Q&A with Paul Janeway of St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Soul singer Paul Janeway chats with Niner Times


Paul Janeway of St. Paul & The Broken Bones (photo courtesy of band’s official Facebook page)


From the raspy tones of Otis Redding to the sultry vocals of Marvin Gaye. From the prolific grooves of the Beatles to the peaks of every Rolling Stone. This band was made for me and you. St. Paul & The Broken Bones will weave you through a range of emotions when they perform Tuesday, Oct. 14 at The Neighborhood Theatre. Currently on their Fall Tour, lead singer Paul Janeway says St. Paul & The Broken Bones is a soul band with a little bit of rock.


Q: What’s the meaning behind the band’s name, “St. Paul & The Broken Bones?”

A: The “St. Paul” part is kind of a joke on me.  I don’t drink or smoke. The “Broken Bones” is a lyric from probably the first song me and Jess (Jess Phillips, bass) wrote. “…broken bones and pocket change is all she left me with.” So all she left me with was no money and this band.


Q: What influenced that soul and rock sound combination?

A: When I heard Otis Redding or Marvin Gaye I thought, “That’s what you’re supposed to sound like.” The other fellas like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones so it kind of sneaks its way in.


Q: What’s your favorite song to perform?

A: “Grass is Greener” and “Dixie Rothko.” They just hit me in the right spot. They go to another level live.


Q: If you could make a song and feature any artist, past, present, dead or alive, who would it be?

A: Prince or D’angelo. Either of them, I’d just loose it. I saw Prince a few years ago and it was the best show I ever saw.


Q: Name a music trend you want to go away.

A: Auto-tune. It’s so awful. It means anybody can sing and that ain’t the way it’s supposed be!


Q: What makes a good singer to you?

A: Someone who can convey their emotion with their voice in a somewhat pleasant way.


Q: What’s your guilty pleasure?

A: I love bottled coke. It is a problem; I drink way too much of it.



St Paul & The Broken Bones (photo courtesy of band’s official Facebook page)

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