Not an Apostle, but Sainthood Will Do
St. Paul and the Broken Bones at the Pageant
photo: McNair Evans
St. Louis gets a sampling of Southern soul when St. Paul and the Broken Bones come to town in March. This eight-piece band from Birmingham, Ala., has delighted listeners both in the U.S. and abroad since its formation in 2012.
Combining gospel roots with a dash of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, St. Paul and the Broken Bones have an unmistakable sound and energy. That energy is driven by Paul Janeway, a fiery front man who looks like Drew Carey but sounds like a retro-soul powerhouse. The former preacher trainee found a different kind of passion when he got into music, and that shows in his impressive vocals.
The group’s third studio album, Young Sick Camellia, came out in September 2018 and features more contemporary arrangements without abandoning the influences that have made them stand out. The album’s single, “Apollo,” jumped up to #3 on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart and is emblematic of the quality of the latest output from these talented musicians.