Face the Music: Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations sizzle on “Little Bit of Fun”

By | September 19, 2022

Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations.  Photo by Joanne Adams

Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations. Photograph by Joanne Adams

Wow. Has anybody seen my socks? They have been greatly surprised by Pat Colwell’s new album and the Soul Sensations, and I have not seen something since. It is not that I am complaining, as a result of “Little Little bit of Enjoyable” is a spectacular assemblage of 5 unique covers and 7 soul and R&B covers that circulation seamlessly collectively and showcase the vocal and musical qualities of the 9 band members.

The group is made up of guitarist and singer Colwell, singers and percussionists Julie Ouellette Ward and Laura Hudson, keyboardist Robin Worthley, bassist and singer Dave Thibodeau, drummer and singer Ronnie Bouffard, Carlos Hayes Jr. on tenor saxophone, Will Martin on baritone, tenor and alto saxophone, and Blake Peachey on trumpet.

There are additionally particular friends on the album, together with horn participant Brian Desmond Graham and vocalist Larissa Smith, a former member of the band.

I will attempt to cease singing and dancing lengthy sufficient to unpack this album a bit.

Their rendition of Tavares’ 1975 hit “It Solely Takes a Minute” is sufficient to rave about. Colwell sings within the lead, with a voice harking back to each Tom Jones and John Hiatt. The monitor is a four-minute occasion with flashy disco dance strikes, funky touches and groove for days. I had fully forgotten about this tune. Reunited, and it feels so good.

Flashing again to 1965, the band breathes new life into the 1965 tune “I Cannot Assist Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch”), made well-known by The 4 Tops. The unique model has misplaced none of its magic, however it sounds very good with Colwell on lead vocals and Ward and Hudson backing him up.

Then there’s “Child I Want Your Loving”, additionally 4 Tops, one other tune that had slipped me on the again burner. The 1964 hit got here again to my ears in blazing new glory with a strong bass line, terrific vocals and the entire band contributing to the general perfection of the tune.

I additionally love what the band did with Martha and the Vandellas’ 1965 hit tune, “Nowhere to Run.” Sassy and poppy and a pleasure to listen to. Instantly!

However let’s not neglect the originals written by Colwell, together with the title monitor. That includes Smith on lead vocals, the tune is a successful slam-dunk with a transparent nod to the 60s. Bonus factors awarded to Abbott for his horns.

“Generally You Do” has a slower groove and is, as Colwell sings, “grabbing the enjoyable when you may”. He helps his personal trigger with some flashy guitar licks.

“All Cried Out,” written by Colwell and Worthley with Ouellette on lead vocals, is a pleasant twist on forgetting somebody. It is catchy the primary time and will get higher with every subsequent hear. “You ain’t received nothing left to say / It do not make a distinction anyway / It is excessive time for me to say goodbye to you,” Ouellette sings because the piano dances and horns are heard.

Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations was fashioned in 2015 by Colwell, who was born in Machias and now lives in Bathtub. Hallowell is the headquarters of the group. Earlier releases embrace “Take It!” in 2018 and 2020 “Motown Christmas”.

Though born in Maine, Colwell grew up in Galveston, Texas earlier than transferring to Gardiner. He grew up listening to Ray Charles and a slew of artists on the well-known Motown, Stax and Volt labels. Main influences embrace guitarist and songwriter Steve Cropper, guitarist Jimmy Johnson and soul singer-songwriter (and legend) Wilson Pickett.

“Little Little bit of Enjoyable” was written, organized and recorded from June 2020 to June this 12 months.

“It was undoubtedly a pandemic venture and a variety of it was accomplished remotely through Dropbox (file sharing),” Colwell stated.

Colwell recorded guitar and vocals at his studio in Bathtub and despatched the information to Worthley, who lives in Robust. He would work his magic and ship them again. From there, there was drummer Bouffard and the remainder of the band. Colwell stated the most important problem was doing the background vocals and horns.

“I needed to wait till we have been all vaccinated earlier than I felt snug with the aerosol impact in my studio,” he stated. “Finally it turned a extra regular venture, however the first 12 months was one thing else.”

The explanation for making the album? It is simple.

“Total, we have been searching for a little bit of enjoyable to hold us by means of, like everybody else on the earth,” he stated.

Oh, and what a pleasure certainly to hearken to this disc!

“Little Bit Of Enjoyable” by Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations. Graphics and album design by Daniel Murray

Keep watch over the band at soul-sensations.com and prepare to mark your calendar with these exhibits:

Pat Colwell and the Emotions of the Soul
Friday at Membership Calumet 100e in Augusta
October 14th Album Launch Present at Cadenza in Freeport
October 28 on the Chocolate Church Arts Heart in Bathtub
October 29 in downtown Augusta (as a part of Halloween festivities)
November 26 Motown Christmas Present on the Chocolate Church in Bathtub
December 3 Motown Christmas Present at Somerset Abbey
December 10 Motown Christmas Present at Hallowell
December 17 Motown Christmas Present at Cadenza in Freeport

You should buy a bodily copy of “Little Bit Of Enjoyable” from Area of interest, Inc. at 307 Water St. in Gardiner and choose Bull Moose Music shops quickly.