Brooklyn, New York seems to be the hotbed of soul and Afro beat music these days. With bands like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Antibalis, The Menahan Street Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Charles Bradley, and Binky Griptite and the Dee Kays, soul music is in pretty good hands.
The Revelations featuring vocalist Tre Williams is another great band that hails from Brooklyn and isn’t throwback band trying to perform old Motown and Stax records style music. This group performs that real southern soul style and with Tre’s dynamic songwriting skills mixed with a little church meets downbeat soul, the Revelations are a force to be reckoned with. This band is bringing back the elements of what the classic soul bands of the 1950’s and 60’s used to be.
Their latest disc “Concrete Blues” on the Decision Records imprint was recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. The studio is legendary because of the sessions that the late Willie Mitchell used to produce Al Green, Sy Johnson, O.V. Wright and the whole Hi Records artists during the late 1950’s until the late 1980’s. “Concrete Blues” even features the legendary Hodges Brothers(Tennie and Charlie) the original members of rhythm section of Hi Records as well James Alexander of the Bar-Kays on bass and Lester Snell of the Isaac Hayes Movement on piano. The disc includes original music from the Revelations as well as some covers like Benny Latimore’s classic “Let’s Straighten It Out” and Johnnie Taylor’s “Don’t Wait.”
Vocalist Tre Williams hails from Daytona Beach, Florida and knows first hand on the roots of soul music which began for him while singing in the church as a child. He made his way to Brooklyn via his rise performing at the famed Apollo Theater as well as performing and recording with some of hip-hop’s most notable luminaries like the Wu-Tang Clan, Petey Pablo, The L.O.X, and Nas. After a short stint with Nas’ label Ill Will Records, the rapper introduced him to producer Bob Perry and he then began the partnership that lead to him hooking up with the Revelations.
This is the group’s third recording and is currently on the road. To order the Revelations latest disc or to find out their upcoming tour dates please visit them on the web at therevelations.bandcamp.com or facebook.com/therevelations