James Brown Is Annie to launch new single at Hard Rock Café

Edinburgh’s own fabulous funkmeisters, the irrepressible James Brown Is Annie, release new single Get Up To Get Down at the Capital’s Hard Rock Café on Thursday, 28 April.

Produced by living a funk legend, Average White Band’s Molly Duncan, and mixed by Dan Duncan (one half of techno dance giants Pig & Dan), the second single from the sextet’s critically-acclaimed debut album has been specially mastered by original Atlantic Records’ engineer Gene Paul – son of guitar icon Les Paul and recording engineer to everyone from the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin to Ray Charles and The Bee Gees, to name but a few.

As band rhythm guitarist Barry Gordon maintains, a lot of funk has gone into the recording: “We were lucky to have some of the genre’s biggest names involved, and when our producer, Molly Duncan, heard the first playback of the song in the studio, he said ‘it’s a winner’ immediately.

“It’s gone on to become one of our best received tunes at gigs – so hopefully anyone who picks up the Single will find the chorus stuck in their head for months.”

The new single comes off the back of a successful 18 months in the group’s career, during which time they’ve appeared on STV half-a-dozen times, performed two sessions at BBC Radio Scotland, played the Main Stage at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, and even sold out all four of their shows at some of England’s most prestigious jazz clubs –  Pizza Express, Soho; 606 Club, Chelsea; Matt & Phreds, Manchester; Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle).

Now, JBiA celebrate the release with a launch party at the iconic music-themed restaurant (20 George Street, between 6pm and 8pm) where they will perform a 5-song set.

Described as royal, calorie-laden, whipped up funk, JBiA ask: are you ready to get up to get down?

Any member of the public wanting to guarantee attendance should send JBiA a PM on Facebook messages with the word “launch” – www.facebook.com/Earls.Of.Caithness/