When he founded Austin retro-R&B-soul septet Soul Track Mind in 2008, there’s no way fronting singer Donovan Keith could predict how much his favorite genre would grow over the next fifteen years. In that decade and a half, the efforts of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Mayer Hawthorne, and these Texas trendsetters evolved into an international movement, the mainstream resurgence of classic (or, depending on who you’re talking to, “original”) ’60s-and-’70s-style R&B-soul. To suddenly have an abundance of pertinent material after accepting the inherently temporal and finite limits of digging through crates of oldies was nothing short of exhilarating.
Well in 2016, the same year that Sharon Jones passed away, Soul Track Mind’s rolled out their final release to date, the Generations EP. Reluctant to disembark from the vintage R&B-soul bandwagon as such a seasoned singer, Donovan Keith made his solo debut with the standalone “Last Chance For Love” in the summer of 2019. Marking a whole year since he unfurled his first full-length, Hot off the Wire, today Keith commemorates the occasion with a real stud of a single.
Impressively penned in absence of any instrumental accompaniment, Donovan Keith’s debonair vocal delivery steals the whole arrangement on “Heartbreak Soliloquy”, even paired against Emily Keeley. By tossing Americana, pop, and folk into the usual heritage mix, this soft, sunny charmer is ideal for an afternoon affair. So why not catch Donovan Keith 5:30PM this Friday at Central Market North Lamar or 2PM this Sunday and each Sunday in May at Banger’s?