Barrence Whitfield & the Savages’ upcoming album, Dig Thy Savage Soul is the rock and R&B group’s first American release in about 20 years. Whitfield and the Savages’ have been playing together since 1983, and are internationally known for their unique fusion of rockabilly, jazz and funk. Whitfield, who contributes lead vocals to the Savages has been compared to the likes of artist Little Richard, and after hearing the opening track “The Corner Man” this listener can say Whitfield definitely has the set of pipes to back up those claims up. Whitfield’s shouts deliver a one-two punch to your ears effortlessly paired with guitarist Peter Greenburg’s rolling rockabilly guitar riffs. With the addition of some sweet saxophone this mix makes one bad ass rock and roll record.
My personal favorite song off the album is “I’m Sad About It”. In this track, Whitfield croons about heartbreak and deception all the while keeping his rough and tumble gritty sound. A close second is “Show Me Baby.” This track has a unique sound reminiscent of the early work of Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry while boasting a very catchy chorus.
Overall this album is definitely worth a listen. It’s soulful yet all the while makes you want to wear all black to a biker bar and cause a real sweaty dance ruckus. Dig Thy Savage Soul drops August 13 and is released through Bloodshot Records.