St. Paul & The Broken Bones Release “Love Letter From a Red Roof Inn”


Photo Credit: Bobbi Rich

St. Paul & The Broken Bones have released “Love Letter From a Red Roof Inn,” the newest single from their ambitious forthcoming album The Alien Coast—out January 28 on ATO Records.

“Love Letter From a Red Roof Inn” showcases lead singer/lyricist Paul Janeway’s falsetto as he soars over a slow burning sweet soul groove. Janeway says, “I remember writing sketches for this song on some hotel notepad. I was lost in thought while looking at the ceiling and just missing home. I was trying not to write in cliches but ended up doing it anyway. The song is meant to sound like someone talking softly over a telephone call. A very hard song to sing because it has to be so delicately done.”

The track’s accompanying live video released today—filmed in a single take—features the band performing at Ol Elegante studios in their hometown of Birmingham, AL in the studio where they made some of their earliest recordings.

“Love Letter,” the final song on the 11-track The Alien Coast (the band’s first for ATO Records), provides the perfect closure to the album’s vivid dreamscape, with its musical convergence of soul and psychedelia, stoner metal and funk. “The album was birthed through the idea of falling asleep in a hotel and having a sequence of nightmares, says Janeway, “then waking up and missing home so badly.” Among the album’s surprising range of inspirations: Greek mythology, dystopian sci-fi, 17th-century Italian sculpture, and colonial-period history books.

The Alien Coast defies expectations yet reflects the galvanizing musicianship that has earned the band massive acclaim, three Billboard 200 debuts, an opening slot with the Rolling Stones, a legendary NPR Tiny Desk performance with over seven million views, and multiple national tv bookings including the first-ever musical performance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show and a Daytime EMMY nomination for one of their CBS Saturday Morning appearances.

The album’s recently released “The Last Dance” considers “the juxtaposition of dancing while facing certain doom,” says Janeway. Its video was directed by Machete Bang Bang (Coldplay, Jeff Goldblum, Evan Rachel Wood) and features dancer Liv Mai. The band also recently shared a one-take live version of “The Last Dance.”

St. Paul & The Broken Bones is Paul Janeway, Jesse Phillips (bass), Browan Lollar (guitar), Kevin Leon (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone), and Amari Ansari (saxophone). The band is preparing for a 45-date international tour featuring some of their biggest headlining shows to date including The Beacon Theatre in New York City on March 11. Fans can celebrate New Years Eve with the band at their Brooklyn Bowl concert in Nashville, and the event will also be livestreamed. The band will also be performing at the Orion Amphitheater on May 14 in their home state of Alabama with Brittany Howard, Drive-By Truckers and Mavis Staples. One of the great live bands to emerge in the past few years, St. Paul & The Broken Bones have toured the globe many times over, delivering a “potent live show that knocks audiences on their ass” (Esquire).


St. Paul & The Broken Bones Tour Dates:

St. Paul & The Broken Bones 2021-2022 tour:

December 3 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
December 4 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
December 30 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville
December 31 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville (livestreamed concert)
January 26 – Atlanta, GA – Criminal Records (In-store event)
January 27 – Birmingham, AL – Seasick Records (In-store event)
January 28 – Nashville, TN – Grimey’s (In-store event)
February 1 – London, United Kingdom – Electric Ballroom
February 3 – Leeds, United Kingdom – Brudenell Social Club
February 4 – Glasgow, Scotland – Old Fruitmarket
February 6 – Paris, Ile-de-France – Bataclan
February 8 – Berlin, Germany – Hole 44
February 9 – Belgium, Brussels – Le Botanique
February 10 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
March 2-March 6 – North Charleston, SC – Riverfront Park Performance Pavilion
March 4 – Atlanta, GA – The Eastern *
March 5 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Wine & Food Festival
March 6 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz *
March 8 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre *
March 9 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
March 11 – New York, NY – The Beacon Theatre *
March 12 – Lebanon, NH – Lebanon Opera House *
March 13 – Boston, MA – House of Blues *
March 15 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore *
March 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
March 18 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre *
March 19 – Ottawa, ON – Bronson Centre *
March 20 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall *
March 22 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall *
March 23 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall *
March 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Palace Theatre *
March 26 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
April 16 – Birmingham, AL – Alabama Theatre
April 22 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
April 23 – Dallas, TX – The Granada Theater ^
April 24 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s ^
April 26 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom ^
April 28 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom ^
April 29 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up ^
April 30 – Salt Lake City – Commonwealth Room ^
May 3 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune ^
May 5 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom ^
May 6 – San Francisco, CA/Oakland, CA – Fox Theater ^
May 7 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts By The Bay ^
May 10 – Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel ^
May 11 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s ^
May 12 – Phoenix, AR – The Van Buren ^
May 14 – Huntsville, AL – Orion Amphitheater (with Brittany Howard, Drive-By Truckers, and Mavis Staples)
* with Thee Sacred Souls
^ with Danielle Ponder