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News: Curtis Harding To Release Debut Album ‘Soul Power’

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(AUS) Curtis Harding’s stunning debut album Soul Power will be released in Australia on January 23, 2015. The album is preceded by lead single, “Keep on Shining”.

Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It’s self-evident on the Atlanta artist’s debut, Soul Power. The driving sound of his electrified Stratocaster, the foot-stomping backbeat and the lyrics swimming in reverb — with something this flourishing, it’s almost reductive to just dig around the roots.

Harding’s style was born in Michigan and bred on the road, a restless childhood spent singing gospel alongside an evangelising mother, then cultivated in Atlanta, where he sang backup for Cee-Lo Green and befriended the Black Lips (he plays with Cole Alexander in Night Sun).

In the weeks and months following Soul Power‘s US release, Harding’s relationship with the open road would continue unabated, being invited on a US tour with ardent supporter Jack White – having previously wowed audiences at this year’s SXSW – while he brings his slop n’ soul to the Europe later this year for a debut run of shows sure to be a transformative experience.

But, as befits a restless traveller, his music calls one place home, but fits in anywhere. The heartbreaking optimism of “Next Time“, a wry break-up tale mapping out a road the protagonists may never meet upon, the bottom-scraping blues of “Castaway“, or the wistful affection of “Keep on Shining” could easily be Harding’s story, or yours. They’re scenes you didn’t perform in, but know all the lines.

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