|Composers: Angela Portolesi & Stephen Portolesi
Produced by Jim Scott
Engineered by Jim Scott and Kevin Dean at Plyrz Studios Los Angeles CA. Mixed by Vance Powell at Sputnik Sound Nashville TN
Final tracking and editing at FatTrax Studios Adelaide SA. by Matt Williams. Mastered by Martin Pullen at Edensound Melbourne
Lead Vocals and Tambourine – Angela Portolesi
Lead Vocals and Electric Guitars – Benjamin Cunningham
Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars – Stephen Portolesi
Drums, Percussion and Acoustic Guitars – Kelvin Sugars
Electric and Acoustic Guitars – Matt Williams
Hammond + Piano – Louie Higuera
Fiddle and Mandolin – Eleanor Masterson
BV – Gheri LeGree, Troy Clark, Kesha Ealy
Boingy thing – Jim Scott
Piano (Australia) – Marcello Rosmini
Harp and Sax (Australia) – Geo Heathcote
Since their humble beginnings winning the 2014 Adelaide Roots & Blues Association (ARBA) award for ‘Most Outstanding New Act,” Kings & Associates have developed into one of Australia’s exciting neo blues acts. Within two short years The Kings have quickly become a regular at Australian festivals including Mordi, Geetroit, Blenheim, Echuca, Semaphore and Bendigo, along with premier venues such as the Cherrybar (Melbourne), Lazybones (Sydney), and the Gov (Adelaide).
Their debut album, “Red Dress,” was tracked in various studios around Adelaide from April to June 2014, with the guys heading to Nashville for final production and mixing with Andrija Tokic in July. Tokic mixed the Grammy nominated smash debut album for the Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls.” “Red Dress” also featured some of Nashville’s best musos including the late Ikey Owens from the Jack White band & ‘The Mars Volta’ on hammond, rhodes & farfisa. “Red Dress” hit no.1 on the iTunes blues charts in Australia.
Their new album, “Tales From A Rich Girl,” marks over two years of writing, touring and recording with ten new original compositions, which started with tracking in LA in August 2016 with 7-time Grammy winner, Jim Scott, as engineer and producer. Scott’s catalogue of hit albums and awards include the Rolling Stones, Tedeschi Trucks, Sting, the Chilli Peppers, Foo Fighters, Matchbox 20 and Crowded House. Bassist and co-songwriter Steve Portolesi rates this 6-day session in Scott’s studio PLYRZ in Valencia north of Hollywood, as the musical highlight of his career. However, the quality didn’t finish with Jim Scott and LA. The band secured the services of Nashville based Vance Powell to mix the album, another industry legend and multi Grammy winner. Powell’s credits include Grammys with the Dixie Chicks and Jack White and had just finished producing the breakthrough album for Chris Stapleton.
So, it was back to the States again to mix the album in Music City. This time the band used the trip to perform live with shows at the legendary Bourbon St Blues Club in Printers Lane Nashville and a semifinal appearance at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Between tracking in LA with Jim Scott and mixing in Nashville with Vance Powell, the guys had traveled over 34,000 miles in eight months to finish their album.
Producing and performing music is not the sole focus or motivation for Kings & Associates. In conjunction with their new album the band continues their relationship with global NGO World Vision. This partnership was birthed from “Red Dress,” which was produced as part of World Vision’s #nochildforsale campaign to help raise awareness of childhood sex slavery, specifically in Brazil. Kings & Associates have developed a close relationship with World Vision as a partner artist, the issue of sex slavery remains a driving passion for the band and a huge influence on their artistic direction. “We’re not about bashing people on the head with a social message or pointing the finger,” comments Angie. “Our time in Memphis and specifically our visit to Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. reaffirmed in us how slavery has been with us for generations and the impact 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 for us it’s about saying what in my life allows the repressed of this world to remain enslaved.”