Singer-songwriters team up to form Southern Soul Assembly tour

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Singer-songwriters JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson will join forces this spring for a special tour. The “Southern Soul Assembly”, which will feature each of the artists performing in-the-round together, will stop in Massachusetts for a night at Boston’s House of Blues on Tuesday, April 8. Tickets for the show are available through Live Nation for $25 and $45.

“It’s a bit of a mystery as to exactly what will unfold on the road and on the stage,” explained Grey in a press release. “That’s the excitement of it. I’m looking forward to the whole interaction, the whole front porch feel, drinking a beer and hanging out and playing music.”

“Man, each of these guys can play,” he added. “It’ll be fun to hand the song off, trade songs and go around the horn. It’ll be like, let’s work our way through the night and see what happens. Of course, the audience always plays the show with you, and I think that will be especially true with this tour. Each night will feel like a big ole Southern family reunion.”

“Epic collaboration,” summarized Broussard.

The Southern Soul Assembly lives up to its name with each of the performers drawing from the rich legacy of American Southern culture of the players. Each, however, will bring their own flair to the stage.

“I’d say we all have a different take on what the South really is,” explained Broussard, a native of Louisiana. “I come from the hub of Cajun culture, distinct in many ways even from New Orleans just down the road. From what I can tell, we all seem to approach writing with groove in mind, for the most part. But the physical locales from which we each hail, as well as the accompanying cultural implications, necessarily prompt us all to approach lyric writing differently.”

Broussard is reportedly gearing up for the release of A Life Worth Living, his first full-length studio effort since 2011’s Marc Broussard. No official release date has been announced.

Grey and his band Mofro released This River last year. The band’s seventh studio effort and follow-up to 2010’s Georgia Warhorse was co-produced by Grey and Dan Prothero and recorded at Retrophonics Studio in Saint Augustine, Florida, as well as Grey’s home studio “The Egg Room”.

Osborne, born in Sweden and based in New Orleans, continues to tour in support of his latest album 2013’s Peace. The album, his eleventh full-length release, was recorded in Louisiana with co-producer Warren Riker.

Dickinson, the Memphis-born lead guitarist and vocalist of the North Mississippi Allstars, will be touring in support of his forthcoming solo album Rock ‘n Roll Blues. Recorded at Zebra Ranch, the Dickinson family home studio in Mississippi, the album will be released on March 18.

Following the show in Boston, the Southern Soul Assembly tour will travel south to Connecticut for a performance at the Norwalk Concert Hall on April 9.

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