Kelvin Sugars - Drums
Benny Cunningham - Guitar, Vocals
Ange Portolesi - Vocals, Keyboards, Lyricist
Stephen Portolesi - Bass Guitar, Composer
Matt Williams - Guitar, vocals
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Kings & Associates


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With their new album Tales of a Rich Girl, Kings & Associates continue the steady ascent started with their win for Most Outstanding New Act Win at the prestigious 2014 Adelaide Roots and Blues Awards in their native Australia. Those that have followed this exceptional band from the beginning likely won’t be surprised; over the course of their career, Kings & Associates have developed into one of Australia's most unique and exciting modern blues ensembles. A mere two years on, they’ve quickly become a regular draw at such topnotch Australian music festivals as Mordi, Geetroit, Blenheim, Echuca, Semaphore and Bendigo, as well as premier venues such as the Cherrybar (Melbourne), Lazybones (Sydney), and the Gov (Adelaide).

The ten original tracks included on Tales of a Rich Girl (released July 7), mark the culmination of two years of writing, touring and recording. Another landmark release for the band, it boasts the talents of several highly respected collaborators. The tunes were originally tracked over six days in Los Angeles a year ago with seven-time Grammy winner Jim Scott (Rolling Stones, Tedeschi Trucks, Sting, the Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Matchbox 20, Crowded House etc.) producing and engineering the sessions. Scott himself personally reached out to the band to express his interest in taking part.

Kings & Associates bassist and songwriter Steve Portolesi says that the day session in Scott’s studio, PLYRZ in Valencia north 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,” Steve says. “He knew how to create the perfect environment to get the best out of you both in performance and in creativity….but it still left time to eat, hang and chat….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 a brief nine day trip across the Pacific, the album was tracked and the tapes were taken back to Adelaide for a final edit. The band returned to the States to mix the album in Music City having secured the services of another industry legend, Nashville-based engineer Vance Powell. Powell's credits include Grammy wins for his work with the Dixie Chicks and Jack White, and most recently, production for Chris Stapleton’s breakthrough effort. They also found time to book some live performances, including shows at the legendary Bourbon St Blues Club in Printers Lane Nashville, and a last minute semifinals appearance at the IBC in Memphis.

Ultimately, between tracking in LA with Jim Scott, and mixing in Nashville with Vance Powell, the band racked up over 34,000 miles during the eight months of recording. “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, notes lyricist and vocalist Angie 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. The songs represent who we are today in so many respects. They speak back to us like our children, and we can say we're proud of them’.

With the new album under their collective belt, the band continues to nurture their relationship with global NGO World Vision. The partnership was birthed with last year’s 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 and Associates have developed a close relationship with World Vision as a partner artist, and the issue of sex slavery remains an important cause for the band as well as having a profound impact on their music.

“We're not about bashing people over the head with a social message, or pointing the finger at anyone in particular,” Angie insists. “The time we spent in Memphis, and specifically our visit to the site of Martin Luther King’s assassination, reaffirmed to us the fact that slavery has been around for generations. The impact that it's had on humanity is something we need to continue to address. It's not about saying, ‘there are the bad guys over there,’, but rather for us to point out what allows us to tolerate the fact that the repressed of this world to remain enslaved.”

Kings & Associates will be performing a string of shows throughout Australia to support their new album. Plans are also in place for their first full tour to the US and Europe.

Tales Of A Rich Girl is available on CD from kingsandassociatesmusic.com and the band’s Facebook page, as well as iTunes, Amazon and most other online outlets. Check out Facebook Twitter and their website for further information.

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