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After years of reverent exploration and immersion in classic soul and R&B, it can be said The Nightowls has learned its history. Now, the Austin-based groove machine is ready to not repeat it.

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Casting aside its throwback artistic ethos, the 10-piece band boldly paves its own path with the sensual pop and smoldering grooves of the aptly titled, We Are The Nightowls, out April 27. It’s a masterful album that benefits from a stable lineup, and crisp modern production courtesy of Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, North Mississippi Allstars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd).

“Previously, it was important for us to look back and pay tribute to the past, but now it’s time to move the ball forward and do something unique,” says the band’s visionary, main songwriter, and singer Ryan Harkrider.

The Nightowls features Ryan Harkrider vocals, Sara Stein, vocals, Kamilla Lamar, vocals, Rob Alton, bass, Andrew McLemore, saxophone, Rydog Johnson, guitar, Vince Wiley, keys, Luke Scallan, trumpet, Zol Waterhouse, trombone, and Justin Hights, drums. The soul dynamos first shook up the Austin scene in 2014 with an incendiary debut album and sweat-soaked revue-style showmanship and choreography.

The group has earned prime regional and national accolades from The Austin Chronicle, Austin Monthly, Texas Music Magazine, The Atlantic, Southern Living, Relix, and Pollstar. The 10-piece band has also fervently spread the gospel of classic R&B and soul around the country with regional and national tours, select highlight performances include incendiary appearances Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.

These soul saviors have apprenticed at the finest institutions. The Fame Sessions album was tracked at the venerated Muscle Shoals studio (Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, The Rolling Stones), and the Royal Sessions was recorded at Willie Mitchell and Al Green’s legendary studio.

The connotations of definitiveness on, We Are The Nightowls, are intentional. The record is the result of two years of soul searching. “It was important to write something authentic to the band that didn’t feel dated,” Ryan says. So, instead of looking at the timeline of American soul for inspiration, he sought the vibrant laboratory of groove right in his rehearsal room.

The resulting 11-song album is thoughtfully sequenced, frontloaded with sleek song-oriente

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