An eclectic mix of classic soul and soul inspired classics, Back Alley Soul pays tribute to the grit, grease and crackle of the Blues & Soul albums of the 60’s and 70’s that shaped Cunio as a singer and continue to thrill him as a fan. These songs have been reimagined by an obscenely talented group of side men who came together on their nights off from gigging with the industry’s brightest stars including The Roots, Harry Connick Jr., Jazz at Lincoln Center, Richard Bona and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. What you hear was recorded live to tape, in single takes over just 36 hours in Studio A at Brooklyn’s famed The Bunker Studio. More than polish or perfection Cunio’s desire was to capture the electricity and joy of playing music without a safety net. This has been a lifetime in the making and the band hopes you have as much fun listening to this album as they did making it.
Back Alley Soul is a phrase that was introduced to Cunio down in Memphis, TN. A woman came up to him after a gig and said, “Down here we got a saying for people like you.” Intrigued, he asked “ Oh yeah, what’s that?” She replied “we call it back alley soul- when something seems smooth and sweet then gets rough and nasty!” He was totally flattered and remembers thinking, “Yup, that’s everything I’ve ever aspired to be” and in that moment this album had found its name.