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SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY AND THE ASBURY JUKES

For Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – ‘comfortable’ has
never been a word associated with their brand of raucous, roots-
tinged rock and bluesy reverie. The Jukes have more than 30
albums on their resume, thousands of acclaimed live
performances across the globe, and a vibrant legacy of classic
songs that have become “hits” to their large and famously-
dedicated fan base.
“With the Jukes, you’re out there every night leading this great
rock n’ roll circus, giving it everything you’ve got” says Southside
Johnny Lyon.
A couple years back, the iconic Southside Johnny and the Asbury
Jukes released the critically acclaimed SOULTIME!, their first new studio CD of all original
material in five years, on Leroy Records. SOULTIME! celebrates the transformative power of
‘70s soul music and represents a return to – as Southside sings – “just letting the music take us
away”. This release encapsulates everything that fans cherish about Southside Johnny and the
Asbury Jukes. The pattern of horns plus rhythm – each song painted with catchy choruses, top-
notch string arrangements and gospel charged vocals – keeps on coming.
SOULTIME ! was extremely well-received both here in the U.S. and overseas, where the band
continues to tour regularly in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Paris, Amsterdam, Japan, etc.
and steadily throughout the U.S. Music Riot in the UK proclaimed “The more you listen to it the
more you realize it is a work of genius. Johnny’s voice is sublime and would melt a heart of
stone.”
While critics in the U.S. also raved – “I’ve been waiting for Southside Johnny to make this album
for almost 40 years. It’s the best record of his entire career. If you really have soul, no further
explanation necessary” said Dave Marsh/SiriusXM Radio/E Street Channel Host. And, “Soul
music is not a genre, it is a way of life. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes keep the classic
R & B clock spinning hot and forward on Soultime!, one of their best records since they first
burst out of that New Jersey night,” praised music writer David Fricke.
On their New Jersey home turf, The Aquarian Weekly said “Soultime! brings them to a
completely different level and delivers genuine R&B-soaked soul right from the Jersey Shore.
Oh, and did I mention that Soultime! is the best album he’s ever recorded.” New Jersey ArtsDaily raved “Soultime! is, indeed, one of the most enjoyable albums of Southside Johnny and
the Asbury Jukes’ long career.”
The CD was written and produced by Jeff Kazee and John Lyon, and was recorded in the Jukes’
hometown of Asbury Park, NJ. SOULTIME! features Southside Johnny on vocals and harmonica,
Jeff Kazee on keyboards and vocals, Glenn Alexander on guitar, bassist John Conte, Chris
Anderson on trumpet, John Isley on saxophone, Neal Pawley on trombone and drummer Tom
Seguso.
In the spring of last year, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes surprised fans by releasing
their “Live From E Street” vinyl 12 inch EP, which immediately made it onto the Billboard
Magazine Blues Album Chart at #10, also on Leroy Records. This new disc featured Southside
Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ versions of the Bruce Springsteen tracks Jack of All Trades, Cover
Me, Murder Incorporated and Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, all recorded live at the Stony Pony
performances of all Springsteen material. Only 3000 copies of this limited edition vinyl EP were
pressed, quickly becoming a collector’s item.
The Jukes’ previous CD release was 2012’s Men Without Women: Live 7-2-11, recorded live on
July 2nd, 2011 at the Stone Pony’s Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes performance with
Little Steven Van Zandt. The disc featured live versions of the songs from the Little Steven and
the Disciples of Soul 1994 album of the same name, along with three Asbury Jukes bonus tracks.
2010’s “Pills and Ammo” was The Jukes last studio CD, with other recording highlights being the
critically acclaimed “Hearts of Stone” and “Better Days” albums. Southside Johnny and the
Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s, emerging from the same New Jersey
Shore music scene as now legendary contemporary and pal Bruce Springsteen.
Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want To Go Home, This Time It’s for Real, and Hearts of
Stone were produced by Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band, The Sopranos) and featured songs
written by Van Zandt and Springsteen. “I Don’t Want To Go Home” became Southside’s
signature song, an evocative mixture of horn-based melodic riffs and soul-searching lyrics.
Rolling Stone Magazine voted Hearts of Stone among the top 100 albums of the 1970s & 1980s.
With a decades-long successful career, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue to
deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their many
albums, featuring hits like “I Don’t Want To Go Home”, “Love On The Wrong Side Of Town”,
“The Fever”, “This Time It’s For Real”, “Talk To Me” and their definitive fun-time cover of
“We’re Having A Party”. The Jukes’ legendary high-energy live performances always satisfy with
their classic blend of Stax-influenced R&B and gritty, Stonesy rock and roll.