‘Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy’
Roxy Roca (Stag)
3.5 stars out of 5
Roxy Roca frontman Taye Cannon inherited his love of soul music from his father. So he recruited some like-minded musicians and after a few years of touring and honing their sound, the seven-member band hit the studio to record their “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” debut.
“I grew up in the deep South, immersed in my dad’s music — Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, James Brown. Basically, if it had a groove, my dad had it,” Cannon says. “When ‘Motown 25’ hit the TV, it was all over — I knew this was what I wanted to do. I remember staying up all night with my cousins, emulating James Brown and Michael Jackson in our grandfather’s carport.”
While still a little rough around the edges in a few places, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy” is nevertheless an impressive first record. Cannon and his mates have plenty of soul to spare on an 11-track release highlighted by “I Don’t Wanna Dream No More,” “Don’t Call Me (Maybe I’ll Call You),” “When the Lights Go Down,” “Rainy Day” and “It’s Your Dream.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)