It’s just two weeks before the release of their new album Tales of a Rich Girl, the disc hits the #1 spot on the Australian Blues charts. This is the culmination of their steady ascent started with their win for Most Outstanding New Act Win at the prestigious 2014 Adelaide Roots and Blues Awards in their native Australia. Kings & Associates have developed into one of Australia’s most unique and exciting modern blues ensembles. A mere two years on, they’ve quickly become a regular draw at such topnotch Australian music festivals as Mordi, Geetroit, Blenheim, Echuca, Semaphore and Bendigo. The video for the title track was recently premiered on the Huffington Post. WATCH “TALES OF A RICH GIRL” VIDEO
The ten original tracks included on Tales of a Rich Girl hailed by the Huffington Post as a “humdinger” mark the culmination of two years of writing, touring and recording. Another landmark release for the band, it boasts the talents of several highly respected collaborators. The tunes were originally tracked over six days in Los Angeles a year ago with seven-time Grammy winner Jim Scott (Rolling Stones, Tedeschi Trucks, Sting, the Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Matchbox 20, Crowded House etc.) producing and engineering the sessions. Scott himself personally reached out to the band to express his interest in taking part.
After a brief nine day trip across the Pacific, the album was tracked and the tapes were taken back to Adelaide for a final edit. The band returned to the States to mix the album in Music City having secured the services of another industry legend, Nashville-based engineer Vance Powell. Powell’s credits include Grammy wins for his work with the Dixie Chicks and Jack White, and most recently, production for Chris Stapleton’s breakthrough effort. They also found time to book some live performances, including shows at the legendary Bourbon St Blues Club in Printers Lane Nashville, and a last minute semifinals appearance at the IBC in Memphis.
With the new album ready for relase, the band continues to nurture their relationship with global NGO World Vision. The partnership was birthed with last year’s Red Dress album, which was produced as part of World Vision’s #nochildforsale campaign to help raise awareness of childhood sex slavery, specifically in Brazil. Kings and Associates have developed a close relationship with World Vision as a partner artist, and the issue of sex slavery remains an important cause for the band as well as having a profound impact on their music. ‘
Kings & Associates will be performing a string of shows throughout Australia to support their new album. Plans are also in place for their first full tour to the US and Europe.