With hits like “Woke Up in Love” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough,” the band Exile has jump-started more love affairs than last call on a Saturday night. So it’s only fair to warn the romantically susceptible that Exile is touring and recording again—and with the five original members responsible for all that amorous excitement: J. P. Pennington, Sonny LeMaire, Les Taylor, Steve Goetzman and Marlon Hargis.
For starters, Exile is a featured artist in the Alltech Festival concerts, a multi-format series of shows throughout the band’s home state of Kentucky. The band is currently recording a five-song extended-play CD (title and label to be announced) to be released late October.
Praised for its sparkling, sensual lyrics and warm, creamy vocal harmonies, Exile scored 10 No. 1 hits in just a four-year span. In addition, the band earned three gold albums at a time when gold certification was as rare as platinum is today.
In June, Exile reunited for a benefit show in its hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. These five bandmates had not performed together in 23 years. “We were surprised to discover the magic is still there,” says Goetzman. “We feel like a family, and we’re sounding like it, too.” Response to their music was so overwhelming the bandsmen immediately began planning to tour and record again.
“We still have a lot to offer as a group,” says LeMaire. “The new songs we’ve cut are what I imagine we’d be doing had we never stopped recording.”
Exile’s string of No. 1 singles, all of which LeMaire and Pennington wrote, include “Woke Up In Love,” “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory,” “Give Me One More Chance,” “Crazy For Your Love,” “She’s A Miracle,” “Hang On To Your Heart,” “I Could Get Used To You,” “It’ll Be Me,” “She’s Too Good To Be True” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough.”
Formed in Richmond, Kentucky, in 1963 as “The Exiles,” the band first tasted national success in 1978 with “Kiss You All Over.” It held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop chart for four weeks. Exile extended its reach into country music in the early 1980s and became one of the most popular acts of that era.
The band will perform at The Grand Ole Opry on November 4 and at the 3rd and Lindsley club on November 5 in Nashville. Additional tour dates will be announced soon.