Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Belva & The Randolph Bros. "Happy Fool" (Randolph Bros. Productions)

The Star City's own Randolph Bros. return, this time adding a sister to the mix. Belva's unique vocals on the super catchy "Happy Fool" immediately draw you in with a delivery that's somehow innocent yet knowing. Ultimately, it becomes clear that she's not as blissfully ignorant as the title might lead us to believe. The rhythm section falls into lock step behind a crisp guitar line, as the horns deftly augment the tight arrangement with percussive melody. Then out of nowhere comes this blast of fuzz, as if the Deep Purple tour bus made a quick detour through the studio on the way to the Roanoke Civic Center. Truly out of left field, but, hey, it works!

Belva & The Randolph Bros. "Happy Fool"


Andy said...

This is an amazing site. Took me nearly a year to find it, but I love it. Any chance of reposting any of the old stuff. Thank you, thank you. Very great idea for a blog.


Jeff said...

I'm a huge fan of you guys and this site. I'm really glad you got this 45 up here. A good friend of mine, who I was in bands with, used to play guitar with Rene Marie in Roanoke. His wife did a story on Brent Hosier for NPR and also a story on Rene Marie, who was Miss black teen Roanoke....so there were a bunch of odd coincidences based on who knew who. I was wondering about this 45 and I had asked Rene about it, but she couldn't really remember...Thanks so much!