The Pepper Pots Newsletter
We had to keep it a secret, but now it’s over, we are finally able to share the incredible experience we had when we got the chance to work alongside The Impressions, probably the best vocal group in the history of Soul!
This took place last week, as part of the Black is Back Weekend, one of Spain’s premier Soul festivals, an event which attracts artists such as James Hunter, Lisa & The Lips, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Juan Zelada, The Faith Keepers, Al Supersonic & The Teenagers and many others. It was an intense weekend for us where, besides appearing with The Impressions, we also showcased our new EP “TIME AND PLACE” alongside Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, and whetted the appetite with a selection from our own set list.
The hard work was, however, more than compensated for by what we consider among our most emotive moments in our careers as musicians.
MOVE ON UP – THE IMPRESSIONS WITH BINKY GRIPTITE & THE PEPPER POTS – 05/26/12
When we played with The Impressions, we were joined onstage by three guest musicians: Pep Garau on the trumpet, Isidre Palmada on trombone and Joan Ciurana on percussion; all of us under the musical direction of our good friend Binky Griptite guitarist for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, with whom we spent a full week rehearshing and fine-tuning our existing set list.
But the most magical moment for us was when Sam, Reggie and Fred, turned up for the first time to the Matadero Red Bull rehearsal studio in Madrid to run through the set with us. And what a rehearsal it was, with hit following hit: “It’s all right”, “Gipsy woman”, “We are a winner”, “People get ready”…, to Curtis Mayfield classics “Superfly” or “Move on up”.
Following the Madrid rehearsal we were further honoured to read one of The Impressions’ facebook updates which read: ” REHERSAL IN MADRID WITH THE PEPER POTS AND BINKY GRIPTITE. THESE GUYS REALLY STAY TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL SOUND!!”
It was an unforgettable experience, that we would love to live through again… Long live SOUL!