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South Side Soul

by The Chicago Kingsnakes

This Blues based band grew up on Chicago's South Side listening to soul music on AM radio, so it is a natural evolution for the band to incorporate their vocal harmonies and delve into some South Side Soul.
Genre: Blues: Soul-Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Holdin On
4:56 $0.99
2. Coulda Shoulda Woulda
3:14 $0.99
3. Right Where I Left Them
5:15 $0.99
4. Can You Leave Your Light On?
5:37 $0.99
5. Don't Go Back to New Orleans
3:44 $0.99
6. Walk On
4:43 $0.99
7. Tell Moses
4:54 $0.99
8. South Side Soul
4:19 $0.99
9. I Don't Wanna Wait
4:27 $0.99
10. Two
3:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Chicago Kingsnakes are pleased to announce the release of their new CD, “South Side Soul. This 10 song set features all original Chicago Soul tunes from the veteran band.

This Blues based trio explained that they grew up listening to music from the Impressions, Lou Rawls, Tyrone Davis, Sam Cooke, The Chi-Lites, The Dells and many more local groups on the AM radio. The group's leader, Jim “Ang” Anderson said Chicago Soul was part of the soundtrack to our childhood, and when we got older and were playing in the Blues clubs, R & B was what was on the jukebox. So it's a natural evolution for the band to incorporate our vocal harmonies and delve into some South Side Soul. In fact, when I was 20 years old, I was on the road with Little Milton, and he walked the line between Blues and R & B.

The band consisting of Anderson on guitar and lead vocals, Gus Gotsis on drums and vocals, and Mike Bailey Bass and vocals recruited some friends to play on the disc including Terry “Sonny Lee” Tritt on Sax and Jeff Walroth on Keys.



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Henry L. Carrigan, Jr

The Chicago Kingsnakes deliver a soulful groove mixed in with some blues shouts,
The Chicago Kingsnakes - South Side Soul
Music King Records
10 tracks/42:24 minutes
When Jim "Ang" Anderson was twenty years old, he was on the road with Little Milton. "He walked the line between blues and R&B," says Anderson, and on South Side Soul the Chicago Kingsnakes follow in Little Milton's—as well as a number of other great R&B singers and groups—footsteps. The group delivers a soulful groove mixed in with some blues shouts on the ten songs on their new album, inviting us to get up and let our backbones slip as we make it to the dance floor.
Drummer Gus Gotsis and bassist Mike Bailey comprise the lean and mean sound of the Chicago Kingsnakes, but sax player Terry "Sonny Lee" Tritt, keyboardist Jeff "Wally" Walroth pump up the sound. Becky Walroth joins in on tambourine on "Right Where I Left Them."
Anderson's bright rhythm guitar opens the album on "Holdin' On," a tune that combines the repetitious lyrics of a blues shout with the crisp call-and-response of a soul tune; the song launches the record with a Muscle Shoals vibe that sets the tone for the rest of the album. "Coulda Shoulda Woulda" comes straight out of the Carolina Beach music scene, with the blaring horns and vocal harmonies. This tune would be at home on an album by The Embers; a fun little tune that encourages some us to get up and Shag.
"Right Where I Left Them" has the crunchy, funky vibe of a War song; Tritt's sax solo and Anderson's lead riff on the bridge recall some of the best of Chicago, the Al Kopper-led version of Blood, Sweat and Tears, and War. The slow burn blues ballad "Can You Leave Your Light On?" is perhaps the most disappointing cut on the album because the band doesn't come across as one on the song; the spirit is missing from this one cut. Far more effective is the gospel-inflected "Tell Moses," which features a chorus of voices that respond to the singer's call, as well as a down-to-the-heart lead riff that mimics the plaintive and redemptive moan of the vocals. Finally, the title track opens with funky bass and guitar licks that are soon punctuated by Tritt's down-and-dirty sax; Muscle Shoals, Stax, and Chicago's South Side meet up in this stirring instrumental.
On the ten songs on South Side Soul, The Chicago Kingsnakes deliver a soulful groove mixed in with some blues shouts, inviting us to get up and let our backbones slip as we make it to the dance floor.
Reviewer Henry L. Carrigan, Jr. - Blues Blast Magazine.

Eric Schuurmans

Chicago blues with a high content of soul!
The Chicago King Snakes "is a blues trio, who grew up with the music of the Impressions, Lou Rawls, Tyrone Davis, Sam Cooke, The Chi-Lites and The Dells, which they heard on the radio and in clubs and filled the jukebox. The music, which was part of their youth, they describe themselves as Soul Blues. The frontman Jim "Ang" Anderson came when he was twenty, with Little Milton and founded his band in 1983. Besides the singer Anderson on guitar, drummer Gus Gotsis make and bassist Mike Bailey is part of the trio. For their new studio album "South Side Soul" they got the help of saxophonist Terry "Sonny Lee" Tritt and keyboardist Jeff Walroth. It was since 2011 that they "Blue Mosaic" uitbrachten. The new CD contains ten original Anderson Chicago Soul tunes. The album starts very soulful with "Holdin On" itself immediately sets the tone. By "Coulda Shoulda Woulda" we worked a follow immediately, Anderson shows us that he is a good singer and late saxophonist Terry "Sonny Lee" Tritt hear for the first time. "Right Where I Left Them" is a portion aanstekelige and soul, it's slow time with "You Can Leave Your Light On." For "Do not Go Back To New Orleans" the pace goes up and sits Jeff "Wally" Walroth behind the honky tonk piano. The funky instrumental title song "South Side Soul" drags you after a few notes have directly onto the dance floor. To "I Do not Wanna Wait" is linked to a reggae tune and, for the valve "Two" go the Chicago Kingsnakes once more fully. "The Chicago Kingsnakes' a voice on" South Side Soul "again at their best. With excellent soul blues band brings the listener quickly in the right mood. This is Chicago blues with a high content of soul! Eric Schuurmans /Rootstime magazine


Buy Two
"I urge everybody to go out and buy two "South Side Soul" CD's, one for yourself and one for your friends, and spread the good music."
- Hambone / Hambone's Blues Party WDCB 90.9 FM

Tom Lounges - Times Correspondent -

Top Ten CD Picks of 2016
THE CHICAGO KINGSNAKES -- "South Side Soul" (MusicKing Records)
Jim "Ang" Anderson's veteran Chicago Kingsnakes just keep on keepin' on, and this latest release owes as big debt to the sound of Stax Records and Royal Studios, as earlier releases did to Chess Records. There's more soulfulness on this 10-song and it suits them well.
Session man Jeff "Wally" Walroth's organ contribution gives the opening track, "Holdin' On," a bit of a Rascals' sound; while saxophonist Terry "Sonny Lee" Tritt gives an Asbury Jukes groove to "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda."
Given their long run, it's great hearing The Kingsnakes continue to shed their skins and slither forward with their music.
Tom's Picks: "Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda," "Two," and "South Side Soul."