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The Royal Sessions

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Released  4 February 2014
Producer  Perry A. Margouleff
Release date  4 February 2014
Genres  Blues, Soul music
Length  41:34
Artist  Paul Rodgers
Label  429 Records
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Recorded  2013, Royal Studios, Memphis
Similar  Paul Rodgers albums, Blues albums

The Royal Sessions is a studio album by Paul Rodgers of Free and Bad Company fame. Released on 4 February 2014, it consists of ten covers of blues, rhythm & blues and soul songs recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee with local musicians and produced by Perry A. Margouleff. Rodgers chose songs for the album that inspired him in his youth.


Rodgers announced before the album's release that he would be donating all proceeds from it to the Stax Music Academy, an after-school music programme in Memphis, stating that he wanted to "pay the proceeds to the people who gave us this music".

The album entered the Billboard Blues Albums Chart at number 1, and entered the Billboard 200 at number 81.


Steven Thomas Erlewine, reviewing the album for Allmusic, gave it four stars out of five, describing it as "enjoyable". Glide magazine awarded it 8/10. USA Today gave it three stars out of four, with Jerry Shriver saying that "Rodgers' devotion rings true". The Winnipeg Sun gave it two and a half stars, describing it as "Enjoyable, but not essential." Le Parisien writer Michel Valentin viewed the familiarity of the songs as a drawback.

Track listing

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  • Personnel

  • Paul Rodgers: Vocals
  • Michael Toles: Guitar
  • Leroy Hodges: Guitar (Bass)
  • Michael Barar: Viola
  • Roy Brewer: Violin
  • Marc Franklin: Trumpet
  • Charles Hodges: Hammond B3
  • Wesley Hovanec: Assistant Engineer, Electric Bongos, Videography
  • Jonathan Kirkscey: Cello
  • Beth Luscombe: Viola
  • Perry Margouleff: Guitar, Mixing, Producer
  • Lannie McMillan: Sax (Tenor)
  • Susanna Perry-Gilmore: Violin
  • Jessie Munson: Violin
  • Royal Horns: Featured Artist, Horn
  • Lester Snell: Piano
  • Gary Topper: Sax (Tenor)
  • Archie Turner: Wurlitzer
  • Mark Wallace: Cello
  • The Royal Singers: Featured Artist
  • The Royal Strings: Featured Artist, Strings
  • James L. Spake: Sax (Baritone)
  • James Robertson: Drums
  • Steve Potts: Drums
  • Sharisse Norman: Member of Featured Artist
  • Shontelle Norman: Member of Featured Artist
  • Daniel Bean: Assistant Engineer
  • Stefanie Bolton: Member of Featured Artist
  • Ryan Smith: Mastering
  • William Wittman: Engineer, Mixing
  • Songs

    1I Thank You3:11
    2Down Don't Bother Me2:18
    3I Can't Stand The Rain4:05


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