Secret B-Sides are preparing to release a new album, entitled Welcome to Soul City, which successfully contributes another forty-five minutes to the world’s supply of “solid gold baby making music”–with socially conscious lyrics. Known in Western North Carolina as a top Soul band, the Secret B-Sides technically remain a ‘secret’ to most of the globe.
With the release of albums like Welcome to Soul City, Easy Magic, Flowers & Chocolate, and Live on the Mothership (not to mention, lost EPisodes) the B-Sides provide musical escape pods for a selective constellation of listeners; some folks appreciate the occasional psychedelic jaunt through vast regions of space-time. B-Sides albums also feature sincerely sexy slow-jams, thoughtful brass and woodwind arrangements, as well as articulated rap verses from some of the region’s best eMCees: Agent 23 (AKA Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), Preach Jacobs, Chach (AKA Chachillie), and Red!nk.
Presented as a stripped-down quartet–drums, bass, keys, and guitar, with three-part vocal harmonies–or accompanied by any number of guest collaborators, this band is here on the planet, ready to help the people of Earth get together, feel a little sexy, and have some good, clean fun. (Despite rumors to the contrary, the B-Sides are still, in fact, all about flying saucers, dinosaurs, and love.)
Since conception, the Secret B-Sides have opened in direct support for Lee Fields & the Expressions, Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, SPAM Allstars, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Dwele, and many more, including a very special performance as the backing band for one of Milky Way Galaxy’s best wordsmiths, Gift of Gab, from Blackalicious. Asheville, North Carolina’s “reigning kings of soul” will continue winning hearts and minds of Earthlings, satisfying the diverse musical tastes of multiple generations, in one Soul-full sound. How will the Secret B-Sides groove in your neck of the space-time continuum?