Photo: Bosley Facebook page
BALTIMORE — Soul and funk are two of the few music genres that have never really gone out of fashion. Which may partly explain why the Baltimore-based band Bosley, by combining both styles with talent, was just elected best band of their city in this month’s issue of Baltimore Magazine.
Bosley was formed when frontman Bosley Brown decided to record his debut album, Honey Pig, in 2011, with fellow musicians he met along his musical career — a career which, according to this short biography, basically began the day he was born.
Brown started as an obscure folk singer in Baltimore, where he also recorded a few pop demos. But after finding little success in his home city, he soon decided to go busking around the United States.
In 2008, he was busted for vagrancy in Las Vegas and fled to Mexico, then Guatemala. It was there that he started playing weekly shows and drew his first big crowds. A year later, he returned to Baltimore, only to find that during his time away, his demos had gained popularity. He decided to move away from folk music and opt for the slicker mix of James Brown and Marvin Gaye that he is today.
Bosley’s second album, The Dirty Dogs Radio Show, was released in March and radiates the same atmosphere of simple coolness that Honey Pig did. Try not tapping your foot to this.