This review from Parcbench was just posted, and it contains so many great quotes we’re just going to repost the whole review here!
‘Living By The Minute’ is the new release by Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers, an R&B/Soul band from Lincoln, Nebraska. The 10 song album — an evolution of the band’s signature blend of soul, blues and funk — is the perfect introduction to a band who are becoming masters of the genre.
These are songs of everyday hopes and dreams. Josh Hoyer places just the right chord structure in voices that live on streets that go both ways — avenues that might be dead ends… or boulevards to some better place. Upon listening to these songs, I cannot help thinking of Stevie Wonder’s ground-breaking “Living For The City” and ponder the possible connection to the songs on the streets in the neighborhood that Josh Hoyer’s music evokes. Such an implied comparison is not out of the question, considering the sophistication of Mr. Hoyer’s soulful musical narratives.
Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers are an extremely tight band whose players blend miraculously at one moment, then, in a moment’s notice, become a collection of supreme soloists the next. The album is arranged and orchestrated in a way that emphasizes the many colors of instrumentation in the band. Throughout the album, the flow of the horn lines and the precise interweaving of the backup vocals is superb.
‘Living By The Minute’ is filed with: the essence of New Orleans; the musical shadow of Bill Withers; the musical logic of Earth, Wind & Fire; the vocal power of any number of singers who were the best of their generation; and the soul of an original who is here to continue the legacy that soul bridges one community to another — Josh Hoyer. Greg Victor – Parcbench