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by T Bird and the Breaks

Raw, chunky, original soul music.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Two Tone Cadillac
4:35 $0.99
2. Esmerelda
3:15 $0.99
3. Blackberry Brandy
4:20 $0.99
4. All the Blame
6:18 $0.99
5. Stand Up
3:13 $0.99
6. Juice
3:53 $0.99
7. Take Time
5:09 $0.99
8. Baby Bottle
4:04 $0.99
9. Sunday on my Own
5:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Singer Tim Crane, A.K.A. T Bird, took just one year to assemble the band in Austin, where he’d heard the groove of real music issuing forth on Sixth Street. He brought together lead, rhythm and bass guitars; trombone and tenor and baritone saxophones; percussion; and a trio of backup singers — eleven members in all, a canvas for his chunky, soulful originals. In the year since, T Bird and the Breaks has taken the Austin music scene by storm: headlining at five of the city’s best-known venues including The Continental Club, placing second in the Best New Band category at the 2008 Austin Music Awards, and becoming the second-highest vote-getter and a finalist in the 2008 Austin City Limits “The Sound and the Jury” competition. In January 2009, the band will release LEARN ABOUT IT, which includes the Temptations-inspired “Two-Tone Cadillac,” the 100-proof “Blackberry Brandy,” the free-flowing “Juice” and the hot, sexy “Esmerelda.” In March, the band will showcase at the South By Southwest Music Festival. www.tbirdandthebreaks.com



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Gerald Schmidt

Get it on!
This band really got the groove! I really like this album, because the band managed to sound old school AND create a style of their own. Never heard such stuff before.

Come overseas and perform live in Germany! ;-)

Peters at CD Baby

Reminiscent of modern soul revivalists The Dap-Kings, but with a Wilson Pickett-esque vocalist, T Bird and The Breaks are a big-ass funky soul band with giant pockets and even bigger grooves. This is soul music the way it's supposed to be: big, live, and funky, with a tight band who know when to play clean and when to play dirty. Check out the James Brown-inspired groove of "Stand Up" and try to resist bobbing your head, I dare you. "Sunday on my Own," meanwhile, recalls the signature ballads of Otis Redding. The mix on the album is pretty classic soul, too: big band in a room, slightly over-driven drums with natural reverb on the vocals. Don't be confused by the unconventional artwork, this album is full of classic sounds and great playing. For raw, horn-driven soul, you can't go wrong with this album.


rock your socks off!
saw this group perform at my friend's wedding....they were killer! definitely think everyone needs to enjoy thier groovy sounds.


Sandra loves CD Baby and TBird and the Breaks! Great album. Everything I expected from reading the reviews. Love the cover too!

Lynn Willoughby

Boogie Down
It is absolutely impossible to listen to this album without dancing your feet off and feeling sassy.


Kicks butt
The only thing better than listening to this CD is seeing T-Bird & the Breaks live. They never fail to get everybody up and on their feet in that true get-down party band tradition. "Soul music the way it's supposed to be" indeed. I'm partial to "Take Time."

Sjoerd Kranendonk

Such a rare groove
I stumbled across T Bird on myspace, and was totally surprised. This dude knows his soul. FIrst I thought: oh hey, this is similar to Eli 'paperboy' reed, but this is much much grittier and raw. The sounds are very reminiscent of the great James Brown, but T Bird is no impersonator. He has enough style of his own to make this a cd worth buying. So if you like soul that comes from the heart, poured out with a rawness that stings like Blackberry Brandy, this is your Juice!