It was at the age of 14 that Earl Swindell first became enamored with the prolific artist and the master of Soul music, James Brown. Young Earl would rush home from school if he knew that James Brown would be on television. He listened and practiced Brown’s music any time he could. At age 18, after graduating high school, Earl made a trip to New York, where in 1971 he had the opportunity to meet his idol and from there a long lasting friendship and working relationship developed.
Eventually Earl became Brown’s personal valet and informal mentor as the two spent a lot of time together. As Earl matured as a music professional, he was handed more responsibility over the years working with Brown, and he eventually became a promotion man at Polydor Records.
Over the many years that Earl worked with Brown, a strong bond developed between the two as Brown considered Earl to be like a son. Earl learned from Brown at every moment and admired him for his business savvy and independent style in the music industry.
Time went on and Earl stayed in touch with his mentor and over the course of years up until his death, Brown always had a special place in his heart for Earl and would make sure to meet him every once in a while to discuss life, music and spiritual topics.
And then in 2006, on an early Christmas morning, Brown departed the world. Earl, as a pall-bearer at Brown funeral, carried his idol back inside the Apollo Theater (where they spent so much time together in the past), and he remembered the great music that Brown created for his fans and the companionship and mentoring for Earl personally.
So now in December 2012, as a tribute to his great mentor and to one of the world’s great artists, Earl brings back the sound of James Brown. For Earl it’s the only fitting thing to do for the man that took him under his wing and taught him so much, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.