When Nigerian-born Kalu James, who’s been on the scene as a songwriter for years, began a month-long residency at the Continental Club Gallery with another Austin mainstay, guitarist JT Holt, they both knew there was chemistry afoot. But neither knew the weekly shows would last nearly three years. Along the way, drummer John Speice joined the party, and Kalu And The Electric Joint officially became a thing. The Joint is an only-in-Austin conception of African polyrhythms, American soul, and blues-rock that sounds as if all the genres had grown up together. And now, they’re releasing their debut album, Time Undone, recorded over the period of a year out in Driftwood, Texas, and produced by Brett Orrison (Black Angels, Widespread Panic). Guest stars include members of Widespread Panic, War On Drugs, The Sword and Grupo Fantasma, who all contribute to a soulful world groove. Take listen to Kalu & The Electric Joint’s recent visit to Studio 1A in the player below!
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