The Average White Band is:
Alan Gorrie — Bass, Guitar, Lead Vocals
Onnie McIntyre — Guitar, Vocals
Klyde Jones – Keyboard, Bass, Lead Vocals
Fred ‘ Freddy V’ Vigdor — Saxes, Keyboards, Vocals
Rocky Bryant — Drums
AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B heroes – people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others – and developed their own ‘authentic’ sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the US and elsewhere.
Whilst a good number of cuts – ‘Cut The Cake’ and ‘Let’s Go ‘Round Again’ to name but two – attracted chart action as hit singles, many other album tracks, like ‘Schoolboy Crush’ and ‘Person to Person’ became much sampled and turn-tabled ‘rare’ grooves. Many more tunes, such as ‘Cloudy’, ‘A Love Of Your Own’ and ‘Nothing You Can Do’ – amongst many others- stand alongside some of the finest soul ‘album tracks’ ever recorded.
The current line-up of the band – this time with noted US recruits augmenting founding members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre – continues to record and tour around the world to ongoing critical and audience acclaim. All this and more is perfectly illustrated in the band’s latest release Soul And The City which showcases the breadth and depth of the band’s material, all captured within the excitement of a 2006 live performance
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