King James and the Special Men (from the album Act Like You Know)
Hometown grooves, parade percussion, and smooth talking introduce sons of New Orleans, Louisiana King James and the Special Men on their debut E.P., Act Like You Know. The album opener gives a background on the band as King James pontificates while The Special Men lay down a “Special Man Boogie”. Recorded in New Orleans 9th Ward at House of 1000Hz Studios, Act Like You Know rattles and roars out some “9th Ward Blues” on one persistent fuzzed-out riff as King James and the Special Men prepare for the worst and hope for the best with “The End is Near”, proclaiming ‘we all gotta die but baby please not tonight’ on a vintage Bourbon Street rock’n’roll beat.
Though Act Like You Know is the first musical salvo from King James and the Special Men, members of the band have been heard on other recordings with the horn section appearing on album and in performances with Sturgill Simpson as well as St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Horn pops and a strutting rhythm sashay and shuffle on “Eat That Chicken” as Act Like You Know slows down to sing a love song to “Baby Girl” as King James and the Special Men preach a Rock’n’Soul gospel asking “Tell Me (What You Want Me to Do)”.