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Soul-Patrol Newsletter Headlines (01/9/2006)

* Soul-Patrol's Best of 2005...Funk, Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul/Blues, Nu Soul & Live Shows

* EDITORIAL: Why Our Culture Is Dying (NOBODY SHOWS UP ANYMORE)

* Soul-Patrol New Years Eve 2005/with M.F.S.B - It Sounded A Little Somethin Like Raw Funk To Me....

* R.I.P - Lou Rawls: Shellshocked!





Welcome to Soul-Patrol Newsletter:
Welcome to our first issue of 2006!! We are going to start off with our picks of Soul-Patrol's Best of 2005...Funk, Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul/Blues, Nu Soul & Live Shows (which you should pass along to your friends on the net who tell you that there isn't any good music being released), folowed by a commentary on why YOU need to become more involved in today's Soul music scene, a report from Soul-Patrol's big New Years Eve Party in Philadephia featuring the legendary FUNK band M.F.S.B and finally a tribute to the late Lou Rawls. I also want to take this moment to let you know that based on "popular demand" you will be hearing from us more often in 2006. We will be not only be sending out the Soul-Patrol Times Event Listings every two weeks, but we will also be sending you out more email's relative to specific artists, CD's, books, films, etc. about "Great Black Music From The Ancient To The Future".

But before we get to any of that I want to give you all a "sneak preview" of an upcoming feature from our friend Mr. Lloyd Price

Meet for the 1ST time in History...
Lawdy Miss Clawdy ... pictured with her creator
African-American Music Icon Lloyd Price...


Lawdy Miss Clawdy & Lloyd Price


stay tuned...

--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Soul-Patrol's Best of 2005...Funk, Classic Soul, Jazz, Southern Soul/Blues, Nu Soul & Live Shows

Soul-Patrol Newsletter This is getting harder and harder to do each year. The overall quality of new releases is starting to become overwhelming and several more than a few good CD's didn't make the cut. At the same time the "style categories" are becoming less defined, because the artists are producing much more diverse music. As a result you see several artists appearing in categories that you might not have expected to see them in.

One example of this is the fact that you see an artist like Marlon Saunders in the "Jazz" category, Angela Johnson in the "Classic Soul" category, Martha Redbone in the "Rock n' Roll" category, etc. These artists are usually classified by the "mainstream" as "Nu/Neo Soul". We felt that it's high time that these artists be put where they belong, not based on the marketing needs of the music industry, but instead on the content and the quality of their music. This is the beginning of our evolution in that direction.

The biggest surprise of all occurs in the "Classic Soul" category, where the keyword in 2005 was INNOVATION and as a result we have a THREE WAY TIE for FIRST PLACE between Will Hart - "Fonic Zone", Susaye Greene - "BraveNew Shoes" and the Motown Remixed CD. All three of these albums demonstrate that "you can teach an old dog new tricks" as they literally redefine in their own ways, what the term "Classic Soul" may mean in the future.

What shouldn't be a surprise to anyone here is that the names of Bettye LaVette, Victor Wooten and Nadir are right at the top of the overall list. Taken together the music of all three of these artists could very well comprise an audio definition of what "Great Black Music from the Ancient to the Future" actually sounds like.

Please note that we have a new category this year for best live concerts. As "Great Black Music from the Ancient to the Future" expands around the world, we think that it's important to make note of the fact that you can see many of the artists represented by CD's on Soul-Patrol's "2005 Best Of" LIVE. And it is LIVE that they give the best possible representation of their music.
And we encourage you no matter what corner of the earth you reside, to go and see these artists performing LIVE whenever possible.

Enough talk, now here are the lists...

TOP 25 OVERALL 2005 CD RELEASES

1. Bettye LaVette - "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise"
2. Victor Wooten - "Soul Circus"
3. Nadir - "Distorted Soul 2.0"
4. Susaye Greene - "Brave New Shoes"
5. Will Hart Formerly of the Delfonics - "Fonic Zone"
6. Various Artists - "Motown Remixed"
7. Marlon Saunders - "A Groove So Deep"
8. Julie Dexter - "Conscious"
9. Will Wheaton - "Old School Soul"
10. Various Artists - "Miami Funk At Its Best Volume 2"
11. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: "The Live Collection"
12. Johnny "Guitar" Watson - "The Funk Anthology"
13. James Brown & Friends - "The Best of James Brown, Vol. 3"
14. Meshell Ndegeocello - "Dance of the Infidel"
15. Paul Jackson - "Funk On A Stick"
16. Melissa Forbes - "No More Mondays"
17. Various Artists - "Lackawana Blues"
18. Devoted Spirits - "Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire"
19. Martha Redbone - "Skintalk"
20. The Legendary Orioles - "Live 2005"
21. Pure Gold - "24K Dreams"
22. Alison Crockett - "On Being A Woman"
23. Laurnea' - "The Collection"
24. Anthony David - "3 Chords and the Truth"
25. Holland Dozier Holland - "Heaven Must Have Sent You"

TOP 10 BY STYLE: FUNK, CLASSIC SOUL, JAZZ, SOUTHERN SOUL/BLUES & NU SOUL

CLASSIC SOUL 2005 TOP 10 CD'S

First Place Tie: Susaye Greene - "Brave New Shoes"
First Place Tie: Will Hart Formerly of the Delfonics - "Fonic Zone"
First Place Tie: Various Artists - "Motown Remixed"
4. Will Wheaton - "Old School Soul"
5. Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: "The Live Collection"
6. Angela Johnson - Got To Let It Go
7. Holland Dozier Holland - "Heaven Must Have Sent You"
8. Notations - "Baby I Like Your Style"
9. Felton Pilate - "Nothing But Love Spoken Here"
10. Gordon Chambers - "Introducing Gordon Chambers"

FUNK 2005 TOP 10 CD'S

1. Nadir - "Distorted Soul 2.0"
2. Various Artists - "Miami Funk At Its Best Volume 2"
3. Johnny Guitar Watson - "The Funk Anthology"
4. James Brown & Friends - "The Best of James Brown, Vol. 3"
5. MFA Kera/Mike Russell - "Afro Soul (Black Heritage)"
6. Defunkt - Journey "Live"
7. John Hickey Band - "Down With the Ship"
8. Slapbak - "Ghetto Funkology"
9. Jason Miles - "Miles To Miles"
10. Carlton Smith - "Old School Fool" (EP)

JAZZ 2005 TOP 10 CD'S

1. Marlon Saunders - "A Groove So Deep"
2. Melissa Forbes - "No More Mondays"
3. Meshell Ndegeocello - Dance of the Infidel
4. George Duke - "Duke"
5. Skip Martin - "Miles High"
6. Eban Brown - Restless Soul
7. Marcus Miller - "Silver Rain"
8. Hugh Masakela - "Revival"
9. King Powell - "King Powell"
10. Herbie Hancock - "Possibilities"

ROCK N ROLL 2005 TOP 10 CD'S

1. Victor Wooten - "Soul Circus"
2. Various Artists - "Lackawana Blues"
3. Devoted Spirits - "Tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire"
4. Martha Redbone - "Skintalk"
5. The Legendary Orioles - "Live 2005"
6. Little Richard - "King of Rock n' Roll (the complete Reprise Recordings)"
7. Paul Jackson - "Funk On A Stick"
8. Like So - "Like So"
9. Pure Gold - "24K Dreams"
10. Ed Bentley - "Here We Go Again"

SOUTHERN SOUL/BLUES 2005 TOP 10 CD'S

1. Bettye LaVette - "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise"
2. Mem Shannon - I'm From Phunkville
3. Tyrone Davis - The Ultimate Tyrone Davis
4. Chi-Lites - "Lo Key"
5. Leela James - A Change is Gonna Come
6. Chairman of the Board - "All In The Family"
7. Various Artists - "Kris Records: Los Angeles Showcase of Soul"
8. B.B. King - "The Ultimate Collection"
9. Oscar Jordan and the Mighty Son's of Hercules - "Eclectic Soul"
10. Kenny Neal - "A Tribute to Slim Harpo"


NU SOUL 2005 TOP 10 CD'S

1. Julie Dexter - "Conscious"
2. Alison Crockett - "On Being a Woman"
3. Tim Terry - "The Tim Terry Experience"
4. Laurnea' - The Collection
5. Anthony David - "3 Chords and the Truth"
6. Cooly's Hot Box - "Don't Be Afraid, Get On"
7. Square Egg - "Songs To Live By"
8. Anthony Hamilton - "Soulife"
9. Various Artists - 25 Strong Soundtrack
10. Michael Johnson - Servant Master

BEST CONCERTS 2005

1. Victor Wooten - Theatre of the Living Arts (Philly)
2. Vocal Group Hall of Fame Inductions - (Wildwood Convention Center (NJ)
3. Mandrill/Clones of Funk - Carter Baron (Washington DC)
4. Al Green - War Memorial (Trenton)
5. Angela Johnson/Marlon Saunders - Cutting Room (NYC)
6. Doo Wop & Variety Show - Queensborough Community College (NYC)
7. Bernie Worrell and the W00 Warriors - The Moose (Philly)
8. Julie Dexter - World Café' Live (Philly)
9. Marlon Saunders, Monet & Alison Crocket - Franks Place (NYC)
10. Barbara Mason - Joe's Pub (NYC)
11. Bettye LaVette - North By Northwest (Philly)
12. Billy Paul, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Bloodstone, Blue Magic & the MIGHTY MIGHTY DELLS - First District Plaza (Philly)
13. SounDoctrine - Rhythm House (Pittsburgh)
14. Anthony David - Joe's Pub (NYC)
15. Kenny Vance & Planetones - Coney Island Aquarium (NYC)

--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net


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--Bob Davis
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EDITORIAL: Why Our Culture Is Dying (NOBODY SHOWS UP ANYMORE)

Soul-Patrol Newsletter It has nothing to do with old music. In fact, I would say that at this point in my life, I own just about every old song that that I would ever want to own. And I own them in just about every format...

* LP, * 45, * 8-track, * Cassette, * CD, * MP 3, etc.

You too can own just about any piece of "old music" that you want also. Just go to A.m.a.z.o.n.c.o.m, nowadays you can find just about any "old song" you want there. And you can get it cheap!

I don't miss "old music". What I miss are the people.

THE MUSIC was "on tha one", but more importantly THE PEOPLE were "on tha one".
(Apologies to Rickey Vincent)

Back in tha day, people were down....And just like Billy Paul....THEY WOULD ALWAYS SHOW UP!!

And they would show up...Without any pretension. Without any "agenda". Without the need to "promote something"

They wouldn't show up looking for "special treatment".

They showed up, not only because the music would be great....They showed up because the sense of belonging was even better!!! And it didn't matter if it was at a concert, a house party, a disco or if someone down at the basketball court had a boom box and was playing some new music

That's what I miss.

In today's world it seems that things move much too quickly.
In today's world it seems that we are far too busy.
In today's world it seems like there are too many distractions.

In today's world, "just showing up" has taken a backseat. In today's world people have forgotten, that many times "just showing up", is often the best reward of all.

I have truly been blessed. In the year 2005 I go out and experience the best live music that I can, whenever I can.

I go to shows at major venues and see major artists, performing great music.
I go to shows at crappy little venues and see unknown artists, performing great music.

Either way, when I go back stage before or after the show, the artists
ALWAYS say...

"Thanks for SHOWING UP Bob..."

Here is an example...

Last month, I attended a GREAT show in Philadelphia, featuring Ms. Bettye LaVette.
During the course of the show, she thanked me from the stage "for showing up".
I stood and took a bow.

After the show was over about 15 or so people, I had never met before came up to me and thanked me for making them aware of both the show and Bettye LaVette. These people not only loved the performance, but more importantly they loved the experience.

They loved the experience, because the "experience was shared". It was an experience that can NEVER be repeated. And it was only "shared" with about 300 other people on a cold Friday night in Philadelphia.

Sure, perhaps someone taped the show. Perhaps one day it will appear as a DVD for sale somewhere. Perhaps it will even one day appear as a digital download to your cell phone.
Then others will be able to view the performance. But they won't be able to "share the experience".

Because they didn't "show up".
You see, "viewing the performance" IS NOT THE SAME as "sharing the experience".

I get a lot of email from people all over the country, asking for my opinion about why our culture is DYING. In my opinion, our culture started DYING, the moment people got too busy or too "self important" to simply....

::::SHOW UP:::

You see what makes a culture flourish, isn't just the artistry itself, but it's the nourishment of that artistry by the people who care about it. When the people who claim that they love the culture, STOP SHOWING UP, that is when others can move in and exploit the culture for their own financial (and other) gain.

Black folks are always complaining about white folks stealing their culture....Well guess what???

IF YOU "SHOW UP" THEY CAN'T STEAL IT!!!

Oh I've heard all of the reasons....

* "Bob, I can't go because it's too cold outside..."
* "Bob, I can't go because it's too hot outside..."
* "Bob, I can't go because there's no place to park..."
* "Bob, I can't go because no public transportation..."
* "Bob, I can't go because it's too upscale..."
* "Bob, I can't go because it's not upscale enough..."
* "Bob, I can't go because they don't serve alcohol..."
* "Bob, I can't go because they do serve alcohol..."
* "Bob, I can't go because it's in the city..."
* "Bob, I can't go because it's in the suburbs..."
* "Bob, I can't go because I've already seen that artist..."
* "Bob, I can't go because I've never heard of that artist..."
* "Bob, I can't go because there will be too many Black people there..."
* "Bob, I can't go because there will be too many White people there..."
* "Bob, I can't go because the price is too expensive..."
* "Bob, I can't go because the price is too cheap..."


What these people are really saying is that they no longer have a desire to "belong".
They have either forgotten or don't care about the benefits of having a "shared experience", with other people.

Because it's that "shared experience" that SHOWING UP is all about. In today's world people crave "individual experience", not "shared experiences". This is one of the major changes in our world over the past 25 years.

I am not a person who is opposed to change.
What I am is a person who doesn't like seeing our culture going backwards.

And in 2005, that is exactly what's happening.
And that is why our culture is DYING.
It's because people DON'T SHOW UP.



--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net



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Soul-Patrol New Years Eve 2005/with M.F.S.B - It Sounded A Little Somethin Like Raw Funk To Me....

nye Quite a few of you out there have been emailing me and asking how our New Years Eve party in Philly turned out this year? Well here is the scoop on the party....

Soul-Patrol's New Years Eve Party in Philadelphia was a smokin affair!! (and you can see from the picture on the left....I SHOWED UP)

But there was a whole lot more to it than just a GREAT party, with GREAT food, GREAT fireworks and GREAT people, featuring a LIVE performance by the legendary FOUNDATION of PHILADELPHIA SOUL: M.F.S.B. The event was actually something of a validation of much of what we are all about here on Soul-Patrol (yes we actually think that SOUL MUSIC actually has a future, despite the wishes of the "mass media")and I would like to share some of the pictures, and audio along with some of my thoughts about our New Years Eve BLOWOUT.......Click here to read more, see more and to listen to some of the RAW FUNK of M.F.S.B


--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net



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R.I.P - Lou Rawls: Shellshocked!

Lou Rawls Damn...wasn't it just a few weeks ago I talked about being done over the passing of Richard Pryor. Now it's Lou Rawls. I've got at least three of his Philadelphia International albums; two of his pre Philadelphia International (Capitol?) albums and a score of 45's. I don't know but I never really got tired of Lou Rawls. He always seemed to be around and unlike a lot of cats I rarely if ever saw him give a bad performance.

Always dressed well, well spoken (that VOICE...y'all know; You'll Never Find...another voice like that), and represented well. Did the Civil Rights thing....held down and raised a TON of money for/with UNCF and never seemed to get caught up in vocal/stage battles when engaged in any of those award show free-for-alls that many others found difficulty in controlling themselves.

This man had two (maybe three?) careers...and both were SLAMMIN. Love Is A Hurting Thing, Dead End Street, Southside Blues (you know...THAT monologue), I'd Rather Drink Muddy Waters, Tobacco Road. Go ahead and name some because I know I left some of those old ones out. Even though Marvin Gaye had this running joke in his biography by David Ritz (the one where Marvin sez: " If Lou Rawls wins another Grammy for best soul/r&b artist again I'm gonna strangle him"-lol!) Lou was great...and he was consistently great. He will be sadly missed.

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