Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics’ New Single: “Call Out My Name”

Southern soul takes time.

When The Bitter Southerner published a feature story about the Atlanta-based Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics in autumn of 2014, writer Osayi Endolyn reported, "For almost two years now, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics have been working on a sophomore album, a follow-up to their 2012 debut, ‘It’s About Time.’"

Now, two and a half years hence, the band's highly anticipated sophomore album, “State of All Things,” is finally scheduled for release — in late April. "Everything in the South takes time," Velle told us yesterday. "I mean, that's been my understanding of it." She's funny, but she's also making the point that she and her band take this region's soul music, as a genre, with deadly seriousness. And doing it right takes time. Thus, the six-year gap between first and second albums. 

Back in 2014, Endolyn was on the money when she praised the Soulphonics for "that daring spirit, that sass — combined with frisky guitar and sharp horn arrangements — that is soul music."

We still agree, and all of us The Bitter Southerner are psyched to offer you the first listen to the first single from the upcoming "State of All Things." The band will celebrate the release with a show at Atlanta's Terminal West on March 24.

Photo by Jason Hales