Jimmy Barnes’ hugely successful and sought-after Soul Series, the legendary rocker’s expedition and exploration of his musical roots, is now set to meet its final destination with the release of its fourth and final instalment Soul Searchin’ on 3 June 2016 and in celebration of this milestone release, Jimmy and his soul ensemble will be touring Australia throughout August.
Playing all the hits from his 25-year artistic journey and the songs that inspired him to become a singer, Jimmy Barnes will be treating fans in Adelaide, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney with soulful performances, boasting a catalogue from his four best-selling Soul Series albums across two stellar sets.
The all-new album follows Soul Deep (1991), Soul Deeper (2000) and The Rhythm and the Blues (2009) which have earned more than 12x ARIA Platinum Sales Awards between them.
An hour-long documentary will also be premiered on the first weekend of June on the 9 Network nationally to complement the Soul Searchin’ album release. The special features Jimmy’s travels to America’s south in search of lost soul gems, searching for the musicians who made them, the places that inspired them and equally reuniting with his own musical soul at the same time. Soul Searchin’ is the result of this both literal and metaphorical journey.
“The idea was to find more obscure soul songs that people may not have heard – the diamonds in the rough. I was just looking and looking for songs that for one reason or another were skipped over or they were too hard for radio or the singer was cross-eyed – for whatever reason, these songs were missed. I can’t wait to get to sing these songs again when I take them on tour. It will be wild” – Jimmy Barnes
Like its predecessors, Soul Searchin’ is a snapshot in time. The album was recorded at the legendary Grand Victor Studio, one of the traditional homes of soul, which was built at the request of legendary musician and producer Chet Atkins back in 1965. The studio’s client list, past and present, reads as a ‘who’s who’ of music legends.
Jimmy was joined in the studio by some of the greatest soul musicians ever assembled, like Steve Cropper (Booker T. & the M.G.’s, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and later gaining fame as a member of the Blues Brothers band), Dan Penn (musician, songwriter, and record producer who co-wrote many soul hits of the 1960s) and, of course, The Memphis Boys who date back to original recording sessions from the mid ‘60s to the early ‘70s with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and Joe Tex, amongst many, many others.
Packed with hidden gems and certified soul classics, all given the unbeatable and unmistakable Jimmy Barnes treatment, get ready to experience alluring and charming performances brimming with soaring guitar riffs, bedazzling horn arrangements and old-school backing vocals.