-- Paul Rodgers will showcase his soulful new covers album, The Royal Sessions, at a special concert event on June 19 at New York City's Town Hall. For the one-off show, the Royal Sessions Live Concert, the celebrated Free and Bad Company singer will be accompanied by the same veteran studio musicians who played on the recently released collection, which was recorded at Memphis' famed Royal Studios.
The musicians who will join Rodgers at the concert include keyboardists Reverend Charles Hodges and "Hubby" Archie Turner, guitarist Michael Toles, bassist Leroy Hodges Jr. and drummer Steve Potts, as well as The Memphis Horns and The Royal Singers. Collectively, over the years, these artists have played and recorded with such stars as Al Green, Neil Young, Boz Scaggs, B.B. King, Cyndi Lauper, Isaac Hayes, Ann Peebles, Rufus Thomas, Bobby Rush and Albert King, among many others.
"Throughout The Royal Sessions' recording, the love for the music was a palpable presence in the studio," says Rodgers in a statement. "I absolutely cannot wait to tap into that energy again in a room full of music fans in NYC."
The album includes interpretations of memorable soul and R&B songs popularized by the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Peebles, Albert King and The Temptations. Among the tunes are Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "That's How Strong My Love Is," "Any Ole Way" and "Dreams to Remember," as well as as Peebles' "I Can't Stand the Rain" and a soulful rendition of the Dionne Warwick smash "Walk On By."
Tickets for the concert go on sale today, May 2, at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com and the Town Hall Box Office. Tickets prices run from $47 to $127, not including fees.
The show takes place near the end of a series of North American solo dates Rodgers has lined up this year. He also will be hitting the road with Bad Company this summer for a co-headlining tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd that kicks off July 8 in Rama, Canada.
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