Rhythm and Blues

Allen Toussaint, “Lady Madonna” from The Art of McCartney (2014): One Track Mind

Allen Toussaint, “Lady Madonna” from The Art of McCartney (2014): One Track Mind

Allen Toussaint explores a Paul McCartney connection from long before their time together around the newly reissued ‘Venus and Mars.’

Stevie Wonder, November 14, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder, November 14, 2014: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ is one of those albums that I can truly say changed my life.

The Band, “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s version of this Four Tops gem illustrates their canny ability to countrify soul music. A Motown classic is reborn.

Eric Clapton – Pilgrim (1998; 2014 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

Eric Clapton – Pilgrim (1998; 2014 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

Eric Clapton presents himself for the first time not as guitar god, but as bone-deep soul singer.

Warren Zevon, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson + others: Gimme Five, Halloween Edition

Warren Zevon, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson + others: Gimme Five, Halloween Edition

Stuck for a Halloween playlist to help while away the minutes between tonight’s zombie apocalypses?

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

Booker T. and the MGs shared Stax Records’ message of racial tolerance by their very presence. But it wasn’t always easy.

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “You See Me” from Jubilation (1998): Across the Great Divide

The Band’s fun run through Allen Toussaint’s soul-lifting “You See Me” underscored an often-forgotten portion of their inestimable legacy.

An opportunity missed for Eric Burdon at the 2014 Rhythm and Blues Cruise

An opportunity missed for Eric Burdon at the 2014 Rhythm and Blues Cruise

Eric Burdon could have made peace with his former bandmates in War aboard the 2014 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise.

John Oates goes inside the sessions for Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That”: ‘There’s so much space in it’

John Oates goes inside the sessions for Hall and Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That”: ‘There’s so much space in it’

Hall and Oates had finished recording for the day, when inspiration brought them to a Roland CompuRhythm – and one of their biggest songs.

Jimi Hendrix struck up an unlikely friendship with Steve Cropper: ‘He turned me on’

Jimi Hendrix struck up an unlikely friendship with Steve Cropper: ‘He turned me on’

Jimi Hendrix and Steve Cropper would, on the surface, seem to have little in common. A memorable meeting at Stax showed otherwise.