Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:11 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF

altIn what promises to be one of the first big albums of 2019, MICHAEL FRANTI and SPEARHEAD have announced the release of a brand new album. 'Stay Human Volume II' will be available, we're told, from 15 February and is a tie–in with Franti's new self-directed film, 'Stay Human'. The movie tells the stories of heroic everyday people who helped the singer to discover more deeply what it means to be and "Stay Human".

The 'Stay Human' film will be premiered in the UK on EITHER 14 or 15 January (date to be confirmed) at London's Bush Hall. The screening will feature an introduction by and Q&A with Franti, as well as an acoustic performance by Franti accompanied by Carl Young (bass, vocals) and Victoria Canal (keys, vocals).

Regarding the movie and the new album, Michael says: "I've travelled the globe making music and throughout the years I've always hoped that it could inspire small steps towards making the world a better place. Struggling with the challenges of the world I began filming my new documentary, Stay Human, telling the stories of heroic everyday people who helped me to discover more deeply what it means to be and STAY HUMAN."

Though the new album (released on Thirty Tigers) will not be officially available till 15 February, pre-orders are being taken and come with instant downloads of the album tracks 'Just To Say I Love You,' 'Stay Human 2' and 'Flower In The Gun'.

Franti sees both new releases as part of his ongoing community work- notably his foundation (in conjunction with wife, Sara) Do It For Love - a wish granting non-profit organization that brings those with life threatening illnesses, veterans and children with severe challenges to concerts.



Wednesday, 19 December 2018 20:57 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altThinking beyond Christmas, the first week in January sees the annual BLACKPOOL LUXURY SOUL WEEKENDER. Next year's fab fest feature the usual line up of top jocks plus live performances from Incognito, Maysa and Chris Ballin and as ever Expansion Records will be releasing the tie-in album 'Luxury Soul 2019'.

The new instalment offers three CDs chocked full of quality, in demand worldwide soul music and amongst the goodies is a wonderful tune from the ever-dependable Victor Haynes. His offering is the Bobby Womack-flavoured 'Hopping, Skipping, So In Love'. The collection also features a classic ROCKIE ROBBINS cut that will precede a brand new Rockie single and album coming in the Spring on Expansion.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 20:53 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altEarly in the New Year, selected cinemas nationwide will be screening a brand new documentary movie on the life of TEDDY PENDERGRASS. Titled 'If You Don't Know Me..... The Rise, Fall And Resurrection Of Soul's Sexiest Superstar ', the makers describe it as "the untold and ultimately inspiring story of a legendary soul singer".

The movie features interviews with Teddy's family, friends and colleagues alongside industry legends Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, there's also rarely seen archive footage and a soulful soundtrack. The film's timeline goes from Teddy's tough ghetto childhood, through his meteoric rise with Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, his impressive solo career, the tragic 1982 accident and his subsequent comeback.

The film was conceived, researched and directed by BAFTA award winner Olivia Lichtenstein, who recalls: "I grew up listening to soul music and I'd just started listening to Teddy again when I saw a documentary about Shep Gordon, the legendary artist manager who worked with everyone from Blondie to Alice Cooper – and Teddy. It included a little bit about him working with Teddy and it made me realise that I didn't know what had happened to him. I had a really strong sense that I had to make a film to tell his story."

The film will be premiered at the BFI on February 19th and the evening includes a Q&A with Olivia Lichtenstein. Subsequently the movie will be screened at selected venues nationwide with DVD release in Spring 2019

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 20:49 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altGuitar legend DENNIS COFFEY doesn't mind anyone calling him a veteran... he did, after all play his first session in the fifties! Later of course he was part of Motown's Funk Brothers and went on to work with people like Parliament/Funkadelic, Wilson Pickett and Chairmen of the Board. But Dennis has always felt he's at his best as a live player and the release last year of his 'One Night at Morey's: 1968' album confirms that he's probably right!

To back up that argument, this coming March Omnivore Records will be releasing another live long player on Coffey. 'Live at Baker's 'sees Dennis doing what he does best accompanied by his band (two-time Detroit Music Award winner Demetrius Nabors on keys, Grammy®-nominated Gaelynn McKinney on drums and bassist Damon Warmack) tearing through nine tracks, which include covers of Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, and The Temptations — plus a searing version of Coffey's own Top 10 1971 hit, "Scorpio." The album was actually recorded in 2006 but now wins its first official release.... full review her at SJF very soon.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 20:06 Bill B E-mailPrintPDF

altIn what is positively our last throw of the Christmas dice, may we point you a delicious new Christmas song from the wonderful JODY WATLEY. Her tune is 'Like A Holiday' and helping her deliver the message of Love, Joy and Hope is top Italian mixer/producer ALEX DI CIÒ.

Between them the pair have crafted a bumpy modern soul groove with tight mid—tempo, danceable beats over which Ms W floats her unmistakable and sensual vocal. 'Like A Holiday' is available right now via Avitone Recordings


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