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Reviews & Broadcasts

This issue of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter is a pretty simple and basic one. There are no sparkling comentaries, analysis in this issue. No attempts to connect any dots together. There are no attacks on the nationwide disaster of knee-gro radio stations and their continuing practice of child abuse against Black children. No discussion of new technology & it's impact. And certainly no mention of the irony of the President winning the Nobel Peace Prize on the same day when the United States for reasons that still aren't clear to me, attacked the moon!!!

This issue is jam packed with just two things:

--Detailed music reviews
--Internet radio broadcasts

We want you to read these reviews, including the new release from Michael Jackson & appropriatly enough the Homemade Jamz Blues Band (sometimes called "the jackson 5 of the blues") & more, listen to the broadcasts and strongly consider putting some of this music on your short list for consideration before the end of 2009.

All of the reviews contained in this Newsletter are also posted on the Soul-Patrol website at the following link:
http://www.soul-patrol.com/newsletter/2009/news4

Next time out we will return to our ongoing battle to save Black culture from destroying itself (with plenty of help from the "culture bandits"), right before our eyes.
Thanks in advance...Check this stuff out and let us know what cha think?

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net



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Album Reviews: Homemade Jamz Blues Band - (Pay Me No Mind & I Got Blues For You)

Homemade Jamz Blues Band - I Got Blues For You (NOTE: THIS ARTIST IS A GAME CHANGER FOR BLACK MUSIC)


Here is the TWITTER REVIEW:
"Pay Me No Mind" & "I Got Blues For You" by the Homemade Jamz Blues Band are two excellent albums done by an amazing band. If you like Classic Soul, Classic Rock & Classic Blues, you will think that you have died and gone to heaven: http://www.hmjamzbluesband.com

Here is the TWITTER REPLY after being asked "Who in the hell are the Homemade Jamz Blues Band?" They are kinda like a genre busting combination of Elvis Presley, Jackson Five, Beatles and Wilson Pickett. Their sound is like STAX, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters all rolled into one and they should be bigger than the Jonas Brothers & Miley Cyrus combined (but aren't): http://www.hmjamzbluesband.com

(well that last reply was more than 140 characters, but you get the idea)

As some of you all may recall, I first encountered the Homemade Jamz Blues Band about two years ago on a lazy Sunday morning while watching the CBS Morning News. The Homemade Jamz Blues Band consists of 3 young siblings from Tupelo, MS. (hometown of Elvis) Ryan Perry, 17yrs. old, Kyle Perry, 15yrs old, and Taya Perry, 10yrs. old. Here are the internet links to both the video and the story that I saw at that time.

CBS NEWS STORY
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/12/02/sunday/main3563453.shtml

CBS NEWS VIDEO
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3564044n

Needless to say I went ballistic after seeing them on TV. I immediately started writing about them. I went to their MySpace page and wrote a message to them asking if they had any recordings available. A few days later I got a reply back from them telling me that they were working on an album and that they would contact me when it was finished. And that was the last thing that I heard from them, till a few weeks ago when I got an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing their second album. I requested that they send me their first one as well.

I suppose that this is that review.

Homemade Jamz Blues Band - Pay Me No MindAnd my recommendation is that you pick up on both albums, not only if you are the least bit interested in Classic Soul, Classic Rock & Classic Blues, but if you are interested in owning a piece of the history of the future of Black music. This is the most compelling artist that I have had the pleasure of listening to in a long time. In fact I would put this music right up there with how I felt the very first time that I was exposed to artists like Jimi Hendrix or the Jackson Five. This is the type of thing that you don't have to hear twice or wait for anyone else to validate it for you. You don't need the mainstream media to tell you that this is an artist that you should be interested in. I'll probably blow them up on BOTH the RadioIO.com Blues and Nu Soul channels, simply because I find them and their music to be so compelling!!!

And that is also what seems to be so troubling about the Homemade Jamz Blues Band for me. In my mind, two years after I was first introduced to them via the CBS Morning News, tearing up the Blues circuit, producing not one, but TWO TREMENDOUS ALBUMS, with a group that not only features a charismatic 17 year old lead guitarist/lead singer who plays like Jimi Hendrix and sings like Wilson Picket and an 11 year old phunky azz drummer who is as cute as Raven Symonne was when we first met her on the Cosby show, with a backstory that is as American as "apple pie," the question must be asked...

WHY AREN'T THEY BIGGER????

I mean, from any perspective that you might want to look at this, they are in fact the replacement for the aging (& deceased) Blues legends of the past. There is no doubt that they deliver the goods, both live and on stage.

IMHO the Homemade Jamz Blues Band should be HUGE right now. They should be at the level of Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and other young artists who don't have HALF of their talent!!!

It's not because of a lack of mainstream exposure, if you go to their website, you can see that they have actually gotten quite a bit of that. Perhaps their parents don't want them to be out there for fear that they might not have a "normal childhood?"

I dunno what the reason is, all I know is that my feeling is that there shouldn't be a week that goes by that we shouldn't see them on a major TV show. They probably should have played at least a couple of gigs at the White House by now. Maybe I shouldn't even be concerned about it and just be happy that the quality of their music is do damn good?

However I can't let it go. And the reason I can't is because on multiple levels and for multiple reasons, the Homemade Jamz Blues Band is a GAME CHANGER:

-Not just for music
-Not just for culture
-But in ways that go way beyond anything that we would see in the mass media

They are one of those type of once in a while kinda artists that could literally define the culture of a generation and to re-define it if they stay around long enough. And I care about this so much because my feeling is that the generation that they come from so badly needs that type of an artist...

Anyhow, enough of that.
Here are the track listings for both albums. If you have read this far that means you will probably love them both and if you find yourself short of ca$h during this recession, and you are going to only buy 2 albums this year, you would be extremely happy with your selections if you brought these two.

Pay Me No Mind (2008)

1. Who Your Real Friends Are
2. Voodoo Woman
3. The World's Been Good To You
4. Right Thang Wrong Woman
5. Penny Waiting On Change
6. Blues Concerto
7. Time for Change
8. Pay Me No Mind
9. Jealous
10. Shake Rag 9
11. Boom Boom


I Got Blues For You (2009)

1. Hard Headed Woman
2. Rumors
3. Dusk Till Dawn
4. Roots
5. Heaven Lost An Angel
6. Loco Blues
7. King Snake
8. Hobo Man
9. Alcoholic Woman
10. In The Wind
11. Grits Ain't Groceries
12. I Got Blues For You

Homemade Jamz Blues Band
http://www.hmjamzbluesband.com

--Bob Davis


Calvin Richardson Facts Of Life: The Soul Of Bobby Womack - A Woman's Gotta Have It, Across 110th Street, I Can Understand It, Harry Hippy, American Dream, Daylight, I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You. Hosted by Earl Gregory and introduced by Michael Cooper of Con-Funk-Tion

Album Review: William Bell Live in NYC
(Soul/R&B/Southern Soul)

William Bell Live in NYC Southern Soul is the new forgotten genre of black music. It has been firmly entrenched behind the blues as the black music least considered and most under appreciated. Kids today (especially from up Nawth) have little or no use for it and totally disavow it's existence as the 'roots' music that it really is. Never mind that Anthony Hamilton is probably one of it's best proponents. If you told them that southern soul was what they were really listening to they might walk out the room.

Nobody wants to hang out with Carl Sims or Tre Williams or Ms.Jody or Mystery Man or Lattimore or Millie Jackson or even Joe Simon. Well that's a shame because the music created some 40 years ago now by the likes of Booker T Jones, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Rufus and Carla Thomas and so many more is still alive and well, thank you.

In William Bell we have one of the biggest and best progenitors of this music.He was there in the old Stax/Volt days and his presence today is unique in that many of today's artists are 'newer'.This means that while they may have very well been around mining the chitlin circuit for a couple dollas (back in the day) they didn't have the sort of fame and notoriety that Mr. Bell and his labelmates enjoyed.

At any rate we have a real gem here. A live presentation of Mr. William Bell recorded in New Yok city a couple years ago. It's a bit short and seemingly part of a set of either a multi-act show or a multi-set night....(review continues)


Hire A Band
Peace,
LP

Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didnt Know That on Soul-Patrol Radio. (The lastest album from "The Worlds Best Living Soul Singer" ...Hosted by Bob Davis w/intro by Clarence Clemmons

Album Review: Teena Marie - "Congo Square"
Soul/Funk

Teena Marie - Congo Square I am totally fascinated by Teena Marie and after listening to her new album called "Congo Square" I am now convinced that after all is said & done, she will become recognized as not only one of the most popular artists of her generation, but also as one of the most innovative in an arena not previously known for it's innovation.

Of course like most people I was introduced to her in the late 1970's via her association with Rick James. And of course I was a big fan along with everyone else of her recorded output in the 1980's. Lots of hit records in an updated funk style that owed as much to Minnie Riperton as much as it did to Rick James. It was funky, erotic and playful all at the same time, in a very entertaining manner. Most of all Teena injected her personality (even a litte bit of rap on "Square Biz") into her songs in a way that endeared her to her audience of funkateers, who by now were no longer teenagers, but were now in their late 20's/early 30's...(review continued here)


--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net


Mena - Living My Life (if you like Jean Carn, Phyliss Hyman, Marlena Shaw, Betty Davis, and Lynn Collins). Broadcast introduced by Baby Washington, and hosted by nightrain

Song Review: Michael Jackson - This Is It
(Soul/Pop)

Song Review: Michael Jackson - This Is It It sho is!

In death, it seems Michael Jackson has transcended some of his worse efforts. This tune Michael Jackson - This Is It for me is really IT!

First of all Michael sounds like he's twenty five, maybe thirty years old. His voice is in it's old fighting trim. It's tuneful, hitting all of the eyes, more melodic and less breathy and rhythmic. There's more of the I'll Be There/Got To Be There sweetness that made MJ a star in the first place. However the real kicker comes in or through the voices of the remaining J5.

That's right they can legitimately call themselves the J5 y'know: Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie and Randy. At any rate they bring that same doo-d-wop doo-wop vibe they brought on Stevie Wonder's You Haven't Done Nothin and countless other J5/MJ tunes on which they've done background. This is really a nice little tune to take you through year's end. Maybe it'll distract you in some ways from this abysmal economy as well as maybe being laid off, having no dough or even facing eviction, foreclosure, utility shutoff or any of the other myriad maladies that so many of us are facing these days.

The 'hook' is pretty infectious and if you hear it three times you'll be singing it bip for bop on the fourth.

Hire A Band (they're gonna have 2 learn dis one)
Peace
LP
Michael Jackson - This Is It
Calvin Richardson Facts Of Life: The Soul Of Bobby Womack - A Woman's Gotta Have It, Across 110th Street, I Can Understand It, Harry Hippy, American Dream, Daylight, I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You. Hosted by Earl Gregory and introduced by Michael Cooper of Con-Funk-Tion)

 

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earthjuice@prodigy.net

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