Recently, the band was awarded the Most Outstanding New Act accolade and have emerged as one of their homelands most exciting modern blues ensembles. A mere two years on, they’ve quickly become a regular draw at such top-notch Australian music festivals like Mordi, Geetroit, Blenheim, Echuca, Semaphore and Bendigo, among many others.
The band’s smoking new album features ten original tracks and marks the culmination of two years of writing, touring and recording, and featuring the work of several highly respected collaborators, including seven-time Grammy winner Jim Scott (Rolling Stones; Red Hot Chilli Peppers; Foo Fighters) producing and engineering the sessions.
Kings & Associates bassist and songwriter Steve Portolesi says that the day session in Scott’s studio, PLYRZ, right outside of Hollywood, easily ranks as one the musical highlight of his career.
“Jim is the most down-to-earth guy we’ve ever met, and considering his massive list of successful recordings, I have to say our work together totally refreshing,” Portolesi says. “He knew how to create the perfect environment to get the best out of you both in performance and in creativity
“At times we had to pinch ourselves to remind us of where we were and who we were working with. After all, this guy has worked with bands and artists who have sold millions of albums and influenced us personally, and so to have the opportunity to work with him and have him impact our songs was humbling to say the least.”
After six days of recording in LA, the album was tracked and the tapes were taken back to Adelaide for editing. The band then returned to the States again, this time to Nashville to work with engineer Vance Powell, whose has done Grammy Award-winning work with Jack White and Chris Stapleton. They also found time to book some live performances, including shows at the legendary Bourbon Street Blues Club in Printers Lane, and a last minute semifinals appearance at the IBC in Memphis.
“Unlike our last album, Red Dress, where we felt we were finding our feet stylistically, Tales of a Rich Girl is a lot closer to our heart emotionally and spiritually, adds Portolesi.
“This album was written from real life experiences…including friends dying, relationships breaking up, overcoming personal tragedy, and significant life changes. In essence, these are all the stories of our lives.”
With the new album under their collective belt, the band continues to nurture their relationship with global NGO World Vision. The partnership was founded with last year’s drop of the Red Dress album, which was produced as part of World Vision’s #nochildforsale campaign to help raise awareness of childhood sex slavery, specifically in Brazil.
Kings & Associates will be performing a string of shows throughout Australia to support their new album with plans for U.S. and European tours.
Tales Of A Rich Girl will be available on CD from the band’s official website for the U.S. on Oct. 6th, the band’s Facebook page, Spotify, as well as iTunes, Amazon and most other online outlets.