Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks – Keep On Keeping On (Vinyl)


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Culture Or Vulture 03:51
Wild Girl 03:55
Keep On Keepin’ On 04:12
Love Insane 04:30
It’s Alright 03:33
True People 03:51
Outdoor 03:16
Stay Firm 03:37 
So Much To Me 03:47
Take Out The Trash 03:35
Still Young 03:33

Shirley Davis is centered, with her feet firmly planted on the ground and her gaze focused on the future. The powerful soul singer takes no prisoners and holds no regrets on her third album, Keep On Keepin’ On.  As the frontwoman of Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks, Davis harnesses the power of soul mothers of the past as well as her own history to deliver a record that rollicks from soul serenade to rocking ballad, then brings it on home with hard stepping funk.

Keep On Keepin’ On embodies the best of the modern soul tradition, while showcasing a unique voice in its growing canon. Conjuring classic soul and funk sounds of the 1960s and ‘70s, as well as the mighty Sharon Jones – whose last words to Davis provide the album title — Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks’ latest full-length is a highly personal tale of empowerment and self-realization, served up without losing any groovyness.

Keep On Keepin’ On sees a new confidence build, highlighted by punchy midtempo songs like “Wild Girl” – a biographical tale that’s also a tribute to Davis’ daughter – and the silky neo soul stylings on “Still Young”. The heartfelt and vulnerable ballad “Love Insane” showcases the band’s ability to iterate classic American soul, while the string-laden “Culture or Vulture” offers a Marvin Gaye-esque critique of interlopers into Davis’ international soul community.

The band kicks it up on infectious dance numbers like “Take Out The Trash” and oozes warmth on “Outdoor” – a prescient song recorded before the pandemic about the pleasures of being outside.

Led by guitarist and musical director Eduardo Martínez, The Silverbacks are Jorge Suarez (drums), Diego Miranda (bass) and Lucas Duplá (keys), who are supported by a horn section dubbed the Mighty Roaring Tigers: saxophonist Aarón Pozón and Javi Martínez on trumpet. Together, the tightly tuned Silverbacks evoke the familiar sounds of modern soul with a fresh European twist.

While Davis found her center and inspiration with The Silverbacks, she continues to bow down to the queens of soul – many of whom lovingly call her “littler daughter”.  Davis wrote several songs for Sharon Jones – the Daptone Records frontwoman and matriarch of the soul revival – her mentor and “singing godmother” including “True People” and the titular “Keepin’ On”.  Just before her death in 2016, Jones offered Davis words of encouragement in her soul singing journey.

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released March 23, 2022

Music composed and arranged by Edu “Golden Boy” Martínez, except “Outdoor” by Diego “Comandante” Miranda. Lyrics written by Marc Ibarz & Shirley Davis. Recorded at Golden Hen Studios (Carabanchel, Madrid) by Génesis Candela and Tuco Salamanca, mixed by Diego Miranda, produced by Tuco Salamanca, mastered by Damián Schwartz at Lyrebird Sound.

The Silverbacks:

Gonzalo Maestre, drums
Diego “Comandante” Miranda, bass
Edu “Golden Boy” Martínez, guitar and backing vocals
Chavi Ontoria, piano, keys and backing vocals
Aarón Pozón, sax and backing vocals
Javier “Martintxo” Martínez, trumpet

Shirley Davis, vocals

Additional players:

Rayco “Ray” Gil, percussion on B1, Jordi Ballarín, baritone sax on A2. Delphine Caserta, Violin,Bruno Vidal, Violin, Jaime Huertas, Viola, Álvaro Huertas, Violoncello, (Strings on A1 and A2)

Photography Jaime Pantoja
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