With the 2010 release of Soul in a Digital World, DeRobert and the Half-Truths burst out into the national scene. But the release of that impressive album not only put Nashville on the map as the home to a burgeoning soul revivalist movement, it also put gave G.E.D. Soul Records a much larger presence as well.
Now, it’s been a while since DeRobert and the Half-Truths released an album — their last effort was 2011’s Beg Me EP. And that shouldn’t be terribly surprising as DeRobert Adams released an album with his other group, Sky Hi Funk earlier this year, and members of the Half-Truths also act as the G.E.D. Soul Records house band, backing the likes of A.J. and the Jiggawatts and others. Anecdotally speaking, out of all of the super talented artists on the G.E.D. Soul Records roster, DeRobert and the Half-Truths seems to have the most devoted following. Interestingly, I’ve personally introduced the band to friends, and within a short period of time they start referring to the band and it’s members as “theirs.”
With that in mind, I’m Trying the band’s forthcoming new full-length effort, slated for a January 2014 release will be highly anticipated among both new and old fans of the band, and I suspect among my fellow bloggers and critics. “Goin’ Places,” is the first single and video from the new album possesses all the things that DeRobert and the Half-Truths fans have loved about the band — DeRobert Adams’ silky smooth vocals; lyrics that are uplifting while chastising someone who did the narrator wrong, and manage to sound both old fashioned and contemporary; and contributions from one the country’s most unheralded horn sections and guitar players. In ‘Goin’ Places,” the narrator lets an old love know that not only has the love been gone — and been gone for quite some time — but that his life has improved dramatically without her. Damn, that sounds like a familiar situation to me.