The Jail Breakers have found a sound that cannot be easily labeled. True, it is familiar in its tone, infectious in its energy and contagious in its beat. But don't try and put your thumb on it. Just tap your toes and go with the flow. A new ensemble steeped in the tradition of the great R&B backing bands such as The Funk Brothers, Booker T. and the MG’s, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, The J.B.’s and The Dap Kings.
Formed in the spring of 2012 by guitarist Derek Toa and bassist Will Cafaro, the six-piece band is now headlining Boston gigs with a rotation of fine vocalists while it also serves as a backing band for other artists, on stage and in the studio. They understand the musical history and they embrace the great wealth of Americana, yet they approach it from an entirely different angle. Mixing blues, soul, jazz and rock and roll into their own intoxicating brew.
Yes, The Jail Breakers are anything but typical. But like their famed predecessors, they have one common aim: to move you. So get on up and dance.