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Quickie Album Review: Theodis Ealey - You and I, Together

Quickie Album Review: Theodis Ealey - You and I, Together When I was a teenager growing up in New York, most of the time I listened to the same radio station. I was a loyal WBLS-107.5 listener. Although I would also listen to WWRL-1600 AM, WLIB-1190 AM, WRVR-FM 107.1 and even sometimes WBAI, WNJR outta Newark, occasionally WMCA-570 AM & WABC-770 AM, mostly after around 1971 or so I pretty much tuned in to WBLS-107.5 all of the time.

That's because my very favorite DJ, Frankie "Hollywood" Crocker was on each & every day from 4pm - 8pm. In NYC back in those days, Frankie "Hollywood" Crocker wasn't just the most popular DJ on the radio. He was an institution and kids like me all over the New York area paid very close attention to every word that Frankie Crocker said. We knew that he was also the Program Director for the station and that whenever he said also went for WBLS-107.5 FM as a whole.

At first he said that WBLS stood for "Black Liberation Station." Later he said that WBLS stood for "The Total Black Experience in Sound." Frankie Crocker explained his concept of "The Total Black Experience in Sound," by suggesting that the station was about a whole lot more than "just soul music." Frankie said that as WBLS Program Director it was his responsibility to bring to us the listener, "The Total Black Experience in Sound." That meant that we would hear:

-Both Little Richard & Richard Pryor.
-Both James Brown & James Baldwin.
-Both Jackie Wilson & Jackie Robinson.
-Both Miles Davis & Buddy Miles.
-Both John Lee Hooker and Dr John "The Night Tripper."
-We would hear Dukes, & Counts, Kings (BB) and Queens (Aretha) -We would hear Doo Wop & Funk & Rock & Blues & Soul & Jazz.

And we would hear it "all mixed up," just the way "we" invented it!

So how influential was Frankie Crocker?
We may never know the answer to that question.
However if you have been paying attention to Soul-Patrol for any amount of time, clearly Frankie Crocker's whole "Total Black Experience in Sound," has had a pretty big impact on a certain teenager named Bob Davis.

And that is my long winded way of bringing you back to the subject of this review...

MR. THEODIS EALEY

Yes my friends. Theodis is a Frankie Crocker kinda artist!


I think that if Frankie were still around he would add every song on the album, Theodis Ealey - You and I, Together to the WBLS-107.5 FM playlist. Below is my track-By-Track review of the album...

Theodis Ealey - You and I, Together
http://www.theodisealey.com


1. Theodis, What's Up aka Shut The Puck Up Theodis Ealey
[Stevie Ray Vaughn Style Blues Rock + Richard Pryor Style Comedy]

2. You and I, Together Theodis Ealey & Lacee
[Moments/Sylvia Style East Coast Slow Jam]

3. 634-5789 Theodis Ealey
[Very tasty Southern Fried Wilson Pickett Cover]

4. Love's Guarantee Theodis Ealey
[Moments/Sylvia Style East Coast Slow Jam]

5. Number One Baby Theodis Ealey & Lacee
[Otis Redding/Carla Thomas type duet, with just a taste of Johnnie "Guitar" Watson style guitar playing]

6. Think It Over Theodis Ealey & Lacee
[Jerry Butler/Brenda Lee Edgar type duet, Tyrone Davis style relationship advice, Curtis Mayfield style guitar playing]

7. Slow Grindin' Theodis Ealey
8. The Old Man's Story Theodis Ealey
[These two songs sound like what Black folks would call "country," kinda "Clarence Carterish," featuring blusey harps, twangy guitar playing, spoken word monologues, these are really an artistic multi-genre songs that could easily be played on both Blues or Country radio stations. Or better yet a Blues or Country music jukebox, just to keep em guessin. Let me put it this way, if he were still alive, Elvis might want to cover these two songs. Then what "genre" would you call it?]

9. The Last Time Theodis Ealey
10. Sweet Curvaceous Love Theodis Ealey

[These two songs are the kind of songs that would be "jukebox hits." BTW jukeboxes still exist in the "deepest/darkest" parts of the Black community. Just go to the ghetto at 2pm in the afternoon on a hot summer day, and look for a bar that's open. Usually the door is wide open to create a nice cross-breeze with the open back door, just walk right in and order a drink. Observe the scene closely and you might just see 7-10 older males & females. They are doing some heavy drinking, mostly talking a whole bunch of crap about their jobs, their family & neighborhood gossip. However there is always one couple in the bar that aren't participating in the general conversation. They are having their own private conversation. Eventually one of the two will walk over to the jukebox and play a song. These are the type of song that will be selected and the two (illicit?) lovers will find a dark corner of the bar to do a wild/erotic x-rated grid....]

11. Baby's Got Them Blue Jeans On
[More Curtis Mayfield style guitar, this time combined with Stax style horns]

So when you take it as a whole, this album is a pretty good example of "Total Black Experience in Sound." If you have any interest whatsoever in incorporating what Frankie Crocker would call "Total Black Experience in Sound," or perhaps you are a person who doesn't think that such a concept even exists in 2013, I think that you will be pleasantly surprised if you take a moment, to check out Theodis's website (http://www.theodisealey.com ) ignore the Twitter/Facebook/TMZ world that we are living in for just a few moments.

You will find that despite the recent passing from the scene of some great artists, that...

BLACK
CULTURE
ISN'T
DEAD
(yet)

Theodis Ealey - You and I, Together
http://www.theodisealey.com


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

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


RIP - Bobby Blue Bland

RIP - Bobby Blue Bland
EDITOR'S NOTE: Bobby "Blue" Bland was certainly an icon in the Black community. Even if you didn't like his music. You knew who he was. He was certainly an icon on Black radio. I remember what seems like thousands of radio commercials for concerts. That always ended with the phrase. "And featuring special guest star, Mr. Bobby "Blue" Bland..." Yes he was an icon for sure. And he always will be. In 1,001 radio broadcasts, on the static filled AM dial, now trapped inside of the back of my mind....

Below is a wonderful obituary written by our own Dannie Davis (No relation to me....I think?)

RIP - Bobby "Blue" Bland (Dannie Davis)

There is a deep sadness over the loss of a major long-term voice of the blues. I am and will always be a fan of Mr. Bland. His velvet voice crooned the blues like few others. He was one of my favorite singers since I first heard him on the juke box of my uncle's "jook joint" at around nine years of age on Saint Simons Island, Georgia in the late fifties. Over the years I developed a love of the blues because of Mr. Bland. It was some thing about his voice that captivated me even at that early age. I collected and listened to his music for many years always thinking one day I'd see him in person.

Years later as a middle age woman after living in three other states before moving to Virginia with my late husband, I got the opportunity. Several years ago, I heard that Mr. Bland would be appearing at a small venue in Maryland I drove from Virginia to Maryland to see him. Even though he was older and the voice had lost some of its power, he had enough left to put on a terrific show! Even in his seventies he sounded better than many of the popular talents of today. I wrote about the experience on Soul Patrol. Since then, I've seen him three more times. The last time I saw him at the Birchmere in Virginia about three years ago, he was recovering from an illness that he alluded to during the show. Even so it was good to see him. He was led on stage and the audience true blues affcionados showed their love as he sang a medley of his songs. In this diminished capacity, he was adored and showed much respect. Somehow I knew this would be the last time I would see him.

I got the chance when they were wheeling him off the stage at the Birchmere to shake his hand and thank him for the show. What I was really thanking him for were the many years he sang in dives and jook joints and never achieved the fame of those less talented. He was recognized in later years by the Blues foundation and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame I believe. He was well known in the African-American community and I always enjoyed the joy and excitement by his older fans at his appearances and talking with new fans who had just discovered him. The new fans were astonished at his magnificent voice when they heard the real blues not the "crap" that is passing for blues today This man lived the blues and had the talent and gift to sing about it with such passion and emotion in his voice.

I suggest those of you who aren't familiar with his music give him a listen. Google his bio and familiarize your self with his recordings, you won't be disappointed. This man was one of the best and true blues lovers and real music fans know it. We lost a Giant and I for one am glad I lived during his time and experienced his music.

--Dannie Davis
(As far as I know no relationship to Bob Davis, but as an amateur genealogist, I might look into it (:-))

More info: http://www.bobbybluebland.com --Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Co-Founder www.soul-patrol.com


ALBUM REVIEW: Mighty Sam McClain - Betcha Didn't Know

PRESS RELEASE: Mighty Sam McClain UpdateI was introduced to Mighty Sam's music on Soul Patrol many years ago. I had the pleasure of meeting Mighty Sam and his wife a few years ago, along with a few of my SP friends from Chicago. (and he's a very nice person)

He has a new CD out entitled "Betcha Didn't Know". 13 tracks that I'm sure you will enjoy.

What I like about Mighty Sam's music is that it's real, and he uses a real band. (no keyboards, drum machines, etc; REAL MUSICIANS and a kick ass horn section!) Plus, Mighty Sam sounds like he's having a great time in the studio.

From the opening track "I Can't Stop The Funk", is exactly what the title of the song says. A nice funky groove that will get you on your feet dancin'....(review continued here)

--Gary Tyson



Englewood, NJ: Keb Mo @ bergen PAC (11/5)

Englewood, NJ: Keb Mo @ bergen PAC (11/5) (Black American Standard Music)

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo's music is a living link to the seminal Delta blues that traveled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America--informing all of its musical roots - before evolving into a universally celebrated art form. Born Kevin Moore in South Los Angeles to parents originally from the deep South, he adopted his better known stage name when he was a young player who became inspired by the force of this essential African-American legacy. In the storied tradition of bluesmen before him including Muddy Waters - formerly McKinley Morganfield - and Taj Mahal, who began his days as Henry St. Clair Fredericks, Moore became known as Keb' Mo'. His acclaimed self-titled 1994 debut album introduced that now famous appellation to the world, and his latest album, 2006's Suitcase, brings it to new heights.

Mo's music is also a purely post-modern expression of the artistic and cultural journey that has transformed the blues, and his own point of view, over time. His distinctive sound embraces multiple eras and genres, including pop, rock folk and jazz, in which he is well-versed. In total, it owes as much to contemporary music's singer-songwriter movement, encompassing his longtime friends and collaborators Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, as to the spirit of blues godfather Robert Johnson that dwells in his work. For Keb' Mo', the common bond between these influences is the underlying storytelling ethic, the power of song to convey human experience and emotional weight.


Find out more about Keb Mo and his upcoming show upcoming ahow @ the bergen PAC here:

Englewood, NJ: Keb Mo @ bergen PAC (11/5)

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

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)


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Album Review: Leela James - "Let's Do It Again"

Let's Do It Again (Black American Standard Music - Where All da Party People At?)

I'm not quite sure why I'm even bothering to write this review. I already know that some of yall aren't going to like the album, Leela James - "Let's Do It Again". That's cuz it's...

:::HARDCORE SOUL:::

Really and truly I don't really have to say much more than this album is simply...

"One that you wait for your parents to be away for the day, roll back the carpeting in the living room & dining room, remove all of the good glasses & plates that might break, invite your friends over, fry up some chicken wings, break out the paper plates & plastic silverware, get a few bottles of Boones Farm/T-Bird and run the whole M*therF*ckin album from end to end and then run it back it again..."

Any of yall who ever lived in the projects knows exactly what kind of a party I'm talkin about. The album Leela James - "Let's Do It Again", can easily provide ALL of the music that you need for a party in the projects!!!

(Am I allowed to use the word FONK around here?)

This album exists in an "alternate universe" that's sweaty, it's funky, there's no health food, the term "dow jones industrial average" doesn't exist in our vocabulary, and political correctness is something that we aren't bothered with!!!

IT"S STANK/NASTAY.....(review continued here)



--Bob Davis

RadioIO Blues Station

Album Review: Lou Wilson and Today's People - Money Talk


Read the restIn this economic climate it is easy to recommend the newest release by Lou Wilson and Today's People "Money Talk". For an hour or so you will forget your money problems (well maybe). This is the most fun yes I said fun, I've had listening to a cd in sometime. These songs will take you back to a simpler time when people wrote from their hearts and the mantra might as well been "keep it simple stupid!" These songs are crisp and clean in arrangements , for example listen to the musicians on Money Talk, horns more crisp than corn flakes, takes you back to those funky horn sections of the late 60's and the 70's.

I do not hesitate when I say Lou Wilson is one of those talents like Al Green, Bobby Womack, B.Rush, BB King, and other great one of kind voices who with one listen will sear their sound into the recesses of you mind. His phrasing is truly a joy to hear on songs' like "Settle down", "Dog in the House", "Heard it through the Grapevine", and one of my favorites "Taking over my Baby's mind". Lou reinvents the pronunciation for the word Alien, and it brings a smile whenever he sings it. There is a velvet pebble in the throat of Lou that gives him a smooth but graveled unique and strangely comforting sound. That makes it another one of those sad examples of wonderful talent who has gone virtually unknown while artists of lesser ability get undo praise and hero worship for doing nothing of note.

The tone of this cd is straight old school and will take you were you really want to go and that is a good place. Forget the cares of the day for a few moments enjoys Lou Wilson as he sings "Roots of my Heart" and "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix". One is a Blues flavored ballad that may bring tears to your eyes like it did to mine, the other a mid tempo joint that would have made Willie Hutch and Johnnie Taylor both smile because it is their suit size also, and Lou wears the hell out of it. Look there are many more words and a few more songs. But the bottom line is this is that cd that will make you Find out who Lou Wilson is and where he has been and what he has done!

--Enorman


RadioIO Blues Station

Concert Review: Mel Waiters at the Reno/Tahoe Blues Festival
Photo by G. Wyndham

Read the restThis is your West Coast Soul-Patrol correspondent filing a report on the star studded 4rth Annual Reno Tahoe Blues Festival. The two day event continues to attract upwards of 10,000 patrons of the Blues to the lush landscape of Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno, Nevada.

The August 15-16, 2008 event featured the likes of Gladys Knight, The Whispers, Jonny Lang, Mavis Staples, Latimore, Bobby Rush, EC Scott, Betty Wright, Ernie Johnson and Mel Waiters.

We caught up with and interviewed Mel Waiters, Gentleman of Southern Soul after his blistering 90 minute Sunday set. A confident and generous bandleader, Mel Waiters gave props to his Righteous Sidekick Jesus Christ as well as ample leads to the other two talented vocalists in his revue Chandra Callaway and Sang'n Clarence. You heard me, Sang'n Clarence. He also showcased his great band. The name of the band? Hit It And Quit It. In our conversation, Mr. Waiters declared, "This is a business and to be successful you have to treat it as such. I make sure my organization looks good when they walk on stage." Indeed, they dispensed visual soul, spirit, class and energy.

A San Antonio native, steeped in the traditions of the church, Mr. Waiters secured his first professional gig at the ripe old age of nine. Being paid for what came naturally was a good feeling for the young Mel Waiters. He also did many successful years as a radio DJ. But the changing face of radio and the uncertainties of club DJing ultimately steered him back into performing. Right about that time, Mel purchased his first synthesizer. It was a Roland Juno I. Put it on layaway at Mid-County Music in Beaumont, Texas. Waiters said it took all of eight months to pay for the $700.00 keyboard. He jokes, "I thought I would never finish paying for it!"

He wrote a song called I Thought I Could Hit It And Quit It. Originally Mel presented it to the great Buddy Ace. Buddy wanted to record it, but his producer at the time, Leon Haywood didn't like the song and they passed on it.

Waiters decided to record it himself and when Baton Rouge radio DJ E. Rodney Jones broke the record a hit was born. Malaco records came calling and Waiters found himself recording and releasing back to back to dance records, Got My Whiskey and Hole In The Wall. In the artist's own words, I worked forever and a day and I'm still working. It's been lucrative and a lot of fun".

Mel unfailingly, at every show, gives more than just the obligatory passing reference to Jesus Christ in his performances. He states, "when you come from where I do, you pretty much keep Jesus up in there, cause you know where your solid rock is. There are so many things that are fake out in the world that I'm simply unwilling to fall for."

Very popular in the South and on the East coast, Waiters is excited by his recent performance forays out West. Having recently worked Inglewood, California, in addition to Reno, the Waiters troupe looks forward to increasing bookings on the left coast.

At the time of our interview Mel Waiters was under contract to Malaco Records, yet proud of the fact that he is fully self contained as an artistic entity. He has produced himself during his eleven year tenure at Malaco and has a solid fan base.

"I try to record music that the people that I know can relate to", says Waiters. "I don't stray from the genre that I started in. I've been pretty successful with it. I chose to reinvest the monies I've made into my career. I have a state of the art recording studio in my home. I can walk from my kitchen into my studio. Any button they push at Malaco, I can push at home and deliver them a finished product when I walk in their door. I've prepared myself to break away and stand on my own. But, I'm more humble now than I was in the beginning. It seems as though I am continually melting down. My colleagues, friends and advisors tell me I should be more firm in the business. I've helped so many people on this circuit, in this business. The standard bearers say that once you reach a certain level of professionalism, you don't do things like that. What I do on stage with my vocalists and background singers is unheard of. Generally, when one reaches this caliber of entertainment, you don't showcase other talents in your revue as much as I do. I've produced CD's on Chandra Calloway and Sang'n Clarence on my label Brittney Records that are successful. I've also helped many people outside my organization."

To those fans he has yet to acquire, Mel Waiters forewarns folks keep their eyes and ears pealed for his sounds of positivity and undercover spirituality. "I'm the new blessed legend. I'm really working incognito for Jesus."

As Soul-Patrol goes to press, we have learned that Mel Waiters lost his grandmother, Mrs. Vivian Waiters who passed on January 8, 2009. Mel Waiters unfailingly acknowledged her at every performance for making him the man he is today. Mrs. Waiters was 99 years of age.

For more information and updates on Mel Waiters and his record label Brittney Records, please visit www.melwaiterslive.com

--T.Watts


RadioIO Blues Station

Album Review: Taj Mahal - Maestro

Read the restSometimes there is much more than meets the eye. Most people are scared of the Blues, however they have never been scared of Taj Mahal. He has always been the type of Blues artist that was embraced by the mainstream. At the same time it always seemed to me that Taj Mahal always saw that his purpose as an entertainer was to educate Americans about both the roots and influence of their own music. In effect, Taj is almost like the ultimate subversive because he has managed to infiltrate a world where he's not supposed to be. On the album "Maestro", he easily moves from "chicago blues" to "delta blues" to "b3 organ jazz" to "world music" and even throws in some "led zep licks." He's got an all star cast including such names as Los Lobos, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, George Porter, Ivan Neville, Leo Nocentelli, Angelique Kidjo and others. As Taj flows between these musical styles you can see him smiling in his minds eye, because he knows that he's got you wondering just what's going on, but at the same time, he knows that you can't turn off the music, simply because you are enjoying the adventure. And that my friends is the very best way to educate someone, by not telling them beforehand that your purpose is to to educate them.

The album ends appropriately enough with the Willie Dixon/Bo Diddley classic "Diddy Wah Diddy". This song is a perfect exclamation point for the album because it's blues/r&b/rock/country all at the same time and what could be more American than that combination? Don't be afraid of it, just embrace it, it's just Taj Mahal, takin us to skool once again!

--Bob Davis


RadioIO Blues Station

Concert Review: Tre Williams & the Revalations @ the Key Club in Newark, NJ


Read the restI haven't attended as many concerts this year as I might have liked to. However damn near all that I have attended have been tremendously uplifting, and this one is yet another example of that.

http://www.soul-patrol.com/funk/revelations.htm

As I have been saying for the past few months, we are truly at a tipping point for our culture going forward and a new culture is going to evolve out of what once was. I am far from being alone in making that prediction. The results of the past Presidential election are something that many people have pointed to as the start of a new culture going forward. While that is true in some ways, what this really is just a matter that it's time for a new generation to take over and it's time to begin the new century in earnest. What we are seeing is that the people who are going to be the leaders of that inevitable shift in time, beginning to emerge. Clearly people like Barack Obama and not people like John McCain represent the future leaders. And in time others we will watch as others emerge in government, business, sports and other arenas. It's all merely a function of time...

In music and in Black music specifically we see artists like Ledisi, Conya Doss, Krunk Movement, Nadir, James Hunter, Global Noize, Homemade Jamz Blues Band, Nikka Costra, and others emerging as the leadership of moving Black music forward in the future. As much as I like artists like George Clinton, Mavis Staples, Sly Stone, Smokey Robinson and others, these individuals do not represent the future leaders of Black music, they represent the past...(Click Here to Read The Rest of this review + More Reviews + Video)

Tre Williams is...

THE
REAL
THANG

--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net



James Hunter - Profile, Album Review & Concert Review (6/2008)

James Hunter - Profile, Album Review & Concert ReviewJAMES HUNTER

Yesterday I became immersed in 360 degrees of James Hunter. I listened to his fantastic new album called "THE HARD WAY" for the first time yesterday. This album was so good that I actually listened to it 4 TIMES yesterday, despite the fact that I have dozens of unopened brand new releases stacked up on this desk, awaiting my review. "THE HARD WAY" is a totally compelling masterpiece of artistic vision that is so all consuming, that it is very difficult not to hit the repeat button after hearing it. In fact, "THE HARD WAY" is so revolutionary in concept and brilliant in execution that I was forced to "check myself" and ask others to take a listen to it, simply because I wanted to be absolutely certain that I wasn't missing something important. In fact as tempted as I am at this moment to put it into the CD player, I refuse to do it. That's because I know that if I play it right now, I will be tempted once again not to listen to any other music today, which would be unfair to those dozens of other artists whose albums are sitting on my desk still unopened. The reason why I selected "THE HARD WAY" to listen to in the first place from the stack of dozens of unopened albums sitting on my desk right now is because I was scheduled to interview James Hunter, prior to his performance at the World Café Live in Philadelphia last night....(continued)

--Bob Davis
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Report From The Blues and Spirit Symposium at Domenican University

L-R: Bob Davis, Bob Jones (Legendary Chicago Blues Songwriter, Bruce Iglar of Alligator Records)
Click Here to get more info about Isaac Hayes - RIP
I had planed to put report of my visit to Chicago to participate in the Blues and Spirit Symposium at Domenican University, but it slipped away from me. Two recent events reminded me that I needed to get this out to yall ASAP.

--Janice Monti, the organizer of the Blues and Spirit Symposium at Domenican University in Chicago, was given the Sister Mary Clemente Davlin Diversity Leadership Award.

--I attended the Keb Mo/Robert Cray show last week @ the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia.

Please read the articles as well as the summaries of the topics (How to Represent Black Music in 2008, the future of record labels, tips for indy artists, etc) that I spoke on at the Blues and Spirit Symposium at Domenican University in May/2008. Also, listen to the broadcast that we did from WHPK - Chicago with brotha Gary Tyson while I was out there. And there are a few more surprises...

It's all posted on the web at the following link as well:
http://www.soul-patrol.com/dominican_blues_spirit_2008.htm

Check it all out and let us know what cha think?
Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis
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Taj Mahal Interview/Profile
(Blues Cruise Diary)

Click Here to get more info about Taj Mahal When I started this piece it was going to be a diary of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise of that embarked from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 13, 2008.
Looking back through my notes though, perhaps the only worthy note I made was on day 1 where I wrote:

Bumped into Irma Thomas. "Not doing bad for an old broad," sez she upon my inquiry. Claimed a little frustration at being given bad directions. I introduce myself as the author of the feature article on her that appeared in the Feb/Mar 2007 issue of BLUES REVUE Magazine. After a warm handshake we pledge to hook up later…"

It became clear before the first day was done that the diary concept would fall short in terms of conveying to the Soul-Patrol readership the tons of fun, music, history and information that was forthcoming from the artists on board.

Taj Mahal, the "Grand Marshall" of the cruise afforded me an opportunity for an exclusive interview, most certainly African in its points of origin, yet globally universal in its content. There is no question in my mind that it belongs on Soul-Patrol.

Approaching the halfway point in the weeklong cruise, the ship docked at the island of St. Croix. Taj came off the ship to headline the St. Croix Music Festival. He reached the stage at about 9:30 p.m. after a daylong lineup of great music. The crowd was jubilant and in the zone. I noticed that during some up-tempo numbers, Taj's singing voice slips into what I perceived as kind of an "alter ego", lower register voice that seemed to inject spurts of party down, dancing energy into the crowd. I asked Taj about that alter ego and he clarified my perception by saying, "that voice exists deeply in Africa. It's a spirit channeling voice. You find it in West Africa, Central and South.....(continued here)

--T. Watts



Ike Turner - R.I.P. - by Phil Arnold - artist administrator, manager, agent for Ike Turner 1999 - 2007
(Southern Soul/Blues)

Ike Turner - R.I.P. - by Phil Arnold - artist administrator, manager, agent for Ike Turner 1999 - 2007Most of yall don't know the name of Phil Arnold.
He is a good friend of Soul-Patrol.
The fact that you don't know his name isn't really important. What is important is that he is also a good friend to all of you, even if you never realized it till just this moment.

Take a look at what Phil has to say about Ike Turner and his relationship with him and please consider Phil's words, the next time that you read something in the "mainstream press" about Ike Turner....

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California - April 4, 2008
Ike Turner - R.I.P.

by Phil Arnold - artist administrator, manager, agent for Ike Turner 1999 - 2007

I have procrastinated commenting about his passing. In vain disbelief I refused to acknowledge the loss. It is as if I was trying to convince myself that the longer I waited, the less Ike Turner was dead. I was not alone in denial; nor was I alone in concealing my fears and suspicions about what caused his death. I often told him "it was a privilege to work with you, and even more of an honor to know you; and if you had been a blue-collar worker I would still be just as proud to know you." I knew Ike Turner, the man, as well as the myth.

After kicking his drug habit in jail, Ike stayed clean for about 16 years, which is a fact. He was proud of that. When he spoke at LA-area high schools in 2004-05 for "Blues Schools" his quote was "Stay in school, stay off drugs, don't make the same mistakes I did, respect yourself, and others will follow." He was not a hypocrite. After prison, Ike was noted for helping others turn away from drugs. The successes should remain anonymous - and so should the failures; you know who you are. Honor his sacrifice by helping yourself. Get help. He actually fell backward reaching out to help someone else.

But, questions remain: Why - and - How? Ike responded to a cry for help, and went to the wrong place at the wrong time to rescue a crack addict he knew. Ike said, "Smoke blew up in my face, and that is all it took - that first big whiff." He was the fireman who went into the burning building one too many times. Ike was totally ashamed of his very recent
drug relapse. He secretly entered rehab several times. But the
paparazzi would hear of it, and he would quickly check out. He hoped he could secretly recover......Continued at the following link....http://www.soul-patrol.com/soul/iketurner.htm



Album Review: Denise LaSalle - Pay Before You Pump
(Classic Soul/Southern Soul)

Click Here to get more info about Denise LaSalle In listening to this album, I am reminded that sometimes I think we take all of this far too seriously. Most of the time we really just want to listen to some music that is intended to do little else besides make us smile when we hear it. That is exactly what Denise LaSalle's "Pay Before You Pump" is intended to do. There isn't anything complicated going on with this album. All it is are some hellified funky azz southern fried grooves (this is what an R&B band is supposed to sound like and I want them to play at my funeral!!!), with songs full of wisdom/common sense all sung by one of the greatest voices in all of Black music. Take the song "Mississippi Woman" (which will certainly be added to the playlist of Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com) for example, when I first got this album and started to play it, each time I would get stuck on "Mississippi Woman". It's SOOO DAMN FUNKY that it needs to be hidden away from the white kids in the U.K. or else it might just win 5 Grammy Awards.

However as good as it is, "Mississippi Woman" hardly tells the tale of this album. Don't sleep on "Hold On Tight" (a monster slow jam), the first cut "Pay Before You Pump" is one of those really well written "double entndre" songs that nobody seems to write anymore, "I Need a Working Man" is yet another phi slama jammin FUNK joint that's filled with the kind of advice that ONLY an "experienced Black woman" can provide. There's more here, that's for sure. Do you like Black music and you are looking for the REAL THANG? Then do yourself a fava and DON'T SLEEP ON DENISE LASALLE, because I have a feeling that if you were to "sleep on Denise LaSalle" (that you might just get yo' be-hind whupped!!!)
http://www.eckorecords.com/denisebottom.html


Look for these songs playing as as "buzz cuts" on Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com


Album Review: Teeny Tucker - Two Big M's
(Blues/Soul/Rock n' Roll)

Click Here to get more info about Denise LaSalle This is a fun album by Teeny Tucker, daughter of Tommy Tucker ("Hi HeelSneakers".) It's tribute album to Big Maybelle and Big Mama Thorton. You have heard all of these songs before and if you are a fan of either artist you will love the "Two Big M's". Big Mama Thornton is the originator of the classic song "Hound Dog", that most people think was an original tune by Elvis Presley. Big Mama Thorton was paid a flat $500.00 for "Hound Dog" and three years later Elvis Presley made it a hit and got paid millions. On the other hand, Big Maybelle was the original singer of "Whole Lotta Shaken Going On" and later made a hit by Jerry Lee Lewis. She also got paid pennies and died broke while Jerry Lee Lewis made millions. Big Mama Thornton was a songwriter in her own right. She wrote the classic song "Ball & Chain" which Janis Joplin made into hit. However if you are "culture bandit", you will want to skip the one original song on the album, the title track entitled "Two Big M's". I don't think that Teeny would mind me mentioning a portion of the lyrics:

"You were pioneers with a crossover style
Your presence and power would make folks bow
"Hound Dog", "Rockhouse" and all the great tunes were cool
They only became hits when someone stole them from you"


Overall this album is a powerful presentation of classic songs, originated by two Black women that today few Blacks know anything about whatsoever. However students of the history of Rock n' Roll know all about Big Maybelle and Big Mama Thorton, they know their history. http://www.teenytucker.com

--Bob Davis

Look for these songs playing as as "buzz cuts" on Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com


Album Review: Various Artists - HoneyDripper Soundtrack
(Jazz/Funk)

Click Here to get more info about HoneyDripper Soundtrack  This is a great album, I like it a whole lot, it's the soundtrack for a period movie called "Honeydripper", that was released in 2008. On one hand it's hard to classify if you try to think about it in conventional terms like Pop, Blues, Gospel or Country. It's the type of an album that modern day terms like "Roots Music" or "Americana" were invented for. Unfortunately the purveyors of such terminology usually will use those terms as a disguise for identifying "country music that people who don't like country music like" and therefore the terms get misused. The soundtrack for that movie features artists like; Mable John, New Beginnings Ministry, Hank Williams, Lil Green, Keb' Mo', Danny Glover, Memphis Slim, Gary Clark Jr, Barrence Whitfield, and Ruth Brown.

I'm tempted to call it a "Rock n' Roll" album, but that wouldn't quite be true either, however all of the songs on "HoneyDripper" represent what is certainly the "DNA of Rock n' Roll." When taken collectively, this is without a doubt the music that inspired Little Richard, Harvey Fuqua, Louis Jordan and other geniuses involved in the creation of Rock n' Roll. It's music from the 30's, 40's and early 50's. Some of it is taken from the vaults and some of it freshly recorded for the movie soundtrack (some recorded live). Some of this music is highly spiritual, and some of it is highly erotic, a perfect reflection of the conflict involved in the creation of Rock n' Roll itself. An album that contains songs by both Hank Williams and Memphis Slim, it illustrates just how little difference there was at one time between "Blues" and "Country". This is an album that is well worth investing a few pennies in, it will help you to think about just how all of this music we listen to today, got started and every song will give you something to smile about.
http://honeydripper-movie.com

--Bob Davis

Album Liner Notes: Billy Jones - "My Hometown"
(Blues/Soul/Funk/Southern Soul/Urban)

Album Liner Notes: Billy Jones - My Hometown Billy Jones is one of the "good guys". He is a young man from Arkansas who is truly interested in advancing/extending "Great Black Music from the Ancient to the Future" and making sure that it is available for future generations. As such he is one of my personal musical heroes. We don't have enough artists like him and hopefully he is going to inspire others

Upon closer inspection we can see that there is truly a method to the madness of the man who calls his music "BLUEZ". Imagine for a moment that you could take the music of the following artists and somehow blend them all together Ike Turner, Chuck D, Hendrix/Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnnie Taylor, Clarence Carter and Jimmy Reed. Throw in just a little bit of Richard Pryor/Dolomite and then you begin to understand why the music of Billy Jones is so important.

On his new album "My Hometown" (Ghetto Bluez) he brings the Blues up to date and talks about the real problems and opportunities of "Bluez People", without falling into the stereotypes created 50 years ago. It's a modern album about modern life for people who live in the present. Slow jams, upbeat songs, love songs, message songs, acoustic and electric guitar with strong lyrics, that provide not only a description of modern life (complex relationships, violence, social issues, etc.), but also some of the solutions for what ails you.

Billy Jones is the kind of artist that's worth getting excited about. He wants to change the world, one listener at a time and here in the year 2007 it's an awfully exciting thing to be able to be a fan of an artist who believes that music can still be a vehicle for change. Understanding the status quo is one thing, but understanding it and deciding to do something about it is quite another, even if that means creating a new genre of music that rises from the ashes of what has come before it.

In the end, "Blues" is about life and "Bluez" is all about making life better and who could possibly be opposed to that?

Click here to get more info about Billy Jones - My Hometown


--Bob Davis

Commentary - A Real Blues Artist and Innovator (by Chick Willis)
("Blacks & Blues")

A Real Blues Artist and Innovator (by Chick Willis) Intro: I find this letter to be both disheartening and yet inspirational to me on a personal level at the same time.

You see I always try to learn something from those who have come before me, since they have seen more and done more, they usually have something of value to offer to me. Although it is usually not possible to right the wrongs of the past, it doesn't mean that we can't change our current behavior in order to effect change in the future. That is something that we have absolute control over and our failure to change our own behavior may in some cases be just as bad as was the original injustice.

My hope is that people read this piece, absorb what Chick Willis is saying and figure out for themselves if there is any modification of behavior that they can do on an individual basis in order to influence the future.

And even if upon some reflection, you find that there is nothing that you can personally do within your own behavior that can effect any changes, one of the things that I know that you can do is to circulate this email to other people who might be willing/able to challenge themselves to change their behavior in an attempt to make the future just a little bit better?

--Bob Davis
....(click here to read the rest of the Chick Willis's commentary)


--Bob Davis
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Concert Review: The Blues Is Alright Tour 2007 - Marvin Candy Licker Sease, Mel Waiters, Shirley Brown, Bobby Blue Bland, Floyd Taylor, Johnnie Taylor Revue (March 2, 2007 ~ Columbus, Ohio)

Concert Review: The Blues Is Alright Tour 2007 - Marvin Candy Licker Sease, Mel Waiters, Shirley Brown, Bobby Blue Bland, Floyd Taylor, Johnnie Taylor Revue (March 2, 2007 ~ Columbus, Ohio)



The Blues Is Alright Tour 2007 arrived in Columbus stop number 10 on a scheduled 19 city tour ended in Columbus, Ga, March 25Th loaded with the veterans of soul to set Columbus and the Palace Theatre on fire. Mission accomplished and we've not seen the end of the noise yet. Young entrepreneur Julius C. Lewis (my maiden name-no relation) hooked this lineup up so it is alive and jumping right out the shoot. Chatting with him briefly afterwards he is a young black man on a mission. I certainly intend to keep close tabs on this brother to encourage him to draw close to Professor Bob Davis and the international Soul-Patrol community. Those of you who know anything about me know I'm about being about it and doing it on a win win premise.

Anyway: It do be about the show. Believe it or not everything was on time, tight, polished, professional and off the enjoyment scale. Opener was the ever young and athletic Bobby Rush. Bobby treated the men to eye candy with singer/dancers who gave got it so hot up in there the management had to put on the air condition. Next came Theodis Ealey who did his thing. Handsome, sexy Latimore told the young men to do it right "so you don't have to be all up in there all night!"

Then came young Floyd Taylor and his Johnnie Taylor Revue), Floyd paid homage to his dad and his dad's best friend Tyrone Davis. Floyd did a medley of both men's famous hits and entertained us with some of his own. I personally had the pleasure of meeting Johnny in Harlem years ago so it was a double pleasure for me to see and hear his lookalike son. And yes-- Floyd got his daddy's pipes if y'all wondering. The man can "sang."

The entire lineup was a phenomenal treat. Marvin "Candy Licker" Sease, Mel Waiters, Shirley Brown and the incomparable Bobby "Blue" Bland. All the favorites, all the juke jumpin, stompin in the middle of the building show stoppers. Folks got to feeling good after a few libations and were hand dancing in the aisles, men and women cried, laughed, shouted, got up out they seats and moved--some of 'em got to running! Hands stayed up in the air applause broke out unexpectedly, men shouted and women swooned. It was truly a sight to be seen. Sometimes it was hard to tell if I was at a blues convention or Sunday night at church....(click here to read the rest of the review)



LISTEN TO: Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - "Master of the Game"

Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - Master of the Game: 1.Mean Evil Woman 2.Masters Of The Game 3.The Real Deal 4.A Fool Named Me 5.Woman In Kansas City 6.Sweet Landlady 7.Black Cat Roun My Do 8.Wake Me Up In San Francisco 9.A Nickel And A Nail 10.Just The One 11.Warm Rain Fallin 12.Cabranito 13.I'll Take Care Of You (HOSTED BY ENORMAN)


LISTEN TO: Chairmen of the Board: "All In The Family"


Chairmen of the Board: "All In The Family" - Give Me Just A Little More Time, It Will Stand, All In The Family, You Gotta Crawl Before You Walk, The Blacker The Berry, You’re The One, The Bottom Line, Three Women, Handsome Man, Somebody’s Sleepin’, I’ll Be There For You, Bless Your Heart, It Ain’t What You Do (it’s the way you do it), Shoulda’ Woulda’ Coulda’, Gone Fishin’, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Me, Bonus Track The Blacker The Berry (Extended Mix), Pay To The Piper, Chairman of the Board

LISTEN TO: Booboo Davis - "Drew, Mississippi"


Soul-Patrol.Net Radio Introduces Booboo Davis (& his genre busting album) - "Drew, Mississippi": Booboo Davis/Drew, Mississippi: Funkadelic - Intro, 1.Tell Me What To Do 2.Let Me Love You 3.Who Stole The Booty 4.Drew Mississippi 5.Got To Make It Right Now 6.Tryin To Survive 7.Got The Blues In My Heart 8.Made Me Cry 9.Walking Down A One Way Street 10.Standing In The Cottonfields, Andreus - Outro


LISTEN TO: SOUL COMES HOME
(Stax Records & Memphis Soul LIVE)


  • LISTEN TO SOUL-PATROL'S 90 MIN. BROADCAST OF 'SOUL COMES HOME (Celebration of Stax Records and Memphis Soul Music ): Eddie Floyd, Jean Knight, William Bell, BookerT. & the MG's, Little Milton, Isaac Hayes, The Bar-Kays w/Chuck D, Michael McDonald, Carla Thomas/Michael McDonald, Al Green Solomon Burke, Sir Mack Rice, Rance Allen, Mavis Staples

    LISTEN TO: Candi Staton - "His Hands"


  • LISTEN TO Candi Staton - His Hands on Soul-Patrol.Net Radio(Hosted by Kevin Amos - The Funkoverlord)

    Album Review: Trudy Lynn (w/Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra) - "I'm Still Here"
    (Jazz/Blues/Soul)

    Trudy Lynn - I'm Still Here
    Ya know how when you read about the history of late 20th century popular music in one of those books authored by a former employee of Rolling Stone Magazine, they always refer to this somewhat mysterious musical genre known as "jump blues" as being one of the precursors of Rock n' Roll? I suppose them mean for "jump blues" to be some sort of a "missing link" or "rossetta stone" holding the key to the true primordial forces that created "Rock n' Roll". For a more accurate depiction of what "jump blues" might be, go back and look at the movie "Lackawana Blues" and study the house party scenes.

    Well the songs on Trudy Lynn's new album entitled feels like "jump blues" 2006. And it's an excellent fusion of Trudy Lynn's fiery/sultry Texas Gulf Coast soul singing fused with the uptown blues of the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra that's guaranteed to get any party moving. Fast jams and slow jams, movin & grooving this album sounds very much to me what "jump blues" might sound like in 2006, had the term not been relegated to the scrapheap of music terminology. Along the Texas Gulf Coast in places like Houston, Galveston, Port Arthur and Beaumont, they still have "house parties" just like the ones we saw in the movie "Lackawanna Blues". Lucky for us that is the case because, take it from me, those kinds of parties can sure be a heck of a lot of fun and there are few unemployed Rolling Stone Magazine writers in attendance at these parties. And lucky for us an album like Trudy Lynn (w/Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra) - "I'm Still Here" exists, so that people who throw these type of "house parties" on Friday nights on the Texas Gulf Coast (or anyplace else) can continue the tradition so that it can continue into the future.


    --Bob Davis

    CD Review: Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - "Master Of The Game"
    (Southern Soul/Blues)

    Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band - Master Of The Game In the liner notes for "Master of the Game" it says: "For their Delta Groove debut the tight as a drum road tested band entered the studio at the height of their powers. "Master of the Game" showcases a set of powerful Payne/Edmonson originals augmented by fresh arrangements of great songs by the likes of Johnny Taylor and Bobby Bland. "

    If we take a serious look at the history of Black music, one of the things that we will find is that it has rarely ever been just one thing. It's always been about fusing together many different styles Today when people see terms like "Nu/Neo Soul" it brings to mind a "revival of a kinda jazz/funk/vocal groove" that brings to mind artists like Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Donny Hathaway, etc. However this particular style is not the only one that is undergoing a "revival" in Soul music today. Back in the 1970's the sound of Memphis as represented by Stax and Al Green was one of the dominant forces in music. Listening to the title track of the new album "Master of the Game" by the Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band has my mind floating back to those days. The song has got this absolutely wicked organ/horn section combination going on and it's combined with a story with a headline that reads "When it comes to playing a fool baby, I'm a master of the game". This is the overall musical feel of the entire album and I like it. So with that type of historical backdrop in mind, I think that this is the type of an album that's going to be opening more than a few doors as well as a few minds. Today the term that is used is "Southern Soul". When I think of the term "Southern Soul" it brings to mind music from artists like Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Betty Wright, Latimore, Dorothy Moore, Al Green and others from the past. Today "Southern Soul" takes it's inspiration from that period/sound and brings it up to date in a way that will make you smile. In some ways it's a shame that we let the names of the categories divide us as music fans, when what we should be doing is listening to the music. For example, does anyone here remember and artist named Joe Tex? Well if you do, then when you listen to the song "Sweet Landlady" from the album "Master of the Game', your mind will immediately go back and start thinking about the music of Joe Tex. See in my mind anybody who is reviving the musical style of someone like Joe Tex deserves all of the props in the world.

    There are some people who try to treat Soul music as if it's a "museum piece". Then there are those who know that it has a future and seek to carve out a path for it that uses the past for guidance. I think that the Jackie Payne Steve Edmonson Band is doing a pretty good job of clarifying the some more of details of that path.

    --Bob Davis


    CD Review Booboo Davis - "Drew, Missisippi"
    (Traditional Blues/Revolutionary Hip Hop/Blues in Technicolor)


    Booboo Davis"This isn't the type of an album the you are going to buy as a result of going into a record store. Somebody has to turn you on to it!!! This is the type of an album that you are going to make a special trip to the record store to go and get. When you get to the record store they will of course tell you that they don't have it in stock and they have never heard of it. And then they will tell you "let me check and see if I can order it for you". And when they go into the "back" (that mysterious place inside of the record store that we all think is where they keep the "gold"....lol) we are standing there waiting and hoping that when they come back that "they can order it". When they come back, they say "we can order it, and it will be here on Friday"... You breathe a sigh of relief and in your head quickly re-arrange your entire Friday schedule so that you can get to the record store as soon as possible!!!

    So what does this album sound like??? Well I think that it's what Muddy Waters or John Lee Hooker would sound like if they were young "bluesmen" in 2006. Back in the early 1990's when I first came on the internet, I belonged to a Blues discussion forum and I wrote a piece that compared the lyrics of Muddy Waters and Ice Cube. Of course my point was that the lyrical subject matter of BOTH Muddy Waters and Ice Cube songs are EXACTLY THE SAME. And of course the other people in the discussion forum thought I was crazy to mention Muddy Waters and Ice Cube in the same sentence. I always thought that piece was one of the best pieces of musical analysis that I have ever written, unfortunately I no longer have it otherwise I would post it for you. The reason I mention it today is because ever since the day I wrote that piece I have been waiting for this album to appear, and now it has.

    The only album that I can think of to compare it to is Jimi Hendrix - "Are You Experienced" or perhaps to Miles Davis - "In A Silent Way". This is a revolutionary piece of art that fuses together musical styles that when you say it, most people would flinch, however after you hear it, the art makes absolutely perfect sense and you realize that whomever the people are that created this are to be thanked for creating such great and innovative art, that is so far outside of the mainstream, that if the mainstream ever got a hold of it, that the mainstream itself would be "compelled" to change!!!

    The idea of doing this is hardly new. Many "blues artists" have tried to do this over the past 10 years, however not one that I have ever heard has perfected it, till now. As soon as you listen to this album, you will know that you have discovered something special, in fact it sounds like it could change the lives of many people, if enough people would bother to listen."

    Click here to get more infor about Boo Boo Davis - Drew, Missisippi

    The Legendary Candi Staton's New Southern Soul CD - "HIS HANDS" & Concert Review

    Candi StatonNow after over twenty years as a gospel vocalist, with over a dozen best selling gospel albums, two of which captured Grammy nominations, Candi Staton makes her triumphant return to her southern soul roots with 'His Hands', a stunning album that captures the soulful sounds of her celebrated early '70s Muscle Shoals recordings. Plus now she's touring and Soul-Patrol was at one of her first concerts with a detailed review...Click here for more info





    Chairman of the Board - All in the Family

    Chairman of the Board - All in the Family Brand new Southern Soul CD from the LEGENDARY Chairman of the Board! The fifteen track CD features the R&B rendition of the title track “All in the Family”. Also featured is the Chairman’s new southern soul single “The Blacker the Berry” and “You Gotta’ Crawl Before You Walk,” featuring a soulful performance by Danny Woods as lead vocalist. The new Chairman of the Board CD called “All in the Family” arranged, remixed, written and produced by General Johnson.

    BENNY LATIMORE: EARLY YEARS

    BENNY LATIMORE: EARLY YEARSBorn in Charleston, TN in 1939, Benny Latimore was influenced by country music, his Baptist church choir, and the Blues. WLAC, via the strong evening signal from Nashville, was a favorite in Latimore’s youth.

    In a career spanning over 35 years and beginning with recordings in the 1960s for Miami music legend Henry Stone, the gems on this CD were cut on the Dade label long before Benny’s success on the Glades/T.K. label. These early recordings for Dade are solid deep soul, graced by Latimore’s deep, sultry voice.

    Included on this disc are the much sought after 1965 hits, "I Can’t Go On Anymore" and "Rain From the Sky", originally recorded on Stone’s Blade label. These are treasures that until now only a few collectors were lucky enough to have. Today we bring them to you for the world to hear. "Sensational" really is the best word to describe Latimore. He proved to be extremely adept as both a superlative vocalist and keyboard player par excellence. Benny Latimore is Florida’s master soul stylist.


    Soul Project Reconnection

    Soul Project ReconnectionSOUL PROJECT/Reconnection is something special. The eight (count em!) talented and experienced vocalists all demonstrate great pipes AND a keen sense of interpretation. The songs reflect a rich R&B heritage-yet they stand on their own as viable, contemporary "pure songs". The playing is tasty and unobtrusive. In this case it takes no effort to experience the vocal performances and the melodies and lyrics. Songs range from the witty to the haunting. I think SOUL PROJECT/Reconnection may be the start of something big. Great "vision". Great work done by all....Nat Speir

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