If everything old is new again, then The Mississippi Kings, a quintet
hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, should take both the old and new world by
storm with the release of their debut album, Long Time Comin’.
Breathing new life into the Canadian rock scene, the Mississippi Kings are a
band that surely must not be missed. Exploding out of Hamilton’s vibrant music
scene, the Kings’ own brand of steel-town grit is delivered with stack soul
harmonies and soaring melodies, which will move your body to emotional bliss
reviewed Canada Jams in October 2007. Described as “The Band meets Motown,”
the Mississippi Kings energetic live show and musical storytelling will
transport you to the swampy marshlands of the Mississippi, rather than the
muddy waters of the Hamilton Harbour.
The Mississippi Kings were founded in Hamilton in 2006 by Nick Cino (vocals),
Mike Ventimiglia (guitar), Dave Marini (bass) and Dan Stajduhar (drums), and
later joined by Ivan Katkic (keyboards) in 2007. As the band's primary songwriters,
Nick and Mike have created their own distinct style combining a fierce double-vocal
attack, stack harmonies and soulful guitar work. The breadth of musical influences,
from The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Marvin Gaye and The Temptations,
is reflected in their diverse songwriting abilities.
Long Time Comin’ – recorded at Vibewrangler Studio in Hamilton with producers Glen
Marshall and Michael Keire (Feist, Tom Wilson, Peter Yarrow) – carries a similar
infectious vibe that swathed the Villa Nellcôte recording sessions, where the
Stones recorded the legendary Exile on Main Street. Long Time Comin’ was initially
released on October 18, 2008 as a free download through the band’s site
www.themississippikings.com. Plans are now underway to follow up the album release
with some extensive touring in Canada and Europe.
Says Hamilton producer Glen Marshall, “When the Kings play their original songs
along side the “rock and soul” songbook standards, the audience rolls right along
as if they've known the songs all along. It’s a testament to the Mississippi Kings’
understanding and ability to create and perform truly great original songs that I
believe can live easily amongst the cannon of some of the greatest popular songs
of the 20th century.”
With the primary goal of making great music – and a cut above everyone else –
Long Time Comin’ showcases the band's ability to craft the best foot stompin’
rock ‘n’ soul north of the Mississippi.