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The best kept secret in music

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"Little Big Band: World's Greatest Sinners, Best R&B Blues Act"

Hey, everybody's good at something. And since we don't know the World's Greatest Sinners personally, we'll just take them at their word. What we do know, however, is that on stage this little big band--who capture this category for the second year in a row--is a rockin' R&B powerhouse fueled by singer Jordan Valentine's old-school wail and wham, cranked up a couple notches by guitarist Tony Savarino's vocabulary of classic soul licks, and lit afire by horn players who dig in like the punk love children of the Muscle Shoals and Stax brass sections.

Ricocheting between wry originals and 60s R&B nuggets, rarely stopping between tunes, their sets at little joints like the Abbey Lounge and Plough & Stars leave listeners breathless. That's not a word that applies to Valentine and backing singer Georgia Young. Valentine in particular is a veteran of the Bucket of Blood circuit, where five or six sets of hard entertainment is what keeps bikers and other bar beasts from peeling each others' skins off, and a good singer needs to be able to hold and bend a note in a firestorm of sound--just like she does.

Boston's lucky to have an outfit like this, who, with seeming effortlessness, keep the high energy, passion, and plain fireworks of genuine soul/R&B/blues alive without fretting about labels or wedging their tongues in their cheeks. What they do isn't retro. Its great! - The Boston Phoenix


"Little Big Band: World's Greatest Sinners, Best R&B Blues Act"

Hey, everybody's good at something. And since we don't know the World's Greatest Sinners personally, we'll just take them at their word. What we do know, however, is that on stage this little big band--who capture this category for the second year in a row--is a rockin' R&B powerhouse fueled by singer Jordan Valentine's old-school wail and wham, cranked up a couple notches by guitarist Tony Savarino's vocabulary of classic soul licks, and lit afire by horn players who dig in like the punk love children of the Muscle Shoals and Stax brass sections.

Ricocheting between wry originals and 60s R&B nuggets, rarely stopping between tunes, their sets at little joints like the Abbey Lounge and Plough & Stars leave listeners breathless. That's not a word that applies to Valentine and backing singer Georgia Young. Valentine in particular is a veteran of the Bucket of Blood circuit, where five or six sets of hard entertainment is what keeps bikers and other bar beasts from peeling each others' skins off, and a good singer needs to be able to hold and bend a note in a firestorm of sound--just like she does.

Boston's lucky to have an outfit like this, who, with seeming effortlessness, keep the high energy, passion, and plain fireworks of genuine soul/R&B/blues alive without fretting about labels or wedging their tongues in their cheeks. What they do isn't retro. Its great! - The Boston Phoenix


"Ten Before Eight (review)"

Behind the powerful vocals of Jordan Valentine, the super-talented Sinners provide a rollicking wall of joyous sound—enough to make you think they just moved here from Memphis. All the songs on this disc are covers of blues and soul classics, but not the ones you’ve heard a million times already, so it sounds fresh and not clichéd. And with Miss Valentine sounding like Otis Redding’s long lost daughter raised on a steady diet of Billie Holiday, there is nothing not to like about this band, or this CD. --Brian Mosher - The Noise


"Ten Before Eight (review)"

Behind the powerful vocals of Jordan Valentine, the super-talented Sinners provide a rollicking wall of joyous sound—enough to make you think they just moved here from Memphis. All the songs on this disc are covers of blues and soul classics, but not the ones you’ve heard a million times already, so it sounds fresh and not clichéd. And with Miss Valentine sounding like Otis Redding’s long lost daughter raised on a steady diet of Billie Holiday, there is nothing not to like about this band, or this CD. --Brian Mosher - The Noise


"Editors' Picks"

The World's Greatest Sinners...How can you not love a band with this name? Its even easier to love in concert. This is an extremely high-energy soul revue with a female singer named Jordan Valentine who rips through classics by Ray Charles, Johnnie Taylor, and others. Valentine is among the most dynamic singers, male or female, to hit town in a while. If you love music for the pure joy of it, check the Sinners out... - The Boston Globe


"Editors' Picks"

The World's Greatest Sinners...How can you not love a band with this name? Its even easier to love in concert. This is an extremely high-energy soul revue with a female singer named Jordan Valentine who rips through classics by Ray Charles, Johnnie Taylor, and others. Valentine is among the most dynamic singers, male or female, to hit town in a while. If you love music for the pure joy of it, check the Sinners out... - The Boston Globe


Discography

Ten Before Eight, full length CD, 2005

Miss Treatment b/w Use My Imagination, vinyl single release, 2005

Still Not Saved: World's Greatest Sinners Live 2005-2007, electronic and CD release, 2007

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For more information, please visit: worldsgreatestsinners.com

Legendary BBC DJ John Peel once said, “Northern Soul is the only true underground music scene”. Boston’s World’s Greatest Sinners (named the city’s Best R&B Act by the Boston Phoenix for 2006 and again in 2007) have brought the seething sounds of lost American R&B to life, making believers out of the old-timers and the uninitiated alike. With the release of their first full-length, Ten Before Eight, the ‘Sinners continue their calling to bring the dancers back to the floor and the true sounds of 60s soul back to the people.

Live and on record, the Sinners are driven by the raw power of vocalist Jordan Valentine, whom the Boston Globe praised as being “among the most dynamic singers, male or female, to hit town in a while”. She is ably assisted by the fiery, Rose Stone-esque backing vocals of Georgia Young. The band's infectious backbeat is provided by Greg Steinbaugh (bass) and Dennis McCarthy (drums), and ably stoked by award-winning guitarist Tony Savarino, keyboardist Andrew Malone, and horn men Kevin Corzett and Chris Leir.

And while the 'Sinners wear their Stax and Tamla influences proudly on their sleeves, they also inject the music with a ferocity that is as thoroughly modern as it is faithful. This is much more than a revival. In describing this deft fusion of mod fire and 60s faith, the Noise Magazine’s Frank Strom said of the ‘Sinners’ performance, “The 1969 model Rolling Stones wanted to be doing that”. The Boston Phoenix called the band "a rockin' R&B powerhouse fueled by singer Jordan Valentine's old-school wail and wham, cranked up a couple notches by guitarist Tony Savarino's vocabulary of classic soul licks, and lit afire by horn players who dig in like the punk love children of the Muscle Shoals and Stax brass sections." And even the northern soul intelligentsia agree that it works. After booking the ‘Sinners as his house band for Soul Trip, the largest northern soul festival in the US, Goldsoul Records CEO and legendary Wigan Casino DJ Kev Roberts had only this to say: “World's Greatest Sinners are undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with. Book 'em immediately.”