New Orleans-based saxophonist Khris Royal has been busy over the last year! When he’s not touring with Rebelution or playing with George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, Royal has been hard at work with his own band, Dark Matter, which features Big Sam Williams (trombone), John Michael Bradford (trumpet), Danny Abel (guitar), and Max Moran (bass).This weekend, Khris Royal & Dark Matter shared their brand new single “Step Children” featuring the one and only Nigel Hall on the Rhodes organ. Says Royal of the track, “‘Step Children’ is a tribute to funk night at Wally’s, the historic jazz club in Boston where I played three nights a week while attending Berklee Collage. The Tuesday night band was called Step Children. No one really knows how they got the name. Some people say it’s because they were treated like step children because the Straight Ahead Band was treated better. They played on Fridays and Saturdays.You can listen to “Step Children” below, via Royal’s SoundCloud:Royal explained the personal significance and backstory of the song to Live For Live Music: “When I first got to Berklee I was only 17 and Wally’s was 21 and up so I never tried to go. One day, Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce, Nth Power) and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) told me I had to go with them because Nikki was playing there with (frequent Soulive collaborator) Sam Kinninger . I had no idea Sam played there every Tuesday, so I went with them and Nikki got me in. A week later, Amy and Aaron Bellamy called me because Sam was leaving to tour with Soulive, and I ended up filling in with the Step Children Wally’s. Playing there with that band changed the way I play. Up until that point, I had always looked at myself as a jazz cat. The Step Children made me realize I wanted to be able to play everything.”Continues Royal, “It was only natural to have Nigel Hall on this track. Nigel moved to Boston right as I was leaving for Los Angeles. He would come sit in with us every week so he totally understands the spirit of Wally’s and the Step Children. When I moved, Nigel took my place in the band before being picked up to tour with Soulive and Lettuce who also have roots at Wally’s Jazz Club.[Photo via Nola.com]
Gary Clark Jr. has just released a new music video for his bluesy and dark rendition of The Beatles’ beloved number “Come Together”, which will be featured on the soundtrack for the new DC/Warner Bros. film, Justice League, which is due out on November 17th. The new music video for Clark’s cover of “Come Together” contains never-before-seen footage from the film—including footage of Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Amazon Warrior, and Steppenwolf—and riffs off the theme of the superheroes, frequently featuring lo-fi filters and comic book-esque shots throughout.Listen To Jon Batiste, Leon Bridges, & Gary Clark Jr.’s Reinterpretation Of Neil Young’s “Ohio”Clark has previously spoken about his love of various superhero franchises, telling Airows, “Batman is my favorite superhero of all time. My mother had this black robe that I thought would be amazing for a cape. I ran around my neighborhood telling everybody I was Batman. Jump off my roof holding the cape thinking that I would fly and then just hit the ground.”Eric Clapton Invites Gary Clark Jr. To Close Night Two At Madison Square Garden [Videos]Gary Clark Jr. originally debuted his take on The Beatles’ “Come Together” during a previous performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and will perform the tune once again this Thursday during his appearance on Late Late Show with James Corden. Watch the sweet new video for Clark’s haunting take on the classic song below.