|Date||Friday, 18th October|
|James K Plant|
I remember early spring, I remember everything…”
And early Spring 2001 it was when Proud Mary first appeared on the scene. Proud Mary’s first single Very Best Friend was just a small taste of the infectious songs that the band had to offer. Limited copies were released on one sided 7” vinyl and later followed by another limited single in the form of All Good Things.
The two singles were just a taster of the band’s glorious debut album The Same Old Blues which was produced by Noel Gallagher in just ten days and released on Gallagher’s very own Sour Mash records in the summer of 2001. The influences of Dylan, The Rolling Stones and The Faces were there to be heard yet at the same time the band had managed to create a Rock’n’Roll record that touched the heart and fed the soul of the current generation. Singer Greg Griffin’s vocals left you with hairs standing on the back of your neck and Paul Newsome’s song writing was so touching and personal that you almost felt part of the songs themselves.
The album was well received and as a result the band went on to secure support slots with none other than Oasis, Neil Young, The Stereophonics, Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene. This not only introduced many new fans to the music of Proud Mary but it helped to shape the band into the formation that it is today, a class live act.
The 2nd album Love and Light included the indie chart hit Mexico and features work from Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and Gordon Raphael (The Strokes). A more experimental album than their debut, the tracks mix soul, blues, gospel and of course good old fashioned Rock’n’Roll, and if you’ve seen Proud Mary live then you’ll have to love Hats Off – right?
After relocating to Los Angeles and setting up a film, publishing and music company City of Angels, Paul and Greg recorded solo albums, Electric and Palms + Glass Bottom Boat respectively. 3rd album Ocean Park and 4th album Pilgrim fields, both recorded in USA have followed
More recently Paul has toured Europe as main support for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds as well as appearing in the same bands 2 videos.
Greg set up a USA based band project Midnight Clergy and in 2017 released a debut album ‘ONE’ in collaboration with Marc Ford of The Black Crowes
Since they first started out a lot has changed in the world of Proud Mary, what has stayed strong is the powerful nucleus of Paul and Greg.
Proud Mary band are currently recording for a 5th album and looking forward to June 2018 UK shows.
“A lesson in song writing” (Noel Gallagher)
“When Proud Mary let loose, they really bite” (Q)
“If you like swaggering scarf-waver tunes with vast choruses and singers who sound like they swallow red-hot pokers, you’ve found your Holy Grail” (The Guardian)
“Raw-throated singer Greg Griffin is a star” (The Mirror)
“A classic rock ‘n’ roll band” (Caleb Followill – Kings of Leon)
“Imagine a bastard son of Bob Dylan fronting the Verve (but with a better slide guitarist) and surely you’re already in the shop” (Evening Standard)