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SOMETIMES I WONDER

Friday, 08 March 2019 13:32 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThe US West Coast Lowrider music scene it seems is gaining momentum and one of its big tunes over over the last year or so has been Pratt and Moody's 'Lost, Lost, Lost'. A newish recording, the Scandinavian duo perfectly captured the essence of what down tempo Lowrider soul is all about.

DJ Mike Noriega was so impressed with the tune that he penned new lyrics and has gotten soul singer GERALD McCAULEY record it. Now called 'Wondering', it's just been released on Finnish label Timmion on 7" vinyl and it's well worth investigating especially if you're a fan of troubled, deep soul heartache balladry.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2019 13:56

 

STILL ROCKIN’

Friday, 08 March 2019 13:27 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altROCKIE ROBBINS' people tell us that the great man's much anticipated album 'Good Life' is officially released next Friday, 15th March. Though they also say that the album will be available at his almost sold out Jazz Cafe gig this Sunday (see below) while specialist store will have stock from March 11th.

Yes, after a 30 year gap, Mr RR is back with is us and album previews show  he's lost nothing of his smooth, soulful charm. Catch him in all his glory at the Camden Jazz Cafe on Sunday 10th March (we're told that he'll be performing all his old favourites – stuff like 'You And Me' and 'Be Ever Wonderful'. alongside the new stuff).

The venue informs us that there a few tickets left for the Expansion promoted show.... the label for the new release too.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2019 13:57

 

BLUES AND SOUL ... WELSH STYLE!

Friday, 08 March 2019 13:21 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altFor the past five years, the North Wales town of Mold has been hosting a very special soul and blues festival. It was held at Kendrick's Field in the town but the 2019 edition is moving venues – to the famous Theatr Clwyd. The move will allow the festival to expand, as well as be prepared for whatever the Welsh weather throws at it.

So topping the bill will be Paul Lamb & his band The King Snakes. The band will be supported by Delta Moon, (the Atlanta, Georgia-based swamp blues band), Bruce James and Bella Black and the Kyla Brox Band. As ever, the festival will also include a great selection of real ales, boutique street food, on-site camping and glamping and music workshops. The event raises funds for a national charity, Music for All, which provides instruments for young people who cannot afford to learn or keep playing music.

This all happens over the weekend of 2-4 August 2019 and you can learn more @ www.nwbluesandsoul.co.uk

Last Updated on Friday, 08 March 2019 13:58

 

GOING FOR GOLD!

Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:56 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altAussie soulstress CHELSEA WILSON made some big waves with her 2015 long player, 'I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy Without Me'. In fact, in the land of Oz the 11 tracker was voted "Best Soul/Funk Album Of The Year" at the Victoria Music Awards.

It's taken a while but Ms W is all set to release the follow up –a concise 9 tracker 'Chasing Gold'. The long player was heralded last November with the single, 'Real Love'..... NO not that 'Real Love'! - rather a sweet modern, danceable groove that veers towards the poppier end of the soul spectrum. And if that's your thing you'll find lots more of the same on the album which hits the sales racks on March 22nd. 'Nothing Can Come Between This Love Tonight' is probably the best example of that cute, pop/soul soundscape on this album.

However, at the end of the album (the last three tracks to be precise) things get a little more serious and soulful. The end sequence kicks off with 'Breaking Down' (a kind of 'Backstabbers' vibe here); then there's 'Take Back The Night' (which reminds me of an old Luther Vandross tune) and finally the jazzy 'I Won't Choose You' (a big, full production) three great cuts!

Throughout the album Ross McHenry's production is clever and lavish (some great strings input from Ross Irwin of Bamboos fame).

Chelsea Wilson's 'Chasing Gold' is released on March 22nd on her own label (House of Valerie and Joan – named for her two grandmothers),

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 March 2019 12:06

 

BETTER TOGETHER....

Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:51 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altWe're always told that two heads are better than one... so when two music stalwarts get together you can expect something special.... and that's what you get with 'Better Together' on which UK instrumentalist (CHRIS) KINGDON teams up with Geneva-based, Texas-born soul man RUDI WILBURN (yes he of the Barry White style voice).

The result is an odd sound – and not obviously appealing. On it Kingdon's keys and vibes drive the groove forward in a captivating and insistent manner while Wilburns' vocal offers just the right amount of understatement... this one will grow on you!

The tune is officially released tomorrow (March 8th) but it's already all over the internet soul stations.

 

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