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A World Like That - Live at B-Side captures a unique moment in time, recorded in the summer of 2021, just as live music was returning to Memphis.
We were celebrating the release of my fifth studio album, The Rhythm of the City, six months after its actual release.
The album features my extended, 7-piece, all-star Memphis band and horn section, performing for the first time under the new name we gave ourselves: John Paul Keith and The Rhythm of the City.
We didn’t really set out to make a live record, but once we heard the tracks, we decided to share it with the world.
We named the album after my song “A World Like That”, which I had written years earlier but never recorded. I included the song after the legendary Memphis soul great Don Bryant released his version as a single in February 2021. World events have only seemed to make the lyrics more relevant to me, and so we decided to feature it on this live album.
A World Like That - Live at B-Side will first be made available exclusively at our shows on the The Rhythm of the City Tour in Europe in April and May 2022. My trio and I will be hitting twenty-six cities in nine countries, including the first show of my solo career in the UK, in London on May 1.
John Paul Keith
released April 29, 2022
Produced by John Paul Keith
Recorded live on stage at B-Side, Memphis, TN, July 17, 2021
Engineering and live sound by Joe Holland
Mixed by John Paul Keith
Mastering and additional mixing by Riccardo Zamboni
Front photo by Jon Hay, back photo by Eimir O’Sullivan
Design by Christoper Capelle
All songs written by John Paul Keith except “The Sun’s Gonna Shine Again” by John Paul Keith and Scott Bomar.
Special thanks to Joanna D’Gerolamo, Franz Barcella, Alberto Zordan, Diego Clemente and Otis Tours, Riccardo Zamboni for his help and guidance, Ronny Russell, Brad Boswell and everyone at B-Side.
Danny Banks plays C&C drums, Bosphorus cymbals, and Vater drumsticks.
John Paul Keith: Vocals, guitar
Matthew Wilson: Bass, vocals
Danny Banks: Drums, vocals
Pat Fusco: Keyboards
Art Edmaiston: Tenor saxophone
Kirk Smothers: Baritone saxophone
Marc Franklin: Trumpet