Let's talk for a minute about Soul Do Mato. Because I feel like you don't hear enough about this Miami-based band. While enjoying their vids on YouTube, I did find that they have at least one metric shitload of views though, so it's entirely possible I'm just preaching to the choir when I say Soul Do Mato are one talented group of dudes, and well deserving of support.
Honest and heartfelt with a laid-back, "stop, sip some booze and listen" sort of appeal, it could be said that SDM's music lies somewhere along the lines of Jack Johnson, or at times, Mat Kearney. But they make it their own.
Started in 2005 and not fully formed until '07, the five-piece Soul Do Mato (which is Portuguese for "of nature," and not yet another pronunciation for tomato), comprised of singer and rhythm guitarist Ravhi DeMello, lead guitarist Robbie Carroll, drummer Doug Carroll, saxophonist Frankie Jurado and bassist Greg Andrews, have tapped into something special. Their sound bears a distinct straightforward approach that is obviously the product of mature songwriting, and the result is catchy and often arresting tunes. The music is not simple. Just soulful. Check them out for yourself in the flesh at Bougie's tomorrow night.
Soul Do Mato performs at Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern on Thursday, November 5. No cover.