Deft and dynamic, King Baby’s sound balances earthy R&B, simmering soul, percolating funk, and a jazz-spiked improvisational bent – with compelling original vocal and instrumental compositions as the fulcrum. Emerging from Atlanta’s fertile, diverse music scene, King Baby assemble a uniquely compelling, invigorating sound from shards of their influences, cemented by their long-standing friendship and fearless willingness to experiment, focused with clear-eyed discipline and formidable musicianship.
Composed of vocalist/guitarist Rick Lollar (Col.Bruce Hampton, The Lee Boys, Roosevelt Collier), drummer Mark Raudabaugh (Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan), bassist Kevin Scott (Atlanta Funk Society, Russell Gunn, Col.Bruce Hampton), and veteran keyboardist Matt Slocum (Jimmy Herring Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Rich Robinson), King Baby harness the energy and zeal of open-ended jams to tight, evocative songcraft, making their music at once provocative and accessible.
Word of mouth lead to a deal with internationally respected label Abstract Logix to release King Baby’s debut album. The project was recorded at Diamond Street Studios, in Atlanta’s bohemian Little Five Points neighborhood, with engineer Spencer Garn (Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics) and is currently being mixed by Jason Kingsland (Band of Horses, Kaiser Chiefs). As yet untitled, it is slated for a fall 2016 release, and captures the band in full flight across a program of Lollar originals and band collaborations.
“In a live setting, these tunes will stretch out,” Lollar adds, “But in the studio, we knew that we wanted to keep the songs pretty lean, which created a cool kind of pressure to make your point and then hand it to the next guy. We also tried to record as live as possible.”
As the finishing touches are being applied to their full-length debut, the band continues to hold court at the Elliot Street Pub and tour regionally – winning over new fans one gig, one song, one solo at a time…
King Baby debut recording will be released in the Fall of 2016 via Abstract Logix.