As a Memphis-based network, we’ve been waiting our entire existence to talk about Memphis-based The City Champs. The issue has been that the group hasn’t released new music in a decade. That has now changed, and we’re loving the brand-new album (whew, not sure we’d ever get to say that) from The City Champs, Luna ’68.
If you’ve had a yearning for that special blend of soul, jazz, and funk from the talented trio of Al Gamble (keys), Joe Restivo (guitar), and George Sluppick (drums), then you’ll be thrilled with this new album (released March 19 on Big Legal Mess Records). The band has said that they are the “latest in a long lineage of Memphis musicians to grab the mantle of funky, soul-jazz instrumentals pioneered by acts like Booker T & the MGs, Willie Mitchell, and The Bar-Kays.” That remains true. Produced by Bruce Watson at Delta-Sonic Sound in Memphis, this record is full of eight splendid original arrangements plus a cover of the Tony! Toni! Toné! 1997 hit “Thinking of You.”
We’re not going to belabor the point or go on and on about how thrilled we are to see these guys producing new music, we just want you to check it out and get into their groove. Here’s the title track for the record. Check it out!