"Got To Get Back!"
Bomar, the bassist/auteur of this large, horn-enhanced,
Memphis-based retro-soul band, is nothing if not steeped
in authenticity. Along with Brooklyn's Dap-Kings and
Nashville's Dynamites, he's referencing the tough soul
sound of the '60s and '70s to create contemporary yet
retro-inspired roots music clearly indebted to its forebears.
Working out of Memphis gives him a leg up on the competition,
since he can call in original musicians who are still
active to give his project more legitimacy. That's what
happens on this 2011 follow-up to the 2004 Bo-Keys debut
by utilizing guitarist Charles "Skipp"
Pitts (the man who played the distinctive wah-wah
on the opening to "The Theme from Shaft"),
drummer Howard Grimes (member of the
legendary Hi Rhythm Section), and keyboardist Archie
"Hubie" Turner (also from the Hi
crew) to help create a second dose of sizzling Memphis
soul just like they did it in the old days."
Hayes: "Shaft" (Music from the Soundtrack)
the many wonderful blaxpoitation soundtracks to emerge
during the early '70s, Shaft certainly deserves mention
as not only one of the most lasting but also one of the
most successful. Isaac Hayes was undoubtedly
one of the era's most accomplished soul artists, having
helped elevate Stax to its esteemed status; therefore,
his being chosen to score such a high-profile major-studio
film shouldn't seem like a surprise. And with "Theme
from Shaft," he delivered an anthem just as ambitious
and revered as the film itself, a song that has only grown
more treasured over the years, after having been an enormously
popular hit at the time of its release."