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DEBUT ALBUM- "Josh Hoyer and The shadowboxers"

DEBUT ALBUM- "Josh Hoyer and The shadowboxers"

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This is our debut album. Don't doubt it- the Midwest has SOUL!

45rpm Record featuring "Make Time For Love" and "Everyday and Everynight"

45rpm Record featuring "Make Time For Love" and "Everyday and Everynight"

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This limited run of 45s are our first recordings. Get that old-school sound for your collection.

JOSH HOYER AND THE SHADOWBOXERS GET TOGETHER. YOU GOT SOUL!

Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers is an award-winning six-piece Soul/R&B/Funk band from Lincoln, NE, sometimes backed by a killer female vocal trio. Don't doubt it- we can get down here in the Midwest. Borrowing from Stax, Motown, New Orleans and San Francisco, this band blends the classic sounds of Soul and R&B, yet has been able to make a sound that is fresh and unique.It has been a whirlwind of success in their first 2 years of playing, being nominated for Blues Blast Awards Debut of the Year, being in the top ten of RMR Charts for Soul AND R&B for 30+ straight weeks, named the 2013 Omaha Entertainment Winner for Soul Artist of the Year, and nominated for Artist of the Year for 2014. The band has played the Sin City Soul Revival, Sioux Falls JazzFest,  the 2013 International Blues Challenge, dozens of festivals in the Midwest, consistently sells out shows in their hometown and has released a debut album that critics say stacks up to the classics. Their highly anticipated sophomore album, "Living By The Minute" is set to drop Jan.13.

This band is about exchanging SOUL with THE PEOPLE, and with world-class players on every instrument, that is exactly what they do! And this band knows the value of a good song- a band is only as strong as their latest song- so Josh and the boys are constantly working to keep the hits coming- fresh and soulful!
Please take some time to listen to the songs on the site and check out the videos.
Thanks for reading - and thanks for LISTENING!

You can buy/download the DEBUT ALBUM HERE:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joshhoyerandtheshadowbox

Our debut album is currently being played in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, The Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Germany, Italy, Greece, France, Croatia, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway and Columbia, including many syndicate shows that broadcast online and all over the world.

We hope to see you soon at a show!
Please come say hello.
Josh

 

LIVE PERFORMANCES

NEWS

VARIOUS REVIEWS of our DEBUT ALBUM: 

REVIEWS:LAZY-i:
by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com
I don’t write much about blues music. I leave that to the expert — B.J. Huchtemann. B.J.’s been writing about local music as long as I have, maybe longer. She, too, was part of the Omaha bullpen of Lawrence music magazine The Note way back in the early ’90s, and has had a column in The Reader that pre-dates my own. Her forte, her focus always has been the blues and I challenge anyone to find another local music journalist who has written more about the topic than B.J. So with that, I acquiesce all intelligent introspection on the new Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers album to her. You can find her writings every week in The Reader and online at The Reader website (Her latest is right here).
That said, I do know something about the kind of horn-powered blues that Hoyer is known for. I know my way around a saxophone. I played tenor and alto in high school jazz bands, and I’ve listened to my share of his style of R&B over the years. I’m no expert, but I know what I like and don’t like, and I most certainly like Hoyer’s new project. I liked his old project, The Son of 76 and The Watchmen, too. But to me, this new outfit is more realized, more thought-out and swings more righteously.
On his website, Hoyer says he borrows from Stax, Motown, New Orleans and San Francisco. There’s something in his vocals that remind me of Dr. John as much as Robert Cray. But from an indie perspective, I’d slide Hoyer into the same category as funk/soul maven Sharon Jones + the Dap-Kings, though Jones’/Dap-Kings’ sound is more ’60 traditional/revivalist than Hoyer’s more modern take on the genre. I say this because Jones is an accepted commodity among indie-music followers (and for good reason); Hoyer deserves the same acceptance since his music is just as dirty, just as authentic in its own way.
It’s one of those records you can put on while you do your thing. It pushes you along, it gives you whatever you need to get by, if only for the afternoon, or the night, with as much attitude as you’ll need. Always gutsy, usually free-wheeling, and above all, never corny (and when it comes to modern blues, that’s key). Don’t over-think it, just enjoy it. You want more detail? Ask B.J. or even better, check out the album yourself.
So I say all this because Hoyer and the Shadowboxers are celebrating the release of their debut album tonight at The Hive, a new rock club and art gallery at 1207 Harney St. The club is known as a sort of 311 tribute bar (hence the name). I’ve yet to step foot inside, but have heard good things about their space and sound. $5, 10 p.m.

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 MIDWEST RECORD:
JOSH HOYER & THE SHADOWBOXERS: Kansas City, ok, but I never thought of Lincoln, Nebraska as a blues center. Proved wrong once again. This aggregation of local white boys and girls know how to deliver the goods in classic show band fashion. Track after track they show they know how to shake it and not break it. Basically, the hottest local cats and kitties have huddled around the fire together. Instead of competing against each other, they all bring their A games to the core and come out with the kind of soul/blues/R&B/rock that would make 1950s Ike Turner smile as he was plotting his future. Killer stuff that offers a great surprise to anyone not in the greater Omaha area. Check it out.

Volume 38/Number 156
April 5, 2014
MIDWEST RECORD
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2014 Midwest Record

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REFLECTIONS IN BLUE:
Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers
Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers
Self-Produced
Formed in December of 2012, Josh Hoyer and TheShadowboxers is a six-piece band from Lincoln, Nebraska that blends soul, R & B and funk borrowing from all the great schools of music, from Stax, Motown, New Orleans and elsewhere.  They utilize the assistance of a female vocal trio at time to augment their sound.  The result is a sound that has the power of all those different styles yet maintains a distinct element that is all their own.  All of the tunes on this, their debut release, was written and arranged by Josh Hoyer.  The group’s members are schooled in all genres, allowing them to incorporate elements from so many different styles if the need arises, giving them the ability to shift gears and take things in a whole new direction if that is what is called for.  From a musical standpoint, The Shadowboxers are right on the money, not one note out of place, yet they maintain that raw emotional element that gives the band a kind of real power rather than simply being a great dance band…and the certainly are that!  In all honesty, this is classic soul/blues, the way it was done in days past.  Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers are the real deal, delivering classic soul and R&B, old-school.  Somewhere along the line soul took a turn and, in my opinion, it was not in the right direction.  Josh and company play the music they love and grew up listening to.  This disc has that timeless quality that will never go out of style.  All tunes written by Josh Hoyer, they could just as easily have been penned in the 60s or so.  They have all the power and emotion yet have a quality that today’s audience can relate to.  This one is a keeper…delivering the goods with power and authority with a contemporary quality that puts then head and shoulders above their competition in the genre.  Soul and R&B are hard to present without coming off as a cover band but Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers pull it off with style and finesse. – Bill Wilson
 
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"With the style and finesse of Boz Skaggs and the roaring command of Luther Kent, Josh Hoyer's new release is headed to the top of the charts."
The Blues Hound 90.1 FM KPFT Houston
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I just received the newest release, Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers and it's a funky house party. Opening with Shadowboxer Brian Marrow and Justin G. Jones lay down a funky groove and Joshua Hoyer introduces a great R&B style vocal. Accompanying himself on organ and with nice backing vocals from Hanna Bendler, Megan Spain and Kim Moser this track will have you squirming in your seat. Russell Zimmer (trumpet), Tommy Van Den Berg (trombone) and Michael (Dee sax) add some real nice horn backing. Close Your Eyes has a real Al Green feel with the smooth pace and clean horn work over an R&B beat. Hoyer delivers on vocal and piano and Guitarist Benny Kushner slices and dices a few nice riffs. Cool track. Illusion brings to mind the Atlanta Rhythm Section and their R&B sound with a few more lbs. This track has a bit more funk and a bit more teeth. The horn and guitar work on this track is really cool. Van Den Berg really blows a nice solo on this track. Everyday and Everynight has that signature James Brown rhythm and it's hard not to step along in time. Hoyer has a really nice voice and his backing vocalists as mentioned earlier are really smooth. With an ever developing texture this track goes beyond it's comparison to  JB with a lot of soul feel. Van Den Berg again steps up with a really tasty trombone solo. Til She's Lovin' Someone Else has that Louisiana funk with a mix of rock. The horns have a key role on this track with some Mempis feel. Hoyer really has a nice piano break on this track as does Benny Kushner on guitar. Make Time For Love is a real high stepper again along the Al Green lines. I really like this style and Hoyer takes it deep. Crisp guitar riffs from Kushner and steady drumming from Jones makes this track soar. Turning the funk up, Dirty World could be "Hot Pant"'s little sister. An funky jam with lots of horn, especially nice trombone work from Van Den Berg, slick guitar riffs from Kushner and strong feel make this a really enjoyable release. This release is definitely going into my car for further review in a few weeks. I really like this release, and although not "blues" is is a really super enjoyable recording. Nice job!

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Josh Hoyer review…April 13, 2014…

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JOSH HOYER AND THE SHADOWBOXERS
JOSH HOYER AND THE SHADOWBOXERS
SELF-RELEASED
SHADOWBOXER–CLOSE YOUR EYES–ILLUSION–EVERYDAY AND EVERYNIGHT–JUST CALL ME (I’LL BE SURE TO LET YOU DOWN AGAIN)–TILL SHE’S LOVIN’ SOMEONE ELSE–MAKE TIME FOR LOVE–DIRTY WORLD
Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and arranger Josh Hoyer formed The Shadowboxers late in 2012, and, since then, they have represented his home base of Lincoln, Nebraska, in the IBC’s and have won the Best Soul/R & B Band at the Omaha Entertainment Awards.  But, the proof for this band is in the listening.  Hoyer and the Shadowboxers consist of immensely-talented musicians that either teach music or have toured nationally, or both.
That’s why their self-titled debut is so doggone hot!  Josh’s eight original tunes are augmented by a smokin’ horn and rhythm section, and hearken back to the glory days of Atlantic and Stax while maintaining a firm grip on today’s contemporary sounds.
Josh jumps right out at you with that soulful delivery of his on the opener, “Shadowboxer,” then on “Close Your Eyes,” he takes a jab at a world “moving so fast there’s no time to look back.”  “Illusion,” where crooked politicians are “all about the money” and “what is and what you see is not the same thing” serves as a warning to us all about whom to trust.  The set closes on another topical note with the percussion-heavy vibe of “Dirty World,” featuring great solos from drummer Justin G. Jones and guitarist Benny Kushner.
We had two favorites, too.  Josh plays the lover vwho’s had enough of being used and plainly tells his soon-to-be-ex to “Just Call Me (And I’ll Be Sure To Let You Down Again).  And, “Till She’s Lovin’ Someone Else” follows a sweet Crescent City pattern that’ll remind many of Dr. John and the Meters with its funky beat, punchy horns, and Josh’s outstanding piano.
These guys bring a lot to the table on this set.  Experienced players who know a thing or two about soul and blues with a fantastic bandleader make this a group to definitely watch.  Fans of local artist Charles Walker and the Dynamites will love Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.
http://donandsherylsbluesblog.wordpress.com/
 
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Although he is quite unknown here Josh Hoyer can already be called a veteran. The past 15 years he was a much sought musician in several bands, he performed solo and gave his talents as a session musician. The end of 2012 with eight other seasoned musicians he formed own band and recently the debut album "Josh Hoyer and the Shadow Boxers" appeared.
 
The eight songs on it are all written by Hoyer and by the prominence of the hornsection, it is clear that he leans heavily on Staxsoul/blues and jazz fusion, as we know from Blood Sweat & Tears and the early records of Chicago. Nothing wrong with that, as it sounds simply delicious. The songs are catchy and swinging and they constantly keep their attention. My favorites are the soulful "Close Your Eyes", the funky "Til She's Lovin' Someone Else", that could originate from New Orleans, and the smooth Booker T-like "Make Time For Love".BarnOwlBlues finds it a good album from these experienced musicians. Great catchy and swinging. A mix of blues and soul in its finest form.
Eric Campfens
Anthonie Muysstraat 75
3117 LC  Schiedam
The Netherlands
 tel.       +31 681 552287
e-mail   barnowl.eric@gmail.com
 
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In a Blue Mood

 

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers EponymouslyTitled CD
Posted: 25 Apr 2014 09:30 PM PDT
Unfamiliar with Lincoln Nebraska’s Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, their self-titled and self-produced recording left a definite impression from the first note. Led by vocalist, keyboardist and baritone saxophonist Hoyer, the band includes Benny Kushner on guitar and vocals, Justin G. Jones on drums, latin percussion and vocals, Brian Morrow on bass and vocals, Tommy Van Der Berg on trombone and Mike Dee on tenor sax with a trio of backing vocalists for a collection of soul and funk with some blues accents.

Hoyer himself is a big voiced soulful singer who might be compared to New Orleans blues-eyed soul blues boss, Luther Kent. He sings powerfully with a similar authority to Kent, although the program here are all his originals. Hoyer and the Shadowboxers are a terrific band evident from the opening Shadowboxer with the band hitting a deep groove and coming off like a contemporary New Orleans funk band. The horns (with trumpeter Russell Zimmer added on this track) come off as tight and full of punch while the rhythm section gets a deep soulful groove down.

Hoyer has cast a marvelous web with his use of overdubbing allow him to play some greasy organ and add bottom to the horns with his baritone sax while crafting the vocals (and backing vocals) into driving, stone solid soulful performances. The crisply played Close Your Eyes has a more mellow feel to it with its gritty lyrics about people scrambling to try to find what they are looking for. His horn arrangements frame the vocals and he even takes a gutty baritone break before some bluesy guitar runs from Kushner. Illusion gets back to the funk with its topical message about many everyday things being an illusion and things not being what they seem and living in strange times, before Van Der Berg’s strong trombone solo.

The remainder of the eight tracks are equally performed strongly. Its a varied set of performances that show influences from Memphis, Chicago (think Tyrone Davis) and New Orleans, but put together for this very impressive release. Josh Hoyer is a first-rate vocalist and the Shadowboxers are soulful and funky. Based on their terrific release, I can see them performing much more often outside of their Lincoln, Nebraska base.

I received my review copy from a publicist. You might check out their website, http://joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com, for more information. Here is a video of them in performance.
Ron Weinstock
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BLUES IN BRITAIN
Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers
 
Independent
 
Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers play soul-infused R&B in the classic traditions of Stax and Motown with Memphis, Philly, Crescent City and funk influences thrown in for good measure. Hoyer is a powerhouse vocalist leading a nine piece soul revue who are made up of session musicians – including a three-piece horn section who fuel virtually every track – Hoyer himself contributing 0n organ, Rhodes, piano and baritone sax, giving the band a strong Roomful Of blues feel.
Hoyer opens with the Stax influenced ‘Shadowboxer’, a dramatic soul groover that showcases his strident vocals and the soulful backing vocals of Hanna Bendler, Kim Moser and Megan Spain who are a revelation on every track they contribute to. ‘Close Your Eyes’ finds Hoyer’s anguished vocals underpinned by baleful wailing horns – ‘Just Call Me’ mines a strong Otis Redding inflected soul vein
– ‘Til She’s Lovin’ Someone Else’ has a strong Hollywood Argylls’ ‘Alley-Oop’ feel – ‘Make Time
For Love’ is permeated with the influence of the Four Tops – whilst ‘Dirty World’ is a seriously funky soul groover. One for all of you vintage soul fans out there. (www.joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com)
 
Mick Rainsford
 
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http://www.rocktimes.de/gesamt/h/josh_hoyer_and_the_shadowboxers/same.html
As can be mistaken after all. From the image of the singer on the cover , one can conclude on rural blues. After the first couple minutes of the opener " Shadowboxer " to get quite my doubts. Perhaps there is indeed the wrong CD in digipak . No, in the Decorated in black vinyl -look disc is the band name Josh Hoyer And The Shadow boxer and the shekel is in large letters " Soul ! "
The band comes from Lincoln, Nebraska and is committed body and soul to soul, funk and R & B . Since there is no mistaking ... by about five minutes of the first track you are tied up, going from such a pressure , which one can not escape. Alone with three horns at the start, is in " Shadowboxer " rooms here also the trumpeter Russell. Where should such music because we end up ? Full basal high level of interest and curiosity were first aroused.
Josh Hoyer was previously head at Son Of '76 , The Watchman or Electric Soul Method . The first two groups mentioned he has already received awards and in 2013 was nominated for his current band for two Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards . Even after passage of the present disc are likely more awards in my view, not be a big issue.
All tracks on the album were written by Josh Hoyer and dealing with the different genres , which may of course have common subsets in phases , such as " Shadowboxer " is , fail also quietly intense. In this type of music , a women's choir is almost mandatory . Josh Hoyer has it that women offer its damn good voice , so to speak Paroli . Hanna Bendler , Kim and Megan Moser Spain also have the Soul on the vocal cords. Meet virtuoso played instruments on great vocals. The fire once ignited , definitely needs to be recharged with here . For sugar sweetness , it is not in the eight numbers.
Damn, this album touches . No doubt , the second number with stunning Groove , varies somewhat in tempo , arrived to . In the forty-odd minutes of total playing time one has the party brought into the house and guests will also be delighted. Quite generally, a Memphis or New Orleans productions in mind.
Not a bad address and Josh Hoyer with Benny Kushner (guitar), the rhythm section of bassist Brian Morrow and Justin G. Jones ( drums) also high-caliber genuine in his group. If the latter musician playing percussion on the Latin American style, then you know the listener how far the protagonist with his band leans out the window ... with success mind you.
With all the wind section of the guitarist seems to fade into the background , but only at first glance . Benny Kushner has a say with his six string a word belonging . What a luxury! If the female choir makes a break , then there are still the drummer and bassist , who also great voices on the spot.
The enthusiasm for such an album seems to fall apart in a positive way from track to track . The surprise moments appear frequently and even if the blues is here to sense only under the funky - soulful surface , this record will not soon find its way onto the shelf .
"Dirty World" has the character of a jam session with energetic Drum-/Gitarren-/Saxofonsolo . Josh Hoyer And The Shadow Boxers have released an album on the market, this is from front to back top top class. As remarkable as well as the front man can sing, he 's about even with the keyboards or the baritone saxophone. Severe recommendation.
Joachim 'Joe' Brookes
 
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" Josh Hoyer & The Shadow Boxers " is a project that is in the autumn of 2012 in Lincoln , Nebraska started. Joshua Hoyer is a singer- songwriter and multi - instrumentalist , who in the past fifteen years, both solo and in various bands ( "Son of 76 & The Watchmen " , " Electric Soul Method" , " Lil 'Slim Blues Band" ) has occurred . Hoyer is furthermore a session musician and arranger , and is often seen and heard in the legendary Zoo Bar " in Lincoln . Hoyer is considered an important representative of funk , soul & blues youth movement .

Who are the other "Shadow Boxers " ? Justin G. Jones is a drummer . In several places , he worked as a drummer / percussionist . When immigrant Nigerian drummers , with Mexican dancers , while teaching classical percussion and the blues scene in Los Angeles . California along with Ray Charles ' he studied drummer Paul Kreibich and LA studio veteran Kenny Watson . After extensive touring , he is the popular jazz and salsa ensemble , " Son del Llano " . Bassist , composer, arranger and music instructor Brian Morrow . Benjamin Kushner is the guitarist of the band . Kushner's initial interest was folk music. Later he discovered other genres and musicians / bands like Doc Watson , Thelonius Monk , BB King , Robert Johnson , Sly Stone , Miles Davis ... Kushner follows jazz classes in NYC . Kushner played in various R & B and blues bands in Lincoln . ( "The Millions" , " The Self- Righteous Brothers" , " Mezcal Brothers" ) . The trombonist Tom Van Den Berg is well versed in jazz and played in ska to rock bands . Mike Dee ( tenor sax) is music assistant at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln . Dee played in concert and jazz bands , at Carnegie Hall in Taipei , Taiwan . Dee was already on stage with jazz greats as Maynard Ferguson , Bill Watrous and Clay Jenkins . Logan Pennington (Latin Percussion ) since 2006 was the drummer of "Mannheim Steamroller " . He collaborated with the " Quincy Jones Orchestra " , " Nelson Riddle Orchestra " , Chuck Berry and others Pennington was a drummer in famous productions / musicals as " Aida" , " Grease" , " Lucifer " , " Fiddler On The Roof " ... Pennington was studio session drummer on 16 albums .

If you already have this music skills , knowledge and experience brings together around frontman Josh Hoyer , then you get a stage full of musicians who bring a sound , having grown out of their passion and deep respect for blues , Americana , soul, funk and other music styles . The "Shadow Boxers " mix all these styles and distill their own typical grooves here . It 's like you Dr . John heard that Al Green met and gebackt by " Booker T & the MG's ." What the " Shadow Boxers " bringing live and on their album is usually completed Hoyer 's original work with covers .

2008: "Son of 76 & The Watchmen " during the " Omaha Entertainment & Arts Awards " named as " Best Soul / R & B Band " . 2012: " Josh Hoyer & Lil 'Slim Blues Band " in Memphis get to the semi- finals of the International Blues Challenge . 2013 was another successful year for the band as they perform at some major festivals. This year came in January, their self-titled debut album. With roots in the Stax and Motown label and with influences from New Orleans , Philadelphia and San Francisco , this debut album mixes funk, soul and R & B into a unique and fresh sound . The album features eight tracks , accounting for forty minutes of music ... " We're bringing the light" Hoyer said in a publication . The light comes from a 50/50 mix of original songs and covers , versions of classics by Curtis Mayfield , " The Meters " , Dr . John and Albert King . Hoyer continues: " We want to do a mix of things . Some Memphis sound , some New Orleans sounds , some psychedelic funk . There are places where there's Motown sounds in there with the other stuff ... "

Album tracks: 1 " Shadowboxer " - 2 " Close Your Eyes " - 3 " Illusion " - 4 " Everyday Everynight " - 5 " Just Call Me ( I'll Be Sure To Let You Down Again ) " - 6 ' Til She's Lovin " Someone Else " - 7 " Make Time For love" - 8 " Dirty World" .

Josh Hoyer is accomplished this : release an album of music where everyone ' in the morning feeling well , to further all ' to get- down-to -business of the day . What this white soul man ' black voice ' and his nine -man crew does and brings a cascade of surprises . From the opener " Shadowboxer " to the song " Dirty World" will be caught by the great horn ( Tommy Van den Berg , trombone / Michael Dee , sax & Russell Zimmer , trumpet) , three (white ) backing ladies ( Hanna Bendler / Megan Spain & Kim Moser ) , the rhythm section ( Justin G. Jones , drums & Brian Morrow , bass ) and guitarist Benny Kushner . When you hear Josh Hoyer , you hear in eg " Make Time For Love " again Marvin Gaye (1939-1984) and a soulful track like "Just Call Me" go as the sax grooves of Michael Dee swollen , undoubtedly with a broad smile the door . That 's only eight tracks are for me the only ( or even negligible ) " but ... "

Eric Schuurmans
 
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BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK
http://www.bluesundergroundnetwork.com/Josh_Hoyer_CD.html
 Blues Underground Network 5***** rated. No doubt at all, this is one of the finest sets of Modern Soul Music I have heard in a long time. Not only is this Debut Album Catchy, Creative, and Unique, but also all things in between. John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network).
Following Review Excerpt Courtesy Of Ron W (In A Blue Mood )
Unfamiliar with Lincoln Nebraska’s Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, their self-titled and self-produced recording left a definite impression from the first note. Led by vocalist, keyboardist and baritone saxophonist Hoyer, the band includes Benny Kushner on guitar and vocals, Justin G. Jones on drums, latin percussion and vocals, Brian Morrow on bass and vocals, Tommy Van Der Berg on trombone and Mike Dee on tenor sax with a trio of backing vocalists for a collection of soul and funk with some blues accents.

Hoyer himself is a big voiced soulful singer who might be compared to New Orleans blues-eyed soul blues boss, Luther Kent. He sings powerfully with a similar authority to Kent, although the program here are all his originals. Hoyer and the Shadowboxers are a terrific band evident from the opening Shadowboxer with the band hitting a deep groove and coming off like a contemporary New Orleans funk band. The horns (with trumpeter Russell Zimmer added on this track) come off as tight and full of punch while the rhythm section gets a deep soulful groove down.

Hoyer has cast a marvelous web with his use of overdubbing allow him to play some greasy organ and add bottom to the horns with his baritone sax while crafting the vocals (and backing vocals) into driving, stone solid soulful performances. The crisply played Close Your Eyes has a more mellow feel to it with its gritty lyrics about people scrambling to try to find what they are looking for. His horn arrangements frame the vocals and he even takes a gutty baritone break before some bluesy guitar runs from Kushner.
Continue Reading Review Here... http://inabluemood.blogspot.ca/2014/04/josh-hoyer-and-shadowboxers.html  
Listen To A Few Samples Here... http://joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com/
Additional Artist Info... http://www.joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com/
 
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Review in Blues Bytes

Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers was originally conceived in 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Hoyer, who’s a solo artist and session musician, is already a pretty big deal in the Lincoln area, in much demand as a singer, musician, and arranger, and he and his soulful nine-piece band are highly regarded in their region.  Their self-titled debut release should expand their opportunities considerably.

The band’s debut is a dynamite mix of soul and R&B, with eight original compositions, including the funky opener, “Shadowboxer,” which opens with a lengthy vamp by the band before Hoyer dives in with a strong vocal.  “Close Your Eyes” is a smooth taste of 70’s-era Memphis soul and “Illusion” is a catchy southern funk rocker reminscent of Wet Willie.  The sparkling horn section kicks off “Everyday and Everynight” with a vibe similar to James Brown, but it settles back into a midtempo groove with some smooth interplay between Hoyer and the backing vocalists (Hanna Bendler, Kim Moser, and Megan Spain).

“Just Call Me (I’ll Be Sure To Let You Down Again)” is a slick soul ballad with more great work from the horn section (Hoyer – baritone sax, Tommy Van Den Berg – trombone, Michael Dee – tenor sax, flute, and Russell Zimmer – trumpet), and “Til She’s Lovin’ Someone Else” has a rock feel with some tasty guitar from Benny Kushner.  “Make Time For Love” mixes Memphis-styled horns, nicely percolating keyboards froM Hoyer, and a greasy guitar riff from Kushner.  The closer, “Dirty World,” is a seven-minute-plus funk workout that gives all the musicians ample space to stretch.

Hoyer is the real deal on vocals, and the band really rocks the house (thanks in no small part to the tight rhythm section of Brian Morrow – bass, and Justin G. Jones – drums, percussion).  A good soul record is hard to find these days, at least much harder than it used to be when soul music was in its heyday.  This release will bring a smile to the faces of those who recall those glorious days, and hopefully it will help usher in a resurgence.

Graham Clarke

Friday Blues Fix Blog

Blues Bytes
 

Recording and Release of our debut album! 

Utilizing two of the finest studios/engineers/producers in the midwest, Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers will be releasing an 8-song debut album in January of 2014. Check out the craft of Sean Beste at Studio F here: http://www.bzzz.bz and the craft of Charlie Johnson at Fuse Recording here: https://www.facebook.com/FuseRecording.

Needless to say- we are very excited to share the wonderful sounds we've been able to capture.

Cheers!

Official CD Release: January 17 at the Bourbon Theatre in Lincoln, NE.
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