, one of many highlighting Geoff’s tremendous vocal range and an awesome harp solo; and Trash, a feel-good tune, dreamy, roll off the table ballad, with not-just-suggestive-but-demanding lyrics sung by a dirty, dirty girl. Michelin Man is funky and funny with second helpings of entendres, and you can hear by the band’s energy that they are doing what they love. Good Time is a blues lament that’s as catchy as a Top 40 bubble-gum snap. Plus, it’s sung by Sanjay. Truth really is stranger than fiction. Listen to New Orleans and ‘nuff said. This song shows where the band’s heart and spirit come from, the kind of spirit that allows a song this good to come from a group paying homage to the creations of generations past. The 100%-live-no-overdubs is especially satisfying here. Close your eyes, you’ll swear you’re on Bourbon Street, two-drink minimum per set; you need to order Another Round. Red Wine is a tribute to the band’s versatility, a blue-grassy country honk. Yee-haw! The lyrics are witty and wise and the song is beautifully sung in three parts by Geoff, Stacey and Sanjay. Don’t Take Much is another Sanjay classic with great harp and guitar solos over a groovy feel from the rhythm section, kicking it back on their own time. The term ‘blues classic’ is pretty strong, but play Dedication, close your eyes, listen to the opening guitar riff, hear Stacey start to sing and PROVE ME WRONG! At any level, the song is bright, inspirational and celebrational; at deeper levels, it has personal significance (when you figure out what it’s about it brings tears to your eyes). Fittingly, the band uncovered Ike Turner’s funky jewel Garbage Man, and does great justice to it. Walk All Over Me is a hard-core ramble that would make Muddy Waters proud. The disc closes fittingly with Every Day, a lazy, catchy ditty that is a tribute to all things the blues.

When it comes to Soul Food it’s not too hard a decision. Order Another Round!
- Robert Scheinbaum, on CD Baby- review of 2nd album


"Another Round"

"Another Round" is het tweede album van de uit New Jersey komende
bluesband dat zich Soul Food noemt. Ze draaien al een tijdje mee, nl.
sinds 1997, in het circuit van bluesroutes en worden omschreven als
raspodiumdieren die blues met al zijn ingedriënten zoals funk, soul,
rock, pop, jazz en swing aan de man brengen. Hun eerste titelloze cd
werd live opgenomen in de Crystal Digital Studios te Fairlawn, New
Jersey in 2001. Om dat warm gevoel van hun liveoptredens ook zo op plaat
te zetten is ook hun nieuwe cd "Another Round", in dezelfde studios
opgenomen en dit allemaal zonder overdubs. Op dit album worden twaalf
nummers lang de snaren van Sanjay Subramainian geteisterd dat het een
lieve lust is. De drums van Jeff Sanchez en de bas van Stacey Mc Cann
vormen een strak geheel waarop Geoff Waumans (harmonica en vocals) zijn
kunnen mag etaleren. Vorig jaar stond op Swing Wespelaar het Belgische
Soul Food, deze band is een bluesband in de beste Chicago-traditie met
een voorliefde voor mondharmonica. Om hier een vergelijking te maken met
onze Amerikaanse vrienden, hun frontman Geoff Waumans die ook zijn roots
hier in Belgie heeft, speelt ook op zo'n gedreven manier de bluesharp,
dat hij hierdoor wel een heel belangrijke rol speelt, en dat levert een
lekkere en ongepolijste blues op. Verder horen we vooral veel shuffles
naast de harmonica, hetgeen van deze band een echte live band maakt,
want dan komt deze muziek ook eigenlijk het best tot zijn recht: live en
dampend op een podium. "Another Round" zal vooral, vermoed ik, een
afname vinden als hebbeding na een geslaagd optreden. Voor de kritische
luisteraar thuis bieden deze twee cd's een weg naar de songs van Soul
Food : vooral R&B , swing blues tot jazzy blues met daarover een sausje
van vanalles en nog wat.
- Rootstime E Magazine (Belgium)


Discography

Out on our own indie label, SFBM Records:
Soul Food- Soul Food (10 song cd) -2001
Soul Food- Another Round (12 song cd w/ video clip) -2004
Both have been featured on various local college radio stations as well as stations in Spain and Belgium. They can be purchased on CDbaby.com. Soul Food has performed all over the tri-state area, and as far away as The Maximum Blues Festival in Quebec, Canada.

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Bio

Soul Food has been around as a gigging band since the mid-nineties. Based in New Jersey, the band uses its multi-gender, multi-national, multi-ethnic character to cook up a gumbo of unique sounds- an indescribable mix of Chicago blues, r'n'b, reggae, country blues, funk and a bit of rock'n'roll, along with jamband improv- in other words, American roots music.
Like America, Soul Food is a melting pot of styles
and influences in the American roots music tradition.
Soul Food sounds like Soul Food, and refuses to follow industry trends! Soul Food records 100% live, so what you hear on their cd is exactly what you get when you see them live!!