Souled American is an American alternative country band from Chicago, that was active mostly in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The band has its origins in Normal, a college town in central Illinois and revolves around vocalists Chris Grigoroff (also guitar) and Joe Adducci (also bass) who previously played in a band called The Uptown Rulers. Souled American recorded four albums for Rough Trade Records, which initially stirred a modicum of critical and popular attention both in North America and Europe. In 1991 drummer Jamey Barnard left the band, and in 1992 the band released its fourth album (and last for Rough Trade),"Sonny," eight of the ten songs on which are cover tunes. After four albums, a tour with Camper Van Beethoven, and a wealth of critical acclaim (though very little commercial success — one Rough Trade employee later claimed, "The band sold less and less records with each consecutive release")[citation needed] Rough Trade folded and Souled American seemingly disappeared. The band re-emerged in 1994 with "Frozen" and 1997's "Notes Campfire", both released on the obscure German label Moll Tonträger. Sometime after 1996 guitarist Scott Tuma also left the band leaving the duo of Adducci and Grigoroff still intact. The remaining two members have since made sporadic appearances in their hometown and brief tours including shows in New York City, Chicago, and Ohio but new studio material has been sparse. A re-release of their first four albums on Tumult Records in 1999 brought some belated attention. In 1997, New York artist Camden Joy created a poster project called "Fifty Posters About Souled American" (the ultimate number exceeded the originally planned 50), consisting of typewritten comments and stories by various artists and musicians on the mostly forgotten band. Joy then distributed the posters around Greenwich Village.

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