Rhythm and Blues

Everything came together for JJ Grey and Mofro on the swampy, soulful Georgia Warhorse

Everything came together for JJ Grey and Mofro on the swampy, soulful Georgia Warhorse

JJ Grey and Mofro started out as a very good band. ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ released on August 24, 2010, catapulted them to greatness.

Inside the naming of Booker T. and the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’ : ‘The stinking-est music I’ve ever heard!’

Inside the naming of Booker T. and the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’ : ‘The stinking-est music I’ve ever heard!’

Steve Cropper recalls the off-handed approach to finding a title for Booker T. and the MGs’ timeless ‘Green Onions,” released in August 1962.

Isley Brothers, “Summer Breeze” from 3 + 3 (1973): One Track Mind

Isley Brothers, “Summer Breeze” from 3 + 3 (1973): One Track Mind

‘3 + 3,’ released on Aug. 7, 1973, found a newly expanded Isley Brothers taking on a very recent hit by Seals and Crofts. Something magical happened.

Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions brilliantly mixed social realism, spiritual affirmation

Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions brilliantly mixed social realism, spiritual affirmation

‘Innervisions’ arrived on Aug. 3, 1973 amidst an almost-unfathomable run of important recordings from Stevie Wonder, but it may well be his best.

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm, “A Mood I Was In” from Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars (1977): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm and the RCO All-Stars seemed to come together through happenstance. Unfortunately, they went their separate ways in a similarly random way.

John Belushi originally thought Steve Cropper was a roadie: ‘The guy with the long hair?’

John Belushi originally thought Steve Cropper was a roadie: ‘The guy with the long hair?’

John Belushi actually met Stax legend Steve Cropper early into putting together the Blues Brothers band. But he assumed Cropper was someone else.

Hall and Oates honored heroes on Live Aid’s worldwide stage: ‘We really did come full circle’

Hall and Oates honored heroes on Live Aid’s worldwide stage: ‘We really did come full circle’

Live Aid, held on July 13, 1985, was more than a great cause for Hall and Oates. It was, as John Oates tells us, a chance to “come full circle.”

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Jazz, Blues + R&B): Gavin Harrison, Dave Douglas + others

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Jazz, Blues + R&B): Gavin Harrison, Dave Douglas + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Boz Scaggs, Pops Staples, Papa Mali, Wes Montgomery, Robben Ford, the Word, Steve Earle and Beth Hart.

Steve Cropper still possesses an impromptu kind of genius: ‘That’s the way we did it’

Steve Cropper still possesses an impromptu kind of genius: ‘That’s the way we did it’

“I don’t write for myself,” Steve Cropper admits, “and I don’t write for my family.” No, he’s motivated by something else.

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Lost R&B legend Carl Hall gives each performance a gospel-infused, four-octave charge. And yet he somehow remains stubbornly obscure.