Gamble Brothers' New CD

The Gamble Brothers Band went to Ardent Studios in the heart of Memphis to lay down tracks for their new album, Continuator, on Archer Records, which will hit the streets on February 21, 2006. Produced by Jeff Powell (Big Star, Afghan Whigs, North Mississippi Allstars), Continuator has what Powell describes as “a soulful, Memphis-style behind-the-beat feel, with a sound that jumps out of the speakers.” The album follows the Gamble Brothers Band's previous Archer Records disc, Back to the Bottom, which gleaned favorable reviews and comparisons with the likes of Booker T & the MG's and The Meters. The band is comprised of Memphis keyboard player Al Gamble, his brother Chad Gamble on drums, tenor saxophonist Art Edmaiston and bassist Blake Rhea. The band revels in the space and freedom afforded by the absence of guitar.

Al and Chad gamble grew up in Tuscumbia, Ala., within spitting distance of Southern soul mecca Muscle Shoals. The other two members hail from Memphis and surrounding environs. The two Gambles plied their craft backing up such Southern denizens as The Bar-Kays, Irma Thomas, Syl Johnson, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Bassett and the Memphis Horns. Edmaiston toured from the VFW post in Lake Charles, La. to Harlem's Apollo Theater as a member of the Bobby “Blue” Bland Orchestra and on Jonny Lang's Grammy-winning Lie to Me.

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